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Infinite Ryvius

Infinite Ryvius

What happens when authority and consequence are removed? When the inmates truly run the asylum. On the spaceship Ryvius there are those who would fight for order, and many more who would fight to destroy it. Love, hate, anger, greed, avarice, and perhaps hope are the fuel for the Ryvius, and only one can save those who call it home...

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kamenoko

Infinite Ryvius is the antithesis of Cowboy Bebop, but at the same time they are both anime about people coming to terms with their past, about the weakness of being human, and the lengths people will go to survive. Both also share the fact that they are excellent.

Aranneas

Two space travel series with strong ensemble casts. Though I wouldn't call it light-hearted by any stretch Cowboy Bebop is probably the less serious of the two, but also has a smaller cast overall and explores in greater depth the relationships between them. Both ask deep and penetrating questions about human nature and the value of living.

Mezzo

Mezzo

Set in the not so distant future of troubled Tokyo, no job is too big or too small for the Danger Service Agency, as long as danger is involved. The crew is made up of an unlikely team of misfits: Mikura, a girl with a flair for guns and a love of martial arts, Kurokawa, an old man/ex-detective addicted to noodles, Harada, an engineering nut, and Asami, a schoolgirl. Unfortunately, no matter how small or simple job appears to be, the Dsa team always find themselves biting off more than they can chew...

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wolfangel87

The enthralling relationships between the characters in Cowboy Bebop and Mezzo encompass a major part of the series.  They also each involve hilarious and similar parts for bounty hunters.

coffeebreath

Both Mezzo and Bebop have that rambunctious feel about them thanks to the characters and the well-presented relationships between them, as a group they are similar in both anime but as individuals totally different. They're not just two shows about bounty hunters with action, they are multi-faceted great shows you'd be crazy to miss. Cowboy Bebop uses masterful storytelling that'll make you serious about the story and where things are going whereas Mezzo has a light-hearted approach. This rec is not for everyone, but if characters and action were what you appreciated most in either titles definitely check out the other!

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NieA Under 7

NieA Under 7

In the future, aliens coexist freely with mankind on Earth. One such alien is NieA, a lazy yet spirited girl who wastes away her days while living with the studious Mayuko. And life isn't easy... Mayuko is always short on food money, the spa where she works is about to go bankrupt and Mayuko's alien-crazy friend Chiaki is obsessed with NieA. A light, mostly comedic slice-of-life show.

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DenderCage
One is about a ship of bounty hunters and the other is about a spa? What could these two possibly have in common? Well, for one, they both have delightfully amusing characters, each with their own well developed personalities. Both have a good deal of zany comedy, while staying down to earth, if you'll excuse the pun. And both have an ending that leaves you wanting more. NieA under 7, while not so nearly as action packed as Cowboy Bebop, is still a damned fine watch. And Cowboy Bebop, while not as far into the social intricacies of japanese culture, will most likely be enjoyed if you liked NieA.
sothis
NieA really reminds me of Ed from Cowboy Bebop. Not a lot of similarities plot-wise, but the wackiness Ed brought to Cowboy Bebop is definitely prevalent all over NieA Under 7.

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

A young man awakens in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of his past. As he leaves the room and ventures further into the warehouse he is attacked by a girl in a mask; she tells him that in order to live he must come at her with all his might. After a fight for his life, he manages to overpower the girl, learning that he is to be trained as a Phantom - an assassin for the Inferno organization. He is also given a new name: Zwei. For three months, Zwei is trained by the girl in the arts of assassination until he has just one final test: to kill a living human being.

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Itochan60

While Bebop has some very light and comedic episodes, I think the series episodes of Bebop and Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ have very similar feelings.  Both feature superb animation and sound, but what is really similar is the intense gun fights.

wolfangel87

Cowboy Bebop and Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ have the same type of fighting survival feeling to them.  The characters are well developed and the team moves forward together doing what they can to help each other stay alive.  Both series have amazing animation and a great story line with hints of tragedy along the way.

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Planetes

Planetes

In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.

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JAhU

Planetes and Cowboy don't seem to have much in common at first glance, besides the fact that they take place in space. The vision of space development in both series differs a lot, but on the other hand it's one of the things that make these series interesting. The most notable similarities between these two are the semi-realistic animation style and one of the plot elements. If you give these series a try, you shouldn't be disappointed.

badazz5001

bouth series take place in a very realistc and dirty future. Life is preety much the same as it has always been except in a future seeting.  it also follows the not exactley proudest members of society.  Cowboybebop follows bounty hunters strugiling to survive and planetes bassicley followes garbige men. If you love realistic scifi then i would recomend eather of these series