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10 Best Cowboy Bebop Episodes

So yeah. This had to happen i guess.
1Ballad of the Fallen Angels

A masterpiece. No really. This is perfection. I have never seen a 20 minute series with an episode that is half as good. (except for Cowboy Bebop) It's far and away the best episode of the series, and that means a whole fucking lot. Do I even have to tell you guys why? The themes in this episode are dark, heavy and deep. The script is perfect, the characters bounce off each other so naturally and the cathedral scene is out of this world. Green Bird and Rain are two of the best songs from The Seatbelts as well... the montage with Green Bird is widely regarded as the best scene in any anime ever and that is absolutley justified.
2The Real Folk Blues

Yeah, Part 1 and 2. Don't tell me these are two seperate Episodes. Because their not. Part 2 does not even have an intro what so ever. It's just one episode cut in half. So... this is the only thing that even remotly comes close to being as good as Ballad of the Fallen Angels, it's a perfect ending for the series, it has great action and is very... and i mean very emotional. Compared to Ballad of the Fallen angels it lacks a distinctive "wow" scene, altough the final fight with Spike tearing everything apart comes close. Also i feel this could have been 5 minutes longer and a few things could have been explained better, but overall it's still a great episode.
3Hard Luck Woman

The Beginning of the End. Now... Hard Luck Woman didn't impress me that much, in the first half. But the second half really picks up the pieces. The departure of ED is handled perfectly, as well as the reactions of the crew members. (Also Call Me, Call Me is a great song) Also Fayes character arc comes to heart-crushingly sad, but very well done ending. Ed's father and his compaignon are kind of weak ass characters though.
4Mushroom Samba

The very best of the light hearted, funny episodes. I mean, when you watch this, you can basically hear the production team going: Why the fuck not? Ed and the Dog are on a crazy chase after some mushroom dealer, while the rest of the crew are high as fuck. Ed's antics are ramped up to the max and it's hillarious, also the trippy scenes are very well done as well.
5Black Dog Serenade

Jet's best character piece is a slow moving, hard hitting cop drama and while it fullfills nearly every clichee of the genre (the ex-cop who cannot let go, the "one-last-mission", the betrayal by an old friend) it's exceptionally well done, the visuals are amazing, the character development is great and the overall feel is satisfying.
6Toys in the Attic

Yeah. I'm picking the nonsensical Alien parody. Now... this episode is odd in many ways. First of all it's about a killer lobster who came from the fridge, which get's defeated by Ed just eating the dam thing. But! Under the silly surface the episode is very good on two levels. First of all... it's fucking scary. No really... it's creepy as hell, they are dead serious about the horror elements and the way that lobster-thingy moves is just creepy. Second, they manage to develop or define every character in this dumb episode. The session is divided into 4 parts, which each one of the characters giving their own lesson and everyone (except maybe for ed's, cuz her lesson is: "Lesson, lesson... if you see a stranger follow him" but if you think about it, saying strangely funny things is ed's character in a nutshell as well.) has something to say that defines the understanding of the character. Especially Spikes lesson at the end, which is on the surface played for the laughs ("Dont leave something in the fridge) becomes eerily serious when you think about the way he left his past locked away for to long.
7Cowboy Funk

Much like Mushroom samba, this is absolutley dumb and amazing at the same times. I especially love Jet Black as a hippy. And that teddy bomber is also fucking funny.
8Brain Scratch

This on the other hand is another dark, at times even disturbing episode. The plot is kind of far fetched, but not too ridicolous to destroy the session. The confrontation between Spike and the antagonist in this episode is one of my favorite moments.
9Waltz for Venus

Just a really solid episode. It's basically Cowboy Bebop in a nutshell. Take a very basic story, then put in great characters, great music, great animation, great script, great voice actaing, great interaction between the characters and a great conclusion and u get a really satisfying session.
10Pierrot Le Fou

Easily the darkest and creepiest episode, very little dialouge, a whole lot of action, maybe the most stunning pieces of animation in the whole series. This could have been a lot higher, if not for the weak ass conclusion, where the creepy, intimidating killer just turns into a crying child for no good reason.
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