Cowboy Bebop – The Classic Anime

Some say the best anime of all time – Cowboy Bebop … have included selection of my favourite Cowboy Bebop [Videos] at the end of this post.

Immodestly billed as “The work, which becomes [a] new genre itself.” Cowboy Bebop is a Space Western/Film Noir anime series consisting of 26 episodes (and one movie that takes place between episodes 22 and 23) that eventually became one of the most popular and influential anime series in history (and justified the braggadocio underlying that subtitle). In the Used Future of the late 21st century, humanity has spread across the Solar System using “Hyperspace Gates” after a horrific accident devastated Earth. Wherever humanity goes, sadly, so goes its criminal element. To compensate for the increase in jurisdiction, the Space Police has re-instated the bounty system of the Wild West: catch a bounty alive and deliver him to the cops to get paid. The series focuses on the misadventures of five individuals as they struggle to make a living in this space-age frontier: bounty hunter Jet Black, owner of the spaceship Bebop; his partner Spike Spiegel, a martial artist on the run from a bloody past; Femme Fatale and rival bounty hunter Faye Valentine, both more and somehow less than she appears; demented teen genius hacker girl Ed (aka Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV); and Ein, a genetically-engineered Welsh Corgi “data dog”. The Bebop’s crew faces dangerous criminals, occasional starvation, a particularly disgusting refrigerator, and their own Dark And Troubled Pasts over the course of the series. The show partially defines itself by the thematic choice to give everything a rich backstory but explain almost nothing in full. The show’s stories concern themselves with the problems of the present and only imply history in numerous instances. Another signature trait of Cowboy Bebop is its music: Yoko Kanno composed a soundtrack made up almost entirely of jazz music and a few tracks which defy categorization. She and her band, The Seatbelts, even improvised some tracks to finished footage at the moment of recording. The show’s soundtrack does not exist as an afterthought; numerous scenes eschew dialogue entirely and rely on that music to carry the experience. [adult swim] chose Bebop as the very first anime to air on the block. The show started airing on the same night of the network’s premiere in August 2001. Bebop has aired regularly on the network for over a decade after its American TV debut (minus a handful of rare schedule removals), which has made it the network’s longest-running show. (InuYasha comes in second, as it started airing in early 2002 and fell from the lineup in 2014.) Toonami currently airs the show, but you won’t have trouble finding the show if you want to binge the whole shebang: Bandai released the whole series a number of times over (including a remastered “Remix” version), and Funimation released a new DVD set as well as first-time digital and Blu-ray releases in 2014. … readmore of this excellent article at: Tvtropes.org

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… the following video – Cowboy Bebop – My favourite Spike moments

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