Happy 20th anniversary to Cowboy Bebop, one of the most beautiful and important anime series ever created.
Set in the year 2071, humans have now colonized most of the solar system. Despite this, the future is still pretty busted, with violence and crime running rampant. So to cope with this planetary governments hire bounty hunters called cowboys to track down and apprehend these criminals for a reward. The series follows the adventures of a group of bounty hunters on board a ship called the Bebop. Their names are Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and their dog Ein. Yet not all is as it seems, since every member of the crew has a past that often encroaches on their present.
Only a scant 26 episodes long, this show is nonetheless famous for it's magnificent animation, combination space western and future noir setting, smart and funny dialogue, brilliant voice acting (both in japanese and in the dub), well written stories and compelling character arcs, eclectic soundtrack of jazz, blues, rock, and funk, and it's themes of existential nihilism, stoicism, loneliness, moral ambiguity, dealing with one's past, and how to survive and build relationships in a harsh environment.
A seminal work of anime, this series helped to further popularize the artform not only in the West, but all around the world. It has certainly earned all of it's accolades and is a true joy to watch. "See You Space Cowboy.."