There’s a reason why Cowboy Bebop is a fan favorite, but for those who’ve already seen it a few times, here are some other great shows to check out.
According to fans and reviewers, Cowboy Bebop is one of the greatest anime series based on manga ever made. At its core, Cowboy Bebop is a space-western, with Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, Jet Black, Ed (Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV), and Ein the dog. Bounty hunters, all of whom are on the run from their own personal demons, are the core of this group.
In this action-packed jazzy romp, the crew of the Bebop chase down the solar system’s most dangerous outlaws with beautiful animation, action, a nostalgic-laden soundtrack, and tons of action and adventure. In addition to being praised for its creativity, it’s still one of the greatest anime series to begin with for newcomers to the world of anime.
1. Samurai Champloo
The adventures of Fuu, Mugen, and Jin are depicted in Samurai Champloo, a story set in an alternate Edo period. This strange warrior “smells of sunflowers,” according to the description given by Fuu, a little girl who saves the other two from impending death by beheading. Characters in Samurai Champloo are comparable to those in Cowboy Bebop, which was also directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (who previously directed Cowboy Bebop).
With each new episode, we learn more and more about the characters in Samurai Champloo, similar to Cowboy Bebop. Other similarities between both series include their use of soundtracks to drive the action and style. Cowboy Bebop has jazz and blues, whereas Champloo has a hip-hop and lo-fi sound that’s right on point. There is a constant need for money and food for the characters in both shows
2. Outlaw Star
Gene Starwind and Jim Hawking are two bounty hunters featured in Outlaw Star. On Sentinel III, the two bounty hunters spend their days completing a variety of odd occupations. After Hilda hires the two as bodyguards, things take an unexpected turn.
Soon enough, as is typical in these comedic-adventure anime, the two are being hunted by cops, pirates, hostile alien species as well as other bounty hunters and an unknown assassin. The Outlaw Star, the galaxy’s most advanced starship, is the only thing working in their favor.
3. Black Lagoon
In Cowboy Bebop, each character’s backstory is centered around a terrible personal tragedy, which gives the show its unique flavor.
The characters in the show are anti-heroes, ethically dubious individuals with just enough compassion to make them endearing, in the same style as recent blockbusters likeFight Club and 2019’sJoker.
In Black Lagoon, we find the same attention to character development and a general sense of gloom. The series features a dark and intriguing plot. Rokurou, an ordinary businessman, is kidnapped by pirates in this story. After a bargain goes poorly, he chooses to join the crew because he’s curious to experience the rough but exciting life of a pirate.
4. Shaman King
Shaman King began as a serialized manga in 1998, and the anime adaptation debuted in 2001. A revival of the series will premiere in 2021. He must balance between life and death in order to accept his destiny and become the Shaman King, Yoh Asakura.
It uses a combination of Japanese aesthetics and Cowboy Beebop’s modern science fiction angle in the same lighthearted and comic way. For fans of occult anime like Soul Eater or Bleach, this has a strong magical flair.
Fans of Cowboy Bebop’s uber-stylish fight scenes need look no further! This anime, like Bebop, is full of action scenes. Set in Chicago during the Great Depression, this musical has been praised for its captivating, period-accurate score.
Illustrates Szilard’s search for the elixir of life and death with the help of Ennis, his trusty sidekick. In addition to the main story arc, there are numerous side stories that help to flesh out the overall plot.
One of Cowboy Bebop’s most appealing aspects is its well-written, personable, and well-developed protagonist.
The show reveals a lot about Spike’s past, and he’s shown as something of an anti-hero throughout. The protagonist in Psycho-Pass is also quite well-written. In addition, the show’s setting is well-known since it is both futuristic and noir at the same time.
What Psycho-Pass is all about, in short, revolves around a new police agency that can tell if a person is going to do anything wrong by reading their thoughts. This kind of system, like Minority Report, does not come without flaws.
7. Coyote Ragtime Show
Coyote Ragtime Show is highly recommended to fans of Cowboy Bebop because of its often over-the-top yet visually appealing action and adventure, and those who love the series because of its visual flair should check it out.
Coyote Mister is a space-hopping criminal who spent nearly a year in prison in the anime series. Bishop and Katana manage to free him just ten days before he was scheduled to be released. The plot of the show revolves around a gang of criminals, a search for lost wealth, and android assassins.
8. Kekkai Sensen
Until a vortex opened up in Hellsalem’s Lot, New York City was known as Hellsalem. Secret societies, monsters, gods, and plenty of antics are all part of the Kekkai Sensen universe.
Another anime with a great soundtrack, comparable to Cowboy Bebop’s, is Kekkai Sensen, which features several jazzy tunes. This anime series, like Cowboy Bebop, gives particular emphasis to its dramatic and well-produced combat sequences.
9. Death Parade
Death Parade is a noir-inspired series for those who like a more edgy take on the genre. Due to the game’s core focus on using souls as cash in a bet, and in part to its desolate atmosphere, this may be the case. As soon as a person passes away, their soul is handed over to the purgatory bartenders, who will either guide them into eternal bliss or consign them to eternal damnation.
Instead of a manga, Death Parade was based on a short film called Death Billiards. This is the only one on this list.
10. Gun X Sword
Cowboy Bebop shares many of the same ideas as this superb anime that defies genre boundaries in the West, but it does so in a completely different way.
That cliche has been done to death in both traditional American Westerns and anime Westerns, but it’s done perfectly in Gun X Sword, which retains the artistic elements of anime and Westerns that fans love about both genres. Of course, enormous robots are thrown in for good measure, as is the case with any great anime.