Meet Spike Spiegel and Jet Black, a drifter and a retired cyborg cop who have started a bounty hunting partnership. In the converted ship The Bebop, Spike and Jet search the galaxy for criminals with bounties on their heads. They meet a lot of interesting characters, including the unusually intelligent dog Ein, the bizarre hacker child prodigy Ed, and the voluptuous and vexing femme fatale, Faye Valentine.
The series premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3 until June 26, 1998, broadcasting only twelve episodes and a special due to its controversial adult-themed content. The entire twenty-six episodes of the series were later broadcast on WOWOW from October 24 until April 24, 1999.
Cowboy Bebop became a critical and commercial success both in Japanese and international markets (most notably in the United States), garnered several major anime and science fiction awards upon its release, and received wide acclaim for its style, characters, story, voice acting, animation, and soundtrack. In the years since its release, critics have hailed Cowboy Bebop as a masterpiece and frequently cite it as one of the greatest anime titles of all time. Credited with helping to introduce anime to a new wave of Western viewers in the early 2000s, Cowboy Bebop has also been labeled a gateway series for the medium as a whole.
– Марсиански каубой
– Csillagközi fejvadászok
– Kovboj Bebop
– 카우보이 비밥
– Kaubojus Bebopas
– Kaubojus Bibopas
– Kovboy Bebop
– Ковбой Бибоп ТВ
– Ковбой Бібоп ТБ
– راعي البقر بيبوب, کابوی بیباپ
Cowboy Bebop (カウボーイビバップ Kaubōi Bibappu) is a Japanese animated science-fiction television series animated by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe.
The early part of the season were introductory episodes that could almost stand on their own. The show covers many genres including one episode paying homage to Alien with its horror science fiction vibe, but with a slight touch of comedy. Some episodes even tackle other philosophical debates like can you have a soul without a body?
As the series progress, we gradually see some back story to each of our ensemble casts. Each has a tragic history that makes you feel closer to them. There isn’t an overall story-arc for Cowboy Bebop, but repeating individual story arc that may pop in and out throughout the season. The crew of the Bebop has a recurring motif of constantly having no food and being broke.
The gorgeous animation and art styles are dark with a somber color palette. The quirky and seldom goofy comedy help to lighten up the mood. The music is also excellent with the jazzy opening and the soothing melancholy ending theme. The aerial dog fights are also impressive, not quite to the level of Macross Plus, but it is still remarkable.
The show was deeper than your normal anime and treat its audiences with respect and assume we aren’t idiots. It is one of those rare shows that defines what anime can be and converted many viewers to the medium.
I highly recommend the series to everyone. Cowboy Bebop contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for mature audiences.
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