Cowboy Bebop, an anime like no other when it first aired in 1998, takes place in the year 2071, where Earth is almost uninhabitable and bounty hunters are aplenty. Spike Spiegel, the main protagonist, is joined by Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Edward constantly roam the solar system catching bounties for a living. Every character is extremely likable in their own way: Spike, has this laid back nature to everything he does that makes him seem all the more badass, Jet is a former police officer who is the most serious member of the group; the father figure, Faye is a cynical femme fatale who is always one step ahead of everyone else, and finally Edward is genius hacker who can hack almost anything instantly. She’s also the most playful member of the bebop crew, because she’s a kid.
What makes Bebop so special, on top of the characters, is every episode is like a movie. Every episode is nothing like the previous. Cowboy Bebop is also episodic which means not every episode is about the overarching plot. In fact, these only 5 that do (5, 12/13, 25/26). Many people kind of get turned off by that. However, there’s also a couple subplots that are almost as important in my opinion throughout the series.
Conclusion: Cowboy Bebop is an anime I believe everyone should watch in its entirety once. I say entirety because I feel like it’s really appreciated when you see every character is going through in the end. Bebop also has something for everyone: It’s mainly a combination of Space Western, Action, Noir but there’s Comedy, Drama, some Horror, and more. Bebop is just perfect. The complex characters, art style, aesthetic, story, existentialism, and incredible soundtrack all come together to make what I think is the greatest anime of all time. - 2 hours ago