Ranked #22

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
Premiered: Spring 1998
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.831 (scored by 205,793 users)
Ranked: #222
Popularity: #28
Members: 360,339
Favorites: 23,130
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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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Black, Jet
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Minami, Masahiko
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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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Nov 15, 2015
What can I say about this that hasn't been said before?

This was the show that got me into anime, which looking back at how much time I've lost to it since might not have been such a good thing. There's just something about this, it's easy to feel but hard to pin down. The characters have incredible chemistry, the english dub is one of the best ever recorded, the art style is beautiful and stands up well for it's age, and the soundtrack is probably the strongest I've ever heard. You can tell that the creators had a lot of fun making this because there read more
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Aug 24, 2008
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
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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Nov 3, 2015
I will get heat for saying this is how I truly feel. Cowboy Bebop is good but overrated for me. First of all, the characters, artwork, music, sound effects were absolutely incredible and way ahead of it's time. SHOUT OUT TO THE THEME SONG!!!! But the story just didn't do it for me. The main villain I felt was not developed enough to make me care about him and it's because of this, the conflict between the protagonist and antagonist just didn't resonate. I will say the final episode was very well done and entertaining but in the end, I couldn't help but feel unsatisfied read more
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