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Cowboy Bebop: Check it Out, if Like Me You Live Under a Rock And Missed It the First time.

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With a pastiche approach approximating the idiosyncratic style of Bebop music, this 1998-1999, anime TV series, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and written by Keiko Nobumoto, is as much of a maverick as its space cowboy main character. The story focuses on the 2071 adventures of bounty hunter, Spike Spiegel and his struggling crew: Jet Black a former interstellar police detective, Faye Valentine,a noobie bounty hunter and gambling addict, Edward a young, genius computer hacker, Ein a former laboratory corgi turned data dog, and Vicious, a grim enforcer, formerly of a crime syndicate.

They travel through an anachronistic, interstellar world of personal survival in the 26 episodes (or “sessions”), which contain martial arts action sequences set to jazz and rock music. The vivid action is keenly offset by moments of wry humor and intense, interpersonal drama. This anime series, which was voted the second best anime show of all time by readers of Newtype, was such a success worldwide, it spawned a 2001 movie (which I also missed) Kauboi Bipappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ On Heavens Door), manga tie ins, and video games. And allegedly there is finally a live action film in the works–see below. You can watch episodes of the anime show here, http://video.adultswim.com/cowboy-bebop/ and at certain, scheduled times on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. It is also available on DVD and via certain sources on line.

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