History Anime / CowboyBebop

21st Jun '17 1:00:39 AM Koveras
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Immodestly billed as "the work which becomes [a] new genre itself", ''Cowboy Bebop'' (first broacasted between September 1997 and June 1998) is a SpaceWestern[=/=]FilmNoir anime series consisting of 26 episodes (and one movie) that eventually became one of the most popular, acclaimed, and influential anime series in history -- and justifying the braggadocio behind that tagline.

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Immodestly billed as "the work which becomes [a] new genre itself", ''Cowboy Bebop'' (first broacasted (originally broadcast between September 1997 and June 1998) 1998 in Japan) is a SpaceWestern[=/=]FilmNoir anime series consisting of 26 episodes (and one movie) that eventually became one of the most popular, acclaimed, and influential anime series in history -- and justifying the braggadocio behind that tagline.
7th Jun '17 3:15:16 PM Az_Tech341
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A live-action adaptation has sat in DevelopmentHell for years. Creator/KeanuReeves once said that he would love to play the role of Spike Spiegel (at the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs called himself a fan of the series]]). But because of the long wait for the adaptation to enter production, he has since decided to decline the role if it ever presents itself (mainly due to age). In 2017, the adaptation is reworked from film to [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-06/sunrise-to-co-produce-live-action-cowboy-bebop-tv-series/.117094 a TV series which will be co-produced by Sunrise]].

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A live-action adaptation has sat in DevelopmentHell for years. Creator/KeanuReeves once said that he would love to play the role of Spike Spiegel (at the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs called himself a fan of the series]]). But because of the long wait for the adaptation to enter production, he has since decided to decline the role if it ever presents itself (mainly due to age). In 2017, the adaptation is reworked from film to [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-06/sunrise-to-co-produce-live-action-cowboy-bebop-tv-series/.117094 a TV series which will be co-produced by Sunrise]].
7th Jun '17 2:48:38 AM sayaleviathan
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A live-action adaptation has sat in DevelopmentHell for years. Creator/KeanuReeves once said that he would love to play the role of Spike Spiegel (at the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs called himself a fan of the series]]). But because of the long wait for the adaptation to enter production, he has since decided to decline the role if it ever presents itself (mainly due to age).

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A live-action adaptation has sat in DevelopmentHell for years. Creator/KeanuReeves once said that he would love to play the role of Spike Spiegel (at the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs called himself a fan of the series]]). But because of the long wait for the adaptation to enter production, he has since decided to decline the role if it ever presents itself (mainly due to age).
age). In 2017, the adaptation is reworked from film to [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-06/sunrise-to-co-produce-live-action-cowboy-bebop-tv-series/.117094 a TV series which will be co-produced by Sunrise]].
25th May '17 3:43:32 AM Contrafour
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* AmbiguousSituation: The ending has [[spoiler:Spike, grievously wounded, collapsing in front of what remains of Vicious's gang]]. The creator said that whether [[spoiler:he lives or dies]] is entirely up to the viewer.

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* AmbiguousSituation: The ending has [[spoiler:Spike, grievously wounded, collapsing in front of what remains of Vicious's gang]]. The creator director said that whether [[spoiler:he lives or dies]] is entirely up to the viewer.



** Two episodes after "Big Shot" is cancelled, Faye sees a black man in the airport and [[YouLookFamiliar remarks that he appears familiar]]. He's obviously the host of the show, except he's dressed differently and no longer talking in a hokey fake Mexican accent. It's easy to miss unless you're paying close attention.

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** Two episodes after "Big Shot" is cancelled, Faye sees a black man in the airport and [[YouLookFamiliar remarks that he appears familiar]]. He's obviously the host of the show, except he's dressed differently and no longer talking in a hokey fake Mexican accent. It's easy to miss unless you're paying close attention.



* ChildrenVoicingChildren: Aoi Tada was only two years older than Ed's self-professed age of 13 when cast by Watanabe.



* MrExposition: Jet is an ex-cop and usually does the necessary research for the team's jobs, so he often fills this role.[[note]]Funnily enough the same voice actor (who makes no attempt to change his tone) provides all the exposition in [[Manga/OutlawStar another space western styled show]].[[/note]]

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* MrExposition: Jet is an ex-cop and usually does the necessary research for the team's jobs, so he often fills this role.[[note]]Funnily enough the same voice actor in the dub (who makes no attempt to change his tone) provides all the exposition in [[Manga/OutlawStar another space western styled show]].[[/note]]



* OminousMultipleScreens: Scratch appears in this form when Spike confronts him.

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* OminousMultipleScreens: Scratch Londes appears in this form when Spike confronts him.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Ed's real name is [[spoiler: Françoise]] and V.T. from "Heavy Metal Queen" is really named [[spoiler: Victoria Terpsichore.]]

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Ed's real name is unknown- although it may be [[spoiler: Françoise]] Françoise]]- and V.T. from "Heavy Metal Queen" is really named [[spoiler: Victoria Terpsichore.]]
16th May '17 5:16:37 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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Immodestly billed as "the work which becomes [a] new genre itself", ''Cowboy Bebop'' is a SpaceWestern[=/=]FilmNoir anime series consisting of 26 episodes (and one movie) that eventually became one of the most popular, acclaimed, and influential anime series in history -- and justifying the braggadocio behind that tagline.

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Immodestly billed as "the work which becomes [a] new genre itself", ''Cowboy Bebop'' (first broacasted between September 1997 and June 1998) is a SpaceWestern[=/=]FilmNoir anime series consisting of 26 episodes (and one movie) that eventually became one of the most popular, acclaimed, and influential anime series in history -- and justifying the braggadocio behind that tagline.
12th May '17 12:43:59 PM StevieWillShowYou
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Immodestly billed as "the work which becomes [a] new genre itself", '''''Cowboy Bebop''''' is a SpaceWestern[=/=]FilmNoir anime series consisting of 26 episodes (and one movie) that eventually became one of the most popular, acclaimed, and influential anime series in history -- which ended up justifying the braggadocio behind that tagline.

In the UsedFuture of the late 21st century, humanity has [[HomeworldEvacuation spread across the Solar System]] using "[[HyperspaceLanes Hyperspace Gates]]" after a horrific accident [[EarthThatUsedToBeBetter devastated Earth]]. But wherever humanity goes, so goes its criminal element. The SpacePolice compensate for the increase in jurisdiction by re-instating the bounty system of the Wild West: [[BountyHunter if you catch a bounty alive and deliver him to the cops, you get paid]].

The series focuses on the misadventures of five individuals as [[PerpetualPoverty they struggle to make a living]] as bounty hunters in the space-age frontier: Jet Black, a bounty hunter, former police officer, and owner of the spaceship ''Bebop''; his partner Spike Spiegel, a martial artist on the run from a bloody past; FemmeFatale and [[TheRival rival bounty hunter]] Faye Valentine, both more and somehow less than she appears; [[PlayfulHacker demented teen genius hacker girl]] Ed (aka Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV); and Ein, [[UpliftedAnimal a genetically-engineered Welsh Corgi "data dog"]].

The Bebop's crew faces dangerous criminals, occasional starvation, a particularly disgusting refrigerator, and their own {{Dark And Troubled Past}}s over the course of the series. The show partially defines itself by the thematic choice to give everything a rich backstory but explain almost nothing in full. Its stories concern themselves more with the problems of the present; in many cases, it only implies history and leaves the rest to the viewer's imagination.

Another signature trait of ''Cowboy Bebop'' is its music: Music/YokoKanno composed a soundtrack made up of almost entirely of jazz music. Some of her work on this show even defies categorization. She and her band, The Seatbelts, improvised some tracks to finished footage at the moment of recording. ''Bebop'''s soundtrack exists not as a mere afterthought, but as the backbone to nearly everything else about the series; numerous scenes [[SilenceIsGolden eschew dialogue entirely]] and rely on that music to carry the experience.

Creator/AdultSwim chose ''Bebop'' as the very first anime to air on the block; the show started airing on the same night of the network's premiere in August 2001. ''Bebop'' has aired regularly on the network for well over a decade after its American TV debut (minus a handful of rare schedule removals), which has made it the network's longest-running show. (''Manga/InuYasha'' comes in second, as it started airing in early 2002 and fell from the lineup in 2014.) Creator/{{Toonami}} has the rights to air the show, but in case you don't see it on the schedule, you won't have trouble finding it if you want to binge the whole shebang: Bandai released the whole series a number of times over on DVD (including a remastered "Remix" version), and Funimation released both a new DVD set and a high-definition Blu-ray set in 2014 (the company also released the show on digital video storefronts).

[[GenreBusting As the tagline suggests]], the show frequently evokes both {{Western}}s and ''FilmNoir'', though the single biggest influence on the look and feel of the series comes from [[TheEighties '80s]] and early [[TheNineties '90s]] HeroicBloodshed action movies directed by Creator/JohnWoo (e.g. ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'' and ''Film/TheKiller''). ''Franchise/LupinIII'' also serves as a visible influence, as the main trio comes off like a futuristic version of Lupin, Jigen, and Fujiko. Underneath the sci-fi and action flick surface lies an overall plot line primarily based on the most Japanese of all Japanese cinema, the {{Yakuza}} picture -- a relatively unknown genre in the West.

A ''Cowboy Bebop'' [[TheMovie movie]], ''Anime/CowboyBebopKnockinOnHeavensDoor'' (a.k.a ''Cowboy Bebop: The Movie'' outside of Japan due to copyright issues) was released in 2001. Rather than offering an AlternateContinuity or sequel story, the ''Bebop'' movie [[WordOfGod fits in between episodes 22 and 23 of the series]] (both in chronology and in quality). You can find the film on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms with relative ease, as Sony Pictures never let it go out of print or fall into licensing hell.

A ''VideoGame/StarFox''-esque UsefulNotes/PlayStation game and a beat-em-up UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 game (''Serenade of Remembrance'') based on the series were made, but [[NoExportForYou they didn't see release outside of Japan.]] If you want to find the scene from CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, you'll have to import the [=PS2=] game or [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSeHNaASeaUqxrULVUbrIyYVRkzwfJK2Q watch a play-through.]]

A live-action adaptation has been sitting in DevelopmentHell for years. Creator/KeanuReeves said that he would love to play the role of Spike Spiegel (at the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs called himself a fan of the series]]), but, because of the wait for it, he's since decided to decline the role if it ever presents itself, claiming he's too old for it.

Show creator Creator/ShinichiroWatanabe went on to create both a successful spiritual successor in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' and a parody of his work in ''Anime/SpaceDandy''.

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Immodestly billed as "the work which becomes [a] new genre itself", '''''Cowboy Bebop''''' ''Cowboy Bebop'' is a SpaceWestern[=/=]FilmNoir anime series consisting of 26 episodes (and one movie) that eventually became one of the most popular, acclaimed, and influential anime series in history -- which ended up and justifying the braggadocio behind that tagline.

In the UsedFuture of the late 21st century, humanity has [[HomeworldEvacuation spread across the Solar System]] using "[[HyperspaceLanes Hyperspace Gates]]" after a horrific accident [[EarthThatUsedToBeBetter devastated Earth]]. But Earth]]--and wherever humanity goes, so goes its criminal element. The SpacePolice To compensate for the increase in jurisdiction by re-instating jurisdiction, The SpacePolice re-instate the bounty system of the Wild West: [[BountyHunter if you catch If a {{bounty hunter}} catches a bounty alive and deliver him delivers them to the cops, you get paid]].

the cops pay out whatever the bounty is worth.

The series focuses on the misadventures of a ragtag group of five individuals as [[PerpetualPoverty they struggle struggling to make a living]] as bounty hunters in the space-age frontier: Jet Black, a bounty hunter, former police officer, and owner of the spaceship ''Bebop''; his partner Spike Spiegel, a martial artist on the run from a bloody past; FemmeFatale and [[TheRival rival bounty hunter]] Faye Valentine, who is both more and somehow less than she appears; [[PlayfulHacker demented teen genius hacker girl]] Ed (aka Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV); and Ein, [[UpliftedAnimal a genetically-engineered Welsh Corgi "data dog"]].

The Bebop's crew faces dangerous criminals, occasional starvation, a particularly disgusting refrigerator, and their own {{Dark And Troubled Past}}s over the course of the series. The show partially defines itself by the thematic choice to give everything a rich backstory but yet explain almost nothing in full. Its The stories told by the show concern themselves more with the problems of the present; in many cases, it only implies history and is only implied, which leaves the rest to the viewer's imagination.

Another signature trait of ''Cowboy Bebop'' is its music: Music/YokoKanno composed a soundtrack made up of almost entirely of jazz music. Some of her work on this show even defies categorization. She and her band, The Seatbelts, improvised some tracks to finished footage at the moment of recording. ''Bebop'''s soundtrack exists not as a mere afterthought, but as the backbone to nearly everything else about the series; numerous scenes [[SilenceIsGolden eschew dialogue entirely]] and rely on that music to carry the experience.

Creator/AdultSwim chose ''Bebop'' as the very first anime to air on the block; the show started airing debuted on the same night of the network's premiere in August 2001. ''Bebop'' has aired regularly on the network for well over a decade after its American TV debut (minus a handful of rare schedule removals), debut, which has made it one of the network's longest-running show. (''Manga/InuYasha'' comes in second, as it started airing in early 2002 and fell from the lineup in 2014.) shows. Creator/{{Toonami}} still has the rights to air the show, but in case if you don't see cannot watch it on the schedule, TV, you won't will have little trouble finding it if you want to binge the whole shebang: elsewhere: Bandai released the whole series a number of times over show on DVD several times (including a remastered "Remix" version), and Funimation released both a new DVD set and a high-definition Blu-ray set in 2014 (the company also released later rescued the license so it could re-release the show on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video storefronts).

video.

[[GenreBusting As the tagline suggests]], the show ''Bebop'' frequently evokes both {{Western}}s and ''FilmNoir'', FilmNoir, though the single biggest influence on the look and feel of the series comes from [[TheEighties '80s]] and early [[TheNineties '90s]] HeroicBloodshed action movies directed by Creator/JohnWoo (e.g. ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'' and ''Film/TheKiller''). ''Franchise/LupinIII'' also serves as a visible influence, as the main trio comes off like a futuristic version of Lupin, Jigen, and Fujiko. Underneath the sci-fi and action flick surface lies an overall plot line primarily based on influenced mainly by the most Japanese of all Japanese cinema, the {{Yakuza}} picture -- a relatively unknown genre in the West.

A ''Cowboy Bebop'' [[TheMovie movie]], movie adaptation of the series]], ''Anime/CowboyBebopKnockinOnHeavensDoor'' (a.k.a (simply ''Cowboy Bebop: The Movie'' outside of Japan due to copyright issues) Japan) was released in 2001. Rather than offering an AlternateContinuity or sequel story, The movie's story takes place during the ''Bebop'' movie [[WordOfGod canonical events of the series; WordOfGod says it fits in between episodes 22 and 23 of the series]] (both in chronology and in quality).series. You can find the film on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms with relative ease, as Sony Pictures never let it go out of print or fall into licensing hell.

A ''Bebop'' also received two video game adaptations: a ''VideoGame/StarFox''-esque UsefulNotes/PlayStation game and a beat-em-up UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 game (''Serenade of Remembrance'') based on the series were made, but series. [[NoExportForYou they didn't see They never saw release outside of Japan.]] If Japan]], so if you want to find the scene from CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, you'll you will have to import the [=PS2=] game or watch [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSeHNaASeaUqxrULVUbrIyYVRkzwfJK2Q watch a play-through.]]

playthrough]].

A live-action adaptation has been sitting sat in DevelopmentHell for years. Creator/KeanuReeves once said that he would love to play the role of Spike Spiegel (at the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs called himself a fan of the series]]), but, series]]). But because of the long wait for it, he's the adaptation to enter production, he has since decided to decline the role if it ever presents itself, claiming he's too old for it.

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8th May '17 3:45:31 PM Az_Tech341
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A live-action adaptation has been sitting in DevelopmentHell for years. The last news anyone ever heard about the project said Creator/KeanuReeves would play the role of Spike Spiegel. (At the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs called himself a fan of the series]].)

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A live-action adaptation has been sitting in DevelopmentHell for years. The last news anyone ever heard about the project said Creator/KeanuReeves said that he would love to play the role of Spike Spiegel. (At Spiegel (at the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs called himself a fan of the series]].)
series]]), but, because of the wait for it, he's since decided to decline the role if it ever presents itself, claiming he's too old for it.
8th May '17 1:27:24 PM Golondrina
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A live-action adaptation has been sitting in DevelopmentHell for years. The last news anyone ever heard about the project said KeanuReeves would play the role of Spike Spiegel. (At the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs called himself a fan of the series]].)

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A live-action adaptation has been sitting in DevelopmentHell for years. The last news anyone ever heard about the project said KeanuReeves Creator/KeanuReeves would play the role of Spike Spiegel. (At the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs called himself a fan of the series]].)
6th May '17 7:35:23 PM Az_Tech341
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** Jet says [[AnAesop people should work hard to earn things]] ("Those that try to get rich quick or live at the expense of others all get divine retribution somewhere along the way.")
** Faye says, basically, that the only way to get ahead is to scam people before they can scam you ("I've never had anything good happen to me when I trust others.")
** Edward serves up some WordSalad ("If you see a stranger, follow him!")
** Spike gives one specifically relevant to the episode that ''sounds'' like a SpoofAesop but is actually probably more applicable to your daily life than almost any TV Aesop ever -- ([[spoiler:"Don't leave food in the fridge."]]) [[spoiler:Though it turning into a "mystery space creature" is kind of a SpaceWhaleAesop]], certainly PlayedForComedy.

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** Jet says [[AnAesop people should work hard to earn things]] ("Those that try to get rich quick or live at the expense of others all get divine retribution somewhere along the way.")
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** Faye says, basically, that the only way to get ahead is to scam people before they can scam you ("I've never had anything good happen to me when I trust others.")
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** Edward serves up some WordSalad keeps it simple and ironic ("If you see a stranger, follow him!")
him!").
** Spike gives one specifically relevant to the episode that ''sounds'' like a SpoofAesop but is actually probably more applicable to your daily life than almost any TV Aesop ever -- ([[spoiler:"Don't leave food in the fridge."]]) [[spoiler:Though it turning into a "mystery space creature" is kind of a SpaceWhaleAesop]], certainly PlayedForComedy.
6th May '17 3:50:15 AM Grudgeal
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* AnAesop: "Toys in the Attic" has each crew member (except Ein) deliver one. Heavily lampshaded and ties into the plot, often in a comedic, ironic way.
** Jet: [[EarnYourHappyEnding People need to work hard for their wealth. Cheating and shortcuts come back to haunt you.]] (Jet loses all his possessions gambling with Faye, and is attacked by a BlobMonster)
** Faye: [[HumansAreBastards People should not trust each other. Everyone is always trying to backstab everyone else.]] (Faye was cheating. Also, she's attacked by the BlobMonster.)
** Ed: [[TooSmartForStrangers If you see a stranger]], [[SubvertedTrope follow him.]] (Ed goes hunting for the BlobMonster.)
** Spike: [[spoiler:[[SpoofAesop Don't leave food in the fridge.]] ([[ItCameFromTheFridge The origin of the]] BlobMonster)]]
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