What do you think about Cowboy Bebop? If you don’t know anything about it, then don’t worry you will come to know all of it here. It’s a Sunrise animation neo-noir science fiction series, helmed by production team Shinichirō Watanabe, scriptwriter Keiko Nobumoto, Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno. Sunrise has been produced and animated by Hajime Yatanabe, a Sciences Fiction Team. In 2071, the twenty-six episodes (‘sessions’) of the series follow the lives of a spacecraft dubbed Bebop, a roving bounty hunter. Cowboy Bebop derives the majority from science fiction, western or noir films, although it integrates a range of genres throughout it.
Let’s know about the plot
About fifty years after an accident with a hyperspatial portal rendered the Earth virtually uninhabitable in 2071, mankind settled most of the solar system’s rocky planets and moons. The ISSP established a legal contracting system under increasing crime rating to pursue and deliver offenders alive in return for the reward of registered bonus hunters (also known as cowboys).
The heroes of the series are bounty chasing people from the Bebop spacecraft. The initial crew were the exile of the exiled former Red Dragon Syndicate hitman Spike Spiegel, and the former ISSP officer, Jet Black. Later on, they are joined by the amnesiac artist Faye Valentine, an excentric hacker girl Edward, and the geneticist Pembroke Welsh Corgi with human intellect. They are a human-like artist, Ein.
Throughout the series, the team is involved in a series of disastrous mishaps that leave them without money, while also confronting faces and events from their past, such as Jet’s reasons for leaving the ISSP and Faye’s past as a young woman from Earth who was cryogenically frozen to save her life after being injured in an accident.
Spike and his deadly rivalry with Vicious, an ambitious criminal associated with the Red Dragon Syndicate, are the subject of the major plot arc. Spike and Vicious used to be partners and friends, but when Spike had an affair with Vicious’s girlfriend Julia and decided to quit the Syndicate with her, Vicious attempted to destroy Spike by blackmailing Julia into killing him.
How many awards has it won?
Cowboy Bebop received two first-place prizes at the 1999 Animation Grand Prix awards for the anime of 1998: Spike Spiegel was named best male character, while Megumi Hayashibara was named best voice actress for her portrayal as Faye Valentine. Cowboy Bebop also received accolades in other categories:
The series was named the second-best anime series; Faye Valentine and Ed were named the fifth and ninth best female characters, respectively; “Tank!” and “The Real Folk Blues” was named the third and fifteenth best songs, respectively; and “Ballad of Fallen Angels,” “Speak Like a Child,” “Jamming with Edward,” and “Mish-Mash Blues” was named the fourth and fifth-best songs.
Cowboy Bebop received the same two first-place honours at the 2000 Anime Grand Prix awards for the anime of 1999: best male character for Spike Spiegel and best voice actor for Megumi Hayashibara. Other accolades include 2nd best anime series, 6th best female character for Faye Valentine, 7th and 12th best songs for “Tank!” and “Blue,” and 3rd and 17th best episodes for “The Real Folk Blues (Part 2)” and “Hard Luck Woman,” respectively.
From April 3 to June 26, 1998, the series debuted on TV Tokye in Japan, showing just 12 episodes and a special one because of its contentious adult subject matter. The series was shown from 24 October 1998 through 24 April 1999, with 26 episodes were broadcast on Wowow. The animation has been adapt to two series of mangas that have been shown in Asuka Fantasy DX in Kadokawa Shoten. A movie was later distributed internationally to theatres.
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