By Torrance Grey on April 06, 2018
For some Westerners, "Cowboy Bebop" was their first taste of Japanese anime -- and what a place to start! This series, created by Sunrise Animation studio and first aired on Tokyo TV, has won raves from reviewers and fans, whether they were new to anime or longtime watchers. And just like Earth's inhabitants have spread out over the Solar System, "Cowboy Bebop" has spread from a 23-episode series to several other media.
"Cowboy Bebop" is set in a future in which Earth has been destroyed (an accident with a temporal-spatial "gateway" was involved) and humanity has traveled to the rest of the solar system, colonizing Mars and some of the more terrestrial moons. The Solar System has a police force, but the extent of crime in this new world requires the use of bounty hunters -- and that's where the gang of "Cowboy Bebop" -- Spike, Jet, Faye, Edward and Ein -- come in. Theoretically, they're working together to track down "bountyheads" and get the money that comes from turning them in. However, put five diverse personalities in one spaceship. and there's bound to be some conflict. One of the series' taglines was, "What's a little money between friends? Who says they're friends?"
However, they've become friends to a legion of fans. So settle in and return to the world -- er, interplanetary system -- of "Cowboy Bebop."