CowboyBebop001Каубой Bebop (カウボーイビバップ, Kaubōi Bibappu) is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning Japanese anime series, released in 1998 courtesy of Sunrise. Directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, written by Keiko Nobumoto, it is one of the most highly acclaimed animes and is regarded as one of the greatest anime series ever created. It’s rated #1 on IMDB’s “top 50 anime of all timelist and on Anime Insider’s top 50 list (В. 50, Nov 2007). Bebop made #14 on IGN’s 2009 top 100 list and the high rankings don’t stop there. Каубой Bebop won the Seiun Award in 2000.

The series was not broadcast in its entirety in Japan until Oct 23, 1998, running through April 23, 1999. The first attempted airing in April of 1998 was aborted by the broadcaster due to “depictions of gratuitous violenceand the series did not make it to TV until June of that year, with only sessions 2, 3, 7 през 15 и 18 being shown at that time. It was only when a different satellite network picked up the show that the entire series was finally broadcast. Since then the series has aired on other networks in Japan and the rest of the world. In the U.S. it was the first anime series title to air on Adult Swim (Sept 2, 2001) and continues to be a part of the regular line-up rotation to this day. So popular was the show that a movie was spawnedКаубой Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira (Knockinon Heaven’s Door) – being released in Japan in 2001, and later released in the United States as Каубой Bebop: The Movie в 2003. Two manga adaptations were serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Asuka Fantasy DX.

в 2022, Earth was endangered by the explosion of an experimental hyperspace gateway. The disaster severely damaged the Moon which resulted in a debris ring that threatened the surface of Earth with meteor bombardments and, in the process, destroyed a large portion of the population. Many survivors abandoned the barely-habitable Earth to colonize the inner planets, the asteroid belt and the moons of Jupiter.

The series starts in the year 2071, when a series of hyperspace gates has made the entire Solar System accessible. Mars, not Earth, has become the new central hub of human civilization. Interplanetary crime syndicates exert influence over the government and the Inter-Solar System Police (ISSP), limiting their effectiveness in dealing with crime. To help keep some form of law and order in the solar system, a bounty system similar to that in the Old West is established to deal with fugitives, terrorists, and other criminals. The Old West style system brought about the bounty hunter nickname “Cowboy.

The show starts out with two bounty hunters living in the spaceship named Bebop. As the series progresses, they pick up additional crew members, albeit unwillingly, and together they travel the Solar System trying to apprehend bounties. Throughout the series Bebop crew memberspasts catch up with them, and the series regularly turns to the history of the main characters in flashbacks. Spike’s past as a syndicate enforcer is a major element of the series, while other episodes deal with Jet’s previous occupation as an ISSP officer on Ganymede, Faye’s mysterious past and significant debt problems, and Ed’s childhood. The day-to-day life of the crew is also explored throughout the series, usually revolving around their constant lack of funds.

Spike Spiegel
a former member of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate. Spike is a master in firearms and hand-to-hand combat, practicing Jeet Kune Do, and is also a skilled pilot. He flies a sleek custom designed Mono Racer, red-painted, atmosphere capable spacecraft called Swordfish II. Despite his outwardly carefree attitude, he is haunted by the memory of his time in the syndicate, particularly of his romantic relationship with a mysterious woman named Julia, and his conflict with arch-rival and former syndicate partner, Vicious.



Jet Black
a former ISSP officer and the owner of the Bebop. Once called "The Black Dog" by his fellow officers for his relentless nature, he left the ISSP after becoming fed up with the corruption and red tape of the organization, and turned to bounty hunting as a way to pursue justice. Despite the ability to have it replaced, he voluntarily bears a cybernetic arm as a reminder of what happened when he rushed into trouble without looking first. Like Spike, he too is haunted by the memory of a woman, Alisa, his longtime girlfriend who left him without giving a reason.




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a femme fatale with a persistent gambling addiction. She joins the Bebop uninvited, to the consternation of Jet and Spike. Though she abandons the ship several times during the course of the series, her attachment to the crew always brings her back. These feelings are apparently reciprocated, as Jet and Spike always allow her to return despite claiming they’re pleased to see her leave. She pilots a generic heavy spacecraft called Red Tail which is pale yellow despite the name and has been heavily modified with armament and tracking sensors. Her gambling, cheating, and competitive skills are unrivaled except by Spike. Much of her past and her real last name are a mystery.




a young, eccentric computer genius and master hacker. Ed is a girl, though her name and androgynous appearance suggest otherwise. She had followed the travels of the Bebop before encountering the ship, and agrees to help the crew track down a bounty-head in exchange for becoming a member of the crew. While her intelligence far exceeds that of the other members of the crew, she is clearly the child of the group, looking up to Jet as a father figure and Spike and Faye as a big brother and sister. She gave herself the fanciful name "Edward Wang Hwe Pepel Cybulski 4th" after running away to an orphanage, but after her father is found, it is revealed that her real name is Françoise Appledelhi. She goes by the name Radical Edward when hacking, and spends much of her time with Ein.



Eina Pembroke Welsh Corgi and former lab animal identified as a "data dog" by the scientists who created him. The reason for this title is never explained, but it is suggested that he possesses enhanced intelligence, which he displays in subtle ways throughout the series, including showing the ability to speak to other animals, and possibly Ed, and perfectly hacking the ‘Scratchwebsite in session #23. Despite his enhanced intelligence and comprehension, the rest of the Bebop crew, with the exception of Ed, often fail to notice these qualities and treat Ein as an average pet.




 Viciousgrim enforcer of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate, a former friend of Spike’s and now his sworn nemesis. Vicious sports an emaciated, embittered look, wields a katana for a weapon and is always accompanied by a strange, crow-like bird perched on his shoulder. He lives up to his name both through his violent actions and his two-timing scheming within the syndicate. With only five appearances throughout the entire show, Vicious is arguably the seriesmain antagonist, or at any rate the only recurring one.


The balances of the atmospheres of the planets and the racial groups of the people in Cowboy Bebop mostly originate from Shinichiro Watanabe’s ideas, while collaboration from set designer Isamu Imakake, Shoji Kawamori, and Dai Satou also formed the balances. The staff of Cowboy Bebop established the particular atmospheres early in the production. Initially in the production, the ethnic groups were not solidly established. Watanabe wanted to have many racial groups appear in Cowboy Bebop.

Mars was the planet most often used in storylines in Cowboy Bebop. Satoshi Toba, the cultural and setting producer, explained that other planets "were unexpectedly difficult to use." Toba explained that each planet in Cowboy Bebop has unique features, and in the plotlines the producers had to take into account the characteristics of each planet. Toba explained that it was not possible for the staff of Cowboy Bebop to have a dramatic rooftop scene occur on Venus, so "we ended up normally falling back to Mars."

Bebop was not only a television success but also won awards for its music. On May 16, 2006 IGN published an article by Josh Pool entitled "Top Ten Anime Themes and Soundtracks of All-Time." Cowboy Bebop was listed as number one, "And the winner is Bebop! Yoko Kanno strikes again. From beginning to end this may be one of the best anime ever and certainly is tops when it comes to music." The seriesart direction centers on American music and counterculture, especially the beat and jazz movements of the 1940s-60s and the early rock era of the 1950s-70s, which the original soundtrack by Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts recreates. Episodes are called "sessions", each of which follows a different musical theme, and episode titles are borrowed from notable album or song names (i.e. "Sympathy for the Devil", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Honky Tonk Women", "My Funny Valentine") or make use of a genre name ("Mushroom Samba", "Heavy Metal Queen").

The first DVD release was sold in 2000 individually, and featured uncut versions of the original 26 episodes. в 2001, these DVDs were collected in the special edition “Perfect Sessionswhich included the first 6 DVDs, the first Cowboy Bebop soundtrack, and a collector’s box. At the time of release, the art box from the Perfect Sessions was made available for purchase on The Right Stuff International as a solo item for collectors who already owned the series. The second release, “The Best Sessions”, was sold in 2002 and featured what Bandai considered to be the best 6 episodes of the series remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS surround sound. The third release, “Cowboy Bebop Remix”, was also distributed on 6 discs and included the original 26 episodes, with sound remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and video remastered under the supervision of Shinichiro Watanabe. This release also included various extras that were not present in the original release. Cowboy Bebop Remix was itself collected as the Cowboy Bebop Remix DVD Collection in 2008.

An official side story to Cowboy Bebop was released on the original website called Cowboy Bebop: UT. Taking place long before the series started, it features Ural and Victoria Terpsichore (V.T. from the episode "Heavy Metal Queen") when they were bounty hunters. The story is available at the site mirror hosted by Bandai released a Cowboy Bebop shoot ’em up video game in Japan for the PlayStation in 1998. A PlayStation 2 video game, Каубой Bebop: Tsuioku no Serenade, was released in Japan, and the English version had been set for release in North America during the first quarter of 2006. въпреки това, in November 2007, GameSpot reported that the North American release had been canceled. Two short manga series based on the Cowboy Bebop property were released in the US by Tokyopop.

On July 22, 2008, IF Magazine published an article on its website regarding a rumor of a live-action Cowboy Bebop movie in development by 20th Century Fox. Producer Erwin Stoff said that the film’s development was in the early stages, and that they had "just signed it". Keanu Reeves has been confirmed as playing the role of Spike Spiegel. Variety confirmed on January 15, 2009, that the production company Sunrise Animation will be "closely involved with the development of the English language project." The site also confirmed Kenji Uchida, Shinichiro Watanabe, and series writer Keiko Nobumoto as associate producers, series producer Masahiko Minami as a production consultant, and Peter Craig as screenwriter. It was originally slated for release in 2011, but problems with the budget have delayed its production. The script that was submitted was sent back for rewrite to reduce the cost and little has been heard about it until an interview with producer Joshua Long on October 15, 2010.

After the creation of the series, an interviewer asked Watanabe if he had any plans to create more Cowboy Bebop material. Watanabe responded by saying that he does not believe that he "should just keep on making Cowboy Bebop sequels for the sake of it." Watanabe added that ending production and "to quit while we’re ahead when people still want more" is more "in keeping with the Bebop spirit". In a more recent interview from 2006 with the Daily Texan Watanabe was asked if there would ever be more Cowboy Bebop. Watanabe’s answer was "somedaymaybe, someday."

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