The show focuses on the character of Spike Spiegel (voiced by Kōichi Yamadera), an iconic space cowboy with green hair and often seen wearing a blue suit, with the overall theme of the series being Spike's past and its karmic effect on him. Spike was portrayed as someone who had lost his expectations for the future, having lost the woman he loved, and so was in a near-constant lethargy. Spike's artificial eye was included as Watanabe wanted his characters to have flaws. He was originally going to be given an eyepatch, but this decision was vetoed by producers.
Emmy-nominated Main Title for NetflixThe space cowboy is back! Netflix premiered their highly anticipated live-action adaptation of the cult classic anime show, Cowboy Bebop. Jam-packed with stylized footage and classic Bebop motifs, the opener pays homage to the original while giving a twist on the retro-graphic film-noir language that is the hallmark of the show.
The iconic end title card from Cowboy Bebop would certainly come to mind for fans looking at this video game screenshot. The term 'space cowboy' actually originated in the 1960s as a slang word for marijuana users. In the case of Cowboy Bebop, the definition is more literal as the outlaw-type characters navigate the lawless wild west of space. One of the things that made Cowboy Bebop unique was its seamless blending of western, science fiction, and neo-noir genres. For this reason, it will always be remembered as a unique anime that fans from all backgrounds appreciated.
Adds DeMarco, "A lot of American archetypes are built into the show. It's noir, it's cowboys, it's Star Wars. It's a bunch of different things pushed together that are all separately pretty popular in the U.S. I think that was the key to its appeal, at least in this territory: It was an homage to all these different things that ended up feeling new. And as an American watching an anime, it felt more like you related to the setup. We had been involved in localizing several different anime series we thought would have U.S. appeal, but I had not seen one that felt that stylish and clearly indebted to American sensibilities, in a way."
One of the easier anime series to follow for neophyte viewers, COWBOY BEBOP -- which was the first anime series to air during Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block in 2001 -- is a good introduction to the genre. Set in 2071, the show centers on a group of bounty hunters (known as "cowboys") and their travels through space in a former fishing trawler called Bebop. This set-up allows for many different plot lines over the course of the series, with stand-alone bounty stories interwoven with flashbacks that develop each cowboy's personal history. 041b061a72