Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 anime television series animated by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno.
How is this not #1? It's a brilliant, mature, creative anime that appeals to all ages and has something for everyone. I mean, my parents love it for crap's sake. Really, it deserves so much more respect than it gets
Should be no. 1... Or at least in top 5... Come on! Awesome characters... Story-line... And MUSIC! Shinichirō Watanabe just rocks!
Cowboy Bebop is not only my favorite anime, but leaps and bounds better than some of the anime that are above it, including the "Big 3" shonen anime; Naruto, Bleach and One Piece. I personally find those, and other really long series like Dragon Ball Z to be a little overdrawn and lacking the proper subtleties that make Cowboy Bebop such a good show. Cowboy Bebop doesn't commit some of the errors that I have seen other shows of this genre make, like tonally inconsistent humor, and long overdrawn plot arcs. Sure, the anime series that I referenced are known and loved by so many people, but I just think that there are faults present with so many of the mainstream anime that are just not in Bebop. It has universal appeal, getting many non-fans of anime (myself included) into the genre, and entertaining those who already have seen many anime. It has an intriguing, mysterious overall plot, and things are revealed in an abstract manner. I guess the reason I think it is the best is because ...more
Let me just first say that this list is ridiculous. The best anime doesn't hit you over the head with loud characters, fan service, and hundreds of episodes. It doesn't need to. Cowboy Bebop takes a while to warm up to for most people. It's characters are deep with most of their development occurring beneath the surface. Just because they don't always voice their emotions doesn't mean that they aren't feeling them. The plot seems simple when you look at the big picture, but it has a beauty in its delivery. I will admit that I didn't care for the show when I first watched it. I'm only a teenager and I was completely new to anime at the time. I got through about three episodes before turning to different shows like the overrated DeathNote to obsess over. A month layer, I was back to Bebop. Thinking back on the episodes I had watched, I remembered a spark. Something about it was special. It spoke to me. Back to it, I quickly devoured the entire series. The ending was bittersweet and ...more
By far the greatest anime of all time, it's kind of sad that this is so far down the list. The only ones that can come close to it are fma brotherhood and maybe code geass or death note, but basically everyone who has seen all of those will admit that bebop is the best. Single episodes of this show have made me feel more emotion than entire seasons of other shows. The characters are so complex that they seem like real people. They aren't perfect and are often unpredictable, and they have long complex pasts. Characters who initially appear to be very shallow like Faye and Ed have back stories that will blow your mind and that will make you understand all of the decisions they have made. Not ot mention that this show has probably the best ending of any show, movie, or book I have ever seen. Very few things are able to make me cry, but I'm not ashamed to say that the ending of cowboy bebop did. The strangest part is that it's kind of a happy ending, but the amount of emotion that it ...more
Cowboy Bebop is not only a likely candidate for the best anime of all time, but I can go as far as putting this in at least top 100 best television programs ever made. The story is gripping and leaves you eager for more at the end of every episode. The characters are fun and memorable. The best part about the show is that the character's back story aren't explained through simple exposition, but are gradually revealed throughout the series leaving room for many interesting reveals and plot twists. It also consists of the highest quality animation of any anime I have yet to see. This is a show that every animator, including myself, should look up to for techniques and creativity. A personal favorite of mine, Cowboy Bebop could quite possibly be one of the best shows of all time.
Clearly the best anime ever, each episode was self contained so people could jump in anytime and enjoy it without having to see previous episodes with exceptions to only two two-part episodes. It also spawned anime's biggest debate "Is Spike Spiegel dead? " a debate that's lasted all this time. Kids, Teens, Adults, and even Elderly can watch this and enjoy it in a thousand different ways. "Cowboy Bebop" makes you hoot, laugh, and cry consistently as you watch the misadventures of the crew of the Bebop. It's short enough where you don't have to religiously watch it to stay in touch, but long enough to make itself an anime icon.
As much as I love and adore Naruto, Fairy Tail, Trigun, Sword Art Online, and Rurouni Kenshin, "Cowboy Bebop" is the end all be all of anime, reminding us all: the main character doesn't always have a happy ending...or do they? Either way, it's ending puts tears in the hardest of mens' eyes seeing the tragic love and ...more
I remember when I watched this for the first time, I thought: meh, it's not that bad. I was really bored back then so I had time to watch every episode. I didn't think the hype around show was deserving, but when I got to the last episode... I knew something bad was going to happen, but I was on the edge of my chair, hoping I was wrong. I almost cried when Spike left Faye, even though I never liked her. I felt like I knew what all the characters were going to say before they said it, because I knew them so well. When last episode ended I didn't watch anything else for a long time. I knew nothing would be as good as cowboy bebop. I realized that it was my favorite show five seconds too late, five seconds after it ended. DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE!
In every comment, you'll notice music. That's because this anime truly goes above and beyond the call with hard hitting blues and jazz! Undoubtedly best music for an anime series, a wacky western show used to put out hits that the crew would chase down to fill their constantly strapped pockets, and an air of mystery that keeps you intrigued until the end. The characters are each zany, deep, and flawed in their own ways. They have great back stories that gradually reveal more about the characters rather than beating you over the head with cutesy personalities like a lot of other animes. For how old this series is, it's worth a watch.
CowBoy Bebop is Number 10? Really? I like One Piece and the other anime on this list, but Bebop deserves a higher spot. I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of people who picked some of the anime series as the best for this list, are just teens. This list needs Samurai Champloo, Trigun, and Wolfs Rain. This list is depressing.
Anyway, Cowboy Bebop is a great anime, one of the best out there! The voice work is great, the animation has very good quality, the action is fantastic, and the characters... My God, the characters are perfect! Spike, is one of the coolest characters I've ever come across.
Seeing the rest of the list makes it clear that these so called "voters" haven't seen any animes past Naruto or Bleach. Both are good in their respective manners, but don't deserve to make the top 5. An anime like Cowboy Bebop didn't get its fame from being the cliche "Friendship, love and teamwork" deal. It got its fame from going across the line and being dark and even depressing at times. It had better music, better characters and it wasn't all about fighting and action.
Animes nowadays are nothing anymore compared to the older generations.
Once upon a time, in New York City in 1941... At this club open to all comers to play, night after night, at a club named "Minston's Play House" in Harlem, they play jazz sessions competing with each other. Young jazz men with a new sense are gathering. At last they created a new genre itself. They are sick and tired of the conventional fixed style jazz. They're eager to play jazz more freely as they wish then... In 2071 in the universe...
The bounty hunters, who are gathering in the spaceship "BEBOP, " will play freely without fear of risky things, they must create new dreams and films by breaking traditional styles. The work, which becomes a new genre itself, will be called... "COWBOY BEBOP. "
Dragon Ball anything is crap. Who can watch 100 episodes of the characters powering up? There's no action and the plot is stretched out way too long.
Bebop is hands down the best anime on this list and arguably the best ever. Spike, faye and jet are 3 great protagonists. Edward is adds a layer of interest other stories don't have. The entire series is centered around spike and julia. Julia who only makes a few skant appearances until the final 2 episodes, but the story is done so well she comes across more as an idea or a goal than an actual person. So when you finally see her you feel like the story accomplished something.
When I first watched this anime and was quickly drawn into the storyline, I have watched other anime that it in the top 10 but I feel that cowboy bebop has to be put in bit higher in this list. It maybe old but that doesn't matter the story line is brilliant and the characters haven't got some super power to back them up. Which is something that gets boring quickly, especially that most of the anime is the top ten have got some hyped up power on their side. Where cowboy bebop has Spike who is lazy like L and can still fight back being a bounty hunter who doesn't do anything for others but for his own interest, giving us a character that doesn't always have to be a hero.
Naruto is annoying. Death Note got boring. Bleach was way too long. Fullmetal Alchemist replaced real character depth with angst. InuYasha is Dragon Ball Z for girls. Pokemon should be re-named Housepets with Superpowers. Bebop is an actually intelligent story with incredibly deep and sophisticated stories and characters. It deserves at least top five.
I don't understand how this isn't higher. I expected to find it ahead of many anime on this list; Naruto, One Piece, Bleach. I'd even go so far as to say Death Note and Dragonball Z (All of which I've watched, some to a lesser extent than others). But instead it's way down here at #16?
Cowboy Bebop has a great story, fantastic characters and the best music I've seen in an anime by far. Better still, it doesn't drag on and on like many other anime I've come across.
I love it. Great character development, and they aren't even always likeable which is my problem with most anime, it makes them seem human, kinda like how erin from Shingeki no kyojin acts like a murderous psychopath and then he's nice again; this is kinda ironic calling him more human, but I shouldn't give away spoilers, let alone for another show. Anyway, as I was saying, they have great characters, good pacing, good dialogue, amazing music and a good storyline, makes this at least number 5 but we should aim higher 1 all the way!
Cowboy Bebop is the Greatest Anime of All Time.
There are definitely other contenders, but when push comes to shove the story, the music, the characters... Anyone who grew up watching this can tell you that hearing "Tank" feels like a homecoming. Spike was a masterfully crafted character, full of flaws and humanity, and the other members of the cast are no less nuanced. Hell, even the dog is more well crafted than most "token cute sidekick" animals.
This is the anime that set the bar for most western audiences watching it.
Watch it, if you haven't already.
You might laugh. You might cry. You might even hate it... But I don't think you'll regret having seen it.
It's too essential for that.
Hey I'm American. It didn't do too well when originally aired in Japan, but each episode is it's own story to develop world mythos or character development, while also using an overarching story structure which can be seen in modern short-run shows today. This space-western of bounty hunters offers a different experience with each story thread. The graphics maybe somewhat dated at times, but the jazz soundtrack and Watanabe's direction is timeless, and well deserving of an 11/10 rating.
Cowboy Bebop is simply the greatest work I have ever been given the pleasure of experiencing. Incredible animation, intriguing, developed and entertaining characters, a stunningly detailed setting, and more importantly, an ending that will change you forever. If you haven't seen this yet, do yourself a favour and go watch it right away; you will not regret it.
I hate that people don't give Cowboy Bebop the credit it deserves. Dragon Ball Z number 1 on this list? Why? Cowboy Bebop is definitely my favorite anime of all time. If you've seen the entire season, you know what I'm talking about. It begins and ends with such perfection. Every episode is satisfying. But everyone has their opinion so I can deal. YOU the MAN SPIKE! SEE YA SPACE COWBOY...
I love One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, and FMA. However, Cowboy Bebop is my favorite anime of all time. The animation is fluid (especially since it was one of the last anime that was cell shaded), the action is slick but not overused. The characters are cool and their back stories are superb, especially Spike, who in my opinion, is the greatest character of all time (books, television, film, video games, etc. ), and the dialogue is subtle, well written, and clever. It is one of the few anime that deserves to be called a masterpiece. - shepardcommander17
What the hell? This anime should be at the top of this list! The style, the music, the setting, the story, the characters are near perfect! Be more mature, as this anime will realize something in your life, IN REALITY, it's not phony and fake like other animes. It doesn't have kids jokes trying to lure more viewers in. THIS DOPE IS REAL. This anime is like the Sistine Chapel's art, an art masterpiece. Don't forget what we all say in the end, see you space cowboy.
Don't let the age of this show fool you. It literally ushered in the age of anime popularity in the United States, and it is easily one of the best shows ever made regardless of genre. Every moment of the show is meaningful, and you will be dumbfounded by the impact of the little things along the way by the time you reach the end. This show left me with some of the fondest memories and deepest thoughts I've ever had.
Absolute classic and responsible for making anime a medium that can both appeal to adults and the rest of the globe. Great soundtrack, slick animation, cool and genuine characters, exciting fight choreography, subtle dialogue, nice variety, etc. Cowboy Bebop is simply one of the best. A timeless masterpiece of the anime medium and one that all other anime will be tested against.