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?
Secret agent for the British Libraries, Yomiko Readman, has an infatuation with books. When she purchases one of the books that contain the notes for a plan to purge the world of humanity, Yomiko (along with the help of Ms. Deep and Drake) uses her powers of paper manipulation to stop a group of resurrected men from fulfilling the plan.
Much like Bebop, 'Read or Die' (R.O.D.)combines action-sequences animated in a breathtaking manner with a cool, jazzy soundtrack and a cast of colorful characters to make for a stylish and extremely entertaining watch. It (R.O.D.) is also probably the only anime to date with a 'coolness' I would put on par with Bebop's.
In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?
On the surface these two series seem to have very little in common. They are both, however, very much wrapped around one central character. Someone with a dark, and mysterious past that is perhaps paying a great price for their sins. This is what makes them just as much the same, as they are different.
The two series feature the main characters troubled by their past, and even by a woman of their past no less.
Both main characters just try to get by in life but their pasts will of course catch up with them, making both an excellent series to watch for their stories and unpredictable action!
Cobra is a futuristic ladies man with a gun for an arm and selective memories of his past. His inherited weapon, the Psychogun, is an unusual tool which responds to his very thoughts. Due to his strength and choice of weaponry, Cobra lives his life as a pirate whose main goal is to elude the nefarious bunch of evildoers known only as the Guild. Follow his space adventures as he lives on the run from both sides of the law!
Both series star a charming chain-smoking bounty hunter/pirate who is just a bit clumsy but cocky as hell. Bebop and Cobra are also both set in the future, and both experiment with filmic techniques and camera-angles. Bebop was inspired by shows like Cobra.
Both are space adventures involving private investigator/bounty hunters who are somehow down on their luck but always manage to get the girl... :)
In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?
I think fans of Cowboy Bebop will love Afro Samurai and vise versa. Both shows have a more serious and mature atmosphere, with a bit of humor thrown in. In both of these shows, music is an important part, it really helps set the mood (CB's Jazz music and AS's Hip-Hop). And of course, both have plenty of action and blood, but not battles that are spread out over 5 episodes, battles are fairly quick.
Witness the true beginning of the Matrix: how men created the machines and how those machines stood up against their masters, and the effects of the great war that waged between them, which in the end led to the fall of mankind. Watch the ship Osiris and its efforts to warn the remaining humans of the imminent attack; follow a champion who happens to break free from the Matrix; explore the exploitation of a glitch in the overall system; observe the story of the Kid and how he was found by Neo; travel with an investigator who tracks the well-known hacker Trinity; and learn the secrets of the Matrix in other wondrous ways.
If you enjoy a broad range of sci-fi type animes i personally think that these 2 are some of the best out there. Cowboy bebop with its captivating scenes in outer space and the animatrix with its deep ideas relating to the matrix trilogy, both truely stunning proformances.