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Cowboy Bebop (カウボーイビバップ Kaubōi Bibappu) is a 1998 Japanese anime series written by Keiko Nobumoto and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe. It was produced by Sunrise and Bandai, and has 26 episodes and a feature film.

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.

Synopsis

In 2071, roughly fifty years after an accident with a hyperspace gateway made the Earth almost uninhabitable, humanity has colonized most of the rocky planets and moons of the Solar System. Amid a rising crime rate, the Inter Solar System Police (ISSP) set up a legalized contract system, in which registered bounty hunters (also referred to as "Cowboys") chase criminals and bring them in alive in return for a reward. The series' protagonists are bounty hunters working from the spaceship Bebop. The original crew are Spike Spiegel, an exiled former hitman of the criminal Red Dragon Syndicate, and his partner Jet Black, a former ISSP officer. They are later joined by Faye Valentine, an amnesiac con artist; Edward Wong, an eccentric girl skilled in hacking; and Ein, a genetically-engineered Pembroke Welsh Corgi with human-like intelligence.

Dubbing History

Dubbed into English by Animaze and ZRO Limit Productions, the English dub of Cowboy Bebop has been universally praised, many often hailing it as the best English dub of an anime. Composer Yoko Kanno herself has expressed appreciation for the English dub, singling out Steve Blum's portrayal of Spike.

The series was originally licensed by Bandai Entertainment in North America and is now licensed by FUNimation. The English dub was the first anime to premiere on Adult Swim in the United States on September 2, 2001, and has been annually rebroadcast on the block since.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Main Characters
Spike Spiegel Cowboy.png Spike Spiegel Kōichi Yamadera Steve Blum
Jet Black Cowboy.png Jet Black Unshō Ishizuka Beau Billingslea
Faye Vale Cowboy.png Faye Valentine Megumi Hayashibara Wendee Lee
Ed Cowboy Bebop.png Edward Wong Hau
Pepelu Tivrusky IV
Aoi Tada Melissa Fahn
Secondary Characters
Cowboy bebop Vicious.png Vicious Norio Wakamoto Skip Stellrecht
Cowboy bebop Julia.png Julia Gara Takashima Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Judy-cowboy-bebop-23.3.jpg Judy Miki Nagasawa Lia Sargent
Punch-cowboy-bebop-58.5.jpg Punch Tsutomu Taruki Paul St. Peter
Recurring Characters
Antoio 2 cowyboy 7.png Antonio Jinsho Hirao Kevin Seymour
Jobim 2 cowyboy 7.png Jobim Hiroshi Naka
Carlos 2 cowyboy 7.png Carlos Toshihiko Nakajima Steve Kramer
Bob 4 cowboy.png Bob Yutaka Nakano John Snyder
Toro 01 cowboy.png Laughing Bull Takehiro Koyama Michael Gregory
Cowboy Bebop logo insert.png Narration N/A Daniel Woren

Episodic Characters

Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episode
Asimov Solensan Rintarō Nishi Kirk Thornton 1
Katerina Solensan Yurika Hino Katia Moraes
Bartender Katsumi Chō Jack Hammer
Space Gate Voice Mari Maruta Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Gangster A Isshin Chiba Tom Fahn
Gangster B Naoki Makishima Dan Lorge
Abdul Hakeem Ryūzaburō Ōtomo Joe Romersa 2
Doctor Yuzuru Fujimoto Simon Prescott
Pet Shop Owner Ako Mayama Barbara Goodson
Punk A Toshihiko Nakajima Frank Catalano
Punk B Takehiro Murozono Tom Wyner
Tattoo Man Keiji Fujiwara Michael Lindsay
Old Man Jinsho Hirao William Frederick Knight
Lab Tech #1 Kazuhiro Nakata Brad Sergi
Lab Tech #2 Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi Bob Buchholz
Gordon Shinji Ogawa Jamieson Price 3
Twinkle Maria Murdock Maria Arita Mary Elizabeth McGlynn 4
Harrison Chafurin Bob Papenbrook
Morgan Kazuhiro Nakata Daran Norris
Annie Miyuki Ichijō Carol Stanzione 5
Carlos Hidetoshi Nakamura Richard Cansino
Mao Yenrai Kazuaki Ito Dana Craig
Giraffe Ryūji Nakagi Michael Sorich 6
Fatty River Daisuke Gōri Ralph Votrian
Wen Yumi Tōma Mona Marshall
VT (Victoria Terkushoe) Tomie Kataoka Melodee Spevack 7
Otto Hidetoshi Nakamura Steve Kramer
Muriel Ai Uchikawa Dyanne DiRosario
Rocco Bonnaro Ryūsei Nakao Tom Fahn 8
Stella Bonnaro Maaya Sakamoto Emilie Brown
Piccaro Calvino Yū Shimaka Bob Papenbrook
Louie Toshihiko Nakajima Michael McConnohie
Huey Shinpachi Tsuji Steve Kramer
Dewey Kei Hayami Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Yuri Kellerman Naoki Tatsuta Michael McConnohie 9
Tom Wiles Hirohiko Kakegawa Bob Buchholz
MPU Jōji Nakata Christopher Carroll
Amjad Shinpachi Tsuji Brian George
Reporter Asako Dodo Lia Sargent
Donelly Fumio Matsuoka ¿? 10
Becker Panchorello Katsuhisa Hōki Doug Stone
Alisa Mika Doi Debra Jean Rogers
Rhint Celonius Kappei Yamaguchi Steve Staley
Julius Hiroshi Iwasaki ¿? 12
Lin Hikaru Midorikawa Derek Stephen Prince 12 - 13
Gren Kenyū Horiuchi David A. Thomas
Chessmaster Hex Takeshi Watabe Michael McCarty 14
Jonathan Yukimasa Kishino Don Fischer
Whitney Hagas Matsumoto Akio Ōtsuka Steve Kramer 15
Dr. Baccus Kōsei Tomita Peter Spellos
Fad Masashi Hirose Doug Lee 16
Pilot Yūji Mikimoto ¿?
Tucan Hitoshi Oya Christopher Joyce
Nero Eiichiro Suzuki ¿?
Elroy Toshi Sasaki John DeMita
Udai Taxim Kōsei Hirota Barry Stigler
Domino Walker Tesshō Genda Stuart K. Robinson 17
Coffee Atsuko Tanaka Nicole Edwards
Shaft Hōchū Ōtsuka Beau Billingslea
Sergeant Frank Jin Yamanoi Steve Staley
Miles Yoku Shioya Jonathan Fahn 19
Doohan Takeshi Aono Simon Prescott
Baseball Commentator Isshin Chiba Bill Timoney
Herman Shinichirō Miki
Ruth Kōji Ishii Jack Hammer
Computer Voice Mitsuki Saiga Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Reggie Hiroshi Naka ¿?
George Takashi Nagasako Gary Dubin
Tongpu Banjō Ginga Kevin Seymour 20
Meifa Puzi Arisa Ogasawara Patricia Ja Lee 21
Pao Pu-Zi Tamio Ōki Paul Carr
Teddy Bomber Takaya Hashi Tom Wyner 22
Andy Von de Oniyate Masashi Ebara Daran Norris
Dr. Londez Chikao Ōtsuka Robert Axelrod 23
Samantha Copeland Mari Tomokawa Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Mark Rather Hiromichi Kogami Paul St. Peter
Male TV Host Junichi Sugawara Michael McConnohie
Female TV Host Sayaka Ohara Lynn Fischer
Siniz Hesap Lütfen Appledelhi Kenji Utsumi Barry Stigler 24
Sally Yung Ikuko Tani Angie Callas
Sally's Granddaughter Ruri Asano Sherry Lynn
MacIntire Shigeru Nakahara Steve Cassling
Sister Clara Mami Horikoshi Melanie MacQueen
Punch's Mother Yoshiko Okamoto Naomi Jones 25
Shin Nobuyuki Hiyama Kirk Baily 25-26

Additional Voices

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
2001-present
(annually rerun)
Cartoon Network
(Adult Swim/Toonami)
United States United States
2002-2003 CNX United Kingdom United Kingdom
2002 Adult Swim Australia Australia
2006 Razer Canada Canada
2007-2008 ABC2 Australia Australia
2007-2008 AnimeCentral United Kingdom United Kingdom

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Content Region Country
Bandai Entertainment 2000-2001 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States United States
6 Volumes
2001 The Complete Series
6 Discs
2005 The Complete Series
(Remastered)
6 Discs
Anime Limited 2013 BD The Complete Series A
DVB-T
United Kingdom United Kingdom
2 Volumes
FUNimation Entertainment 2014 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States United States
5 Discs
BD The Complete Series A
DVB-T
4 Discs

See Also

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