Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space, Bounty Hunting
First Aired: Spring 1998, 26 episodes
Summary: It is the year 2071 and humanity had to get creative after making Earth’s surface uninhabitable. As a result various planets and moons in the solar system are inhabited. Bounty hunters called “Cowboys” are always on the search for the outlaw with the highest bounty. Spike and Jet are two such bounty hunters, using the Bebop ship to collect rewards and get by in life. Chaos ensues for Spike when several members are added to the Bebop crew, including a genetically engineered Welsh Corgi, the sneaky Faye Valentine, and a quirky computer hacker.
Cowboy Bebop is a fantastic series with so many positives! The first that comes to mind is the music, which received significant focus from the production team. The soundtrack is a combination of western, opera and jazz. The opening is memorable and one of the best I’ve seen. I’ll admit that sometimes I skip past anime intros after the first few episodes, but with Cowboy Bebop I was dancing along to the opening.
I appreciate the way Bebop mixes several genres. The action is entertaining, the humor is well-placed, and the space western combination is successfully executed, despite the difficulty of combining the two. Watching the state of the battered solar system was fascinating. Although individuals are spread across the galaxy and capable of interplanetary travel, their ships are beat-up and people still have difficulty getting by.
The English dub is surprisingly good for its time. The animation is well-done, providing a mix of realism with sci-fi. The characters are memorable, all with unique personalities. The plot is well-paced as it mixes stand-alone episodes with a larger storyline.
You might enjoy this if: You haven’t watched anime but are anime-curious. Cowboy Bebop is an entertaining watch for anyone that enjoys dysfunctional space sci-fi. If you like Firefly, check out Cowboy Bebop.
You might not like it if: You want something that’s more “Down to Earth”.
Note to the Viewer: Much like Firefly, Cowboy Bebop experienced troubles in its first run. When first aired on TV Tokyo, only a few of the episodes were broadcast with many of the episodes skipped. The series was cancelled due to low ratings, but was given a full run later on. In the U.S. Cowboy Bebop was the first anime to air on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
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