The best episodes of classic anime
Created by Shinichiro watanabe in 1998, Cowboy Bebop is considered to be one of the greatest anime to ever air. Its mix of sci-fi, westerns, and dark storytelling, along with the jazz-packed score, gives the anime a distinct tone that stands out from other ’90s anime. The show follows a group of bounty hunters Eclectics – Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Ed – as they roam the galaxy on the Bebop, hunting down criminals for a meager profit while fleeing the ghosts of their past.
It has never been so exciting to be a fan of Cowboy Bebop. Netflix has produced a live-action adaptation starring Jean Cho, Daniella Pineda, and Mustafa Shakir which will be released in November, and the original animated series will also arrive on Netflix. Ahead of the live premiere, now’s a great time to see if the famous classic is the show for you, so here are seven essential episodes from Cowboy Bebop which demonstrate the range and characters of the show.
“Asteroid Blues” (Episode 1)
Sometimes the best place to start is just the beginning, and Cowboy Bebop is no exception. “Asteroid Blues” launches the series with a look at the futuristic but surprisingly anchored world in which the protagonists live. He finds Spike and Jet on the trail of a gang member, Asimov Solensan. As they pursue this criminal over a colony of terraformed asteroids, Western influences shine as Spike and Jet fight in a dusty, rustic town that almost contradicts the spaceships they used to travel there. .
“Asteroid Blues” also sums up the deep melancholy that fills the show. The episode does a great job creating sympathy for Solensan and his girlfriend Katerina, despite being this episode’s de facto antagonists. It culminates in a tragedy that will not be spoiled but showcases the brutal world inhabited by Be-bopSpike and Jet’s crew and comradeship share.
“Stray Dog Strut” (Episode 2)
“Stray Dog Strut” is the perfect companion to “Asteroid Blues”, perhaps the reason they were released simultaneously. This episode introduces us to the first addition to the Be-bopduo, the Welsh Corgi Ein. Spike and Jet end up adopting the dog after it was stolen by Abdul Hakim, a criminal who plans to sell Ein on the black market because he’s genetically (and illegally) enhanced to become a “data dog” from genius.
This episode works so well with the former because both of them capture the tones of Cowboy Bebop. While the show has no problem being dark and serious, there is also genuine humor between its characters. “Stray Dog Strut” is as comical an episode as “Asteroid Blues” is tragic. Watching the two together gives the best picture of the tonal range of the show.
“Ballad of the fallen angels” (episode 5)
The past is omnipresent in Cowboy Bebop, despite the fact that the show takes place so far into the future. He follows the heroes where they go, perhaps no more than Spike. This episode finds the crew of the Be-bop drive out Mao Yenrai, head of the Red Dragon crime syndicate. But as they approach Mars, none of the crew members know that Mao has already been killed by Vicious, one of his gang members, and Spike conceals that he was a member of the Dragon himself. Red.
“Ballad of Fallen Angels” is an essential viewing due to both the theme and the plot. Vicious will be a recurring character and an important part of Cowboy Bebopis the end of the game. This episode also shows how much the past matters in Cowboy Bebop. The past has to be faced at one point or another, and this episode shows that inevitability – and the price Spike paid to get there.
“Elegy of Ganymede” (Episode 10)
While Spike hasn’t got over his past in “Ballad of Fallen Angels,” “Ganymede Elegy” shows Jet confronting his past and moving forward. The Bebop brings a criminal to Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede, which happens to be where Jet lived and worked as a member of the ISSP, the intersolar system police, long before he joined Spike in edge of the Bebop. While here, Jet confronts the past by visiting his ex, Alisa, to find out why they broke up.
“Ganymede Elegy” makes a point of telling us that the past must be accepted. It hits bittersweet notes along the way for a very nuanced episode. Jet had a great time on Ganymede, with Alisa, and with a former partner he chats with at the start of the episode, but those times are now behind him. This episode also takes a bit of a look at the moral dilemmas that bounty hunters face as Jet pursues Alisa’s new boyfriend, Rhint, who got a bounty after killing a man in self-defense and going after Alisa’s new boyfriend. to be escaped from the scene.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (Episode 14)
Other essential episodes focused on the tone or characters of Cowboy Bebop, but “Bohemian Rhapsody” shines the spotlight on Watanbe’s world-building. The Be-bopThe crew spend this episode chasing a mysterious character who steals people from doors, the technological marvel that allows inter-system movement. The crew have little information to track down the mastermind, Chessmaster Hex, in order to obtain their bounty.
The emphasis “Bohemian Rhapsody” placed on world building gives the show a chance to explore more than just the characters in the show by highlighting the world that influenced them. Most notably, it answers some mysteries about how the gates work and why the Earth has become quite uninhabited, following a tragic accident involving Earth’s Moon. It also explores the idea of corporate criminals, an idea the show hasn’t addressed at this point, and hints that the legitimate business that runs the doors could be as shady as that of the many crime syndicate system.
“Mushroom Samba” (Episode 17)
“Mushroom Samba” makes it to the must-see list by offering a little respite with a comedic episode after a surge of bittersweet episodes. This episode mainly focuses on the hijackings of Ed and Ein after the Be-bop lack of fuel and food, which led to it crashing into another Jupiter moon, Io. Ed ends up leaving the ship in search of food and encounters a lot of problems, including some very … special mushrooms that hallucinate the rest of the crew.
Each member of the Bebop plays a role in the dynamics of the show, and Ed is the bizarre and brilliant trickster who complicates the story given his impulsive nature and young age compared to the other crew members. “Mushroom Samba” explores this better than almost any other episode alongside a cast of interesting characters, although we won’t see them again.
“Lucky Woman” (Episode 24)
The last episode before the two-part series finale, “Hard Luck Woman” rounds out the must-see list by taking the time to delve into the past of the last two crew members: Ed and Faye. Their pasts bring Be-bop on the meteor-strewn surface of Earth, where they find clues to Faye’s past life and a bounty on Ed’s father, Appledelhi. This episode continues Cowboy BebopThe tradition of making the characters confront their past, for better or for worse.
“Hard Luck Woman” is one of the saddest episodes to air. To discuss it too deeply would ruin what could be the best episode of the series, but it beautifully sets the stage for the following finale by reminding viewers how Cowboy Bebop began: a melancholy anime about two bounty hunters adrift in space and the hardships of that life. It also ends on the scene of eating eggs, one of the most iconic scenes from one of the most iconic anime to ever air.
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