Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?
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.
An organization known to the dark side of the world as Chronos claims to desire world peace, employing the top thirteen assassins in the world known as 'Erasers.' They each have a weapon customized to fit their style, all made out of orichalcum ore, the strongest material available on Earth. Number 13, Train Heartnet (codenamed Black Cat) is the most famous and revered of the thirteen Chronos numbers, but in the light of a tragic event he has come to question his path in life. Together with Sven Vollfied, a struggling bounty hunter and a living weapon named Eve, Train takes up a job as a bounty hunter - all the while running from the other Erasers and Creed Diskenth, a crazed man whom wants him to join the Apostles of the Stars, a group made to destroy Chronos.
Action, adventure, and comedic scenes where the characters show off their stupid sides; Black Cat and Cowboy Bebop are alike in these regards and you will love them.
There are a lot of stories about bounty hunters out there, but these two are two of the best in the anime realm.
Two anime, both involving a similar cast - two badass male leads, a seductive female, a young girl with some pretty damn unique talents and a web of intriguing support characters.
Two anime, both about bounty hunters getting mixed up in dodgy situations and struggling to eat.
Two anime, one a scifi-western classic with a striking amount of maturity, one a colourful and comedic shounen that will gather a lot more dust on your shelf than its predecessor. The former being Cowboy Bebop and the latter Black Cat - different in so many ways, but alike in certain areas for those who enjoyed those specific elements.
In the future, Tokyo has fallen victim to syndicates, trigger-happy people who run rampant and other groups who don't like to follow the rules. In response, an organization called RAPT has been created, whose goal is to maintain their definition of "peace". In the underground, however, science involving humans and powerful mechanics is progressing at a steady phase, but for what purpose? Meet our four angels who know how to kick butt and raise hell whenever it's needed. Their motto? Shoot first, talk later. Their mission? To make the seemingly impossible possible, of course...
In the year 2977, humanity has long passed its peak; machines are able to perform any task a human can, and people have succumbed to apathy. However, there remains one who refuses to accept such an existence: Captan Harlock, a pirate who sails the sea of stars aboard his ship, the Arcadia. He is feared and loathed by most inhabitants of Earth, and yet he is their only hope against the Mazones, a strange alien race of beautiful women that threatens humanity. Thus begins a lonely battle in which Harlock and the crew of Arcadia struggle to stay true to their ideals, while slowly unravelling the sad tale of the Mazones.
If you're looking for a bittersweet sci fi story about love, friendship and loss, then search no more. Both Harlock and Bebop are melancholic, introspective works who are still thoroughly enjoyable despite their age.
Similar ties of friendship and loss are seen in Captain Harlock and Cowboy Bebop with characters personalities running the show.
In the distant future, mankind has mastered space and spread empires across the galaxy. While many choose to colonize distant planets, others choose to remain amidst the stars, ultimately giving rise to a new brand of humanity known as the Abh. Both genetically and culturally different from their Earth-dwelling peers, the Abh soon find themselves engaged in a bloody war that rages across hundreds of planets and set out to restore peace by means of conquest. Enter Jinto, a nobleman and ambassador of the recently acquired Hyde system whose duty is to represent his peoples' interests and rule on the Abh's behalf. In order to be officially coronated to this position, a cold-but-beautiful Abh princess named Lafiel arrives at Hyde to escort him back to the empire's capital. When they are suddenly attacked by an anti-Abh liberation front, however, the festivities are cut short, and the two must flee for their lives against all odds.
Both series are set in well-developed space. While Crest of Stars is more epic in scope (like Star Wars) BeBop focuses more on the characters. You should like them if you like realistic space flight (to some degree) and appreciate a good storyline.
Both series is set in space and follow around a small group of people. In Crest of the Stars it's mainly about a boy and a girl and in Cowboy Bebop it's about a small crew of 2 men and 2 girls. Both series have some pretty good space battles but the main point of each is story that revolves around the main characters. While Cowboy Bebop is more of a bounty hunter type of thing it does weave in a backstory for the characters that makes the characters interesting and then in Crest of the Stars it's politics of things one of the major driving forces of the the story but the characters backgrounds adds to the depth of the characters.