Cowboy Bebop

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Cowboy Bebop
Director Shinichiro Watanabe
Format Anime (TV)
Made By Sunrise
# of Episodes 26


Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Western, Recommended Dub

Sum it up in a Sentence:

A team of bounty hunters (with an androgynous tagalong and a dog) go about the galaxy trying to make ends meet.

Main Description

Future bounty hunters struggle to make ends meet as we follow their daily lives on the spaceship Bebop. While very episodic, every now and then an episode will pop up that binds everything together into a plotline that finishes up nicely with the final episodes.

Movie: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

The crew of Bebop hunts for the largest bounty posted in history. The target is a man planning to release a deadly virus on Halloween, but as the main character search for him, they find that the mystery to Vincent Volaju goes deeper than they thought. Eventually they team up with an agent named Electra who's also hunting for Vincent, and plenty of action and Spike's Jeet Kune Do ensues in this thriller and race for time.

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Personal Opinions


I honestly believe Cowboy Bebop is one of the best animes ever made by a couple of reasons. First, the style is quite unique, and the animation is fluid. The fight scenes don't suffer from shortcuts that turn the whole thing into a slide presentation. The show is like a "Procedural Cop Show" except in Space, and with Bounty-Hunters, with a lot of motw episodes, but each episode is so interesting and unique that it makes watching the whole thing a bliss. The setting and mood is fantastic, and the characters are all interesting. Even if you don't like Japanese animation much (God knows what you're doing in this wiki then), chances are that this specific show will entertain you.


Sir, I suggest you watch Cowboy Bebop, because it is simply the Ultimate Anime. Yes, it's the best you'll ever find. Apart from having the greatest soundtrack ever produced, it has fantastic writing, splendid voice acting, dazzling art and it's thrilling, funny and dramatic all at the same time. In addition, it's hands down the best stepping stone into anime for anyone who grew up in a Western culture, because of the similarities it shares with the American TV format. Storywise, it follows a group of bounty hunters in a future sci-fi setting, mainly in an episodically unrelated fashion, but every now and then there'll be a storyline episode that binds everything together into pure genius orgasm. If by some chance you end up not liking this show, you don't deserve to be entertained by the rest of the anime medium has to offer. Note that there's also a full-length movie that supposedly fits in between episodes 21 and 22.

Dan a man

Although not my favorite show, it is definitely worth watching. The fact that a crucial scene from the final episode has become a catch phrase that does not fall under the jurisdiction set forth by spoiler rules, further strengthens the point that this is a show that everyone who hasn't seen it should go and watch it. The characters are very interesting and likable, and the show itself has both comedic and action packed scenes.


Even if the idea of a group of eccentric bounty hunters in a sort of grungy sci-fi universe doesn't really fit with you, this show is still worth watching for the incredible storytelling. The series' main arc is covered over the course of about 5 of the 26 episodes, with the others being different adventures against villain of the moment or giving character depth. With more and more giant epics, few animes have said so much with so little.


This is one of my all-time favourites; and my only issue with it is that there are a lot of 'filler' episodes, where nothing significant happens, and the characters don't develop. Would somebody mind posting an episode guide that lets you avoid watching them?


One of the most celebrated anime titles ever created, and for good reason. The wacky yet multifaceted characters, Sunrise's beautiful visuals, a brilliant soundtrack by Yoko Kanno, and boldly stylized storytelling make this less of a show and more of an experience. A timeless sci-fi action-adventure and an anime classic in the truest sense. You should really watch this.


Really a cornerstone of anime and will probably be enjoyable to watch for decades to come even if our moon doesn't explode in the year 2022. --Willsun 18:36, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

a kitten

After recently completing my second watch through of this series (after nearly 10 years) I was both pleased and somewhat surprised to find that not only was it as good as I remembered but it was in fact better than I remembered. The mix of stand alone episodes and overarching plotlines works really well and the direction, music and acting all come together to make a truly memorable and enjoyable watching experience. Highly, highly recommended whether you're a fan of animation, science fiction, or just great storytelling.