Anime Review: Cowboy Bebop

Genre: Space Opera

Studio: Sunrise

No of Episodes: 26

Recommended Age: 13+

My Rating: 10/10

Summary: This is the story of the four bounty hunters on the spaceship Bebop: Spike Spiegel (former Mafia hitman), Jet Black (former officer on the Intergalactic Police Force), Faye Valentine (female gambler with a huge debt), and Edward (female teen hacker). Oh and we can’t forget their cute Welsh Corgi Ein.

Review: If you had Cartoon Network back in the 90’s and 2000’s, chances are you either watched this anime or recorded it. It was a “gateway” show for many an anime fan in the 90’s.

The animation has that trademark quality that Sunrise is known for. I really like how the show looks. One of the best examples I can give is in episode 10, when we see an awesome landscape when they are on Ganymede.

The writing is also pretty good, particularly on characterization. Let’s look at each of the heroes.

Spike Spiegel is, excuse my vulgarity, straight-up badass.  He has such a laid-back attitude that noting fazes him. He believes “Whatever happens, happens.” He’s seen it all. That’s what makes him cool.

Jet Black is almost as cool as Spike.  He’s more tempermental then Spike and stronger. But he’s also the brains of the crew. His connections with the Intergalactic Police Force gives him information, he wouldn’t normally have access to, often giving him an advantage on the bounty.

Next is Faye Valentine. Faye is the one who usually pushes everyone’s buttons. She has a very feminist attitude, and on those rare occasions where she is the one who is often the first to blow all the money on gambling. She’s a very fun character and I think the show would be pretty boring without her.

Finally, there’s the youngest and second girl on the team, Edward. Edward is my favorite character. I love her energetic personality.  She’s also the strangest of the group. You never know what she’s going to do next.  She’s just nearly impossible to like.

To sum it up, Cowboy Bebop is the best anime around, if not merely one of the best. In fact, I’m willing to bet if you’re reading this, you already know how good it is. I probably don’t even need to attempt to convince you.  After all, for the longest time, it was one of Adult Swim’s highest rating shows. (But then, so was FLCL)

Music/Score: If you saw my Top 10 Cowboy Songs, you already know my opinion on this music. It rocks! Best soundtrack I ever heard!

Sub/Dub: The dub is excellent. I’ve even heard purists say that the dub is one of the few they will listen to.

Violence: (7/10)–I’d say this is pretty violent.  It’s not extremely graphic, but it certainly has its moments.

Language: (2/10)

Sexuality: (4/10)–There’s a few scenes with drag queens, and a character who is supposed to be both genders.

Nudity: (2/10)

Religion: (0/10)

Related Media: There is a movie and a manga that was published by Tokyopop.

Trivia: Yoko Kanno, the woman behind the music, also has her own band called Seat Belts. 

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