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Posted 6/5/08 , edited 6/26/08

The episode I like the most is the infamous episode 5, "Ballad of the Fallen Angels". It is an awesome episode due to its originality,complexity and graphic nature of the storyline. What is awesome of this episode is that Spikes past comes back to haunt him and it introduces Spikes old pupil/partner and now enemy Vicious and the syndicate that Spike lead. This action packed episode is bound to get people hooked right away. This is the first episode I showed to my friends and they got hooked on Bebop. The drama and action are what make it more than an anime. It steps it up to another level. Bringing Bebop into a world not occupied by many or any. Turning it into its own genre. The scene that is most captivating is the great scene where Spike and Vicious are gun to sword, chest to chest. That is just a Legendary scene..Also the music in this session is just right. It not only matches the scenery perfect but it adds more depth to it. Like when spike enters the church and when he is thrown out the window. The music in those scenes are just irreplaceable. Especially "The Real Folk Blues" song, it is a beautiful song. Bittersweet and then some. This episode will stay in my memory as the best session ever.I could continue writting pages elabotating but let me hear/read your thoughts.
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Posted 7/8/08
Mine is "Speak like a child" I find myself to be very similar with Faye Not knowing much about my past, wanting to trust people but feeling like whenever I open up its to the wrong person, or someone who will just leave. I get all teary eyed every time I watch it! Watching the guys go through all that trouble to try and find out what is on that tape, it just seems to me, that alot of true feelings and vulnerabilitys come out in that episode. And seeing Faye so distraught, knowing that its her on the tape, but she just can't remember.. God I have to stop!
Posted 7/28/08
oh mine is mushroom samba because it it so f***ing funny!
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Posted 8/1/08
my favorite episode is also mushroom samba because it's so funny
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Posted 8/6/08
The first episode is my favourite. I dunno why but it was the first one i saw and thats what got me to love the series. I liked the way that it showed Spike and JEt as just average people trying to make a living. All be it Spike is a master at kicking ass and Jet has a robo arm. great series in total.
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Posted 8/22/08
episode 5 has been my favorite since the first time I saw it......Everything pulled together in a way that made it unforgettable (in a good way) and the music .....the music is perfection! Yoko Kanno is a musical genius!
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Posted 8/23/08
I agree Episode 5 (Ballad of Fallen Angels) is the Best episode, second best would be episode 11(toys in the attic)
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Posted 8/24/08
real folk blues 1 & 2 are probably the best ones for me...very sad ending..wish it could've been a litlle uplifting!
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Posted 8/26/08
mushroom samba because it is hilarious

and i just love mushrooms period
with tofu mmmmm
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Posted 9/7/08 , edited 11/6/08
I havn't seen every episode yet, though my favorites are

Episode 20 - "Pierrot Le Fou" It's the first time that Spike actually admits that he might not survive a fight with someone, and Mad Pierrot is just so freakin' awesome and the fight between Spike and him is just so cool. A shootout against a kick ass bounty hunter and a deranged killer with the mind of a five year old in an amusement park? How could that be any more epic?

Episode 17 - "Mushroom Samba" It's one of the few episodes with Ed as the main character. Since shes the main focus, the episode, just like her, is a bit crazy and eccentric. Throughout the episode there are different themes. It's trippy, (ie. Spike, Jet, and Faye have hallucinogenic visions after eating drugged up mushrooms) funny, (when the guy's coffin gets run over by the truck) and even action-y, ending with an awesome chase scene between Ed, the cowboy, and the guy with grudge, all chasing after the drug salesmen who's hopped on a train, eventually ending with Ein asking a resident cow to stand in the way to stop the train. It's just one of those episodes that you just can't hate! ^~^

Episode 10 - "Ganymede Elegy" This is one of the more serious episodes in the series. It's very thought provoking in the sense that Jet has come back to see his ex-girlfriend who he still has feelings for, and learning that her boyfriend has a high price on his head. Being a cowboy, Jet wants to go after him, but at the same time, he doesn't want to hurt his girlfriend. In the end however, he eventually is forced to give chase to the two of them, almost in a sense as if hes chasing after the thought of forgetting about her, and moving on, and just like that, he does catch them, turns her boyfriend in, and leaves her for good. The episode really brings light to who Jet is, which isn't really explained up to that point. Maybe I'm just thinking to much, but I really like it.

Episode 15 - "My Funny Valentine" This one is kinda like the last one i mentioned, but with Faye. It explains her past and what happened to her before she met Spike and the others, and explains why she acts the way she does. Also like the one I said before, it really sheds light on who Faye really is and what kind of person she is. Not really much more to say, but I don't really think I have to say anything else for you to know what I'm talking about or why I like it.

Episode 24 - "Hard Luck Woman" I haven't seen this episode in a while so forgive me if I don't recall what happens correctly. I really like this one. It ties up Faye's a Ed's story before the final two episodes, and just like the last two episodes, in a very well done manner. Ed is returned to her father, who, just like her, is also extremely quirky and eccentric. As for Faye, she reunites with one of her friends who was in the warp gate incident with Faye 70 something years ago, which was the event which caused Faye to lose her memory and be put into a cryogenic stasis. Shes an old woman now, with grandchildren and a wheelchair. She thinks that shes seen a ghost when she says Faye, but then remembers that she was cryogeniclly frozen, keeping her appearance the same as it was all that time ago. It's an interesting moment, meeting someone the same age as you, but looking like your still in your 20's, and also in the sense that it's almost like time stopped for Faye, and that she kinda cheated aging. It's kind of hard to explain, so you might want to see it for yourself. You'll see what I mean.

Episodes 25 and 26 - "The Real Folks Blues Parts 1 and 2" An obvious choice, I know, but can you honestly not agree? The last two episodes of Cowboy Bebop are not only the best episodes of the series, but also, in my opinion, the finest hour in anime history, ever. I mean, they tie up the series so well. I've yet to watch an anime that has done it to as much perfection as Cowboy Bebop. School Days came close, but it was still not as good. Spike's life is almost like a story, which Spike even realizes himself. With these episodes, he ends his story, but in the most elegant and beautiful of ways. Spike finally reunites with his long lost love, Julia, who has been mentioned before in previous episodes but not entirely explained who she is. She and Spike have a gun battle with Red Dragon henchmen, and she dies. With this, Spike really has nothing else to write his story with. it's almost like that slim chance of finding Julia was Spike's pen, and him being a cowboy was his paper. With Julia dead, he has nothing left to write with, but with his own life. Before he leaves to go and have kill Vicious once and for all, he has one final chat with Jet. Jet asks him why he wants to go, and Spike tells him a story, based on a story Jet told him in the previous episode (episode 25) about "Men only thinking about the past before they die to see if their was any proof that they were ever alive" and that Jet hates that story. Spike's story went like this: "There once was a tiger striped cat. This cat died a million deaths, revived and lived a million lives, and he was owned by various people who he didn't really care for. The cat wasn't afraid to die. One day the cat became a stray cat, which meant he was free. He met a white female cat, and the two of them spent their days together happily. Well, years passed, and the white cat grew weak and died of old age. The tiger striped cat cried a million times, and then died too. Except this time, he didn't come back to life.". Jet follows up to say "Yeah...that's a good story", with Spike replying by saying "I hate that story". Jet asks why. Spike simply replies with "I never liked cats Jet, you know that". The two of them then burst into laughter. You see, this is whats so great about the series. It takes moments that like, cliquéd serious moments, and then make you laugh without making you think "wow...that was just so stupid". In a sense, the funny part is really more serious than the story that Spike told, since it tells more about the kind of person that Spike is. Someone who's never really serious, easygoing, and doesn't let life drag him down. Finally, the episode reaches it's finale. Spike storms the Red Dragon skyscraper, gun's a' blazin', with the ending theme, "The Real Folks Blues" playing in the back round the entire time. Finally, at the end, Spike reaches the top of the building where he confronts Vicious. Vicious tells Spike that he is the only one who can kill him and set him free. Spike tells Vicious it's the same way for him too. The two then engage in a sword/gun battle, the two of them equally matched. Finally, Spike finishes off Vicious, but Vicious also kills Spike. Spike stumbles down the stairs of the building to some awaiting henchmen. Barely alive, he lifts his arm and points his fingers in the shape of a gun and utters one word: "Bang", and then falls over, and finally...dies. The ending to the series is just so fantastic. The creators could have expanded the series. It could have been like Naruto or Bleach with several hundred episodes, each satisfying, but never really fantastic, give or take a few episodes (the fight scene between Byakuya and Ichigo in Bleach is pretty epic, and I must admit, I also really like that one too), but they decided not to do that. Instead, they only created 26, each episode amazing, fantastic, and memorable. This is one of those few rare cases of "Quality Over Quantity" and although it may sound cheesy, it's true. It's one of the few animes, let alone TV shows that I've seen that I can remember each episode I've seen just by the storyline or themes alone, and not getting them confused with any other episode. I can't begin to say how amazing this anime series is, and I could probably go on even longer talking and ranting about it, but I'll spare you. All I'm gonna say is that this anime series is possibly, dare I say, perfect. I can't really find anything wrong with it, and if you haven't seen it, WATCH IT! You won't be disappointed.

Also, Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door was also REALLY good too. I won't go into detail about it, but I am gonna say that it's one of the best anime movies I've ever seen, up there with Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. And not only that, but one of the best movies I've ever seen. If your a fan of the series, rent it, buy it, whatever, just watch it. Just like the show, it's amazing.

*Edit* 11/2/08 Got the Cowboy Bebop box set for my birthday and I'm re-watching the series. I just now realized I've never seen a lot of episodes, or the last time I saw them was when I was 9 or 10 and had no idea what was going on, and I feel like I'm seeing the series for the first time almost because now I understand the later episodes which I've seen more of by watching the earlier ones. I've watched up to episode 8 and here's a couple more episodes I really enjoyed

Episode 5 - "Ballad of Fallen Angels" - A REALLY good episode. After seeing the last episode and only now seeing this one, I feel like I kinda spoiled it for myself when I watched this since the last episode is supposed to be like this one, only Spike dies instead of just being wounded. I wish I had seen this one before, but sadly I can't go back and stop myself, but that doesn't take away from the pure awe I had while watching this episode, or the last one. Also, this episode had one of the best quotes I have ever heard: "I'm only watching a nightmare I've never awakened from". Truly...Truly...Spectacular...

Episode 8 - "Waltz for Venus" - For some reason or another, whenever they show Cowboy Bebop on TV, they leave out the previews at the end of each episode. Watching them now on the box set, I only now discovered that they had them. At the end of episode 7, "Heavy Metal Queen", which was also a pretty good episode, they're was a preview for episode 8. Unlike the rest of them with Spike doing the talking, Jet was the one who talked about the next episode, saying that you shouldn't judge things on appearances alone, giving his age, 36, as an example and about how people are always telling him he looks much older. He then went on to say that the next episode was something you shouldn't judge by appearances, as according to him it was very unlike Bebop. I didn't think that this was true, but then I saw the episode, and he was right. Unlike the rest, this episode was very heartfelt. Spike actually felt sympathy for his bounty since he was only a criminal since he only wanted to help his blind sister. The guy dies while trying to protect Spike from the other gang members since Spike helped him out, and Spike is then forced to tell his sister. He doesn't even have to tell her, she just can just feel it from him. She asks him what her brother was actually like, since she never got to see him once. He replies "You know without looking, right? He was a great guy. Exactly the person you thought he was". The spores of the plant that grow Grey Ash, the plant that will cure the guy's sister's disease start falling down like snow, while the sound of the music box plays. It's a beautiful scene, one you can really only see with your own eyes, and it sent shivers down my spine. This episode was everything Jet said it would be, and more. It may be unlike Bebop, but that's what makes this episode so amazing. It's truly worthy of having the name Cowboy Bebop.

*Edit* 11/6/08
Episode 18 - "Speak Like a Child" - I had not seen this episode in FOREVER. The only thing I remembered was something about Spike and Jet looking for a beta-max player and something about Faye's past, but that was it. I like how the feel of the episode changes throughout it. It goes from funny to very serious and deep. The part I enjoyed the most though was the end when Faye's watching the video tape she made some 50-60 years ago when she was probably only 13. It's a video that she was planning on sending to herself 10 years in the future, but since she got involved in the gate accident the tape ended up traveling across the entire solar system and back, eventually ending up in the hands of Spike and Jet who go on quest to find a beta-max player and T.V. that will work with it. Faye see's her child self in the video telling her that she'll always be there for her, no matter what happens. She her innocence, something she'd forgotten long ago. On top of that, she doesn't even remember making the tape in the first place. I tried to think for a minute how that must feel to be in Faye's situation and I suppose that's the effect the director of Cowboy Bebop was going for. Well he definitely succeeded...Very VERY good episode...a must see for any Bebop fan
Posted 9/8/08 , edited 9/8/08
BleachAddict56, You put it down my friend!....Very nice...............
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Posted 9/10/08
Pierrot Le Fou is another one i love, it just seems to have a completely different feel, even the animation seems slightly different, its very dark and eerie, i also love the scene when faye tryes to hid the invitation from spike and he confronts her about it, almost seems to be alittle flirting action going on
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BleachAddict56, You put it down my friend!....Very nice...............


Yes! I am in agreement with you both. I could not say it better or more eloquently. One of the most intelligent, humorous, action packed, filled with billiant music scores animes I have seen to date. And yes the Cowboy movie is just fantastic. A must see movie.

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Posted 11/27/08 , edited 11/27/08
Best episode?! They're all good!

Heh joking aside, "Pierrot Le Fou" is an awesome ep, the said person still gives me the creeps and the action is perfectly paced.

But I guess that part of Bebop's brilliance is that each episode has its own key elements, which in turn allow the show to blend across genres, stylistically and thematically.

Another of my favourites, "Toys in the Attic", is probably a good example of this as it comes across as a sci-fi thriller reminiscent of Alien but is quite effectively a comedy by being a spoof of the genre. I can still remember avidly watching that episode and enjoying it fully, I'll never forget the look on Spike's face when he opened that fridge.

Oh and I also agree, Knocking on Heaven's Door is an great movie, that dogfight scene was epic and Spike is just too cool.
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