Cowboy Bebop

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Cowboy Bebop
Title card of the anime television series
(Kaubōi Bibappu)
GenreNeo-noir,[a] space Western[b]
Cowboy Bebop: Shooting Star
Written byCain Kuga
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Asuka Fantasy DX
Original runSeptember 18, 1997June 18, 1998
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byShinichirō Watanabe
Produced byMasahiko Minami
Kazuhiko Ikeguchi
Written byKeiko Nobumoto
Music byYoko Kanno
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo, Wowow
English network
Original run TV Tokyo Broadcast
April 3, 1998 – June 26, 1998
WOWOW Broadcast
October 24, 1998
April 24, 1999
Episodes26 (12 Episodes and a Special for its TV Tokyo Broadcast) (List of episodes)
Written byYutaka Nanten
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Asuka Fantasy DX
Original runOctober 18, 1998February 18, 2000
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Anime film

Cowboy Bebop is a Japanese anime television show aired from 1998 to 1999. It was created by Sunrise and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe. The show is about a group of bounty hunters who travel in outer space to catch criminals. It has 26 episodes. The series has received a TV-14 rating in the United States, while six episodes received a TV-MA and three episodes receiving a TV-PG. The series aired in the United States in 2001 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. It was the first anime to be aired on Adult Swim. It was very successful. It was so successful that Cartoon Network decided to put more anime on Adult Swim. There is a movie, a manga, and two video games based on the show. The movie is called Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door. The video games are for Playstation and Playstation 2 were not released in the United States. The series is inspired by American culture. Jazz music is mostly played in the show. The episodes are called "Sessions."

Story[change | change source]

In 2071, the members of the space ship Bebop travel through outer space trying to catch criminals. Bounty hunters are known as "Cowboys". If they catch the criminals alive then they get a reward. If the criminals die, the cowboys get nothing. The criminals are called bounties. Most episodes are about catching a bounty. Some episodes are about the characters' pasts and lives. At the beginning there are two main heroes, Spike and Jet. Later they would meet with others. They had become the crew of the space ship Bebop. Other members of the Bebop are Faye, computer hacker Ed, and a dog named Ein.

Characters[change | change source]

Episode List[change | change source]

Episode Title
Episode 1 Asteroid Blues
Episode 2 Stray Dog Strut
Episode 3 Honky Tonk Woman
Episode 4 Gateway Shuffle
Episode 5 Ballad of Fallen Angels
Episode 6 Sympathy for the Devil
Episode 7 Heavy Metal Queen
Episode 8 Waltz for Venus
Episode 9 Jamming with Edward
Episode 10 Ganymede Elegy
Episode 11 Toys in the Attic
Episode 12 Jupiter Jazz, Part One
Episode 13 Jupiter Jazz, Part Two
Episode Title
Episode 14 Bohemian Rhapsody
Episode 15 My Funny Valentine
Episode 16 Black Dog Serenade
Episode 17 Mushroom Samba
Episode 18 Speak Like a Child
Episode 19 Wild Horses
Episode 20 Pierrot Le Fou
Episode 21 Boogie Woogie Feng Shui
Episode 22 Cowboy Funk
Episode 23 Brain Scratch
Episode 24 Hard Luck Woman
Episode 25 The Real Folk Blues, Part One
Episode 26 The Real Folk Blues, Part Two

Notes[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

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