Title: Cowboy Bebop
# of Episodes: 26
Length of Episodes:
Licensed By: Bandai Entertainment
Produced By: Bandai Entertainment
Music: Yoko Kanno
Screenplay: Keiko Nobumoto
The year is 2071. Earth has been rendered an inhospitable backwater by a jump gate explosion
years before and mankind has departed Mother Earth for the new frontier, outer space. Although Earth is out of the picture,
the human race still carries the concepts of order, and of course, lawlessness - and so long as mankind exists, there will
always be those willing to break the law for their own gain, and there will always be people waiting to bring them in. Thats
where the spaceship Bebop, and it's bounty-hunter cargo of Spike Speigel and Jet Black come in.
Good-natured and adventure-seeking Spike, along with his authoritve partner Jet roam the solar system along with a few others
that happened to join them in the form of the sexy femme fatale, Faye Valentine. Also on board is resident hacker and computer
whiz, Edward Wong Hau Tivrusky IV.. but we just call her "Ed". Finally, we round out the Bebop's crew with the poor little
genetically engineered hot dog with legs, Ein. Collectively, the expliots of this unlikely crew make for a fantastic television
From El Mariachi/Desperado type battles against drug smugglers, murderers,
theives and law breakers, Cowboy Bebop dispels the myth that only big budget films have the ability to make spectacular on-screen
confrontations. However one of the most noteable of the series' epic fights takes place during the 5th episode, "Ballad of
Fallen Angels." Spike is forced to face his past when it comes down to a spectacular gun-battle between Spike and the henchmen
of his former comrade in the Red Dragon Mafia Syndicate, Vicious.
A combination of
all that were cool in the 90's, Cowboy Bebop has definitely left its mark on the anime world. Going over the animation aspects
of Bebop, the series truly excels with it's fluid animation sequences and ability to quickly transfer from dark to stunningly
vibrant colors within a matter of moments. The musical aspects of Cowboy Bebop are easily as eclectic as the rest of the series.
Cowboy Bebop sports a repertoire of jazzy background melodies and strong vocal performances curtosy of the famed Japanese
composer Yoko Kanno (Macross Plus, Escaflowne), which server to truly bring out the dynamic flair of the series. With Bebop's
dazzling action, exquisite cinematography, and intricate and compelling story line, you can say that Cowboy Bebop has all
the makings of a modern classic that fans will enjoy for years to come.