Nearly twenty years ago, in 1998, Japanese animation studio Sunrise premiered “Cowboy Bebop.”
Cowboy Bebop is comprised of twenty-six television episodes (known as “Sessions”) and one movie. It takes place in the year 2071 and follows a group of bounty hunters traveling on spaceship Bebop. Sessions are named after styles of music of famous movies, or famous albums. The series follows Spike Spiegel, a former hit-man of the Red Dragon Syndicate and his partner Jet Black, a former officer of the Inter Solar System Police (ISSP). They later meet up with Faye Valentine, a con artist who suffers from amnesia, Ed, an eccentric girl who is an accomplished hacker, and an Ein, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
The series revolves around the mishaps of the Bebop crew while they deal with aspects of their past catching up to them. “Cowboy Bebop” is a critical and commercial success, and has been shown fairly regularly on Adult Swim. Fans of the series enjoy the style, characters, setting and phenomenal soundtrack from Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts, a blues and jazz band formed for the creation of the music of the series.
The series is immediately accessible to people who have never watched anime and is considered a landmark anime that is remembered as being sophisticated and stylish. If you have never watched anime before, and are interested then “Cowboy Bebop” may be right up your alley.
See you space cowboy.
By Chris Murdock