Cowboy Bebop follows the misadventures of three misfits roaming around the universe in a dystopia-like future, eerily reminiscent of our own time, trying to make ends meet by hunting criminals and collecting bounties.
Packed with sci-fi, Chinese martial arts, the 80’ s blaxploitation, comedy, there is a sense of looseness and vibrancy in each episode in terms of the genre. Although the world portrayed lies years ahead in the future, technology hasn’t exactly made a great impact on the lives of people.
There are glorious spaceships and common space trucks, and yet the places our cast visits look like some deranged town. The setting displays fun, loneliness, a struggle to just get by, and tons of action.
Complete with incredible music and awesome animation, Cowboy Bebop is one of the best anime ever made!
1. Release Order
I. TV Series
- Cowboy Bebop (1998)
- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
- Cowboy Bebop: Yose Atsume Blues (1998)
- Cowboy Bebop: Ein no Natsuyasumi (2012)
2. Chronological Order
- Cowboy Bebop (Episodes 1-13)
- Cowboy Bebop: Yose Atsume Blues
- Cowboy Bebop (Episodes 13-22)
- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
- Cowboy Bebop (23-26)
- Cowboy Bebop: Ein no Natsuyasumi
The recommended order for watching Cowboy Bebop is its release order. The chronological order is troublesome to follow and was not the order intended by the creators, so watch the movie and the special after you’ve finished the series.
4. Quick Review
Essentially, the story of Cowboy Bebop is a simple one. It follows three characters as they roam about the universe, trying to overcome the ghosts of their pasts. Each episode is completely different in terms of story and sometimes genre. One episode, the main cast would be high on mushrooms, and in the other, they would track down a psychopath.
A bounty hunter, an ex-policeman, and a con woman who loves gambling are such vastly different characters, and yet, together, they tell a compelling, humorous, and heart-touching story.
The main characters, members of the wacky spaceship bebop, are lovable and charming from the get-go.
Spike, a bounty hunter with a playful demeanor, is a man who hides his haunted past behind a smile. Jet is a muscular man with strong morals, forced out of a corrupt police force who later joins the bounty hunter. A mysterious woman Faye with no recollection of her past, and gambling addiction, is also a part of the crew.
All characters are given depth and are fully fleshed out. Their actions have meaning and impact the plot in various ways, making them extremely memorable.
The animation is seamless and resonates with the soundtrack, story, and the overall atmosphere. Not only is it highly detailed, taking into count every little knick-knack in modern machinery, but it also acts as a medium for visual comedy.
The soundtrack versatile, ranging from flashy jazz beats to downtrodden blue whilst maintaining a unique identity for Cowboy Bebop. It’s one of those OSTs that you instantly identify without actually needing to watch the clip.
5. About Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop is a Japanese animated science-fiction television series animated by Sunrise. The series premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3 until June 26, 1998, broadcasting only twelve episodes and a special due to its controversial adult-themed content.
Set in the year 2071, roughly 50 years following a calamity (that’s nearly 2020!) that makes Earth uninhabitable, the series follows 5 of a crew of bounty hunters.
With humans scattered across Earth’s immediate cosmos, Inter Solar System Police hires the likes of this crew to help hunt criminals. For the right price, these rag tags will even save the world if need be.