Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)
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Ballad of Fallen Angels 

While searching for Mao Yenrai, an executive of the Red Dragon Syndicate, Spike ends up confronting Vicious, his old enemy.

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Marc Handler (adr script), Keiko Nobumoto (composition) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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Kôichi Yamadera ... Spike Spiegel (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Jet Black (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Faye Valentine (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ... Vicious (voice)
Kazuaki Ito Kazuaki Ito ... Mao Yenrai (voice)
Miyuki Ichijô Miyuki Ichijô ... Annie (voice)
Hidetoshi Nakamura Hidetoshi Nakamura ... Carlos (voice)
Toshihiko Nakajima Toshihiko Nakajima ... Violinist (voice)
Isshin Chiba Isshin Chiba ... Attendant (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji Shinpachi Tsuji ... Bodyguard 1 (voice)
Kazuhiro Nakata Kazuhiro Nakata ... Bodyguard 2 (voice)
Wasabi Mizuta Wasabi Mizuta ... Child 1 (voice)
Kaoru Morota Kaoru Morota ... Child 2 (voice)
Steve Blum ... Spike Spiegel (voice) (as David Lucas)
Beau Billingslea ... 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.

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TV-MA

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

JPY 20,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Soundtracks

Tank!
Opening theme
Music by Yôko Kanno
Performed by The Seatbelts
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A film-noir told in under half an hour!

Ballad of Fallen Angels is one of the very best Cowboy Bebop episodes ever, and could be one of the most gorgeous pieces of television of all freaking time if I'm being perfectly honest. Spike's past has come crawling back to haunt him and it's like it will never go away. Spike must confront his friend-turned-enemy: Vicious; and this could mean life or death for our beloved 'space cowboy'.

'Ballad' has strikingly gorgeous animation to it and cinematography that evokes not only the best animes out there, but also the finest film-noirs as well. Spike's history with Vicious is never explicitly stated, though the flashes of their backstory we do get leaves us thinking that there's a whole lot more to what's going on than what is on screen. Spike is a happy-go-lucky kind of fella who's seen some rough sh!t throughout his life, and I think this episode shows both those sides to his character (even if they're over-shadowed by the admittedly awesome gun-fights in this episode).

Cowboy Bebop is still great stuff twenty years on; and I love re-watching it again and again!


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