Cowboy Bebop: Season 1, Episode 26

The Real Folk Blues: Part 2 (25 Nov. 2001)
"Kaubôi bibappu: Cowboy Bebop" The Real Folk Blues: Part 2 (original title)

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Spike faces his past and Vicious in this dramatic finale of the series.


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Episode credited cast:
Spike Spiegel (voice) (as Steven Jay Blum)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Spike Spiegel (voice)
Jet Black (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
Jet Black (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Faye Valentine (voice)
Wendee Lee ...
Faye Valentine (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirk Baily ...
Shin (voice) (as Bo Williams)
Isshin Chiba ...
Associate (voice)
Nobuyuki Hiyama ...
Shin (voice)
Miyuki Ichijô ...
Anastasia (voice)
Takehiro Koyama ...
Laughing Bull (voice)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ...
Julia (voice)
Kevin Seymour ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Dougary Grant)
Paul St. Peter ...
Vicious (voice)
Carol Stanzione ...
Annie (voice)


Reunited, Spike and Julia pick up where they left off in their plans to escape Red Dragon, but it is soon foiled by Vicious. Spike returns to the Bebop for one last farewell, knowing that he will likely die before he can return, and then storms the Red Dragon's headquarters to confront Vicious for the last time. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

25 November 2001 (USA)  »

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JPY 20,000,000 (estimated)

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(26 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jet's name according to Laughing Bull is Running Rock. See more »


Vicious: You shall now shed tears of scarlet.
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References A Better Tomorrow II (1987) See more »


Ending theme (episode 26)
Lyrics by Tim Jensen
Music by Yôko Kanno
Performed by The Seatbelts featuring Mai Yamane
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A stunning finale to a brilliant series
13 May 2006 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

What can be said about this, the last episode of Cowboy Bebop? The series, which is so memorable for its combination of great characters, storytelling, and pure fun and action, blends everything into a pot in its finale and goes out with a bang.

It's a show with so many memorable moments, and so many of those moments come in this episode. Just for example; there's a death fairly early on that ends up unveiling the motives of a major character's actions, but not in the sense that you might think by reading these words. The moment his motives are revealed is so well written and executed that it gives one chills.

Another scene has Faye Valentine pleading with Spike not to face his nemesis. In a lesser anime, she'd have fallen in love with him; it'd be force feeding us a motive. This show is intelligent enough, trusts its audience enough, and knows its characters enough to write the scene as it ought to be written; Faye, a character without a past, isn't in love with Spike, but is acknowledging that he and the Bebop crew are all she has. The scene is heartbreaking, and delivered with perfect restraint.

Those are just two moments in this episode. The ending brings even the most jaded fans to tears, and again, not in ways you expect.

A perfect conclusion to a masterpiece series.

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