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Anime Review: Cowboy Bebop

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 11, 2009, 7:01 AM




Cowboy Bebop by Sunrise



Cowboy Bebop was created by the Animation company "Sunrise" who have a legendary reputation for creating the "Mobile Suit Gundam" series. They always deliver some of the greatest of animes and Cowboy Bebop is one of them. Cowboy Bebop was created in April 3, 1998 and ended April 23, 1999. It is one of the rare examples when an anime excels its manga counterpart in my opinion. Lets get straight to the point one of the core reasons why Cowboy Bebop is so successfully is its genre name. Firstly its a "space western" a combination of old and new genre's and now mix in some of that lovely "Crime Fiction" we all love and that is a recipe of pure excellance. But Bebop is not content to be merely that, so there are added dashes of film noir, gothic horror, creature-feature, black comedy, screwball comedy, spy action, crime, romance, tragedy, action, philosophy, science, spirituality, fatalism, optimism, buddy-buddy stories, slapstick humour, parody-- just about every type of tale under the sun appears in some shape or form during Bebop's run.


Plot/Story (:star::star::star::star::star:)



The year is 2021 AD and mankind has perfected its greatest invention the "Astral Gate". These are Hyper Space Gates that allow space travel throughout the solar system at speeds never dreamed of. However nothing is ever perfect and the Astral Gate explodes during an accident destroying a majority of the moon. The debri's of the moon rain down on the earth killing off 4.7 billion of the human population. This was come to known as the "Gate Accident". 50 Years later and the human population is now dwindling at 1.6 billion people, however because earth is too dangerous to live, mankind has left earth and lives in different areas in the solar system through the use of perfected gates.Which leads on to the main plot of the anime, law and order, well there is none!. With crimincals running rampant over the solar system, the higher ups reinstore the "Bounty System" made famous in the old wild west.This is where Spike and his crew make a living from, they are bounty hunters that race around the solar system in their space ship called the "Bebop" acting like "Cowboys".

Each member of the Bebop of course all have there "dark pasts" its not like they wanted to become Bounty Hunters, its just easy money. The anime explores each characters individual pasts, I mean we see Spike first as a laid back slacker. Well he wasn't always like that, he was once famous in the criminal underworld before he faced a crushing loss. Jet seems like the stuck up authority figure type, well that makes sense seeming his past was to do with law enforcement. Miss Faye Valentine acts like a cunning vixen, but hey she has a reason for being like that being betrayed in her past. Finnally with have Ed, who acts like a monkey who has discovered drugs, but she is a super computer hacker. Oh crap I forgot about Ein who is a Welsh Corgi, though he is a lab experiment. Heh funny how can people with such diverse backgrounds work together as a team? well they don't! that is where the humour shines, and thats why Cowboy Bebop is "amazingly humerous".


Characters (:star::star::star::star::star:)



Spike Spiegel: Firstly, what an awesome name for a character. Spike used to be a key member of a huge underground crime syndicate called the "Red Dragon". When he worked together with his partner "Vicious" they were unstoppable. The only thing that could intervene was a mysterious women named "Julia". Soon love develops between her and Spike, however it is bitter sweet. Spike is now a bounty hunter who is constantly being chased by ghosts of his past. Spike is a specialist of Jeet Kun Do which was inspired from Bruce Lee movies. He is unmatched in a fight of fists, or in the skies as an ace fighter pilot. Heck he is the most skilled gunslinger! being able to hold his own against an army of gunman. He might look cool and laid back on the surface, however on the inside hes a flickering candle flame in the darkness.

Jet Black: Firstly, what an awesome name for a character. He looks like such a beast just look at those cybernetic implants and that rugged beard. If I was a women I "so would" after Spike of course. Jet used to be a former Inter-Solar System Police officer who was often called "The Black Dog" because of his relentless nature to capture criminals. Heck his cybernetic arm is the reminder that he should never deal in things too deep. Jet is the owner of the "Bebop" spaceship and owns a banzai garden, how badass is that? It is quite amazing how he is actually friends with Spike, they are polar oppisites in ever sense of the word. However you are a bounty hunter, there are no rules, just get the job done. But what is Jet looking for from his past? why it is his old girlfriend, the only women to truly care for "The Black Dog".

Faye Valentine: Firstly, what an awesome name for a character. Miss Faye is actually an amnesia patient who has lost all her past memories, for about say 50 years? hey! thats when the "Gate Accident" occured!. Catching on? good. She gets dumped in her lap a massive debt left by a deceptive man would cared for Faye, who was actually a con man. With a debt following her to the grave she trys to pay off most of it through gambling. Usually this idea is bad, but do remember, Miss Faye is "Lady Luck" and she has never lost a bet in gambling. Well until the day she met Spike and their confrontation, caused several galaxys to explode in awesomeness lightyears away. Since she was deceived when she opened up her feelings, she has trouble trusting the other members of the Bebop. But when she discovers her past, she just might.

Edward: From the first look, well it is kinda hard to tell if this person is a boy or girl isn't? well she is a girl. Now you know. She acts like a care free girl even more so then spike. With a mind like a child she spends most of her time playing. However her "brain" is the stuff of genuises because she can hack like a super computer. Want to hack into a military satellite? get Edward, want to hack into a computer bank vault? get Edward, want to hack into a school computer? pfft go do that yourself. Edward is a master hacker and is the main source of information gatherer to the Bebop and essential part to a crew of Bounty Hunters. Now her past can be quite confusing because she is so care free. However she does have a father, she just cannot find him at the moment, and she does not care much lol.


Animation/Theme (:star::star::star::star::star-empty:)



Cowboy Bebop is a "perfect" example of classic animation. Before the 21st centuary and all the bright colours and bold lines in animation, their was "classic" style anime. Cowboy Bebop for its time has been animated wonderfully, the detail is so well smoothed out and clear. The whole anime has a darker tone being set in space, it matches the atmosphere of the anime very well. They are bounty hunters and they do not really live in sunshine and flowers. I was hesitant at giving Cowboy Bebop a 10/10 for animation, but for its style of animation, classic, then I think it deserves it completely. The fight scenes are animated beautifully and it can almost be considered film like animation level. However it is fine as it is, in my opinion there is not much criticism in the animation and could not really be improved.


Music/Sound (:star::star::star::star::star:)



When a japanese anime tries to adapt music from foreign counrties instead of its own japanese songs, it does not always work out. However Cowboy Bebop is one of those rare examples because american Jazz is the absolute best, and tottally indiscrible in music terms. Everybody has heard of the "blues" when it comes to amaerizan Jazz, it just basically means when your "down in the dumps" to be simple. And that is what Cowboy Bebop is about, it is humerous and there are alot of smart jokes being cracked. However the characters cannot hide that they have had a dark and sad past. The "Blues" Jazz is just the perfect type of music to symbolise these emotions and it is an amazing syncronisation to the anime flow. Just listen the opening song "Tank" good god it is amazing, jsut listen to those beats! its like we have been transported back in time in the early 1950s in america!. For an anime to use such old yet active jazz music is tottally unheard of!. When we think of anime songs we think high pitched girls singing. No Cowboy Bebop uses quality A music which is pleasure to the ears.


Overall/Closing (:star::star::star::star::star:)

Cowboy Bebop is easily one of the best animes I have ever seen. I would like to see one person who has watched the entire Cowboy Bebop series and not say it is great! Such a person does not exist, because when you create an anime on such a scale of brilliance it will be popular to ay sorts of viewers. Cowboy Bebop is a anime where is has a strong theme that stems from america in the 1950s, yet the anime is set in the 2050s!. To have such a perfect match is amazing, each episode is one small story that is perfectly wrapped up at the end with all questions asked. All the characters backstorys are explored fully and brilliantly which is a sign of great character development. Only in the major central plot lines of the anime does it prove its "legendary status" incluing Spike and his backstory. Most people question the ending, do not even utter the ending of Cowboy Bebop in case of spoilers in the comments. However the ending perfectly rounds off the end of one of japans finest animes to date.





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:iconbruce8331:
Bruce8331 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Good on ye for giving it 10/10, it's so AWESOME!! Btw Spikes not dead!!
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chioky Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
yes he is you dolt 8P
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Hokage40k Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Cowboy Bebop is AWESOME!!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
yeah it is pretty awesome I guess
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Hokage40k Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
and hilarious.
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yoko102308 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
"Firstly, what an awesome name for a character...."

xDDDDDD It's true though!

& The musik is pure EPICNESS. I'm still learning the sax solo in "Tank" too~

I cried at the ending, but it was one amazing show. I just hope good anime like Cowboy Bebop keep coming~everything in the world is starting to lose originality.
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
yeah every character basically has some awesome name XD Yeah the music is pretty epic, somthing very and extremely unique

Yeah animes like cowboy Bebop are simply declining in number T.T
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Spooky-Elric Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is my favourite anime of all time you just gave a 10/10 n.n Spike is still my favourite anime character after all these years too<3
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
how could cowboy bebop not get a 10/10 I ask XD
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Spooky-Elric Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Some people don't like it! I have no idea how they couldn't but I've heard it before...
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Enyaron Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
"See You Around Space Cowboy"
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
BANG
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Enyaron Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Brillant xD
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cottonball Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
HEEEEEEEELL YEAH. I agree with your review. So yummy yummy.

You forgot to review Ein. X'D jk. I just like Corgis. Also, it would have been interesting (also superfluos, so, lolz) if you put in Edward's full name.. the whole "blah blah truvlusky the 3rd" or something like that. :'D
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
HELL YEAH YUMMY!

I did not involve Ein, because, hes a dog... lol, and Edwards full name would of been to long in the discription XD

none the less an awesome anime ^^
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cottonball Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
roflz, yeah. ein is just .... uh. X'D
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JojoJubble Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Did you watch Cowboy Bebop in subs or dubs?
Apparently even the English dubbing is amazing.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I watched them in both and they were all amazing
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tatsuhi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I kinda teared up on that last page^^ vI liked it
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
well I felt no emotions what so ever except gratitude that it was over XD
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tatsuhi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
it was a good end for ulqui kun. i think you were being a little harsh to say he can't write. it wasn't the best for fighting value but he finally, sorta, delivered on the promise of Hichigo coming back, and it made all us Ulquihime fans happy^^. I wasn't really happy with the way he just took back control again after it was all done because there was no sign of internal struggle while that whole thing was going on, or after. Hichigo just kinda gave up. But the Ulquihime scene was a good way for Ulqui-kun to go out
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mreviver Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favorite episode of Cowboy Bebop is "Mushroom Samba". XD Its the one in that animation clip you posted, where Faye is sitting on the floor eating toilet paper LOL.

What do you think of the anime "Outlaw Star"?
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
The mushrooms, where they mixed up drug mushrooms with normal mushrooms in the end 8D

Never seen outlaw star
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elyeli Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I never did see the end... I'm going to go watch it! this was a totally awesome anime (I watched it with the English dubbing, since they weren't showing it on tv with subtitles, and it was still awesome!) your definitely right about the multiple plot and story types, even though it sounds impossible to create anything with all those this pulled it off so well it made it look easy! definitely deserves 10/10
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Cowboy Bebop indeed deserves a 10/10, an anime this good is just poetry in motion everything came together perfectl in the end T.T Heck even the dub was good! there are only few animes whose dub comes close like ghost in the shell
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4thRaikage Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I did like the cover. I think Kubo has a little perv in him but he draws so good that I dont really care.XD

I was looking forward to the Ichigo/Ulquiorra fight but unfortunely it was hyped up, rushed, and had an unsatisfing ending. The deus ex machina that was pulled out of his butt was just so out of place that the whole fight was ruined. He could have wrote that better.

But now we get back to the Captain's fight which I've also been waiting for. But I feel, unfortunely, that we will have to wait for the Yammi fight and/or some kind of Ulquiorra flashback before we can get back to the awesomeness. TT_TT
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Any guy who did not like that cover, obviously is not a true guy XD

lol the Ichigo and Ulquirra fight, that just seemingly did not make sense. You know ichigo magically regenerating all his wounds after reawakening from shirosaki form and such. Deux Ex Machina at its best

Yes please get back to the captain fight. I have been waiting for it too long T.T
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4thRaikage Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
i also found it great that someone like ichigo could just regrow his heart by useing his excess hair but ulquiorra and all his power could not. :P to that

i'm with ya. i say get back to the Captain's fights. Yama pwnage for all!
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
you my friend understand bleach well, yama will own as our predictions 8D
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JamminBison Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Is there a point to reviewing Cowboy Bebop when the fandom knows it's pretty kick ass and it's an anime fan staple? >__>;

And ffff, Kubo fell asleep at the wheel this whole past year. It's pretty ridiculous for us fans who don't want to slam out head into a wall every time we read a chapter. Guh.
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
its to see if my review can do cowboy bebop justice or not XD

Bleach has plot in it, its just moving a mile a minute, taking some wrong turns and dead ends along the way
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Yukari-of-Konoha Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
about the Bleach color spread - I'm just hoping Kubo does something for the female fans in return (if he can draw insanely big-busted women, I don't think it'd be a problem for him to draw musclely men). It'd only be fair XD
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Im sorry there is no such thing as musclely men, because what Kubo Tite thinks is, if he keeps drawing toushiro as a young boy then girls will find that more appealing then actual men 8D
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Yukari-of-Konoha Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
if he did a drawing of Toshiro of what he'd look like when he was older, I wouldn't mind.
I'd love to see a color spread with the Arrancar (Grimmjow, Ulquiorra, Noitora..I dunno, a few others). That would be nice lol XD
but i suppose we'll just have to wait and see
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LunaticPandora08 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I wouldn't say Kubo-sensei can draw women... maybe that he can draw his idea of a women. Lol, Poor Rangiku, with a chest that gargantuan and a waist that small... I'm counting down the days to when she breaks in half.

I've been struggling to stay interested in Bleach. Especially with Ichigo's newest ridiculous transformation. I'm probably wrong, but it feels to me that Kubo is getting burnt out on it as well. Nothing is as epic as it used to be, there's no heart in it. Things happen with little reasoning... maybe just to get it over with.

I'm incredibly disappointed with how Ulquiorra's end was handled. It was over so fast compared to some previous battles. But (and this may be the girly girl in me), I thought the moment between him and Orihime was very sweet.

I'll try to keep up with the manga, but I stopped watching the anime ages ago.
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Kubo Tite's idea of women he draws very well, is how I would rephrase it XD That spread was filled with so much fan service it was to draw attention away at how bad the chapter was going to be

Your not wrong, Kubo does have good stuff planned, however it is just taking so long to get there, were talking MONTHS on end until we can wait for somthing good. Other manga's are always awesome and excellent every week XD

If ulquirro lives or dies does not matter to me, I lost intrest in him very quickly as he was way too stone faced. He reminds me alot of keanu reeves you know
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pedrosan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
LOL.
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eugenidesofattolia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I'm glad Tite didn't draw out this fight into tens of chapters, it always get boring after a while I find >_< or if it was tens of chapters I didn't notice which was good

Lets see where the story goes next...
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Bleach is really just an action manga you read when it is fully complete, many years ahead people will be thinking "damn, when it was a weekly release it must of sucked for fans!"
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eugenidesofattolia Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
yeah, its so much less fustrating when you read the manga volumes >_<
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Asbelial Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOL...

I'm not reading Bleach manga xD
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
good, read it when it finishes completely XD
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Asbelial Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
mwhahahah athat's a good idea
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captain0marauding Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Hmm, this new chapter wasn't too good, but the colour spread was amazing. Kubo Tite, you rock at drawing people.
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Bleach has not been intresting since chapter 399 lol 8D
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captain0marauding Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Don't you mean 339? Becuase that was a damn good chapter.
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
yes of course that one XD
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captain0marauding Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
You wrote 399 XD
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Llian Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
lol I thought I was the only one who thought this weeks chapter was a waste...
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chioky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
No, alot of bleach chapters currently have been a waste 8P
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