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Cowboy Bebop: :  -- The futuristic adventures of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
8 January 2003 (Germany) See more »
Tagline:
See You Space Cowboy... (ending tagline) See more »
Plot:
The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners. Full summary »
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Every good movie you've ever seen in one show. See more (161 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 109)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Spike Spiegel (27 episodes, 1998-1999)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Jet Black (27 episodes, 1998-1999)
Kevin Seymour ... Additional Voices (27 episodes, 1998-1999)

Steve Blum ... Spike Spiegel (26 episodes, 1998-1999)

Beau Billingslea ... Jet Black (26 episodes, 1998-1999)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Faye Valentine (25 episodes, 1998-1999)
Wendee Lee ... Faye Valentine (25 episodes, 1998-1999)
Aoi Tada ... Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV / ... (17 episodes, 1998-1999)
Isshin Chiba ... Man 2 / ... (17 episodes, 1998-1999)
Melissa Fahn ... Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV (16 episodes, 1998-1999)
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Series Directed by
Shinichirô Watanabe (26 episodes, 1998-1999)
Yoshiyuki Takei (8 episodes, 1998-1999)
Ikurô Satô (7 episodes, 1998-1999)
Kunihiro Mori (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Hirokazu Yamada (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Tetsuya Watanabe (1 episode, 1998)
 
Series Writing credits
Keiko Nobumoto (9 episodes, 1998-1999)
Michiko Yokote (8 episodes, 1998-1999)
Akihiko Inari (3 episodes, 1998-1999)
Sadayuki Murai (3 episodes, 1998-1999)
Dai Satô (3 episodes, 1998-1999)
Ryôta Yamaguchi (1 episode, 1998)
Shinichirô Watanabe (1 episode, 1999)

Marc Handler (unknown episodes)
Hajime Yatate (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Tsunetoshi Koike .... associate producer (1 episode, 1998)
Ryo Miyaki .... assistant producer (1 episode, 1998)

Jerry Chu .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Kazuhiko Ikeguchi .... producer (unknown episodes)
Haruyo Kanesaku .... producer (unknown episodes)
Richard Kekahuna .... assistant producer (unknown episodes)
Osamu Maseba .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Yutaka Maseba .... producer (unknown episodes)
Charles McCarter .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Masahiko Minami .... producer (unknown episodes)
Miyuki Ogino .... assistant producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Yôko Kanno (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Yôichi Ôgami (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tomoaki Tsurubuchi (1 episode, 1998)

Makoto Imazuka (unknown episodes)
Shinichi Sugawara (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jun'ichi Higashi (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Isamu Imakake (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yoshiyuki Takei .... unit director (1 episode, 1998)
Shinichirô Watanabe .... unit director (1 episode, 1998)
Hirokazu Yamada .... assistant unit director (1 episode, 1998)
 
Series Art Department
Tensai Okamura .... storyboard artist (7 episodes, 1998-1999)
Shinichirô Watanabe .... storyboard artist (7 episodes, 1998-1999)
Yoshiyuki Takei .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 1998-1999)

Isamu Imakake .... set designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Katsuyoshi Kobayashi .... sound director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Toshio Hasegawa .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mami Kumasawa .... photographer: Asahi Production (1 episode, 1998)
Youhei Sakurai .... photographer: Asahi Production (1 episode, 1998)
Keiko Sato .... photographer: Asahi Production (1 episode, 1998)
Yoshio Sugisawa .... photographer: Asahi Production (1 episode, 1998)

Nobutaka Taguchi .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Yutaka Nakamura .... key animator / animator (11 episodes, 1998-1999)
Toshihiro Kawamoto .... animation director (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Takahiro Komori .... animation director / key animator: opening (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Takuro Shinbo .... animation director (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Hiroshi Takeuchi .... animation director / animation director: Studio Live / ... (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Hiroshi Ôsaka .... animation director / animator / ... (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Hiroki Kanno .... animation director / animator (3 episodes, 1998-1999)
Masami Goto .... animation director / key animator: opening / ... (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Kôichi Horikawa .... animator / key animator (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Yoshiyuki Itô .... animator / key animator (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Kôichi Iwanaga .... animation checker (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Tadaaki Miyata .... animator / key animator (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Tsunenori Saitô .... animator / key animator (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Hideyuki Motohashi .... animation director (2 episodes, 1998)
Tomoko Tanifuji .... animator: Studio Live (2 episodes, 1998)

Kaori Fujii .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Seiichi Hashimoto .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Animeya Honpo .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Nobuaki Ishihara .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Kunihiko Ito .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Akira Itoman .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Nobuo Kajiwara .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Hironori Kanno .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Akira Matsunaga .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Sadako Minamisawa .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Yuji Mishayita .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Hiroyuki Mori .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Shizuko Nakata .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Yasuhiro Seo .... animator (unknown episodes)
Aya Shimizu .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Kenya Shimizu .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Tomoko Takahashi .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Toshiyuki Tokuda .... background artist (unknown episodes)
Kimitoshi Yamane .... mechanical designer (unknown episodes)
Kohei Yoneyama .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Takahiro Ômori .... key animator: opening animation (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Ryoko Yoshimori .... color key (1 episode, 1998)

C.P. Booth .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
Bill Mochon .... color timer (unknown episodes)
Shihoko Nakayama .... color coordinator (unknown episodes)
Greg A. Simone .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn .... voice director: English version (25 episodes, 1998-1999)

Tadaaki Goto .... assistant painter (unknown episodes)
Takako Ito .... assistant painter (unknown episodes)
Yoshiko Kishi .... assistant painter (unknown episodes)
Takako Matsumoto .... assistant painter (unknown episodes)
Mei Mizusawa .... assistant painter (unknown episodes)
Takaaki Ushiyama .... operator (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kaubôi bibappu: Cowboy Bebop" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
24 min | 650 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Austria:18 | Brazil:18 | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Italy:VM14 (video rating) | Japan:R | New Zealand:M | New Zealand:R13 (some episodes) | Peru:18 | Singapore:Unrated | South Korea:18 (DVD rating) | Spain:15 | Switzerland:16 | UK:12 (most episodes) | UK:15 (some episodes) | UK:12A (some episodes) | USA:TV-MA | USA:TV-14 (TV version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The handgun Jet Black uses throughout the series is a Walther P99.See more »
Quotes:
[after finishing up her flashback to Ein]
Faye Valentine:Spike! How long have you been listening for?
Spike Spiegel:Too long. Your story needs editing.
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279 out of 289 people found the following review useful.
Every good movie you've ever seen in one show., 30 December 2002
Author: James Wilkinson (wilko_3000@yahoo.com) from Hull, England

Cowboy Bebop is a truly post-modern show. Not in the tired "Scream" sense of self-awareness, but in its willingness to mix genres and blur boundaries. At the most basic level it's a Space Western. But Bebop is not content to be merely that, so there are added dashes of film noir, gothic horror, creature-feature, black comedy, screwball comedy, spy action, crime, romance, tragedy, action, philosophy, science, spirituality, fatalism, optimism, buddy-buddy stories, slapstick humour, parody-- just about every type of tale under the sun appears in some shape or form during Bebop's run. It's a show where each episode really is different from the last. Were it not for the recurring characters, it would be hard to believe that the brightly-coloured blaxploitation parody "Mushroom Samba" could possibly come from the same series as the bleakly violent "Real Folk Blues".

The world that the series inhabits is distinctly post-modern, too; space ships fly through hyperspace gates, but once on the ground their pilots fight with twentieth-century handguns. Scenic bays would look for all the world like they were taken from modern-day Japan were they not dwarfed by Jupiter, the enormous gas giant looming in the sky like some enormous benevolent god.

And the music - tribal drums and chants give way to electronic pulses that give way to jazz sax and trumpets that give way to rock guitars that give way to blues harmonicas... composer Yoko Kanno faultlessly turns her hand to an eclectc selection of genres and instruments, ably backed up by her band, "Seatbelts".

All of which sounds terribly impressive, but why on Earth should you watch it? Because, buddy, it's one of the finest television shows ever made.

I have to admit I'm not a big anime fan. Most anime that makes it over here seems to be either about schoolgirls with supernatural powers who battle evil, or adolescent boys who - for some convoluted reason - wind up having to pilot big giant robots. And whilst I'm assured that shows such as Escaflowne (schoolgirls and magic) and Evangelion (boys and robots) are actually rather good, they completely fail to get my blood pumping.

Enter Bebop. Ultra cool Spike, grumpy strategist Jet, trigger-happy Faye, nutball Ed and intelligent dog Ein are as far away from the usual brats and bots anime as you can possibly get. Their motivation, too, is far from the usual anime fare. These guys aren't bounty hunters because they want to fight crime and keep the peace - all they want is a wad of cash, and bounty hunting seems like the best place to make big money fast. Although they will do the right thing when pressed, they rarely forget their true motivation - and if they do, their perpetual lack of food will soon remind them. Life isn't easy, and when you're a bounty hunter it's even harder.

Not that the crew of the spaceship Bebop are one-note characters. As the series progresses, our initial assumptions about the characters are overturned. At first Spike appears to be the cliched laid-back slacker (who just happens to be a mean jeet-kun-do fighter), but we then learn of his fall from the criminal underworld and of a loss that killed him emotionally. Jet's the obvious gruff authority figure, until we realise that he actually cares for the crew of the Bebop as if they were his kids (and seems to have dabbled in pot and psychadelic drugs when he was a teenager). Faye's the usual feisty stand-offish female lead but only because her amazingly tragic past makes her push away friends for fear that she'll become attached to them. Ed's just some nutty kid until we meet her crazy father and realise that it could well be her deprived childhood that sent her over the edge. And Ein? Well sometimes it's hard being a super intelligent Welsh Corgi on a ship where nobody appreciates you, you know?

But not every episode is deathly serious - the character development is mixed in perfectly with humour (both light and dark), fistfights, shoot-outs, car chases, aerial fights, space battles and some of the lushest animation you'll see in an animated TV series. And all of this spread over only 26 episodes.

Yes, many people espouse the old "leave 'em wanting more" line, but so few of them actually do it; Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the perfect example of a series that spends three or four years being top-notch TV then freefalls due to apparent apathy from both the cast and writers. Bebop avoids this by wrapping every dangling plot thread up in just one season of television. And after the final jaw-dropping episode it's quite clear that the series is most definitely over.

Never before or since have I seen a series of such astonishing variety, intelligence and style. Ten out of ten.

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