Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop is a Japanese neo-noir science fiction anime television series created and animated by Sunrise, led by the Hajime Yatate production team of director Shinichiro Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno. The series, which aired for twenty-six episodes (in six “sessions” of four to five episodes each), is set in 2071 and follows the lives of a travelling bounty-hunting crew aboard the Bebop spaceship. Despite incorporating a wide range of genres, the series is most heavily influenced by science fiction, western, and noir films. Its main themes are existential ennui, loneliness, and the inability to escape from one’s past.

Cowboy Bebop Anime Synopsis

In the year 2071, humanity has colonised several of the solar system’s planets and moons, leaving the now-inhabitable surface of planet Earth behind. The Inter Solar System Police attempt to keep the galaxy peaceful, with the help of outlaw bounty hunters known as “Cowboys.” Two such people are the ragtag crew of the spaceship Bebop.

Relaxed and carefree Spike Spiegel is countered by his boisterous, pragmatic partner Jet Black, with whom he makes a living by chasing bounties and collecting rewards. Thrown off course by the arrival of new members on their journey—Ein, a genetically engineered, highly intelligent Welsh Corgi; femme fatale Faye Valentine, an enigmatic trickster with memory loss; and the strange computer whiz kid Edward Wong—the crew embarks on thrilling adventures that gradually reveal each member’s dark and mysterious past.
Cowboy Bebop is a space Western classic that pays homage to the smooth and improvised music it is named after. It is well-balanced with high density action and light-hearted comedy.

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop Anime Info

  • IMDB Ratings – 8.9/10
  • Genres – Action, Adventure, Drama, Comedy, Sci-fi, Space
  • Season – 1
  • Episodes – 26
  • Movies – 1
  • Status – Finished Airing
  • Aired – Apr 3, 1998 to Apr 24, 1999
  • Premiered – Spring 1998
  • Duration – 24 min. per episode
  • Rating – R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Cowboy Bebop Anime Characters

Bebop crew

Spike Spiegel

Spike Spiegel, a 27-year-old bounty hunter born on Mars, is tall, lean, and slightly muscular. Spike has a history of violent behaviour, as evidenced by flashbacks and conversations with the Red Dragon Syndicate. He is frequently depicted with a carefree demeanour, but he occasionally displays compassion when dealing with strangers. Spike’s martial arts are inspired by Bruce Lee, who practises Jeet Kune Do, as seen in Session 8, “Waltz for Venus.” He has fluffy, blackish green hair (inspired by Yusaku Matsuda’s character Shunsaku Kud in Tantei Monogatari) and reddish brown eyes, one of which is artificially lighter than the other. He usually wears a blue lounge suit with a black skinny tie, a yellow shirt, and Lupin III-inspired boots.

In Session 6, a flashback revealed that his apparently fully functional right eye had been surgically replaced by a cybernetic one (although Spike himself may not have conscious recollection of the procedure since he claims to have lost his natural eye in an “accident”). A closeup on Spike’s fully natural left eye before dissolving to a flashback of his life as a syndicate member is a recurring device throughout the entire show. Spike himself stated in the previous episode that his right eye “only sees the present” and his left eye “only sees the past.” The purpose of this cybernetic eye is never stated explicitly, but it appears to provide him with exceptional hand–eye coordination – particularly with firearms.

Spike kills Vicious in the final episode, but his fate after the battle is never officially confirmed. Spike transitions from seeing his beloved and recently deceased Julia with his left eye, the eye that sees his past, to seeing her with his right eye, the eye that sees his present. Shinichiro Watanabe, the film’s director, stated in a May 2013 interview, “I want the audience to interpret it however they want.” I’d like them to interpret it for themselves. They don’t have to believe something just because I put it there. If I say something in an interview, it becomes official, so I try to avoid giving a definitive answer.

Jet Black

Jet Black, known as the “Black Dog” on his home satellite for his tenacity, is a 36-year-old former cop from Ganymede (a Jovian satellite) who serves as Spike’s foil throughout the series. Jet is a tall man with a muscular physique. He has a beard with no moustache and is bald except for the back of his head. Spike appears to be uninterested and lazy, whereas Jet is hardworking and a jack-of-all-trades. Jet was a long-serving investigator with the Intra Solar System Police (ISSP) until he lost his arm in an investigation that went awry when his corrupt partner betrayed him. His arm was replaced with a cybernetic limb, which was later revealed to be a deliberate decision because biological replacements were available. He wanted the phantom arm to serve as a reminder of the consequences of his actions. Jet’s loss of a limb, combined with the general corruption of the police force, drove him to resign from the ISSP and become a freelance bounty hunter. Jet considers himself a renaissance man as well: he grows bonsai trees, cooks, enjoys jazz/blues music (he named his ship the Bebop, referring to a type of jazz), particularly Charlie Parker, and is even interested in Goethe. Jet is the quintessential “dad” character, even though he often wishes people would see him as a more brotherly figure (so as not to seem old).

Jet is an expert with handguns, usually carrying a pre-2004 Walther P99, and he also employs the netgun. He is also skilled in hand-to-hand combat. Jet, in comparison to Spike, favours raw muscle over technique. He is also an accomplished mechanic and pilot. Jet pilots a smaller ship called Hammerhead in addition to the converted interplanetary fishing trawler vessel Bebop. The Hammerhead appears to be a reworked salvage vessel to which Jet has added larger engines and fuel tanks. It has a mechanical arm with a harpoon as its main weapon, which is similar to Jet’s own mechanical arm. Both the Hammerhead and the Bebop can land on water and are themed around fishing. Jet once lived with a woman named Alisa, who left him because he was too protective of her. They first meet when the Bebop lands on Ganymede, Jet’s homeworld, and Jet goes in search of her. He speaks to her and then departs, but later learns that Alisa’s new boyfriend, Rhint, is wanted for murder. Jet arrests Rhint and later turns him over to the police.

Faye Valentine

Faye Valentine is a member of the bounty hunting crew in the Cowboy Bebop anime series. She is frequently seen smoking and wearing a revealing outfit, complete with bright yellow hot pants and a matching, revealing top (and, on occasion, a bikini). Her hair is violet, and her eyes are green. Faye, who appears to be no more than 23 years old, is actually around 77 years old, having been placed in cryogenic freeze following a space shuttle accident, where she spent fifty-four years in suspended animation. Throughout the series (set in 2071), Faye meets Spike and Jet twice and makes herself at home aboard their ship the second time, much to the chagrin and disapproval of the two men, both of whom have reservations about women in general.

Faye, who appears to be little more than a thorn in her partners’ sides, is actually a well-rounded member of the team. Despite her small stature, she can handle herself exceptionally well, demonstrating at least once in the series (in “Cowboy Funk”) that she has a powerful punch. Adept at flying, Faye has stood her ground just as well as Spike has in an aerial dogfight in her ship Red Tail, and at times even against Spike in an aerial dogfight (though Spike eventually proved the better pilot) (though Spike eventually proved the better pilot). She is also skilled with firearms, and is first seen in the series completely destroying a shop with a Heckler & Koch MP5K, though she is quickly apprehended. Faye has an almost unstoppable demeanour, and even her seemingly innocent smile can be dangerous. She has a number of bad habits, including drinking, gambling on a regular basis, smoking cigarettes and occasionally cigars, becoming unnecessarily violent, and turning on partners when the profits appear to be insufficient. She is sarcastic and arrogant, and she rarely appears weak or in need of assistance. She brags and looks after herself, never trusting others and cheating and lying her way from day to day. She also demonstrates her unpredictable behaviour, such as when she kissed Ed on the lips to jolt him out of one of her ramblings.

She is a woman who knows how to get what she wants; her tough exterior conceals a more delicate interior. When she awoke from her 54-year cryogenic sleep, she was not only saddled with a massive amount of debt that she had no way of repaying, but she was also diagnosed with total amnesia, a stranger in a mysterious world that she was not a part of and did not understand, surrounded by people who pretended to help her but were only there to take advantage of her naiveté. By the end of the series, she has learned to value her comrades, returning to the Bebop when she realises it is the only home she has left, referring to it as the “only place I could return to.” She comes to realise the drawbacks of being a loner, and that even if her “family” is somewhat dysfunctional, it is still a place where she will always belong.

Though she grows to care for Jet and even Edward in her own way throughout the series, it is her relationship with Spike that is most people’s focus. Spike teases her and asks if she will come to his aid if he gets into trouble in one episode, and though she scoffs at his remark, she eventually does. Faye even threatens him with her gun in the last episode, as Spike walks away from what she and Jet both realise is his possible death. Faye sobs as he walks away. In an interview, Watanabe stated, “Sometimes I’m asked the question, ‘What does Spike think of Faye?'” Actually, I believe he likes her a lot.


“Radical Edward” is a very strange, somewhat androgynous, and extremely intelligent 13-year-old girl. Her peculiar mannerisms include walking around barefoot, performing strange postures, and walking with a gangly gait. “Radical Ed” is a “free spirit”; she enjoys silly exclamations and childish rhymes, is easily distracted, and has a habit of “drifting off” from reality in mid-sentence. Ed’s generally carefree attitude and energy serve as a counterpoint to the show’s more solemn and dark elements. Ed remains a member of the Bebop crew until the 24th episode, when she and Ein depart. She almost always uses the third person to refer to herself. Her origins are unknown, except that she spent some of her early childhood in an orphanage after being abandoned by her father, who appears in episode 24. Her father, Appeldelhi siniz Hesap Lutfen, immediately recognises her by her birth name of “Françoise Lütfen,” and, while initially unsure of her gender, leaves shortly after to continue his never-ending quest to document every asteroid that falls to Earth from the wreckage of the Moon.


Ein is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi that Spike brought aboard the Bebop after a failed bounty capture attempt. He is frequently hyperaware of what is going on around him. Throughout the series, Ein answers the phone, drives a car, uses the SSW, plays shogi, operates the “Brain Dream” gaming device, and generally performs tasks that an average canine would find difficult.

While the televised series only makes a passing reference to Ein’s brain being enhanced, the manga depicts Ed accessing data stored in Ein’s brain via a virtual reality-type interface through which she converses with a human proprietor. Ein can “speak” to other species, as shown in Session 17: “Mushroom Samba” (he speaks to a cow with a subtitled bark of “Thanks,” to which the cow responds with a subtitled moo back of “Oh, it’s no problem”). Ein initially has feelings for Jet, but after Ed joins the crew, he warms up to her as well. When Ed leaves the crew, he follows her.

Red Dragon Crime Syndicate

The Van is the leader of an East Asian triad organisation. The Van are typically seen dressed in Qing dynasty imperial Manchurian-Chinese clothing. The syndicate specialises in assassinations, but they are also involved in narcotics trafficking, particularly Red Eye. Members who attempt to leave or fail to complete tasks are sentenced to death under the syndicate’s rules. Mao Yenrai was a captain or Capo to the Elders and a mentor to Vicious and Spike.

Spike considers himself in Mao’s “debt” after leaving the Syndicate, and is motivated to confront Vicious for the first time when Mao is killed by two men in Vicious’ employ. It occurs immediately after Mao signs a peace treaty with a rival crime syndicate, the White Tiger, expressing a desire for relief from the hypervigilance of gang warfare. When confronted by Vicious, the Van later refers to Mao’s death as “bad luck” and declines to pursue the matter. The Van is also shown to be initially indulgent toward Vicious, which eventually leads to their demise. Vicious assassinates the Van and ascends to the throne of the Syndicate.


Spike’s archenemy is “Vicious.” He is a ruthless, cunning, and power-hungry member of Tharsis’ Red Dragon Crime Syndicate, and he is frequently referred to or depicted as a venomous snake (as opposed to Spike who is referred to as a swimming bird and the Syndicate Elders who see themselves as a dragon). His preferred weapon is a katana, which he wields expertly, even against gun-wielders. During the Titan War, he was an infantry rifleman, and he is shown firing a semi-automatic pistol in a Session 5 flashback, as well as in a Session 26 flashback of him and Spike fighting back-to-back. Vicious is frequently seen with a black cormorant-like bird.


Julia is a lovely and enigmatic woman from Spike’s past. Vicious’ girlfriend and a Syndicate member herself, she and Spike began an affair, which resulted in Spike offering to leave the Syndicate and elope with her, despite the fact that the Syndicate punishes desertion with death. Spike goes to confront the Syndicate with his resignation, resulting in a violent gun battle in which he is presumed to have died. Vicious, on the other hand, discovers the affair and confronts Julia, telling her that she must kill Spike at the graveyard or else they will both be killed.

Julia is reunited with Spike after meeting Faye Valentine by chance. Their reunion, however, coincides with Vicious’ first attempt to stage a coup against the Red Dragon Syndicate. When he fails and is imprisoned, the Syndicate’s Old Guard launches a hunt for and execution of anyone who was or had ever been loyal to Vicious’ group. Spike, Julia, and their friend Annie, who distributes munitions under the guise of a convenience store, are among them. The Syndicate ambushes Spike and Julia in the store, and Julia is shot and killed as she and Spike try to flee across the rooftops. “It’s all a dream…” are her final words to Spike.


Lin is a young and devoted member of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate who is asked to accompany Vicious on a drug deal to the moon Callisto by Wang Long. Lin intervenes when Spike Spiegel confronts Vicious in a back alleyway late at night and shoots Spike with a tranquillizer bullet. Lin used to report to Spike, but since Spike’s departure from the Red Dragons, he reports to Vicious. Lin joins Vicious at the Red Eye deal on a roof, where they meet Gren. When the fight between the two begins, Lin throws himself in front of a bullet aimed at Vicious. Lin dies, but his brother, Shin, is mentioned in “The Real Folk Blues Part I” when he appears.

Cowboy Bebop Anime Episodes

Asteroid Blues
Aired: Oct 24, 1998 (JST)

Stray Dog Strut
Aired: Apr 3, 1998 (JST)

Honky Tonk Women
Aired: Apr 10, 1998 (JST)

Gateway Shuffle
Aired: Nov 14, 1998 (JST)

Ballad of Fallen Angels
Aired: Nov 21, 1998 (JST)

Sympathy for the Devil
Aired: Nov 28, 1998 (JST)

Heavy Metal Queen
Aired: Apr 17, 1998 (JST)

Waltz for Venus
Aired: Apr 24, 1998 (JST)

Jamming with Edward
Aired: May 1, 1998 (JST)

Ganymede Elegy
Aired: May 8, 1998 (JST)

Toys in the Attic
Aired: May 15, 1998 (JST)

Jupiter Jazz (Part 1)
Aired: May 22, 1998 (JST)

Jupiter Jazz (Part 2)
Aired: May 29, 1998 (JST)

Bohemian Rhapsody
Aired: Jun 5, 1998 (JST)

My Funny Valentine
Aired: Jun 12, 1998 (JST)

Black Dog Serenade
Aired: Feb 13, 1999 (JST)

Mushroom Samba
Aired: Feb 20, 1999 (JST)

Speak Like a Child
Aired: Jun 19, 1998 (JST)

Wild Horses
Aired: Mar 6, 1999 (JST)

Pierrot le Fou
Aired: Mar 13, 1999 (JST)

Boogie Woogie Feng Shui
Aired: Mar 20, 1999 (JST)

Cowboy Funk
Aired: Mar 27, 1999 (JST)

Brain Scratch
Aired: Apr 3, 1999 (JST)

Hard Luck Woman
Aired: Apr 10, 1999 (JST)

The Real Folk Blues (Part 1)
Aired: Apr 17, 1999 (JST)

The Real Folk Blues (Part 2)
Aired: Apr 24, 1999 (JST)

People Also Ask

Why was Cowboy Bebop discontinued?

What Caused the Cancellation of ‘Cowboy Bebop’? The decision was made “by balancing the show’s viewership and cost,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. In other words, the show did not attract enough viewers to cover the costs incurred by Netflix. This is despite the fact that many critics have criticised the show for appearing cheap.

Why is Cowboy Bebop so famous?

Cowboy Bebop revolutionised anime with its genre hybridity, complex characters, and one-of-a-kind aesthetic. Cowboy Bebop emerged as a blueprint for the creation of meaningful stories that reflected the abject beauty and absurdity of existence, thanks to its complex, genre-hybrid narrative and nuanced characters worth rooting for.

How does Cowboy Bebop seasons?

Cowboy Bebop will not return for a second season. Netflix has decided not to renew the live-action anime adaptation starring John Cho for a second season. The cancellation comes less than a month after the first season of the series was released on the streaming service in November.

Is Cowboy Bebop the movie worth watching?

If your truly a fan of anime, Cowboy Bebop is definitely very very worth the watch!

Why does Cowboy Bebop only have 26 episodes?

Given its international success, most fans are perplexed as to why the anime never returned for more, with the exception of the 2001 film ‘Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.’ Shinichir Watanabe, the series’ director, is the reason for it. The director believed that the anime’s conciseness would maintain the show’s spirit.

Why is Cowboy Bebop rated R?

Lots of violence, including bloody wounds and gunshots, beatings, and stabbings. Automatic guns, knives, swords, and futuristic weapons are used. Read – Claymore

Source – Wikipedia

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