Why you need to watch Cowboy Bebop on Netflix
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The earth is shattered and humanity adapts. On Mars, a colony arises. The year is 2071, though the likes of Elon Musk are making sure that we reach the Red Planet even earlier. The professions that exist are, for the most part, similar to the ones we knew. However, the most lucrative job in this post-apocalyptic world is not in banking, but in bounty hunting. It is this path that our cowboy protagonist, Spike Spiegel, has chosen, and it is his journey that we, the viewers, join. Cowboy Bebop is one of the most critically acclaimed ‘animes’ to date, picking up awards for its soundtrack, story, and animation, just to name a few. Released on TV Tokyo in 1998, and then on Adult Swim in 2001, it is largely credited with introducing American audiences to this profound and peculiar side of Japanese culture. The show helped place the anime genre into the worldview of grown-up Western spectators, foregoing wide-eyed, spiky-haired children in exchange for multi-layered, morally ambiguous adults. Cult classics like Pulp Fiction heavily influenced the conception and development of Cowboy Bebop which contains thriller, action and film noir elements.
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