Showcasing an eclectic cast, fresh design and out-of-the-norm
music, Cowboy Bebop manages to alter enough of the
anime formula to make it stand out from the rest. Showing
heavy influence from 60's/70's cop and mystery shows, Cowboy
Bebop details the adventures of a group of space-bound
bounty hunters in concise, self-contained half-hour episodes.
Intially, the series starts out with Spike Spiegel, a drifter
with a penchant for martial arts and casual attitudes, and
Jet Black, a former cyborg cop, taking jobs just to pay for
the necessities. As the series moves on, they pick up Ein,
a super-intelligent Corgi, Faye Valentine, a card-playing,
gun-toting vixen, and Edward, an underage computer hacker.
Cowboy Bebop is packaged as small episodic pieces,
where events are often wrapped up in the span of the episode.
Small hints of the character's past and personalities are
revealed over time. Initially, viewers can gather only minor
hints at what makes the characters tick, but as the series
moves along, more and more is revealed. Viewers can gather
the characters' personalities by watching the series over
a few episodes.
Musically, Cowboy Bebop is fresh change from most
other series. Including heavy jazz, big band and swing influences,
the music flows quickly during action sequences and slows
down during casual sequences. The music really aides in giving
personality and emotion to the episodes.
While it's apparent that the series is aimed more at the
male audience, it's smooth action and blend of sci-fi and
nostalgia really lends it for a good view. The inherent sense
of humor written provides the occasional laugh. Maintaining
both an episodic format and series continuity works in creating
a series that can both be viewed over a period of time or
an episode here or there. The producers have managed to fuse
stylish action, humor and well-done animation into a fine
series. Unless you want to be mentally challenged, this will
be a series you will enjoy.