Candidate for Goddess is a more light-hearted space adventure than Cowboy Bebop, which deals with mature issues and has more violence. In both series, the characters face an uncertain future, and must deal with that uncertainty. Cowboy Bebop seems to go more in depth into the characters emotional state, whereas Candidate for Goddess deals strongly with the relationship between the partners of the crew.
A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?
The main characters in Cowboy Bebop and Read or Die take on jobs that will put them in the path of danger and are risking their lives on a daily basis. While Cowboy Bebop is set in the future, Read or Die deals with paper handling magic. The characters in the series have to deal with life throws at them and take the day one step at a time. There is a great deal of action and fighting scenes throughout each.