A still from the Cowboy Bebop film Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, featuring Spike, the show’s central protagonist.
A still from the Cowboy Bebop film Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, featuring Spike, the show’s central protagonist.
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Cowboy Bebop: all you need to know about the influential Japanese anime series ahead of Netflix’s live-action adaptation

  • Set in 2071, Cowboy Bebop follows a ragtag gang of eccentric bounty hunters on dangerous missions. Its style influenced Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The 1998 anime debuted in the United States in 2001, where it garnered a cult following and served as a gateway to the genre for an entire generation

A still from the Cowboy Bebop film Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, featuring Spike, the show’s central protagonist.
A still from the Cowboy Bebop film Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, featuring Spike, the show’s central protagonist.
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