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Cowboy Bebop Ep. 1: Cowboy Gospel

Stylish and funky. Cowboy Bebop bursts onto the screen with its own unique look and feel and gives us no time to take a breath as we jump straight into the action alongside bounty hunters Spike Spiegel (John Cho) and Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) who are at the Watanabe Casino trying to stop a heist. Well, more than stop then heist, they are more interested in the man carrying the heist out. Unfortunately following the capture Spike and Jet must pay for damages and end up in more debt than when they started.

This debt leads them having to take another job hunting down Asimov Solensan (Jan Uddin) and his wife Katarina (Lydia Peckham). the problem is they are also being hunted by Spike’s old gang, the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate, and rival bounty hunter Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda). What could go wrong?

Whilst I confess to never reading/watching the source material, I was impressed how quickly the world of Cowboy Bebop was built up in this episode. Whilst I am sure there is still much to learn, the fact that so much is going on and is comprehendible is a credit to the writers of the episode.

With awesome visuals, soundtrack and its own clear look and identity, Cowboy Beybop can only grow and develop into something even stronger. I look forward to strapping myself in for the ride.

Verdict: 7/10. A strong debut episode rich in noir and action. Whilst those who love the anime may pick holes, I come with no such baggage and enjoyed it for what it was. It would seem several plot threads have been laid out. We now get to see how they develop.

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