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In a show with as many iconic episodes and scenes as the timeless classic from the 90s Cowboy Bebop, it can be difficult to choose the best of the series. From the heavy drama and tragedy of “The Real Folk Blues” and “Speak Like A Child” to the simplicity and humor of “Toys In The Attic”, Cowboy Bebop has a lot to offer through its dozens of little stories.

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However, the series is still remembered primarily for its unforgettable conclusion, as well as its tragic central theme of characters haunted by seemingly irreparable past wounds. It’s clear from the IMDb rankings that the episodes fans love the most are those that reveal critical elements of the cast’s stories, as well as those that show viewers how those stories influence the story’s central conflict.

ten Mushroom samba (8.5)

Ed and Ein lie exhausted in the desert.

“Mushroom Samba” is a simpler and more comical storyline for Bebop, and the one who sees Ed and Ein getting involved in an interplanetary mushroom smuggling scheme. The Bebop dies of food and fuel when it crashes on the surface of Io. This is where Ed discovers a hallucinogenic mushroom smuggling ring, with bounties attached.

Of course, Ed gives these mushrooms to the Bebop crew. They are soon paralyzed by hallucinations, leaving Ed in charge of finding the bounty at hand. It’s a fun low-stakes episode that reminds audiences that although Bebop His dark moments are perhaps remembered, he can always be light if necessary, which is part of the reason why he is still loved so much by anime fans.

9 Waltz for Venus (8.7)

Spike and Rocco before martial arts lessons.

Some of the best episodes of Cowboy Bebop are the ones that have very little to do with the main cast, with “Waltz for Venus” being an example. Spike and company got involved with a petty criminal trying to use a rare plant to cure his sister’s blindness, but the plant’s lucrative value made him a target of Venusian gangs.

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One of the key scenes in the episode is a moment where Spike is persuaded to teach Rocco some of his martial arts prowess through a dialogue laden with references to Bruce Lee. It’s a moment of selflessness for Spike, and it’s a moment that pays off for Rocco as he’s able to disarm one of his enemies in an upcoming encounter. Tragically, Rocco is shot before the battle is over, leaving Spike to take the factory and stage an operation for Rocco’s sister.

8 Jupiter Jazz: Part 1 (8.7)

Screenshot of the first part of Jupiter Jazz.

“Jupiter Jazz” is an episode that once again expands the dramatic stakes of the ancient rivalry between Spike and Vicious. While scouring the solar system in search of a once-missing Faye Valentine, Ed decodes a signal from a woman named Julia. Spike knows the name and, despite Jet’s protests, feels compelled to go find him.

In this episode, audiences learn that the wife of Spike’s past is irrevocably linked to her history with Vicious, making it clear that resolving her conflict with him is the same as resolving your conflict with her.

7 Talk Like a Child (8.7)

A younger Faye, as seen on an old tape.

One of Bebop’s more poignant episodes is undoubtedly “Speak Like A Child”. It takes a slower pace compared to some of the more action-oriented episodes, following Faye as she flees the Bebop and Spike and Jet as they attempt to find the right player for a beta tape they’ve found. .

The contents of the tape ultimately offer a key to understanding Faye’s story. She was born on Earth, and although Faye has forgotten her, images from her childhood speak of a more pleasant and innocent time, which stands in stark contrast to the melancholy of the modern era. Faye’s radical isolation from her childhood speaks to the tragedy inherent in aging.

6 Jupiter Jazz: Part 2 (8.9)

Spike wakes up in the snow after being shot.

The second half of “Jupiter Jazz” offers more of what the first part had, which is an elaboration of Spike’s story with Vicious and Julia. It is revealed that Spike and Vicious were members of the same criminal syndicate, but Spike ran away with Julia.

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In the present, Vicious attempts to negotiate a drug deal with another figure from his past. Spike naturally gets involved in this conflict in the hope that it will be pointed out at Julia. Although Spike eventually returns empty-handed to the Bebop, audiences learn a lot about his fatal attraction to Julia and his rivalry with Vicious.

5 Bad Luck Woman (8.9)

Ein and Ed leave the Bebop for the last time.

“Hard Luck Woman” provides essential characterization for Faye and Ed, and helps sell the idea that the situation on the Bebop is untenable and that her crew cannot escape their past. With Faye still reeling from the “Speak Like a Child” revelations, the rest of the crew have a chance encounter on Earth with Ed’s supposed father.

However, it’s not quite what everyone expected and seems totally engaged in the chimerical task of mapping and remapping the Earth’s surface, even as it’s constantly changing under a shower of space debris. Finding out about this, Ed is inspired to go it alone, leaving the Bebop behind. With their companions gone, Spike and Jet attempt to crush their sadness by burrowing into the routine and eating lots of eggs in a clever reminder to much sooner. Cowboy Bebop episodes.

4 Pierrot Le Fou (9.0)

A close up of the Mad Pierrot.

“Pierrot le Fou” is an eccentric for Bebop because it’s tonally and aesthetically distinct from the majority of the other episodes in the series. Even if Bebop covers a range of topics with varying degrees of lightness, there aren’t many plots as simple as “Crazy Stone”, nor many that lean so hard on elements of horror.

The entire episode is devoted to a single fight scene between Spike and a deranged serial killer with superhuman abilities. With little dialogue and a dark palette, the fight between Spike and the killer lacks the style and elegance of Beboptypical fight scenes, opting instead for a palpable and sinister intensity.

3 The real folk blues: Part 1 (9.1)

An iconic still from The Real Folk Blues.

“The Real Folk Blues” is the beginning of the end for Bebop and the moment when players from Spike’s past reveal themselves and start moving. Vicious executes a coup attempt against the Red Dragon Syndicate, prompting them to hunt down everyone associated with the organization, including Spike and Julia.

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After a chance meeting between Julia and Faye, Spike is forced to find his former lover to protect her from his enemies. Spike is finally reunited with Julia at their old hangout, and the stage is set for the final episode.

2 Ballad of the Fallen Angels (9.2)

First confrontation of Spike and Vicous.

“Ballad of Fallen Angels” is the first episode that allows audiences to BebopThe main underlying drama, namely the fatal rivalry between Spike and his former partner Vicious. Vicious causes a huge bloodshed to attract Spike, and Spike, knowing his former partner’s job, is forced to respond.

Their confrontation in this first episode teaches the audience everything they need to know about Spike; his carefree attitude conceals a darkness of his past, which he cannot escape. The episode also features excellent combat animation, suited to the fateful encounters between Spike and Vicious.

1 True Folk Blues: Part 2 (9.5)

The last words to the viewer in Cowboy Bebop.

The highlight of Cowboy Bebop really doesn’t need to be introduced. The final episode is a huge part of why the series itself is remembered as well as it is. From the dramatic but inevitable final showdown between Spike and Vicious to the last gloomy words he leaves to his audience, this episode is for many viewers this Bebop is all.

The episode’s conclusion works so well because it’s tragic and at the same time utterly surprising. Spike was a walking dead man long before the first episode began, a tension that unfolds masterfully in the episode’s best scene: the confrontation between Faye and Spike before he leaves the Bebop for the last time. Faye, Spike, and the audience know he’s doomed if he leaves, but he goes anyway.

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