Ranked #21

Cowboy Bebop

Alternative Titles

English: Cowboy Bebop
Japanese: カウボーイビバップ


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 1998 to Apr 24, 1999
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.831 (scored by 199,764 users)
Ranked: #212
Popularity: #27
Members: 348,351
Favorites: 21,957
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The year 2071 A.D. That future is now. Driven out of their terrestrial eden, humanity chose the stars as the final frontier. With the section-by-section collapse of the former nations a mixed jumble of races and peoples came. They spread to the stars, taking with them the now confused concepts of freedom, violence, illegality and love, where new rules and a new generation of outlaws came into being. People referred to them as Cowboys.

Meet Spike and Jet, a drifter and a retired cyborg cop who have started a bounty hunting operation. In the converted ship The Bebop, Spike and Jet search the galaxy for criminals with bounties on their heads. They meet a lot of unusual characters, including the unusually intelligent dog, Ein, and the voluptuous and vexing femme fatale, Faye Valentine.

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Director, Script, Storyboard
Kobayashi, Katsuyoshi
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Sound Director
Kunihiro, Mori
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Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

# Episode Title Aired
2 Stray Dog Strut
Nora Inu no Strut (野良犬のストラット)
Apr 3, 1998
3 Honky Tonk Women
Honky Tonk Women (ホンキィ・トンク・ウィメン)
Apr 10, 1998
7 Heavy Metal Queen
Heavy Metal Queen (ヘヴィ・メタル・クイーン)
Apr 17, 1998
8 Waltz for Venus
Waltz for Venus (ワルツ・フォー・ヴィーナス)
Apr 24, 1998
9 Jamming with Edward
Jamming with Edward (ジャミング・ウィズ・エドワード)
May 1, 1998

Opening Theme

"Tank!" by The Seatbelts (eps 1-25)

Ending Theme

#1: "The Real Folk Blues" by The Seatbelts feat. Mai Yamane (eps 1-12, 14-25)
#2: "Space Lion" by The Seatbelts (ep 13)
#3: "Blue" by The Seatbelts feat. Mai Yamane (ep 26)

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Aug 24, 2008 5:46 AM
People who know me know that I'm not a fan of episodic anime series unless they're either one season (12-14 episodes) long or a slice of life series. Why? They have a tendency to get boring, or repetitive. But all rules and preferences have exceptions. You know what? Cowboy Bebop is that exception.

The story is set in a space western setting - a genre and setting I'm loving more and more for each show I watch that falls under the genre. We follow two bounty hunters, Spike and Jet, who own a ship called the Bebop. They travel the Solar system, chasing wanted criminals to read more
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Jul 10, 2013 9:00 PM
Cowboy Bebop is one of those series that is just impossible to criticize. Not because it has no flaws, but because it has rabid fans who will defend it to the death. It has obtained the mythical “classic armor,” which is an abhorrent carte blanche, bestowed upon only the most overrated of anime, that is used to automatically defend against any sort of legitimate criticism. Cowboy Bebop certainly has good qualities, and it is relevant in how it influenced western perception of anime, but it wasn't quite groundbreaking or revolutionary in and of itself. You could argue that its audiovisuals were in fact groundbreaking, but read more
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Jan 30, 2009 5:53 AM
Only a few anime series or movies could be considered true classics, and one of the most notable shows to fall into this category is iconic not just for its style, design and animation, but also for the depth of its characters and its music.

That anime is Cowboy Bebop.


Cowboy Bebop is told as a series of standalone episodes, each of which is only really connected to one another by the characters, with very few of them directly following on from one another. This method of storytelling is now termed as “episodic”, and while the format is now commonplace in anime, this series set the standard read more
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Jan 5, 2014 10:39 PM
Cowboy Bebop was one of the first anime that truly impressed me.
One of the first anime that convinced me the anime genre as a whole had something going for it, that anime has qualities that separate it from other forms of entertainment.
It is a show that has withstood the test of time and is often viewed as a masterpiece by many. With such popularity and praise there is bound to be a group of the opposite extreme that dislike the show. Now I bear in my mind that although this group is a minority their points are valid. As a reviewer I look at read more
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