Cowboy Bebop: Series 1 Reviews

February 26, 2019
Its tightly-wound narratives, gorgeously three-dimensional characters, vast original universe, and distinctly mesmerizing visual style help it stand apart from the crowd.
February 26, 2019
For all its superbly detailed backgrounds, funky jazz/hip-hop soundtrack and Philip K Dick-esque story, it's let down by stiffly drawn characters and some annoying supporting players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 26, 2019
The characters in Cowboy Bebop are engaging, mysterious, and likable misfits one can easily sympathize with... Having one of the best English dubs out there, Cowboy Bebop is an excellent first anime.
February 26, 2019
The jazz used for the intergalactic-western setting is smart. It gives it an old-timey noir feeling and it meshes well with the way the characters are written and the way they're animated.
February 26, 2019
The show's greatest asset is its ability to look cool and be smart in ways that other anime only strive for.
February 22, 2019
It feels like a magnum opus produced at the pinnacle of a long career despite being, almost unbelievably, Watanabe's first series as a director. It is a masterwork that should justly rank among the best works of television of all time.
February 22, 2019
Each of the 26 episodes of Cowboy Bebop exemplify a concerted effort to create artwork, music, plot, and character that best play off one another, establishing subtle but consistent series-long themes and arcs.
February 22, 2019
It tends to resemble a random grab-bag of American and Japanese TV icons, tossed into a blender that's set on puree. But it's fast, frantic, and very funny, the animation is top-notch, and "Lupin" fans at least will find the characters warmly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 8, 2018
Cowboy Bebop is the greatest anime series ever.
May 5, 2018
Cowboy Bebop is now 20 years old and it is wild to think that this show, which has influenced countless artists, filmmakers, writers, and animators, feels utterly ageless.
May 5, 2018
Much as music so often does, Cowboy Bebop functions as a Rorschach test. Its episodes are songs, little odes to loss, love, anger, and ecstasy. They're portraits of some of the most human characters that have ever graced television.
May 5, 2018
Bebop lays down a stone-cold violent, futuristic groove.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 4, 2018
Cowboy Bebop was a perfect storm of a series. It had an intriguing storyline, memorable characters and one of the most revolutionary soundtracks in anime.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
May 4, 2018
Visually, the show was an astonishing feat of invention premised on unlimited cultural exchange.
May 4, 2018
One of the all-time great anime series, this romp set in the year 2071 features plenty of action, but never skimped on character development.
May 4, 2018
Cowboy Bebop's atmospheric animation is a notch above the static images of many anime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2018
The gloomy poetry of men walking into certain death is combined with Eastern philosophy over a backdrop of country music and Bebop jazz.
May 4, 2018
The show ultimately features so many cross-ranging influences and nods to other famous works it's almost impossible to keep track. It's Sergio Leone in a spacesuit. It's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with automatic weapons.
May 4, 2018
The stories, dialogue, action, setting, and music all had to be in absolute harmony and they were. It's an amazing feat of creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2018
Combined retro-futuristic cool with a surprising emotional depth.