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Cowboy Bebop

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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: Saturdays at 01:00 (JST)
Producers: Bandai Visual
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.821 (scored by 430,486 users)
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Ranked: #272
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Popularity: #38
Members: 854,427
Favorites: 46,141


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. 
report Recommended by BlueYoshi
Both these animes have great music, lovable main characters that are infailable gunmen. Both of these animes have some of the best gun martial arts, and gun fights in Anime. 
report Recommended by Sandgolem
both have some great gun fights,the dark backgrounds of the main characters  
report Recommended by Zero
They are both set in space and both deal with crime and adventure. Also the animation style is similar.  
report Recommended by June
Both of them are themed around Jazz and Blues. Both animes display alot of martial arts and gunplay. Definetily check out Baccano! if you loves Cowboy Bebop! 
report Recommended by Sandgolem
-Both feature bounty hunters -Both have a disfunctional space crew -Both had Shinichirō Watanabe as director of the series. 
report Recommended by Daitomodachi
they both have the same coool feeling and both have a jazzy starting. Only one is a criminal escaped from prison and the other a Bounty hunter. 
report Recommended by -smitty-
It shares a lot of the same themes and the main characters are somewhat similar. Both are unable to forget their past and move forward. The most obvious is the the style and the music as well.  
report Recommended by teletha
You can beat me up, but they're really almost the same. Firstly it's the plot structure - combination of serious and comedy episodes is the main feature for both, different length (26 eps vs >150 eps) doesn't stop them from showing some bizarre and random unconnected stories for one or few episodes length with some great story line behind the scene. Secondly it's the characters, Gintoki resembles Spike in all respects, they're both easygoing attractive guys with some dark past and fellows that was their friends but now they're enemies; you can beat me up one more time, but I think Kagura was created under  read more 
report Recommended by Iahel
Both Protagonists are kinda labeled as the anti-heroes and both have a dark past which both have antagonists that can be compared to with Vicious and Makishima. Set in a futuristic world with a Noir atmosphere, its a must see! 
report Recommended by IchiroEX
While they have very different plots and characters, they have a strangely similar feel. Both have strong western influences, an episodic sequence to most of the season until the end resolves the plot with a very serious tone. Most episodes have a similar format, with seemingly easy or innocuous assignments/bounties/activities of the characters turning into crazy chases through the city by the end. Both anime also require a bit of reading between the lines to understand what the episodes are really about, and many have a philosophical note to them. The music is also very similar, with jazzy beats throughout both. If you like one,  read more 
report Recommended by noirgrimoir
Futuristic animes that have characters who are Kick Ass! The main characters in both animes, the Major for GITS and Spike for Bebop, both have strong convictions and an unknown past that fuels their character's values.  
report Recommended by xaynie
Cowboy Bebop has more fantasy to it then Lupin III has, but both deal with the same kind of characters on episodic (mis-)adventures throughout the series. Both are action-packed and have a small cast of characters. 
report Recommended by Xadyu3000
Both are serious, mysterious, mature, intriguing, and well written. Shinichiro Watanabe did the storyboard for them both. 
report Recommended by Danish
both are stories about a pair of bounty hunters, and they're daily lives, and they're adventures; including dealing with the past of one of the main protagonist involving an old psychotic partner and an organization they left because of a woman, that is out to get them. Along the way, the main protagonist meets a partner, who was a police detectives and now they hunt bounties together, trying to be free, while dealing with the fact they are dirt poor, and starving most of the time. 
report Recommended by kage-bunshin
It's futuristic in nature and has the same "overcast", melancholly tone to it. The characters are increadibly similar to eachother; Spike Spiegel and Roger Smith (both voiced by Stephen Blum in English) are both cool and collected characters with beloved allies that annoy them to no end. Faye Valentine and Angel (both voiced by Wendee Lee in English) are both selfish women looking to restore their lost memories and who become unwillingly in love with the main character. Both fantastic. 
report Recommended by Neite
SOULFUL narrative from the industry's best, the legendary duo, director Watanabe Shinichiro and music composer Yoko Kanno 
report Recommended by AmberFebruary
The stoty is really different, but the feeling is colse, exspecially the ending gives the same moral. The the song writer is the same, and it gives the sipirt to the show. 
report Recommended by erda
The Overall vibe is pretty similar. Both shows have that futuristic junk feel to them, plus The Mc personalities are quite similar. 
report Recommended by fleurobin
They have -go with the flow- underdog characters. Episodic sctructure uses the routine of dealing with people's problems around as the main story progresses. Both puts importance in scientific and engineering accuracy and realistic future depiction. Their animation fluidity goes up a notch in action heavy scenes. 
report Recommended by Spunkie
Both series are influenced to a certain extent by music, specifically types of jazz. Bebop in Cowboy Bebop and Ragtime in Coyote Ragtime Show; so they share the same kind of musical vibe. Both series have a very sci-fi western feel and both are set in an alternate reality where space travel is both possible and used by the every day man. The characters in both series are also fairly similar; the main gang in Cowboy Bebop are bounty hunters and the main gang in Coyote Ragtime Show are treasure hunters (quite like pirates). Both series have episodes set in space and other episodes set  read more 
report Recommended by Touka
Both have lovely artwork and music. They also are both science fiction and have similar mecha designs (due to sharing creative staff members).  
report Recommended by Nofio
Each episode is told from a different perspective of another character. This makes storytelling very similar in both anime. 
report Recommended by staI1n
Gun Sword has a VERY similar feel to Cowboy Bebop and the characters design and animation are also very alike, particularly Van/Spike and Carmen99/Faye. Both are fabulous space westerns that you should watch.  
report Recommended by allegro665
Gives you a real similar vibe, episodic & smooth adventure; for one in Italia, and the other in great Space. 
report Recommended by IsItAragnor
Hear me out: • Both have great dubs • Very similar MCs • Both have beautiful animation that never stays still • There are a ton of subtle similarities you'll notice along the way; too many to list. 
report Recommended by BoredOfYou
+Both feel similar . +Both are old . +Both have Action, Adventure, Comedy genre . +Both have similar art . +Both main character are quite similar . If you are fan of Cowboy Bebop then you will sure love this anime . 
report Recommended by TrOjAnHoRsE
Both got some insane bounty hunters. Enough said :) 
report Recommended by joshspeagle
This anime is freaking tribute for Cowboy Bebop. Protagonist looks like Spike and has really similar nature. Except that you''ll see in this anime a lot of details which are connected to Cowboy. If you are not sure, just check the ending :D 
report Recommended by KamildeBielau
The anime themselves aren't really alike at all, however if you liked the main character of one, you'll like the other. They're both funny and great in a fight, and overall feel almost like the same character. 
report Recommended by FukouDa
MC in Dimension W is obviously inspired by Spike from Cowboy Bebop. It includes character design, choreography and initial settings such as job, friends, with whom he's not very close, troubled past with a woman. Character development takes different routes though. If you like lovable/pitiful idiots with superhuman fighting abilities, these two series are exquisite examples. Differences: art style; music (Dimension W sux, Cowboy Bebop has one of the best soundtracks in all animation); character development patterns; humor patterns; general feeling, you're left with after watching 
report Recommended by NeoYojik
It felt like a story from Cowboy Bebop. They share the same melancholic atmosphere and the cold, lonely space setting echoing only with the sound of music by Yoko Kanno. 
report Recommended by Kaylanna
Jorumungand and Cowboy bebop each share a unique style of story line where there really is no dominating over-arching plot. Each episode is self-contained yet part of the whole. Even when it comes to background characters, each one goes into depth about their back stories so you understand why they act the way they act. Not to mention each of these anime have a healthy dose of action. 
report Recommended by HyakkiYagyo
Gunsmith Cats and Cowboy Bebop both have a similar western style and loads of good action. They have a very jazzy intro song done in a 1970's split screen style. Both have good writing with good characters and humor.  
report Recommended by Hellspawn28
Badass, lone-wolf MCs in a space setting. Both shows are mostly episodic (though Cobra has some longer arcs) and the OSTs are jazzy and great. Cobra is a bit goofier and definitely more OTT at most times, but overall they have a very similar setup and feeling. 
report Recommended by Pullman
Onihei and Cowboy Bebop do not fit conventions of a serial (episodic show). Essentially, they both discard the format for normal plots. The score is also very good for both. Onihei has a jazzy score, similar to what you'd expect from Shinichiro Watanabe, or other Western influenced directors. Although they are sequential in timeframe, they seem to drift. The reason why they both seem this way is because a plot is secondary to the tone. Each episode is a pseudo-standalone, with its own premise. This elicits a mood of relaxation, and it's ultimately very refreshing. Also, doing  read more 
report Recommended by SamuraiSteve
Both gunshooting action with dark plots. Both are also sci fi and in a way, you feel that Spike and Viscious are similar to the Brandon and Harry in their pasts and struggles. Many, many signinficant scenes that will leave you thinking that it's just like how it happened in that other anime, and you'll know what I mean if you watch both series from start to finish. 
report Recommended by jamesx33
Character driven series that are full of interesting characters and mystery. With their fare share of fights. The main cast in both series hold mysterious pasts that led them to be together and are key elements of the plot. There is a chill and mello vibe that is felt in the portrayal of both series and they both have awesome music that really adds to the viewing experience.  
report Recommended by retii
This anime is totally kick ass! Both Spike, and Kanta are really kick ass with their jobs. One is a merc, the other is a bounty hunter? The difference is comedy! If you like action series that just totally kick ass...Watch DP. 
report Recommended by ViewtifulJak
Both are sci-fi comedies about a guy and his companions and their andventures in a space. Both were mady by same director. Cowboy Bebop is more drama. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
Very similar in terms of the character roles of the main four, as well as the 'mercenaries for hire, on a spaceship' premise. The lead, Joe, is a little like Spike; him being a quiet, charismatic, and somewhat cool young guy. His love interest, and the second crew member, Alfin, is like Faye in the sense that she's the noisiest character, as well as the only one with sex appeal. Talos is CJ's Jet - his bulky build and wisdom gained from living longer than the others making him the most mature of the team. And, completing the list, Ricky is CJ's very own Ed -  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Both are mostly episodic with a subplot forming very passively through the series. But the reason you will like both is that they have the same type of viewing experience. The nice soundtrack in Cowboy Bebop and the beautiful artwork in Mushishi really make for a lovely viewing experience. There is also the same serene mood in both series (although both can be quite exciting at times). 
report Recommended by PawnDa
Both take place in a cyberpunk setting and spend most of its run telling episodic stories about characters that ultimately tie in to a central plotline later on. 
report Recommended by iBlewupthemoon
Similar protagonists and both of them have partners that are 7 feet tall...Same kind of atmosphere....etc. 
report Recommended by samseison
Both have a retro style look and both have stories that begins and ends in the same episode. Protagonists are alike, Ryo Saeba and Spike Spiegel are cool, a little lazy, little comic and use a gun as main weapon. Also, Ryo Saeba are more comic and perverted. 
report Recommended by bereta002
I don't know why, but amazing visuals, fast-paced action, gorgeous sound, attention to detail. Well basically they don't make them like they used too. Other than that, not too similar at all. 
report Recommended by dogbunny
In many ways Cowboy Bebop is a lot like a Lupin III in space. Both involve dangerous missions for money, beautiful women and dashes of comedy. Cowboy Bebop is more darker and violent than "Cagliostro" but both give you a feeling of high flying adventure! 
report Recommended by TVC15
Cowboy Bebop earns its reputation for its combination of fighting and original character matchings, as does Code Geass. If you liked Spike, Zero takes it to a much larger scale when Spike's close range combat is bought into the scale of international war. 
report Recommended by tommoyang
Both take place far in the future where earth is a wasteland of its former glory, both have advanced technology, and both take place in space. 
report Recommended by Vroknokmen
Character development. The story in both is minimal yet strong, but Haruhi is a fantasy-comedy while Bebop is a sci-fi-dramedy. Dose of interesting events. 
report Recommended by LoidNerdy101
The feelings of both shows are similar since as the story processes, more characters are taken out making it more lonely. For the most part, it reflects on their point of views and their backgrounds. Both have great action, soundtrack, animation, and development. Also similar conclusions as well. I found some character similarities, Kiritsugu=Spike, Kirei=Vicious, Rider=Jet and Kiritsugu's band has the same amount that Spike has. Trust me it's linear since each episodes focuses on the story then they show backstories and pasts, etc. 
report Recommended by SlaughterDagger
Both of these animes have those nostalgic vibes of the past that give the stories their "romantic"/ wistful feel to them. Dang, that sounded like a long shot, but I'm not far off. In any case, both of them produced similar feelings for the viewer: me. 
report Recommended by LucianRoy
Like Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop shares some similarities with Iria, in that it is set in world with multiple settled planets, each with their own customs, and where space travel between them is cheap and common. Kind of a cyber-punky world. Where they differ, is that Iria and Outlaw Star, definitely have a more "far out" feel in that they seem very removed from our own world, like far future, or another galaxy. Cowboy Bebop on the other hand, clearly takes place in the future of our own present world, and includes references to the Earth, and so has some elements that tie it in  read more 
report Recommended by Sara_Isayama
If you enjoyed the character based adventure of Cowboy Bebop, Saiyuki may be the show for you. It's about fifty episodes, but it's well worth it. 
report Recommended by phantom234
how to watch cowboy bebop similar plot in just 4 episodes 
report Recommended by ABDONOVAN
Cowboy Bebop its like the oldest version of Bungou Stray dogs, because those have a problem with mafia organization, one problem per episode and there's a character became a mafia in the past (english s*ck) 
report Recommended by H3m1D
Format is 2 seasons of episodic police/detective drama. Bungou has a similiar, but slightly brighter noir detective aesthetic. Similiar comedic elements interject the main story. Excellent character development (especially Season 2 Opening Arc). This series covers themes such as redemption and regret. Well executed fight scenes and a good pacing between backstory and progressing an overall narrative (in this way Bungou Stray Dogs might be better).  
report Recommended by vinchenso
Very strange recommendation, but there's an arc in both where a character, who had previously been under a veil of mystery, had to approach their past and put things behind them, with both of these arcs including fighting an old friend over a woman. This recommendation isn't for the shows as a whole, but how these arcs parallel. They're both incredibly well-written and emotion evoking. I assume more people have seen Bebop, so check out the Initial D franchise if you have the time. 
report Recommended by BoredOfYou
While the themes and the mood differ, the cyber punk setting is definitely prominent in both. 
report Recommended by BakedAsPotato
The stories are about space adventure in the single spaceship that have a specific name presented in the title of the anime. Sometimes characters are in the complicated relationship or other way round don't care about each other. And of course both anime are created by the same studio. 
report Recommended by radimir_kun
Both are very stylistic and irreverent. Although they have very different tones, they are similar in pacing. 
report Recommended by SamuraiSteve
They both have really good (but different) music throughout the show 
report Recommended by Jacob-Killmaki
-Both are set in space, but not outside solar system -Both have great jazzy soundtrack -Both are stunningly animated 
report Recommended by DurangaVoe
This is another episodic anime where each episdoes can be pretty much watched individually, so if thats what you liked about Bebop then you may like this show too.  
report Recommended by AndroidRoberts
"Sweet Friday" / "Yasashii Kinyoubi" and "Cowboy Bebop" may be very different conceptually, but they both incorporate many interesting Western popular culture influences within their art and design. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
Both series have dark main charachters that you can't help but root for. They both live in futuristic societies, and are both really enjoyable to watch. One other similarity would be that in the English Dub Gokuu and Spike have the same voice actor. Because of that, Midnight Eye: Gokuu made me feel like I was watching another Cowboy Bebop episode 
report Recommended by skyhei1995
Two episodic soft sci-fi shows made by Sunrise. Both set in space. Both about down-on-their-luck space mercenary types getting into misadventures that rarely pay off. Similar feel and mechanical design.  
report Recommended by dickteautwins
this may look like a strange rec because one piece is over 800 & cowboy bebop is only 26 though they are similar because every one in the crew of both ships makes a crucial part in the story & some of one piece arcs remind me of episods in cowboy bebop 
report Recommended by LawDYayaoui
Both deal with crazy shenanigans happening in space and the main character and the crew have to catch the culprit.  
report Recommended by Third-Impact
Both have jazzy soundtracks and stories that deal with ragtag group of misfits who have different goals and dark pasts that haunt them in a stylish manner. One of the P5's cast Futaba has in common with Edward as a shout out. 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
Both animes follow a very likeable cast of characters whose main goal is to take down their respective enemies (Outlaws in Cowboy Bebop and Titans in Attack on Titan). The characters are each trying to overcome a terrible past and do what they can to support each other through hardships. 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
The first thing you may think when seeing this is, what the heck does Meme Iroiro Yume no Tabi have in common with Cowboy Bepop? Well, there are many things. * MIYT has battles in space and land battles in some episodes, which is a main theme in Cowboy Bebop. * These shows are both hit-or-miss. You either like them or you don't. * Each protagonist have a good, original backstory. * There is a lot of humor in the shows. 
report Recommended by jretzios
Both series excel in terms of atmosphere. Thematically, both explore the distinction between simply living and being alive, and emphasize that nothing really changes about individuals and the world. Both have melancholic endings and moments during which the individual may be thrown into the "void." Although vastly different, they both have appeal as human stories; Bebop is more specific by emphasizing human interactions while Texhnolyze focuses upon encapsulating humanity as a whole.  
report Recommended by zenmodeman
The eternal romance between anime and cyberpunk once again demonstrated in these great works. 
report Recommended by Moddrin
Each MC (I'm going to go with Spike and Satiama) are both laid-back and nonchalant Villans can be quite ridiculous and outrageous, which I find to be a nice plus The series themselves are episodic, but are excellent comedies  
report Recommended by Qpeirndndbwuei
Both anime are VERY different story wise but both have a great cast of unique characters. So if you watch anime for good characters I highly recommend. (Sorry this is my first recommendation and I don't really have much to say ._.) 
report Recommended by ZoeUchiha
Brilliant story and characters & good action 
report Recommended by Itachi_Delta
Akito the Exiled and Cowboy Bebop feature Sci Fi elements in a futuristic environment where an MC in both shows have a dark past to overcome before moving on. Not to mention the main cast is similar too as well as the antagonist. Both have jazzy soundtrack produced by none other than the all time great Yoko Kanno and feature badass action sequences. Another note is that both series are produced by Sunrise. 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
This is really somewhat of a jump. But cowboy bebop and bartender are heavily themed around one´s past, what makes us being what we are? what have made us to reach to this point in life? and so on. Cowboy bebop is of course far more action packed and one can see cowboy bebop without really being into the cowboy bebop´s depths of human psychology. Bartender has no action at and is all about the characters. And they are both somewhat episodic, of course bartender being more episodic than cowboy bebop. 
report Recommended by ProfaneValkyrie
I know this is a weird rec. While they're vastly different in terms of tone, setting, etc, the main characters go on similar situations. The main group tries to go on different tasks (bounties in Cowboy Bebop and quests in Konosuba) to get some reward money to pay for their needs. However, despite being successful in those tasks, they unfortunately lose their reward money due to stuff like repairing damages. As a result, they have to do another task all over again. The group also consists of the MC, who's the only sane person among them, the childish 13 year-old girl and the team pet  read more 
report Recommended by TheKawaiiToon
Both are Space Operas and dip into the Space Western genres. They lack many similarities in plot and characters (except for a rather uncanny similarity between Harlock and Vicious, appearance-wise, right down to the creepy bird) but through genre alone they are quite related and both have themes of 'space'='freedom'. Harlock is also one of the forerunners of Space Opera anime in general, so any fan of Bebop should see where the influences came from, and any fan of Harlock couldn't do wrong with what's been called one of the best anime ever made EVER.  
report Recommended by noirgrimoir
Both anime came out in a similar time period (late 90's-early 2000's), and have similar animation. Cowboy Bebop and Mezzo Forte are action-packed anime with bounty hunters and have a well done presented relationships with the main cast of characters. The main characters in both series are very enjoyable and memorable. While Mezzo Forte is listed as a hentai, the edited version is safe to watch. I recommended checking the edited version out if you don't like sex scenes. If you like one, you will enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Hellspawn28
No I'm not mad there's one thing that they have in common. I mean Alex resambles Spike not only in deadly skills but both are deeply touched by past and thus shares only one reason to live - vengeance 
report Recommended by Rychulubicz
Jazz and futuristic technology and setting.  
report Recommended by HooHiraiBunny
Both mix very good music with some very stylish action sequences. Both are episodic and don't really have an interconnecting story, and both were dubbed amazingly well. As each episode tells its own story, some of them can be quite emotional, and some can be better than others. But they both have graphic content, have elements that are targeted towards Americans, and are fun to watch now and then. 009 has more of a 007 approach to the stories, as many of the episodes reference the Cold War, deal with multiple countries, and feel a bit old fashioned. It also has a lower episode count, which could hamper  read more 
report Recommended by Otaking09
Both are space story with melancholic atmosphere. Some characters are similar, and the end make cry. 
report Recommended by Reiko-nyan
Cool protagonists, fiction-based adventurous drama. Nice actions & a good sense of humor from time to time.  
report Recommended by bottle
There both set in a future after a great disaster happen, mechs or spaceships, both stories surronding misfits that find a purpose in alliegal or shady bussiness and great music. 
report Recommended by gizmo99
both space opera. the main team shows similar feelings. 
report Recommended by mooncrypt
Both Cowboy Bebop and Tokyo Godfathers are both very character-driven stories. 
report Recommended by NoBadsign
The two main characters are alike, Spike from cowboy bebop and George from Kaze no Youjimbo, They both have a mysterious past and both are great fighters in hand to hand combat. 
report Recommended by stonnyfor
While they may not seem very similiar on the surface, both Eureka Seven and Cowboy Bebop share a common love of 'western' pop culture. Everyone from John Coltrane to the Beastie Boys is either name-dropped or referenced in both series, while character's designs referernce famous characters from English-language film. Both drink deeply from American and British pop culture and have great music too. 
report Recommended by Hound_of_Ulster
Space ships, bounty hunters, space pirates... do you rely need to know more?  
report Recommended by Dille
Both involve traveling through space, meeting people and having adventures.  
report Recommended by Danish
This was one of the first anime i watched. It can be a little confusing, especially if you don't watch it in order. But once i had gotten through the entire series it had easily set itself on the anime throne if not within reaching distance. 
report Recommended by Genyss
Had a similar "Cowboy Bebop" feeling when watching. However Mnemosyne contains quite some nudity and might be a bit extreme.. sometimes *cough* 
report Recommended by Kozooo
Both are, for the most part, episodic until the last few episodes- which is when they both explode into awesomeness 
report Recommended by RedBardIsCool
Both are (mostly) set in space, have great music, and have a beautiful, seductive woman with that certain awesome hairstyle (Faye/Layla) who develops feelings for the male protagonist (Spike/Oji) even though he's already taken. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Gritty, mature, fantastic anime with overall the same style. The characters and their relationships are similar to the extreme: the male protagonist (Spike/Saiga) is an apathetic and unemotional man who has a special eye and needs to closely touch death in order to feel alive, and who is not interested in the sexy, dangerous gunslinger girl who has a crush on him (Faye/Ginza), but only cares about the woman he loves (Julia/Kagura). The main villains (Vicious/Suitengu) are also alike, as they're both cruel, white-haired men who want the protagonist's woman for themselves, and who have a carillon in their background story. Even though Speed Grapher is not  read more 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Both are about a misterious future and deteriorated society. love history it isn't the main point and visually they are very similar too. 
report Recommended by ariragues
They both have young protagonists who try to find someone that they love for their own purpose. They both have pretty much the same feel but except Full Moon is for children. Cowboy Bebop is for older teens and maybe older preteens (10 and up). 
report Recommended by Pitrocks14
Main Protagonist are strikingly similar due to their resemblance and the story is dark and light at the same time. Drama is involved not only the main characters but others as well. 
report Recommended by Rikudo14
One is considered an All time Great while the other may be an anime that has received mixed reviews. They both have a very strong plot with large voids that create questions and character to the animation. Trinity Blood doesn't quite have as strong of character development or character magnetism, but still have great development mechanism, and leaves plenty to the imagination. Overall plot is different, one is an outlaw/bounty hunter model, where the other is "government agent" style approach. Both leave you wanting more.  
report Recommended by JoHowdy123
A grand story filled with madness, memorable characters, humor and story arcs many anime have copied. If you're looking for a little escapism give this one a shot. The dubbed version is pretty good too. 
report Recommended by Gin_Blossom
Both of these over-the-top sci-fi action series have episodes that tell various different stories, making them episodic enough that you can easily pick them up where you left off. 
report Recommended by 1231415333
Although Rurouni Kenshin - Tsuiokuhen doesn't have as many episodes and therefor not the same level of development it's plot is comparable to the underlying plot of Cowboy Bebop. There is the same sort of melancholy beneath the exterior of the protagonist and the fight scenes are on par with Cowboy Bebop. Also the Rurouni Kenshin series (Shishio arc) is something that I believe people who liked Cowboy Bebop would like. However there aren't many series that can compete with Cowboy Bebop in quality so don't go in expecting another CB. 
report Recommended by PawnDa
In both series, the main characters take on dangerous jobs/missions as a bounty hunter or "Getbacker" in hopes that their hard work would finally free them from their poverty and grumblings about having no money. Despite being very successful at what they do and completing their jobs, money still manages to elude them and onto the next job they go.  
report Recommended by lunafly
Both are sci fis. The tone of their story is similar, even though Blue Gender is more mature than Cowboy Bebop in some aspects and somewhat grimier, darker. 
report Recommended by SeekingWaylander
It is a really great time with great animation and an even better score. The dubbed version is spot on with the casting just like Bebop. The bounty hunter aspect is utilized in a fun and fresh way, it is definitely more upbeat. The side characters develop amazingly that I for one could have used more of, but for 26 eps the resolve and path to get there are highly recommended from this lover of all that is Anime. 
report Recommended by Cassy17
Let me be clear, in terms of story, characters, tone, and morals, these two have practically nothing in common. The reason i still make this recommendation is because both are anime that revolve around music. In Cowboy Bebop, the OST is incredible and highly composed of jazz, the names of the episodes are references to actual songs and artists, and the characters themselves are like jazz, by which i mean that they're cool, unpredictable, and move with a certain flow. In RahXephon the OST is also great though in this case composed of mostly classical, the concept is somewhat the idea of music changing the  read more 
report Recommended by Eastunder
The strength of these shows lies in the charming and cool characteristics that the protagonist exudes. Spike from Cowboy Bebop is exhibits the chill and relaxed type of cool, while Lelouch from Code Geass shows more charisma and passion in his goals. Also, both shows have fights in different mode, such as gun fights, mecha fights (in CB, it's space ship), and clash of ideals. Both anime are praised for its epic ending, even from haters. Did I mention that both are made by Sunrise? 
report Recommended by bunny1ov3r
The opening themes look alike, and sometimes the action and the bar dialogues will give make you feel a Bebop Dèja Vu.  
report Recommended by andredrezefilth
Both Devil May Cry & Cowboy Bebop have characters that are very similar. The heros of the stories, Dante - Spike. The older level headed gentleman, Morrison - Jet. The tough-as-nail female character Lady - Faye. And the precocious little girl Patty - Edward. And just like Cowboy Bebop where the characters of Spike & Faye are sometimes partners and sometimes they are also in competition against each other. The same is true with the characters of Dante & Lady 
report Recommended by General_Ledger
Same sci-fi effects and close fighting. Not similar artwork, but Cowboy Bebop always reminded me of Figure 17 or vice versa everytime I watched both of them. Except Cowboy Bebop takes place in outer space while Figure 17 mainly took place on Earth with aliens invading their homes. They both have something that teaches you something enthusing, and similar feel. Also, unique episodes, titles, and rare storylines. 
report Recommended by Pitrocks14
Both names that come up when people mention must-see anime classics. Compelling post-apocalyptic sci-fi settings that blend episodic plots with brilliant character development. In the whole, they form a story about human connection and the importance of embracing the world that you live in. 
report Recommended by BoyHime732
If you thought Blue Submarine was cool for it's use of jazz music during action sequences, you'll enjoy Bebop's fight and flight scenes. However, I cannot recommend Blue Sub to fans of Bebop, because Bebop's soundtrack is far superior and overall Blue Sub will disappoint in this department. 
report Recommended by hiddxnsystxm
Both are about bounty hunters and incorporate lots of jazz music. Bebop is in a futuristic setting while Golgo 13 is more or less the present. They are both episodic being that pretty much every episode is about chasing a new bounty instead of having an overall storyline. 
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the same contrast between the ancient and the futuristic 
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Acca gives off the same vibes as cowboy bebop from the art style and opening theme song.  
report Recommended by Lexic
“Cowboy Bebop” and “Seihou Tenshi Angel Links” are science fiction action series surrounding an odd crew operating a space ship that adventures to random places in the galaxy. On these adventures, the cast of characters get into shenanigans that lead them into awkward situations and, of course, trouble. These two shows both start off relatively lighthearted and comedic in nature, but become more serious and darker in tone as they progress towards their conclusions. Furthermore, these two anime dance around the subject of romance regarding the main characters but it is never the direct focus of the show. 
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