Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop is a franchise comprised of 2 movies, 1 anime series, 2 manga series
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An occasionally melancholy space western, Cowboy Bebop combines action, farce, and philosophy to create one of anime's greatest hits.

Overview

Cowboy Bebop is a "space western" anime (a theme similar to the Trigun series) written by Keiko Nobumoto and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe. Unlike Trigun, it takes a more serious and darker tone and uses more realistic technology, such as firearms. A short series, only 26 episodes of Cowboy Bebop were created. The series follows a group of bounty hunters traveling on their ship named the Bebop. Each episode revolves around a bounty which the characters are trying to take. Though they often take on large bounties, they usually rack up some big costs, someone else gets there first, or everything goes wrong at the last minute. When the crew isn't hunting, they're usually whining about the Bebop's empty fridge.

A unique aspect of Cowboy Bebop is the obvious influence which American musical styles have had on the series. Many songs throughout each episode are Jazz, and action scenes were created to go with the songs. Many episodes borrow their names from popular music, such as "Honky Tonk Women" and "My Funny Valentine", or musical genre styles, like "Mushroom Samba."

There were two manga adaptations of the series.

Plot

The team
The team

Set in the future, Spike Spiegel and Jet Black are bounty hunters who have trouble raking in a bounty. Not that they have any problem apprehending criminals-- they're both very skilled --but things tend to fall through at the end, either because they've destroyed something expensive or their bounty slips away at the last minute. They ride around in their ship, the Bebop, and occasionally pick up companions, such as erstwhile rival/ally Faye Valentine, young computer genius Ed, or the remarkably intelligent welsh corgi Ein. Over time, everyone's past comes back to haunt them: Faye was cryogenically frozen decades prior and then used by the man who unfroze her. Left in a future where she has no connection to anyone anymore, she bounty hunts and sleeps around to get by, trying to act detatched. Jet had been a cop until his partner betrayed him and he lost an arm, now replaced by a cybernetic limb. As for Spike...he was a member of the Red Dragon mafia, until he fell into a love triangle with his partner Vicious and the mysterious Julia. The series does not have an overarching plot per se, preferring to focus on how each character deals with his or her past, present and future.

Characters

Spike Spiegel (スパイク・スピーゲル Supaiku Supīgeru)
Voiced by: Koich Yamadera Steven Blum

Former member of the Red Dragon Syndicate turned bounty hunter.

Jet Black (ジェット・ブラック Jetto Burakku)
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka Beau Billingslea

Former member of ISSP turned bounty hunter. Owner of the Bebop

Faye Valentine (フェイ・ヴァレンタイン Fei Varentain)
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara , Wendee Lee

After spending 54 years in suspended animation and being left with debt due to a con artist she becomes first a bounty then a member of the Bebop crew.

Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV (エドワード・ウォン・ハウ・ペペル・チブルスキー4世 Edowādo Won Hau Peperu Chiburusukī Yonsei) *Francoise Appledehli (birth name)
Voiced by: Aoi Tada (Japanese), Melissa Fahn (English)

An eccentric teenage girl who also happens to be a hacker prodigy and member of the Bebop crew.

EIn (アイン Ain)
Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera

A Pembroke Welsh Corgi that due to genetic enhancements is far smarter than your average Corgi came to be part of the team while Spike was chasing Abdul Hakim who originally stole the "data dog" from a research facility.

Other major characters

Vicious (ビシャス Bishasu)
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto Skip Stellrecht

Member of the Red Dragon Syndicate as well as Spikes former best friend and the main protagonist.

Julia (ジュリア Juria)
Voiced by: Gara Takashima (Japanese), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English)

Former girlfriend of Vicious.

Anime

Cowboy Bebop (April 3, 1998 - June 26, 1998) (October 24,1998 - April 24, 1999)

The anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and written by Keiko Nobumoto started on April 3, 1998 but was aborted and ended on June 26, 1998 due to its graphic adult themes only airing 12 episodes and a special. The entire 26 episodes of the series was aired from October 24, 1998 until April 24, 1999.

Manga

Cowboy Bebop: Shooting Star (May 1998 - October 1998)

The first of two manga adaptions both written by Hajime Yatate. The first series was illustrated by Cain Kuga and consisted of 2 volumes which ran from May to October 1998.

Cowboy Bebop ( April 1999 - April 2000)

The second series also written by Hajime Yatate but illustrated by Yutaka Nanten. The series consists of 3 volumes and originally ran from April 1999 until April 2000.

OVA

Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (September 1, 2001)

Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe with the screenplay written by Keiko Nobumoto, based on the Cowboy Bebop anime series was released in Japan on September 1, 2001.

General Information Edit
Name: Cowboy Bebop
Name: カウボーイビバップ
Romaji: Kaubōi Bibappu
Aliases:
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