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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
Producers: Bandai Visual
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.831 (scored by 230,019 users)
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Ranked: #222
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Popularity: #31
Members: 410,179
Favorites: 26,094
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Episodes: /26


In the year 2071, humanity has colonized several of the planets and moons of the solar system leaving the now uninhabitable surface of planet Earth behind. The Inter Solar System Police attempts to keep peace in the galaxy, aided in part by outlaw bounty hunters, referred to as "Cowboys". The ragtag team aboard the spaceship Bebop are two such individuals.

Mellow and carefree Spike Spiegel is balanced by his boisterous, pragmatic partner Jet Black as the pair makes a living chasing bounties and collecting rewards. Thrown off course by the addition of new members that they meet in their travels—Ein, a genetically engineered, highly intelligent Welsh Corgi; femme fatale Faye Valentine, an enigmatic trickster with memory loss; and the strange computer whiz kid Edward Wong—the crew embarks on thrilling adventures that unravel each member's dark and mysterious past little by little.

Well-balanced with high density action and light-hearted comedy, Cowboy Bebop is a space Western classic and an homage to the smooth and improvised music it is named after.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


When Cowboy Bebop first aired in spring of 1998 on TV Tokyo, only 12 of the show's 26 episodes aired. Anime censorship had increased following the big controversies over Evangelion, and most of Bebop was pulled from the air due to violent content. Satelite channel WOWOW picked up the show in the fall of that year and aired the full series uncensored. It wasn't a ratings hit in Japan, but nevertheless was well-liked enough to win Best Male Character (for Spike Spiegel) and Best Voice Actor (for Megumi Hayashibara as Faye Valentine) at the 1999 and 2000 Anime Grand Prix. Its biggest influence has been in America, where it premiered on Adult Swim in 2001 with many reruns since. The show's heavy Western influence struck a chord with American viewers, where it became a "gateway drug" to anime aimed at adult audiences.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Spiegel, Spike
Spiegel, Spike
Yamadera, Kouichi
Yamadera, Kouichi
Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, Edward
Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, Edward
Tada, Aoi
Tada, Aoi
Valentine, Faye
Valentine, Faye
Hayashibara, Megumi
Hayashibara, Megumi
Black, Jet
Black, Jet
Ishizuka, Unshou
Ishizuka, Unshou


Minami, Masahiko
Minami, Masahiko
Maseba, Yutaka
Maseba, Yutaka
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Director, Script, Storyboard
Kobayashi, Katsuyoshi
Kobayashi, Katsuyoshi
Sound Director

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Asteroid Blues
Asteroid Blues (アステロイド・ブルース)
Oct 24, 1998
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
4 Gateway Shuffle
Gateway Shuffle (ゲイトウェイ・シャッフル)
Nov 14, 1998
5 Ballad of Fallen Angels
Datenshi-tachi no Ballad (堕天使たちのバラッド)
Nov 21, 1998

Edit Opening Theme

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

Edit 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
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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Jan 5, 2014
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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Jan 30, 2009
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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