Cowboy Bebop (TV)
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According to the book Cowboy Bebop: The After, the series' stories are highly influenced by the films Reservoir Dogs, The Crow, Desperado, A Better Tomorrow and Enter the Dragon.
In session #3, Jet talks about having a dream where he's talking to a guy named Charlie Parker, who is a jazz musician who helped start the bebop genre of jazz.
The three old men seen throughout the series are named Antonio, Carlos, and Jobim. Antonio Carlos Jobim is a famous musician whose music was modeled after for some of the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack.
In session #15, when they re-insert Faye's cryotank, you can see that information plate on its top has the serial number NCC-1701-B, which happens to be the same serial number as the third Enterprise from the Star Trek series.
In session #15, My Funny Valentine, there's a short glimpse of Lupin III's car.
Ed's father's name means "Excuse me! Check please" in turkish.
Spike's fight on the bridge with Abdul Hakim in session #2, Stray Dog Strut, is a homage to the fight between Bruce Lee and Kareem Abdul-Jabar in the movie "Game of Death" from 1978. In fact, Spike uses Lee's "Jeet Kune Do" style when he fights.
The names of the three members of the "Starship Pirates" that the crew is hunting in session #19, Wild Horses, are George, Herman and Ruth. George Harman Ruth is the full name of Babe Ruth, the famous baseball player.
There's a poster of Bruce Lee on the building in which the doctor has his office, in session #25, The Real Folk Blues Part 1.
Session #11, Toys in the Attic, contains many references to the movie Aliens from 1986. Examples of this are the tracking equipment Spike uses, and the arming up scene.
Spike's pistol is an Israeli Jericho 941. Jet's pistol is a Walther P99.
Ed's full name is Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV. She made it up.
In session #3, Honky Tonk Women, the casino/space station is called the Spiders From Mars casino. This name is visible on the trash can Spike spits his cigarette into. The name comes from the David Bowie album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
Session #11 is named after Aerosmith's album and song "Toys in the Attic" (1993)
Session #3 is named after Rolling Stones song "Honky Tonk Woman" from the album Through The Past Darkly (1969)
Session #9 is named after Rolling Stones album "Jamming with Edward" (1972)
In Session 19: Wild Horses, the man who owned and fixes Swordfish II, Spike's spaceship, is named Doohan. This is a reference to James Doohan, who played "Scotty" on the original "Star Trek" (1966) TV series.
Faye's handgun is a Glock 30 .45
Spike's bent cigarettes are an homage to Jigen from Lupin III.
Session #24: "Hard Luck Woman" is named after the KISS song from the 1976 album Rock and Roll Over.
In Session 6 - "SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL", Fatty Rivers' name is a reference to Muddy Waters, the legendary blues musician.
Won "Best TV Animation Award" at Animation Kobe '98.
The Title of Sessions 25 and 26 "The Real Folk Blues" is not only the title of the show's end theme but a song by Muddy Waters
The Japanese title for Session 10, "GANYMEDE ELEGY", differs slightly from the English title. The Japanese title says "Ganymede Bojou" (ガニメデ慕情). An elegy is a song or poem of lament. Bojou means longing or yearning.
The Japanese titles for Sessions 11, "TOYS IN THE ATTIC", and 20, "PIERROT LE FOU", are actually "Dark Night of Heavy Rock" (闇夜のヘヴィ・ロック/"Yamiyo no Heavy Rock") and "Clown's Requiem" (道化師の鎮魂歌/"Doukeshi no Chinkonka") respectively.
Only half of the series 26 episodes were aired on regular Japanese television(it aired on TV Tokyo). The rest were deemed "unfit" for regular television. Episodes 1, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17, 19, and 20-26 were all skipped due to violence, drugs, and suggestive/mature themes. This was because a rash of very brutal murders were commited by a 14-year-old and then a 11-year-old. Their excuse was that they saw it on TV an thus caused Japan to start to heavily censor thier shows. It should be noted that Cowboy Bebop was eventually aired unedited and with every episode intact on Japan's WOWOW Satelite Channel.
Session #6: "Sympathy for the Devil" is the title of a Rolling Stones song, from the 1968 album Beggar's Banquet.
Session #14: "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a Queen song from the 1975 album "A Night At The Opera."
"Call Me Call Me" by Steve Conte (as played on Session #24) borrows chords and arrangements from the songs "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House and "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve.
At the end of episode 23, Jet says Ronny Spanngen when the plate clearly says Rosny.
Session #19: "Wild Horses" is the name of a Rolling Stones song from the album Sticky Fingers (1971)
In Session #18, "Speak Like A Child", Jet and Spike obtain a Beta tape, and take it to a shop keep to try and sell it. The Shop keeper is watching an old television show, and at the end, you can partially see the names "Jason Prest-" and "Shanan D'ha-" as the Executive Producers. The names are cut off, but they are assumed to be "Jason Priestley" and "Shannen Doherty" respectively. This can allow us to assume that the shop keeper is watching a VHS tape of "Beverly Hills, 90210". To further prove it, the sister clearly calls the brother "Brandon". They also refer to each other as twins. Jason Priestley played the role of Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210 for eight years from 1990-1998, while Shannen Doherty played the role of Brenda Walsh from 1990-1994. The played twins on the show.
As noted in the bonus feature "Session #0", the English lyrics at the beginning of the opening theme are officially as follows: "I think it's time to blow this scene; get everybody the stuff together. Okay, 3, 2, 1, let's jam."
Session #2: "Stray Dog Strut" is a reworking of the Stray Cats song "Stray Cat Strut" from the band's 1982 self-titled debut album.
Jet Black's nickname "Black Dog" is a Led Zeppelin song from the band's fourth album (a.k.a. "Led Zeppelin IV," "Four Symbols," "Runes," "ZoSo," or sometimes "Untitled").
In Session #14, "Bohemian Rhapsody", in the list of games played seen on the chess piece analysis scene, a game against the famous computer "Deep Blue" can be seen. Oddly enough, it seems the old man won, since he plays with blacks.
We can easily learn Faye's true age by watching the Session #15, "My Funny Valentine". Right at the beginning of the episode, we can see on the cryo-container label that it was last opened on November 23th of 2019. Assuming that such a date was the date when Faye entered the cryo-container, that Cowboy Bebop's events happen on 2071, and Faye was born on 1994, it's safe to assume that Faye is 77 years old chronologically.
In Session # 23, "Brain Scratch", the HUD (Heads Up Display) of the game the black boy plays when the channel 183 is tuned, (the "Brain Dream" commercial) is almost identical to the HUD on the space simulator game "Conflict: Freespace" and "Freespace 2". They are both green, with the same pane layout, triad cross-hairs and energy bar to the left. The only thing that distinguishes them both is that the "Freespace" HUD had an energy bar to the right too.
In Session # 23, "Brain Scratch" on the Brain Dream commercial, we can see many controls tossed into a garbage can. Among them the Sega Megadrive (or Genesis), NES, SNES and PS1 can be recognized. Oddly enough, in all the recognizable controls, the direction pad and buttons have switched places.
On the same episode ("Brain Scratch"), when Jet is making a queue to get the Brain Dream console, there is a cardboard dummy with a badly drawn woman in it. If you read the dummy, it says "Toon Raydaur". A clear tribute to "Tomb Raider".
In Session # 24, "Hard Luck Woman", the first name of Ed's dad is Appledelhi. His assistant is called Macintyre. The first parts of each name are, respectively, "Apple" and "Mac", an obvious nod to Apple and Macintosh.
Winner at the 2000 Seiun Awards for Best Media of the Year.
During Episode 26 when Jet goes to the mystic man, the camera zooms out to a overview shot, and a PlayStation can be seen.
The moves listed for the two chess games seen in Bohemian Rhapsody are from actual games played by chessmaster Paul Morphy in 1857 and 1858.
In addition to the Jean-Luc Godard film of the same name, "Pierrot le Fou" (episode 20) also contains 2 references to Yellow Magic Orchestra songs from their 1978 debut album. The villain's nickname, Mad Pierrot, is the name of a YMO song. Similarly his code name, Tongpu, is a reference to the YMO song "Tong Poo". In addition, Chris Mosdell, who wrote the lyrics for several YMO songs, also wrote the lyrics to "Butterfly" for the Cowboy Bebop movie's soundtrack.
Session # 0 extra for the Remix box set release is essentially a Q&A with the some of the cast and crew of the production team while featuring clips from various episodes in the original dub fully subtitled
The city of Faye's memories is recognizably Singapore.
Almost every multi-language street signs shown in the series are in English, Japanese and Persian.
Ein the data dog is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
The phrase "three years ago" is used quite often. It was three years ago that Spike and Jet got together, it was three years ago that Faye was taken out of cryofreeze, and it was three years ago that Ed wandered away from the orphanage.
In Session #4 "Gateway Shuffle" a terrorist group threaten others with a vial of a virus called "Monkey business". It is a reference to a movie from 1952 directed by famous director Howard Hawks and starred by Marilyn Monroe.
The personality and roles of the characters in Cowboy Bebop have many similarities with the Lupin III cast.
Spike's shoe design is most likely based off of the male shoe design from Lupin III.
Vicious' pet bird could be an homage to the classic anime series Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Both characters, Vicious and Harlock have cormorants that like to perch on their shoulders.
There is a vile of bloody eye on the stand beside the roses that is next to the window in Spike's flashback. in episode 5 "Ballad of fallen angels"
In episode 6, "Sympathy for the Devil," Wen wears a green jacket, black shirt and yellow tie. This is an homage to the outfit that Lupin III wore during the first TV season and The Castle of Cagliostro.
In episode 7, after Spike leaves VT at the bar, you can see a bottle of "Boofeater"-s pin on the popular "Beefeater" gin.
In episode 17, "Mushroom Samba," a man is seen dragging a coffin. This is an homage to the 1966 Spaghetti Western Django, wherein the title character drags a coffin with a machine gun inside.
Ed's real name is revealed only once, by her father in episode 24. It is "Francoise."
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