It's hard to imagine that it's been exactly 20 YEARS to this day that acclaimed Anime director Shinichiro Watanabe and production studio Sunrise unleashed one of the most iconic Japanese Anime series ever produced. On April 3, 1998, Cowboy Bebop first aired on TV Tokyo - with the episode "Asteroid Blues" and introducing us to a Space Western series infused with film noir, jazz, action, and drama like no other. We got to meet the crew of the Bebop - headlined by the laid back, Jeet Kune Do practicing Spike Spiegel - a bounty hunter with a mysterious past that was slowly revealed over the 26 episodes that aired in this classic show. He was joined by his partner and best friend Jet Black, a former cop who captains the ship they use to travel around the cosmos, as well as the beautiful and seductive Faye Valentine, the tech wiz crazy kid Ed, and Ein the data dog.
If anything, I could say A LOT about this series as well as its spectacular soundtrack done in the vein of Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Funk as presented by Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts - but if you haven't watched an Anime and are aiming to start or find a classic - THIS IS THE ONE FOR YOU. 20 years and it still stands the test of time - the intro "Tank!" says it all.
HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY AND SEE YOU SPACE COWBOY!