Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 5

Ballad of Fallen Angels (23 Sep. 2001)
"Kaubôi bibappu: Cowboy Bebop" Ballad of Fallen Angels (original title)

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While searching for Mao Yenrai, an executive of the Red Dragon Syndicate, Spike ends up confronting Vicious, his old enemy. Often considered a masterpiece, this episode contains one of the ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Spike Spiegel (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
Jet Black (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Faye Valentine (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ...
Vicious (voice)
Kazuaki Ito ...
Mao Yenrai (voice)
Miyuki Ichijô ...
Annie (voice)
Hidetoshi Nakamura ...
Carlos (voice)
Toshihiko Nakajima ...
Violinist (voice)
Isshin Chiba ...
Attendant (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji ...
Bodyguard 1 (voice)
Kazuhiro Nakata ...
Bodyguard 2 (voice)
Wasabi Mizuta ...
Child 1 (voice)
Kaoru Morota ...
Child 2 (voice)
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Spike Spiegel (voice) (as David Lucas)
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Jet Black (voice) (as John Billingslea)
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While searching for Mao Yenrai, an executive of the Red Dragon Syndicate, Spike ends up confronting Vicious, his old enemy. Often considered a masterpiece, this episode contains one of the most influential scenes in history, which consists of the finale in the church. Written by Anonymous

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There is a vile of Bloody Eye on the stand beside the roses that is next to the window in Spike's flashback. See more »

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References The Killer (1989) See more »

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The Real Folk Blues
Ending theme (episodes 1-12, 14-25)
Lyrics by Yûho Iwasato
Music by Yôko Kanno
Performed by The Seatbelts featuring Mai Yamane
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Kicking into overdrive
18 June 2006 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

This is the first masterpiece of an episode in a series with several.

In this episode we first meet the main antagonist and Spike's ex-partner in crime, Vicious, and we glimpse some of Spike's dark past. It's the first episode to address this main running storyline: the conflict between Spike and Vicious which will be a dominant presence throughout the series, always looming and occasionally sweeping in as it does here.

Intensely creepy, with a fantastic action sequence at its climax, and not to mention a very funny scene at the end involving Spike and Faye. Damn near perfect in every respect.


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