Background Info: Cowboy Bebop is made by one of the longest running anime studios Sunrise which has also done most of the Gundam universe and Dinosaur King. Originally licensed by Bandai Entertainment but since there gone it’s now owned by Funimation which has so much. Also dubbed by Animaze which has dubbed Akira and Trigun.
Brief Summary: Enter a world in the distant future, where Bounty Hunters roam the solar system. Spike and Jet, bounty hunting partners, set out on journeys in an ever struggling effort to win bounty rewards to survive. Later in there journeys the meet a special dog named Ein, A woman stuck in the past and a lover of gambling Faye Valentine and genius girl Edward.
Review: I’m just going to get this out there.Cowboy Bebop is a legend for North American otakus but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect or with out sin. Let’s start with what’s great about Cowboy Bebop because it is great. The story is about a group of skilled,down on there luck bounty hunters in spaaaaaaace. Right there you have a awesome concept that they use too it’s fullest with episodic stories (by the way most of the series is episodic.) That move you to tears almost or fist pump in the air with the awesome soundtrack. Speaking of the soundtrack you get a mix of jazz and rock that works so well with each scene and makes you want buy multiple copies of the OST . Also if you talk to any North American otaku who likes subs over dubs they will probably say except FMA, Baccano and Cowboy Bebop which does have a great cast that is worth mentioning so, I mentioned it. Sunrise also gives the anime visuals to match the level of the awesome sound which still looks good today.
So now to talk about my issue with Cowboy Bebop, which happens to be the people we follow. Except for Jet (who is great) the crew of the Bebop ship are one note characters that seem to only have one or two traits. I know I am going to get a lot of rage from fans about me saying that but think about. Spike for the most part is a come and collective know it all even when almost dying and when he isn’t is only when he is near one guy which sounds more like a hypnotist trick. (whenever you see Vicious blow shit up.) Faye is a whiny money loving gambler who again is like that except around one person. (This time it’s a ex-doctor) and Edward which is always over the top and apparently smart which I get but still dont fully believe. Now even though the characters aren’t as deep as they try to be. There still good just not as good as people make them seem.
Now with all that said I give Cowboy Bebop a 9/10 and a must watch score. Even with my issue of the main cast it is still very enjoyable. If you want to watch other 90’s space adventure anime like this check out Outlaw Star or Gundam Wing.