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All-Time Favorites: Cowboy Bebop


Alright, bear with one more of these and after this I’ll try to write about something more recent. Cowboy Bebop is the first anime I purchased back when I was little and it’s still at the top of my list. Bebop is the story of five bounty hunters, or rather three bounty hunters, a child-genius hacker, and a dog (who might just be the smartest of the bunch). The show is based around blues music and incorporates themes from the genre into the story.

First off, the music is the show is absolutely amazing. Oozing style in every song, I would say it’s reason enough to watch the show. Most of the songs fall squarely into the jazz and blues categories, but range as wide as metal and Arabic. This style carries over to the rest of the show, with moody visuals and and excellent voice acting. The English voice acting deserves special mention, as Cowboy Bebop is one of the few shows where I enjoyed listening to the English voice cast just as much as the Japanese one.

The show consists of 26 episodes, most of which are unconnected, but many deal with the characters’ past and each character seems to grow a bit over the course of the show. While the show generally carries a darker tone, fitting in with the blues, there is plenty of humor mixed in and a few episodes are just outright silly. There is also a movie that fits somewhere within the middle of the series but it does a good job of introducing the cast and can be enjoyed without any knowledge of the series.

Below is the opening credits, which give a good feel for the style and excellent music.

  1. September 11, 2009 at 1:45 am

    It still tops my list…

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