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Cowboy Bebop 

Kaubôi bibappu (original title)
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The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners.
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Series cast summary:
Kôichi Yamadera ...  Spike Spiegel 26 episodes, 1998-1999
Unshô Ishizuka ...  Jet Black 26 episodes, 1998-1999
Steve Blum ...  Spike Spiegel 26 episodes, 1998-1999
Beau Billingslea ...  Jet Black 26 episodes, 1998-1999
Kevin Seymour Kevin Seymour ...  Additional Voices / ... 26 episodes, 1998-1999
Wendee Lee ...  Faye Valentine 25 episodes, 1998-1999
Megumi Hayashibara ...  Faye Valentine 24 episodes, 1998-1999
Isshin Chiba Isshin Chiba ...  Man 2 / ... 17 episodes, 1998-1999
Melissa Fahn ...  Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV 16 episodes, 1998-1999
Aoi Tada Aoi Tada ...  Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV 16 episodes, 1998-1999
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Storyline

Spike Spiegel is a bounty hunter in the far future with an easy going attitude and some deadly skill at martial arts. Together with his partners, Jet Black, and later Faye Valentine as well, they go from job to job across the galaxy looking for the high priced fugitives to bag. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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You're gonna carry that weight. (final episode tagline) See more »


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Country:

Japan

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Japanese | English

Release Date:

2 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cowboy Bebop See more »

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Dolby | Dolby (Dolby TrueHD 5.1) (Blu-Ray version)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The fight on the bridge between Spike and Abdul Hakim in Episode 2, "Stray Dog Strut," is a homage to the fight scene in Game of Death (1978) between Bruce Lee and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. All of Spike's fights feature the use Bruce Lee's "Jeet Kune Do" style of fighting. See more »

Goofs

Spike's hair changes from green to black repeatedly throughout the show. See more »

Quotes

Jet Black: So what kind of woman is she? What's Julia like?
Faye Valentine: Ordinary. The kind of beautiful, dangerous ordinary that you just can't leave alone.
Jet Black: I see.
Faye Valentine: Like an angel from the underworld. Or a devil from Paradise.
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Crazy Credits

The first episode begins with a montage of images from Spike's past, followed by the opening title sequence. All the other episodes (except the final one) begin with the opening title sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

The "Best Sessions" collection cuts the long panning shot of the hypergates over the atmosphere of Mars at the start of Ballad of Fallen Angels. Also, in all episodes on "Best Sessions", the panning shots are sped up a bit for some reason, and the "Next Session" previews are absent. See more »

Connections

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Blue
by Seatbelts featuring Mai Yamane (ep 26)
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Superbly styled anime
22 July 2003 | by hyperexcelSee all my reviews

Cowboy Bebop should need no introduction; it's more than a uniquely defining series on several levels. Shinichi Watanabe crafted this mostly episodic anime with a beautiful plot arc that doesn't detract a bit from any moment in the series.

Following the misadventures of a crew of unlikely bounty hunters through the future solar system, Bebop liberally dabbles in jazz, both the music and the attitude. The lead character, Spike Spiegel, is as much an antihero in the anime tradition as he would be in a Hemingway novel- witty and gutsy, with a twist of nihlistic worldview. Along with Spike, each part of the ensemble main cast do more than enough to stand out on their own, with perfectly human qualities. Jet Black, the gruff pilot, is truly epitomized in the episode "Ganymede Elegy," where he confronts an old flame. Ed and Ein, the genius teenage hacker and her supersmart Corgi dog, throw the limits of standard comic relief out the window. And who could forget Faye Valentine, the eat-your-heart-out sprite of a woman with pizazz, flair, and a penchant for gambling.

If you're not a fan of anime because of its tendency to be far-fetched and downright weird at times, Bebop is the right starter series for you. A melodrama, a jazzy jam session, and a sci-fi detective thriller all wrapped into a tight, upbeat package. Superb.


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