Oh, this will be a fun read. It’s crazy to think that I first watched Cowboy Bebop twenty friggin’ years ago. I remember I was on the road and couldn’t sleep and hit Adult Swim on Cartoon Network and one of these episodes was on. Funny, I don’t remember what the episode I saw was exactly, I just know I was hooked. Eventually, I picked up the whole run on DVD so I could watch front to back, and later imported all the soundtrack CDs I could get.
I’ve never bothered with the Japanese voices myself, though I hear they’re pretty good and I have no reason to doubt. It’s just that the English voices sound so right to me, it just sounds weird hearing other voices come out of these characters’ mouths. I love how loud and colorful and weird the whole thing is. I’ve never seen an anime that came nearly as close to grabbing my interest, but this one had a great setting, a cool bunch of characters, and plenty of riffs on sci-fi tropes I’ve been a fan of my whole life.
Someone mentioned in the Netflix remake thread that it’s redundant, Firefly beat them to the punch, but Bebop is so much better than Firefly. It gets the western-themed science fiction mishmash right, for one thing, but its characters don’t run around throwing Whedonisms at each other too. Bebop is like if Hammett or Chandler were reborn as a Japanese person who decided to write quirky science fiction. It’s got annoyances and entire episodes I can do without, but the whole is much more than the sum of its parts. Consider me subscribed to your newsletter.