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Cowboy Bebop 

Kaubôi bibappu (original title)
The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners.
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Kôichi Yamadera ...
 Spike Spiegel (26 episodes, 1998-1999)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
 Jet Black (26 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Spike Spiegel (26 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Jet Black (26 episodes, 1998-1999)
Kevin Seymour ...
 Additional Voices / ... (26 episodes, 1998-1999)
Wendee Lee ...
 Faye Valentine (25 episodes, 1998-1999)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
 Faye Valentine (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
Isshin Chiba ...
 Man 2 / ... (17 episodes, 1998-1999)
Melissa Fahn ...
 Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV (16 episodes, 1998-1999)
Aoi Tada ...
 Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV (16 episodes, 1998-1999)
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Spike Spiegel is a bounty hunter in the far future with an easy going attitude and some deadly skill at martial arts. Together with his partners, Jet Black, and later Faye Valentine as well, they go from job to job across the galaxy looking for the high priced fugitives to bag. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Trivia

Although Shinichiro Watanabe claims it was a coincidence, Spike Spiegel may be named after music video director-turned-filmmaker Spike Jonze, whose surname is Spiegel. See more »

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Spike's hair changes from green to black repeatedly throughout the show. See more »

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Vicious: And you will shed tears of scarlet.
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Crazy Credits

In the last episode, a scene of a field of stars is shown. After the song "Blue" finishes playing a star goes out, a la what the Indian mystic said happens when a soul is put to rest. See more »

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Referenced in Anime Abandon: Kite (2012) See more »

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Blue
by Seatbelts featuring Mai Yamane (ep 26)
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Superbly styled anime
22 July 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Cowboy Bebop should need no introduction; it's more than a uniquely defining series on several levels. Shinichi Watanabe crafted this mostly episodic anime with a beautiful plot arc that doesn't detract a bit from any moment in the series.

Following the misadventures of a crew of unlikely bounty hunters through the future solar system, Bebop liberally dabbles in jazz, both the music and the attitude. The lead character, Spike Spiegel, is as much an antihero in the anime tradition as he would be in a Hemingway novel- witty and gutsy, with a twist of nihlistic worldview. Along with Spike, each part of the ensemble main cast do more than enough to stand out on their own, with perfectly human qualities. Jet Black, the gruff pilot, is truly epitomized in the episode "Ganymede Elegy," where he confronts an old flame. Ed and Ein, the genius teenage hacker and her supersmart Corgi dog, throw the limits of standard comic relief out the window. And who could forget Faye Valentine, the eat-your-heart-out sprite of a woman with pizazz, flair, and a penchant for gambling.

If you're not a fan of anime because of its tendency to be far-fetched and downright weird at times, Bebop is the right starter series for you. A melodrama, a jazzy jam session, and a sci-fi detective thriller all wrapped into a tight, upbeat package. Superb.


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