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Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.
Character and overall setting is similar and the story, even though they are somewhat different, are truly awesome. So please please please, watch them both!
Though Cowboy Bebop and Akira are different plot-wise, the "feel" of these stories is very similar. If you enjoyed watching one, you will enjoy the other.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
Ten years before Shirou Emiya's and Saber's fateful meeting, Japan is the stage for the fourth Holy Grail War. Seven Masters, each with his own dreams, step forward to win the boon of the mystic relic. Into this fray comes Kiritsugu Emiya, the enigmatic "Mage Killer" who wants to use the Grail to make a better world. Can he, paired with the indomitable Saber win the War? Or will he fall to the ambitions of the other mages?
Despite being different shows with different settings, they still are alike. Fate Zero is all about 14 participants from different backgrounds fighting for their wishes whereas Cowboy Bebop is all about bounty hunting with some drama and betrayal. Main protaganists Spike Spiegel and Emiya Kiritsugu are alike since they wield guns and enjoy smoking and are with their own band. On the other hand, their mortal enemies Vicious and Kotomine Kirei are the only ones who can defeat them through seeking their own beliefs/wishes. Cowboy Bebop and Fate Zero goes through a series of battles that shows each character's perspectives until they exit before the most important point of the series. If you watched either of them, check em out cuz you'll love it especially if you watched Cowboy Bebop and then watch Fate Zero.
SO i have been reading all about how great Fate/Zero is, and how it is one of the best anime shows etc. I would have to agree with the fact that it is an enjoyable watch, however, not the best of all time, not even close to "epic". If you are looking for something epic and "new" try something a little bit older. Take a look at the insperation for so many different characters that you seem to love and enjoy! Yes, this is not as linear and easy to figure out as Fate/Zero, but it isn't too complicated that you can not figure out why each episode seems to be it's own short film. This is one of the best anime television shows of all time and if you enjoyed Fate/Zero you will enjoy Bebop.
Literary and Musical References? Check.
First original soundtrack for an anime television show? Check.
See you later Space Cowboy
The future of humanity is in peril, as they are confronted with the threat of an intergalactic clash with a warrior-like alien race, and the only one who can save them is... Captain Tylor?! Join a crew of misfits and rejects including an alcoholic doctor, a gorgeous nurse, an anal-retentive commander and a bunch of really stupid marines as they try to make it out in space and to discover whether their captain is a misunderstood genius or a total moron like he seems to be.