Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 1998 to Apr 24, 1999
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.831 (scored by 121029 users)
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action adventure comedy drama sci-fi space
SynopsisEnter a world in the distant future, where Bounty Hunters roam the solar system. Spike and Jet, bounty hunting partners, set out on journeys in an ever struggling effort to win bounty rewards to survive.
While traveling, they meet up with other very interesting people. Could Faye, the beautiful and ridiculously poor gambler, Edward, the computer genius, and Ein, the engineered dog be a good addition to the group?
Related AnimeAdaptation: Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop Shooting Star
Side story: Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira, Cowboy Bebop: Ein no Natsuyasumi
Summary: Cowboy Bebop Session XX: Mish-Mash Blues
Characters & Voice Actors
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 earn money. Along the way, they also pick up two women; the debt-laden Faye Valentine and the playful kid and computer genius Edward (yes, Ed’s a girl).
Each episode brings about a new bounty which they chase after, and while that doesn't sound too exciting to watch 26 episodes in a row, you'll end up loving the show. All the different events makes for a certain degree of unpredictability, and you'll sometimes wonder how things will end. However, that alone is not enough to give the story the rating I've given it. So why have I given that rating? Let's continue...
One of the things that elevate the show a bit above the rest is the manner in which the main cast's pasts are explored. It's not like one flashback episode and you understand everything about how they are today. In one episode you might get one piece, and then the next one in another episode, and it's not until the final three episodes of the show that everything falls in place. This way of executing it makes you want to watch another episode, so that you can find out more about the characters (some may say that this falls in under "Character", but the manner in which the pasts are explored are more "Story" than "Character", IMO). Now, that's so far a 9 for the story. Why did it deserve a 10?
The answer is easy: the way they executed many scenes in the show. The contrasts which you get to see between, music, the setting of scenes and what's really happening just gives the story that extra edge deserving of a perfect score.
The characters are all really good and interesting fellows. Though they every now and then reminded me of characters from other shows, they preserved that originality which gave a feel that they were, if not completely, then at least a little bit more real than most characters out there. The way their pasts intertwine with the future and how everything ends with them confronting and settling open ends from their pasts is also something that's impressive to watch. I don't really have anything more to say than "perfect".
The animation is, for a 90s anime, stunningly good. The detail put into backgrounds and surroundings is really good, and I also love how good lighting effects and shading are at times. All of Ed’s strange movements are animated really nicely too. If there's something negative, it's the somewhat dull coloring (compared to today's standards), as well as poor effects when traveling in hyperspace.
The soundtrack is also astounding! The music used for the show is so incredibly varied, and while keeping mostly to the more jazzy tunes, the soundtrack visits so many genres that it's hard to not like at least a few pieces. What I also loved is the way the music was used not only as a medium to go with and amplify the mood, but also as a contrast to what's happening in several scenes. All in all, it's really amazing. Don't have anything to say against voice acting and other sound effects either.
All in all Cowboy Bebop is an anime that’s in the top tier on the greatness scale, and a show I believe every anime fan should give a try.
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Cowboy Bebop is one of those series that is just impossible to criticize. Not because it has 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 I think a work needs more than superficial qualities to be truly revolutionary or great.
Cowboy bebop borrows much from western media and pop culture in general. his show pays homage to or references, subtly and overtly, things as disparate as Antonio Banderas, Bruce Lee, John Woo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Convoy, Biggie Smalls, Donald Duck, various mythologies and folktales, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bill Evans, Stray Cats, Alien, blaxploitation films, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Queen, George Clooney, Led Zeppelin, Django and other spaghetti westerns, Herbie Hancock, American and Japanese professional baseball, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Jean-Luc Godard, Batman, B.B. King, Beverly Hills 90210, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, The Unabomber, Heaven's Gate and Marshall Applewhite, Kiss, film noir, The Beatles, Sleeping Beauty, Bonny & Clyde, Ziggy Stardust, Charlie Parker, Woody Allen, Star Trek, Cool Hand Luke, and Taxi Driver. I kid you not. And that's not a complete list. References in character design and dialogue are forgivable, but when it straight up copies scenes and plots then I think it can be held against the show. I feel like I've seen Cowboy Bebop before, it's just been packed into a pretty package. I enjoyed a lot of these homages, but that does not excuse the marked lack of creativity. The mere evocation of a masterpiece does not make a masterpiece. Quentin Tarantino is an example of someone who uses pastiche and cultural references well, and most importantly, his references and homages don't make up his entire videography. There is far too little originality in Cowboy Bebop.
The fact is that Cowboy Bebop is the epitome of style over substance. I can appreciate it for its audiovisuals, but, to me, a show needs more than that to be a true masterpiece. Make no mistake though, it does have some of the best audiovisuals I've ever seen, and could arguably be considered a must-watch for that alone. The OST is good (despite also being a tad overrated,) the art is great, and the animation is extremely fluid. It should also be noted that Cowboy Bebop is one of the few anime that holds the distinction of having an English dub superior to the original Japanese. The atmosphere that the audiovisuals achieve is their greatest quality, and is distinct in almost every different setting. This is not done well in most space travel anime, and I have to applaud Cowboy Bebop for that achievement at least.
The main storyline consists of about 5 episodes, the rest of them being episodic individual stories. This wouldn't be a huge problem, but the episodic stories were hit or miss, and they never measured up to the main plot. Some of the non-main episodes focus on a character and their past, and this is good, but most of them are completely pointless and could be removed without anybody noticing. One of them was about fighting an alien-fungus-fridge-monster, it was an interesting and silly parody of Alien, but it contributed nothing to plot or character development. Considering how character driven this show is, that's a problem. There was also an entire episode paying homage to blaxploitation. Seeing as the allusion was presented in a more original way, and the episode showed a lot about Ed's character, that one was not only forgivable, but it was one of my favorite episodes. Like I said, hit or miss. There is an episode about catching a super-dog. There is an episode about a virus that turns people into monkeys. There is an episode where they chase a bomber (Woody Allen) with some help from a transsexual looking trucker. At least 4 episodes were easily 10s, but more of them were closer to 5s. The first 4 episodes were particularly weak, which is a huge problem in a 2 cour anime. The anime may have had a good conclusion, but the sub-par exposition cannot be ignored.
The main crew was made up of interesting and entertaining characters, and they prevented the episodic nature of the show from being a complete flop, although there were some unanswered questions about Faye's past in particular. Actually, strangely enough, the unanswered questions contributed to the splendid atmosphere. Everything had a rich backstory, but few flashbacks and no infodumps. This helped give the show its characteristic nostalgic atmosphere. One complaint I would have is that the main antagonist is simply not compelling, his motivations are somewhat unclear, and he's just one dimensional. He also uses a katana, even though it’s the future, and somehow still manages to kick ass. He’s just very cliché and lame. The antagonist in the movie was very well done with his depth, motives, and parallels to Spike, and that makes me wish Vicious got the same treatment, as it would fit his character far better, and his character is far more important.
One thing you should understand is that the characters are often good examples of clichés done well. Jet, for instance, is the typical hard-boiled former cop, but he is also the most empathetic of the crew. He is a foil to Spike and is hard working, but they also parallel in many ways. Ed is the teen genius/tomboy and hacker with little depth, but she also serves as a foil to Spike and many of his views on life. Faye is like a mix of all of the other characters' worst traits in terms of personality, but she still manages to be a sympathetic character. In fact, even though she keeps up her unpleasant exterior and despite her being the anime's main source of fanservice, she arguably experiences more development than any other character. Still, they lack any sort of real innovation, in anime or otherwise.
Despite all my criticisms, Cowboy Bebop is cool. It's very cool. The characters and aesthetics were compelling (for the most part) to the point where I even enjoyed some of the admittedly weaker episodes. I can't give it a 10, it's simply not a masterpiece. I can't give it a 9, it's not truly great. I can't give it an 8, it's too flawed and unoriginal. I don’t want to give it a 7, it was just too inconsistent. I have to settle on a 6.7 or so, which could be rounded either way. That said, an average of my story, art, sound, and character scores did give me around a 7.2.
Cowboy Bebop is enjoyable and it has wide appeal; I would probably recommend it to just about anybody. It was up and down in terms of quality, and it was similar to a slice-of-life in its episodic and relaxed nature and its lack of an explosive climax, but it was good. I liked how the anime takes place after the "important part" of the main characters' lives is over, and nostalgia becomes a huge theme, seeing as it was the first anime I ever watched and it thus evokes a huge sense of nostalgia for me anyway. I loved the laid back atmosphere. The problem is that after looking through all of the episodes and rating them individually, I realized that the majority of it was nothing special. With a little restraint and reworking, Cowboy Bebop could have been the masterpiece that it is widely regarded as, and it does hold a special place in my heart regardless, even if that is only due to it being my first anime. That bias is probably why I choose to round the score to 7, rather than to 6, despite the fact that the latter is typically the better practice.
I am always willing to defend and justify my scores so leave me a comment if you disagree, and tell me why I’m wrong. I say that because this does seem to be a pretty uncommon score, even among those whose opinions I have great respect for. Keep in mind that a 7 is a generous and good score in any case.
Same style, same director, same type of characters.
Spike -> Mugen (whimsical and wild)
Jin -> Jet (level headed)
Faye -> Fuu (charming but deadly)
What the people above me said :D Adding to that; similar in storytelling, often episodic but in a good way.
The music is a big influence for both anime. Hip-hop and jazz. Same director, but completely different settings. Even so, they match up very well. You can't watch one without the other.
Same type of feel when it comes to all the random stories, etc..
Animes from the same directors. What Cowboy Bebop is to Jazz music is the same as Samurai Champloo to Hip Hop. Beautiful animation in both and very episodic.
Just read what the guys above me write.
If you like Cowboy bebob then you will also like Samurai
Champloo for sure.
Same Director, pretty much the spiritual successor to Cowboy Bebop,completely different world/story, their main similarity is...the awesomeness of the music, other than that, it's totally different.
Although set in opposing eras, both have a strong musical theme weaving through the engaging journey of a group of accidentally travellers (for Champloo) / bounty hunters (for Bebop). Both series may seem episodic but every one is highly enjoyable. Plus all the characters have fascinating deep/dark backstories.
The same director is enough to put these series together, because Watanabe's way to create is somehow the same with Miyazaki, who share many ideas in his works. The crew contingent is almost the same, a woman and two men (with some exceptions). The story contingent is also almost the same, one episode - one story, with a great story line which has resolution in the end. You'll find moments to laugh yourself to death and to burst into tears. Besides all the above listed you'll enjoy an awesome work with music in these series. It isn't just a background for the main performance, but a very integral part of the creation.
similar climate... but SC is better ;)
Same director, same story, same characters and very similar style.
Samurai Champloo is like Bebop taking place in the 'Edo-Era'. Both are made with the same style of animeation, and both have their own music themes, Bebop(Jazz/Blues), Champloo(DJ-Mixing/Rap.) Both are highly entertaining filled with action, drama, comedy, ect.. all in the right parts at the righ time. You can't like one without the other.
here are 2 good what i call 'old', 'classic' animes. cool stories and cool characters a must watch for any anime lover
In both there is one episode in which the characters get high ;]
Both were created and directed by Shinichirō Watanabe.
has the same creator, and is a great follow up (new story). Not as great as the Cowboy Bebop but still head and shoulders above the rest.
Both anime include a group of odd characters, who eventually develope a relationship. The have the same writer and basically the same style. Samurai Champloo : Cowboy Bebop :: Hip-Hop : Jazz.
Same director, so a very similar style. EXCELENT!!!
same guy behind the direction and story (shinichiro watanabe) with the same idea of fusing a music culture with a genre ( retro hip-hop and rap + historical samurai setting = samuraichamploo, Jazz, blues and old rock + sci-fi space cowboys and bounty hunters = cowboy bebop )
Of course, Cowboy Bebop is very much related to Samurai Champloo. Both Spike and Mugen are very much alike, and it also has very many humorous/serious moments, exactly like Bebop.
Samurai Champloo is pretty much an inverted Cowboy Bebop. One's a futuristic show about the past, the other's a historical one about the future. They definitely seem like two parts of a whole to me.
They both have great story lines and both were created by the same person (name escapes me right now).
They're both made by Shinichiro Watanabe, and they both share his unique flare. Instead of Jazz in Space meets Western, though, Samurai Champloo is Feudal Japan (Edo Period, I believe) with hip-hop stylings. It makes for a very unique anime, and the characters are awesome.
This series is made by the same people and also has the same great action and comedy elements which are in samurai champloo but the storyline can be confusing at times.
they are from the same creater but samuria champloo is about a furture ferdal japan and cowboy bebop is about space and bounty hunters aka cowboys
Champloo offers the same kind of artistically edgy depth as the masterpiece that is Bebop. While the two do not share similar story types nor art styles, i believe that there is a certain unspoken class of anime these two are filed under. We all i know how diverse anime can be in terms of art style as well as theme. Though i like to believe there was a resurgence in the popularity of anime in the West with animes in this class im talking about. In my opinion, this is where it truely got started folks. These animes turned a lot of us into the Otakus (geeks) we are today. Do not miss this amazing Series! You will not be disappointed friends.
Basically a group of people that travel around place to place. There's a similar feel in atmosphere in both of these animes. Of course, Fighting Scenes are awesome! Although one has to do with samurais and the other is more futuristic. A bit of comedy as well :]
Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo were both done by the same guy, and so both are based around music concepts. While Cowboy Bebop centers around the free-form of Jazz (Spike) versus ordered form (Jet), Samurai Champloo centers around hip-hop (Mugen) vs. classical music (Jin).
Same creator, makes them very alike although Samurai Champloo is using hiphop instead of jazz.
their directors are same and both include travel-actions
They're by the same director and one incorporates hip-hop music and culture with samurai, while the other incorporates jazz with cowboys (well, space cowboys). Both are episodic with an overarching plot, and the main characters are somewhat similar.
The two are mostly an episodic series with an interesting main story to tie it all together. Although different in atmosphere both have a good balance of humour and action. There are definite differences between the two but if you have watched Cowboy Bebop (or vice versa) you might notice the style reflects that of the director Shinichirō Watanabe.
Both series are made from the same creators so if you liked the style and "coolness" of Bebop, you'll probably like the edgy and cool style of Champloo just as much. Plus the voice of Mugen is the same voice actor who did Spike, Steve Blum!
Champloo is another gem from Shinichiro Watanabe, director of Bebop. On the surface that's about the only thing that could be listed as similar. Shinichiro Watanabe has a knack for juxtaposing two well tread ideas to create something completely new and interesting. Bebop can be described as a futuristic, retro 70's, wild west, space cowboy story with a bit of noir sprinkled in for good measure; Champloo can be described as a hip-hop samurai journey. Even though they aren't similar they do compliment each other perfectly.
Same director, same vision... different setting. Cowboy bebop is on some futuristic cowboy era bounty hunters with a jazz/blues undertone. Samurai Champloo is on some edo period samauri sword swingin drifters with that real hip hop finish.
The character development progresses in the same "bits and peices" style. Spike from cowboy bebop has the same badass smooth tough guy tip as Mugen in Samurai Champloo. I give them both 9's in my animelist... check em out
By the same creator as Cowboy Bebop. Fantastic soundtrack like C.B.
I'm not going to beat this into the ground. Both go hand in hand perfectly. Each similar in their own unique ways, musically and character wise. If you loved one your going to love the other.
Same creator, same animation, different setting.
-Each episode has its own small story.
-Major plot end ties up everything and wraps up the series.
-Interesting cast of main characters, all having a generally vague backstory.
-Side characters are very interesting as well.
-Stylistic action with subtle humor mixed in (not mostly slapstick)
-The characters act very similarly (Spike-Mugen, Jet-Jin, Faye-Fuu)
-Both directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, which explains the similarities.
Both are created by the same people. Champloo is essentially Bebop with samurai.
The main characters, Spike and Mugen are very similar if not related. What I mean by similar might come out strange for some but I believe it'll present itself after more study. The voice actor is the same and the same people worked on both. Both fun to watch and I suggest watching both.
Aside from the fact that they were both directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, the two are chaotically fun cultural mishmashes with amazing art, music, and fight scenes. (Of course, Bebop has a lot more substance...)
Same director, similar protagonists, similiar humor, good action sequences, music based.
Both are great cultural mashups that involve completely different music styles from the era presented and yet work wonders.
Cowboy Bebop takes western culture, space travel and jazz and blends them perfectly creating quite the energising experience.
Samurai Champloo takes the Edo period and hip-hop and surprisingly it works, especially due to the amazing soundtrack.
A key features that is seen in both is the pacing. Both are episodical but not to an extremei. They take different routes and breaks but still you feel like they're getting closer to the main path thanks to the way above average character development.
The soundtrack is amazing for both series, mainly due to the fact that even if they're utilizing one style they can freely add elements from the time periods they're refering to.
Both are must watch shows and leave quite the impression.
same creator, same atmosphere and feel of the characters. samurai version of cowboy bebop
Character driven, with sarcastic fun characters on group adventures.
They are both directed by Shinchiro Watanabe. They are built on a similar premise: Cowboy Bebop is space bounty hunters set to a mostly jazz soundtrack while Samurai Champloo is samurai set to a hip-hop soundtrack.
Samurai Champloo's main character is as skilled as Spike and both have afros. The same director created both shows. Cowboy Bebop is a show that mixed the future with past whereas Samurai Champloo mixes the past with the future.
Both groups are in search of something, and in the process, they live day by day trying to find food and money to get by.
Excluding Ed (regretfully), the characters are pretty similar. Spike=Mugen, Jet=Jin, Fey=Fuu, and (kind of, in the sense that they are both supporting animals) Ein=Momo.
Both groups don't start out being great friends and all, but as time and adventures go by, they end up warming up to each other which makes it hard for them to go their own ways.
There are other great recommendations on these anime, so i just want to talk about their great use of music.
Although they have different styles of music, both are very music centric, using it to mould the scenes and give a great sense atmosphere. Both are rightly praised on their music and they are used in similar ways which are accompanied by familiar settings. You will own both soundtracks before you know it.
Both are directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, follow the misadventures of a small group in an episodic format, have superb music which creates a unique style, and often deal with philosophical issues in their conflicts. Both brilliant!
Both have similar characters, good music, one episode - one story (at most two episodes), a good plot, and describe life situations and problems in different worlds. They have similar humor and don't hide violence and blood.
Both are humorous, have a good amount of action and humor, and feature a well done hodgepodge of genres. The characters are also perpetually short on cash like in Bebop.
both have some great gun fights,the dark backgrounds of the main characters
bounty hunting, guns, great characters
Pretty laid back, lots of fighting. All in all very similar to Bebop.
Black Lagoon is just a down to earth copy of the true classic Cowboy Bebop.
Lot's of high energy action. The cast are pirates instead of bounty hunters.
Similarities are overwhelming. Crude comedy, a bald leader of the group who used to be in the civil service, a hot girl with a bad attitude, a technical genius, and a ship hideaway. Also similar are the violent scenes, and guns, guns, guns.
Its pretty obvious at times that Black Lagoon had gotten some inspiration from Cowboy Bebop, BL even has a similar feel to CB as well.
So if you seen CB or BL and you are looking for more some the same action awesomeness, this series is a great pick. Highly recommended!
Same gun-toting badassery, same motley-crew antics, same moments of, "holy crap, that's actually well-done characterization."
The similarities between these two anime are not so apparent, however they do share quite a bit in common. Both shows are about a rag tag bunch of pirates (or bounty hunters, same thing, right?) who make their living dong dangerous things. Both shows are episodic in nature, and are very character driven. While not on the same par as Bebop, Black Lagoon is no slouch when it comes to character development, which is a bit of a surprise from a show whose immediate goal is to deliver as much blood, action, and gunplay as possible (which Bebop also has quite a bit of). Revy, BL's resident badass, has her own distinctive charm, much like Spike. While Bebop is easily the better show (well, it's better than most anime, so it's not really fair to compare), Black Lagoon is entertaining in its own right and is worth a look from Bebop fans.
Stylish and gritty violence. Both share a lot of gunfight.
Amazing, exciting, and gritty anime which focus on a crew composed of 4 people (bounty hunters in CB, modern pirates in BL) and their adventures and jobs at the edge of legality.
The main characters are quite similar: there’s the hot and dangerous beauty (Faye/Revy), the computer genius (Ed/Benny), and the ship’s owner/leader (Jet/Dutch).
Both anime have large amounts of action, badassery, guns, violence, black humour, mafia, plus awesome characters, great animation, and good music.
Also, both anime have an episodic nature: most of the episodes have a different story with several characters joining it, but without forgetting the protagonists' past and troubles.
If you love one, you’ll adore the other.
Both anime are about "delivery company" that isn't exactly legal and employes a batch of mismatched characters.
Both shows feature a lot of great action
Black Lagoon is a story about a band of modern pirates who do their dirty jobs to survive in a very harsh world. The characters in this series are amazing and just like in Cowboy Bebop, they are rich with both positive and negative traits which make them so alive. The story is also laid out in a similar way: the series is split into short adventures which are gently connected by the main storyline and you find out more about the main characters as you go along.
very similar feel... bounty hunters, syndicates, armed half-dressed women, lots guns, violence, and blood.. if you just finished one series and you are looking for more of the same goodness, watch the other
Both anime has a dark atmosphere with tons of cussing and good gunfights. Their episodes are episodic; each and every episode telling a different story. Both anime are about hunters trying to get bounties in order to get more money. Both anime has an (almost) useless character (Cowboy Bebop - Edward, Black Lagoon - Rock) as well as a charming but badass + crude-mouthed girl that fights pretty well. (Black Lagoon - Revy, Cowboy Bebop - Faye) Plus, gunfights!
Black Lagoon is similar to Cowboy Bebop in that both series have a crew of characters who go from job to job trying to make ends meet, they both have at least 1 or more characters who come to terms with their past in some way shape or form and they both are full of action packed gun blasting fun that will leave you saying "Wow, how awesome was that!"
A little bit of a warning though, there is ALOT of swearing in Black Lagoon so watch with care. Go ahead and give it a shot.
Similar tag team of charismatic bad-asses working in society's underbelly. Lots of action and violence.
Two great show's about freelancer's. The character's are rich and contrast well. And both are filled with great stories and ton's of action. You'll be curious about each event episode by episode while trying to figure out the character's involved over the entire show.
Gun fights, Supporting female character is dangerous yet sexy. And did I mention more gunfights?
Guns, Bounties, Mercenaries, Hot Chicks, Bad Ass Buff Guys, what else do you look for in shonen Anime?
Bounty hunter themed with action, comedy, and seriousness.
If you like Cowboy Bebop then you would enjoy Black Lagoon also. Both shows contain and lot of action and gun-slinging. Whereas Cowboy Bebop's main obsjective is bounty hunting Black Lagoon is more of a guns for hire.
Same cybern-western atmosphere and action.
Both have some crazy-#*%$ bounty hunters that are AWESOME! Also have some great action scenes and well-fleshed out characters in both.
the story has the same type of feel although BL is a little more realistic where as CB is more sci-fi both animes where really well done
Cowboy bebop and Black Lagoon are 2 of my top animes that I have watched. Both feature cold blooded protagonists who take no crap from anyone! (Literally, Spike doesn't eat food that is qualified as "Crap.") Black Lagoon has more action, while Bebop has more depth to story while the action happens! Black Lagoon's action can be best described as a zesty gangsta twist. Cowboy bebop's action can best be described as fluid motion with a hint of gunplay. (Ok, maybe more than a hint!) Both animes are excellent! I would watch Bebop before Lagoon to get a real sense for the action that lies ahead.
Both have some intense action scenes and the main characters and overall formula feel very similar. Cowboy Bebop is sci-fi while Black Lagoon is present day
-Each episode has its own small story.
-Interesting cast of main characters, all having a generally vague backstory.
-Side characters are very interesting as well.
-Stylistic action with subtle humor mixed in (not mostly slapstick)
They are more or less the same type of show, except Black Lagoon has story arcs that span multiple episodes unlike Cowboy Bebop in which each episode has its own little story. There are a lot of similar characters too. Revy=Faye, Dutch=Jet, and Benny=Edward(Mainly how they are both computer savvy). They also have the two best English dubs I have ever heard. Overall they are both very good action shows.
Spike is very similar to Rock; they both like to use problems to produce effects for bypassing harm.
These anime also like to have people team up with each other, and they have problems shunned.
Themed around freelancers seeking living expenses
Both are Action packed and awesome drama + funny moments
Love nothing better than gorgeous women, guns and following the adventures of a rag-tag group of people brought together by odd circumstances?
Then Black Lagoon is the anime for you! This anime follows the story of a Japanese business man who gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time where he meets a beautiful, and deadly woman named Revy. Now Revy is my kind of woman; experienced, able to hold her liquor, never says no to a fight, never leaves home without her trusty Beretta M92's and of course has got some fine curves. Rock is your average run-of-the-mill business man who is the lapdog of the higher up executives, and who has become fed up with not climbing the business world ladder.
Through some odd circumstances they end up travelling together and overcoming obstacles that neither could've done without eachother.
This is an unforgettable anime that is worth every second, and I hope you choose to watch it!
Nonstop action, colorful and believable characters, and the ability to make you want to just keep watching more make these two great anime easily comparable. While Cowboy Bebop is sci-fi and Black Lagoon is not, the pace and general feel of the shows is very similar.
Episodic shows, similar characters with dark pasts and similar humour
Both these anime have a dark atmosphere around them, but also a good dose of humor and interesting well-developed characters. The cast of each these anime go through many smaller adventures before reaching the finale.
If you take the basics of what each character is, then most of the cast in Black Lagoon are similar to the cast of Bebop. both shows also have the same plot for the most part. (Bounty hunters trying to put food on the table)
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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