Cowboy Bebop (1998) IMDb


Grungy solar-system SF.


A loosely knit group of unsuccessful bounty hunters barely get along.


This is that rare combination of great style with depth and substance, particularly to its characters, as opposed to its plotting. Jordan Stokes has written extensively about the depth of the show, including a 2016-06-17 article on Overthinking It titled “The One-Eyed Spike and the One-Handed Jet”, about the apparent use of the philologist Georges Dumezil’s inferred stone age archetypes and the motif of debt. As a result of the focus on character, the light-hearted side stories (e.g. the mushrooms, the cowboy) are often better than the coherent drama. Shrewdly, the show ditches its comic relief character to get on with the final stage of that drama. Some great music, and like the similar but inferior Outlaw Star (1998), the visuals have come to represent the mature analogue form of the art.

References here: DT Eightron (1998), Outlaw Star (1998), The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019).

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture series


Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2001) IMDb


Set mid-series and true to style. Visually impressive.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture