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“Cowboy Bebop” is a 26-episode TV series from 1998, which was followed in 2001 by a movie (not a sequel, but an expanded episode fitting between TV episodes 22 and 23), titled “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”. Series Art Director, Junichi Higashi, was Art Director for “Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam”, all three “City Hunter” TV seasons, and… “The Guyver” (OVA)!

In the mid-to-late 21st century, mankind travels through space by warp gates. After an accident, the Earth has become one huge post-apocalyptic slum; and Man has gone out and colonized other moons and planets in the solar system as a surrogate home.

Mars born, ex-enforcer for the Triad-esc crime syndicate, Red Dragon, Spike Spiegel managed to leave the outer space underworld in an event he refers to as his “First Death”. Plagued by regret and remorse for leaving behind his one-true-love, Julia, and for not finishing things with his one-time-close-comrade-turned-rival-and-betrayer, Vicious; Spike is taken in by gruff-ex-police-detective-with-a-heart-of-mush, Jet Black. In their episodic adventures aboard Jet’s ship, the Bebop, they meet and take in other damaged outcasts from society: the amnesiatic, seductive, ex-hood, Faye Valentine; the thirteen year old beatnik, street urchin cum expert computer hacker, Ed; and the laboratory test animal turned smartest corgi in the world, Ein (“… there are three things that I particularly hate… kids, animals, and women with attitudes. So tell me Jet, why do we have all three of them neatly gathered in our ship?!”). Together this crew travels the solar system eking out a day by day existence as bounty hunters; futuristic “cowboys” who bring vigilantly justice by collecting rewards for apprehending the vicious, violent, vagrant criminal castaways of the universe.

“Whatever happens, happens.”

A well known and liked, badass, tough guy, sci-fi, film noir-ish (in both camera angles and plot) series with a lot of humor and action, “Cowboy Bebop” is an homage to older anime; owing much of its character’s designs and personalities to “Lupin the Third”, and aerial fight sequences to “Macross”. Though the important, pivotal characters Vicious and Julia are inexplicably left less developed than many of the series’ own “one episode wonders”, “Cowboy Bebop” is still cool, well done, jazzy fun.


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