Cowboy Bebop



Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise. It featured a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno. The twenty-six episodes of the series are set in the year 2071. It follows the adventures, misadventures and tragedies of a bounty hunter crew travelling on the Bebop, their starship. Cowboy Bebop explores philosophical concepts including existentialism, existential ennui, loneliness, and the past's influence.

The series premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3 until June 26, 1998, broadcasting only twelve episodes and a special due to its controversial adult-themed content. The entire twenty-six episodes of the series were later broadcast on WOWOW from October 24 until April 24, 1999. The anime was adapted into two manga series which were serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Asuka Fantasy DX. A film was later released to theaters worldwide.

Cowboy Bebop became a critical and commercial success both in Japanese and international markets (most notably in the United States), garnered several major anime and science fiction awards upon its release, and received universal praise for its style, characters, story, voice acting, animation, and soundtrack. In the years since its release, critics and reviewers, from the United States in particular, have hailed Cowboy Bebop as a masterpiece and frequently cite it as one of the greatest anime titles of all time. Credited with helping to introduce anime to a new wave of Western viewers in the early 2000s, Cowboy Bebop has also been labelled a gateway series for the medium as a whole.

  1. Shinichiro Watanabe


Top Billed Cast

  1. Kouichi Yamadera

    Kouichi Yamadera

    Spike Spiegel

  2. Unshō Ishizuka

    Unshō Ishizuka

    Jet Black

  3. Megumi Hayashibara

    Megumi Hayashibara

    Faye Valentine

  4. Aoi Tada

    Aoi Tada

    Edward Wong

  5. Kouichi Yamadera

    Kouichi Yamadera


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Cowboy Bebop

Season 1

1998 | 27 Episodes

Season 1 of Cowboy Bebop premiered on April 3, 1998.

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Network TV5, GMA Network, Adult Swim, TV Tokyo, Locomotion, Animax, WOWOW, Canal+, SIC Radical, TMF Nederland, Bandai Channel, MTV Germany, Animax Asia, Anīmax India, MTV Italia, Buzz Channel, Hyper, Animax Germany, Cartoon Network Latin America, K3, TeleAsia Filipino, CNX, Animax Australia, TVP Kultura


  • TV-MA


    This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17

Type Scripted

Original Language Japanese

Runtime 25m, 30m




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