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#1 Sep 12 2011 at 1:35 PM Rating: Excellent
Cowboy bebop, what else would you recommend?
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#2 Sep 12 2011 at 1:37 PM Rating: Excellent
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Outlaw Star.
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Your mistake was watching Bebop first. Logistically, Bebop should be the last anime that you ever watch, as everything else will seem trite and hackneyed after seeing it.

Have you watched the movie?

PS: In all seriousness, Outlaw Star might be the best bet, as it has some similar Western influences with the sci-fi setting. But it doesn't hold much of a candle to Bebop.

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#4 Sep 12 2011 at 2:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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You might like Trigun? Maybe. It's hit or miss, but it's from the same "cohort" as CB, if you will.

I still like Trigun. Rewatched it a few months ago because the movie came out and a local theater was showing it. It's definitely kept up over time without going stale - crisp animation, unique characters, and a steampunk bent. And guns. Lots of really cool guns.

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What specifically did you like about Bebop? The sci-fi? The characters? The dark comedy?

Trigun has most of the same things, as does Outlaw Star. I think Samurai Champloo has a similar humor and character style, but not really sci-fi (full disclosure, never watched all of Champloo, but the style reminded me a lot of Bebop).

For live action, I'd pick Firefly Smiley: grin

Edit: Some other suggestions I saw online if you liked Bebop:

Black Lagoon (Never heard of it myself)
Baccano! (All about characters, I haven't seen it but I saw another anime from the same folks called Durarara!! and it was really good)
Darker Than Black (read the manga, it's pretty good)
Noir (Whoever suggested this should be ashamed of themselves. This series bites)

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#6 Sep 12 2011 at 2:46 PM Rating: Good
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Noir is great for two things, and two things only:

- Lesbians
- Fabulous music

Everything else is meh - animation is meh, plot is WTF, and characters are rather shallow.

But! LESBIANS!

(If you really want lesbians, watch Revolutionary Girl Utena. For a series made for 14-year old girls, it sure has a lot of behind the scenes humping.)

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Outlaw Star shares superficial similarities to Cowboy bebop, in that you have a gang of space outlaws flying around in a spaceship and antagonized by space criminals, but the cores of the shows are quite different. Personally I didn't care for Outlaw Star, beyond the amazing ending art and songs.

Samurai Champloo. Same style, same director, similar character types. Would recommend as being highly similar to Cowboy Bebop.

Trigun is probably closer to the spirit of Cowboy Bebop, and I'd recommend it. Would recommend.

Black Lagoon lacks science fiction, but has a similar tone. I think you'd like it fairly well. Would recommend.

Darker than Black is Chinese Batman. A series I would typically recommend, but not on the basis of it being similar to Cowboy Bebop.

Baccano! is a good series, but I wouldn't say it's anything like Cowboy Bebop. A series I would typically recommend, but not on the basis of it being similar to Cowboy Bebop.

Noir. Nothing like it, nothing good about this series besides the music. They also have the same flashback like a billions times. I wouldn't recommend.

Redline. A movie not a television series, but very much inspired by western styles. Good visuals and mediocre on story.

Ergo proxy. Far more dystopian than Cowboy Bebop, but allegories coming out of its ****. Would recommend.
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[sm](If you really want lesbians, watch Revolutionary Girl Utena.

There are better shows to watch for lesbians, but Utena is great and does some great things. Certainly not for everyone though.
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[sm](If you really want lesbians, watch Revolutionary Girl Utena.

There are better shows to watch for lesbians, but Utena is great and does some great things.


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#10 Sep 12 2011 at 8:00 PM Rating: Excellent
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Outlaw Star always makes me think of that old promo.



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#11 Sep 12 2011 at 9:23 PM Rating: Good
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If you really want lesbians, watch Revolutionary Girl Utena.
There are better shows to watch for lesbians, but Utena is great and does some great things. Certainly not for everyone though.
I'd really like to think someone was just trying to be funny... but this all really happens in Utena Smiley: oyvey

From what's been recommended so far, I definitely suggest going with Trigun first. Darker Than Black and Baccano are also very good though the former is more action and the latter is comedy/action. If you manage to stick with anime long enough to enjoy Baccano, then Durarara would be a good next choice since it was written by the same person.

In the same line as Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain and Samurai Champloo would both be good selections. I wasn't a fan of Samurai Champloo, but it has a very similar style to that of Cowboy Bebop. Wolf's Rain is actually pretty different from Cowboy Bebop, so it might not be a great suggestion, but it seems just about everyone that worked on Cowboy Bebop also worked on Wolf's Rain.

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If you like space operas specifically, then you can always take a stab at Irresponsible Captain Tyler. It's a bit older than CB and not really in the same genre, but still a worthwhile show and **** funny. It's more like a sitcom than a serious drama.

There's also Crest of the Stars and Banner of the Stars, which are more Star Trek meets 2001: A Space Oddyssey. Not much comedy, really, but lots of nifty space tactics and battles. (And Jinto/Lafiel = adorable, but I'm a shipper, so...) The art style in the first series is a bit off-putting, but they drop it by the second series in favor of a more "traditional" style.

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#13 Sep 12 2011 at 10:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain, & Samurai Champloo were all done by (pretty much) the same people, so the latter two you may like. Wolf's Rain is Sci-Fi &, well, quite odd but wasn't bad. Samurai Champloo has no sci-fi, but pretty good hip-hop music as a soundtrack.

I'd suggest Gurren Lagaan as well. It's quite different in tone & parodies a lot of giant robot animes, but if you can get through the first couple episodes it picks up & gets good. The 2nd part, especially, gets a lot less "absurd" than the first & there are giant robot space battles (And I mean giant as in, "Dude just threw a galaxy at another dude") in the 2nd half of the anime.

You will get this song stuck in your head if you watch it, however.

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#14 Sep 13 2011 at 6:12 AM Rating: Good
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#15 Sep 13 2011 at 7:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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The 2nd part, especially, gets a lot less "absurd" than the first

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But really, I hated Gurren Lagann. The main character is a whiny b*tch for over half the show, then there was a tolerable part, then you get a ridiculously stupid and unforgivable plot to end the show. I realize that I am in the minority and most people love the show, but I cannot in good conscience recommend it to anyone.


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#16 Sep 13 2011 at 10:26 AM Rating: Excellent
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Enjoyed Gurren Lagann, but wouldn't recommend it based on Cowboy Bebop. Will agree about the wimpy main character, but Kamina was so ******* awesome, does it even matter? Also Yoko.
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Major spoilers inc, do not click the button if you have not seen the show and ever intend to:

I agree, Kamina is ******* awesome. As is Yoko. But the former is only around for the first 8 episodes, not nearly enough to redeem the whole series. The latter is the only reason the series was even watchable for me after the first half.
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What I liked about Gurren is that it kept trying to outdo the last scene in ridiculousness. And succeeded. And Squidward Tentacles was in it. That was beyond amusing. I didn't like the Time Jump Yoko™'s outfit, I thought the original one was a lot more stellar.

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But really, I hated Gurren Lagann. The main character is a whiny b*tch for over half the show, then there was a tolerable part, then you get a ridiculously stupid and unforgivable plot to end the show. I realize that I am in the minority and most people love the show, but I cannot in good conscience recommend it to anyone.

I suppose knowing a bit about mecha history helps show enjoyment, as TTGL is basically an overview of janaese mecha anime up to that point. It starts as a super robot series like Mazinger Z, moves on to be a mass production real robot show like Gundam, and finally ends with the god mecha of the Evangelion age. It's an homage to the entire genre.
#20 Sep 13 2011 at 11:12 PM Rating: Excellent
Love it or hate it, Gurren Lagaan had King Kittan which was the coolest, while at the same time, the most absurd mech design ever.

Also, this:



Also, it was available to stream via netflix, dunno if it is anymore though.

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Someone mentioned it earlier, but I'll say it again. Would highly suggest Wolf's Rain. Now while it isn't anything like Cowboy Bebop, it is what branched me out into different anime. Before, I just watched mecha (Gundam being the big one [yeah, gonna stop there before I nerd out], Evangelion, etc). After I watched this, I really started branching out.

As for shows like it, the big ones have already been suggested. Outlaw Star and Trigun. There is another that makes me think of Cowboy Bebop when I see it, but for the life of me I cannot remember the name. Hopefully after some sleep it will come to me.
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My two cents, for what it's worth (pun intended!):

Outlaw Star is kind of dumb, and the first dozen episodes or so are complete throw-aways. I remember liking it when they aired it on Adult Swim a decade ago, though.

Baccano! is slow to start, but gets very, very good through the middle and into the end (to the point of being almost transcendental), then abruptly makes a left turn and kind of peters out. It's very much worth checking out though.

Darker Than Black was pretty neat. It has a sort of X-Men aesthetic in that there's whole bunches of dudes with super powers, and each super power is completely unique. I never saw anything past season 2, but enjoyed the episodes that I did watch.

Trigun is actually one of my favorite series, mostly on the strength of the last 10 or so episodes. The series on a whole spends too much time introducing tertiary characters that give the hero(s) a one-episode side-quest to complete, but the pay-off at the end is well worth it.

FLCL was and still is my favorite anime series, mostly because it doesn't spend a dozen episodes "character building" (there are only 6 total episodes to the whole series), but instead barrels along at full speed and trusts you to keep up. Also, like some of the other series mentioned above, including Cowboy Bebop, it has an ending that's meaningful and engaging as opposed to those anime series that trudge along into infinity without any real closure (I'm looking at you, Inuyasha).

I watched the first season and a half of Claymore and found it relatively good. Towards the end of the first season, they introduced some interesting plot elements, but after seeing that they would go completely unresolved until some point likely several seasons down the road, I tuned out.

Finally, if you enjoy things are "so bad it's good" (e.g. the Fast and Furious franchise, action movies with Nic Cage, etc.), give a look at the first season of Aquarion. It has a fairly standard Voltron-esque "giant robots fight giant monsters" plot, but the dialogue is so bad, and it relies so heavily on all of the cliches of that genre that it's actually funnier than an intentional parody ever could be.
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Oooh...Claymore.

Claymore plot is great, but the execution of the animation felt really awkward at parts. It's better enjoyed in manga form unless they animate it better. It also doesn't have a lot of similarities with Cowboy Bebop, so dunno if Xsarus would like it.
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Oooh...Claymore.

Claymore plot is great, but the execution of the animation felt really awkward at parts. It's better enjoyed in manga form unless they animate it better. It also doesn't have a lot of similarities with Cowboy Bebop, so dunno if Xsarus would like it.

Plus the manga is still unfinished, which means the ending to the anime is presumably a cop-out ending (I haven't watched the anime).

The manga is good, but I feel like it's been going on for too long now. Granted that's how I always feel on series that release one chapter a month...
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Plus the manga is still unfinished, which means the ending to the anime is presumably a cop-out ending (I haven't watched the anime).

It's pretty bad. Forced final confrontation that doesn't give a satisfying filler ending nor leave room open for a second series.
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The manga is good, but I feel like it's been going on for too long now. Granted that's how I always feel on series that release one chapter a month...

Once a month series are quite difficult to read while being released, as their is a strong desire to have something important happen every single chapter. Claymore is pulling it off better than Berserk though, which as excellent as the overall story is, I never want to see another goddam pirate again.
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FLCL was and still is my favorite anime series, mostly because it doesn't spend a dozen episodes "character building" (there are only 6 total episodes to the whole series), but instead barrels along at full speed and trusts you to keep up. Also, like some of the other series mentioned above, including Cowboy Bebop, it has an ending that's meaningful and engaging as opposed to those anime series that trudge along into infinity without any real closure (I'm looking at you, Inuyasha).


FLCL might be my exhibit A for "I don't understand Japanese humor."*

Though to its credit, there were some interesting aesthetics, and I always felt like it was close to saying something semi-profound or interesting (but that there was a sort-of language barrier that kept me from getting it).

*I did like the guy with the big eyebrows, though. Didn't one of them fall off? I think I cracked up at that.
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Not an Inuyasha fan, but just wanted to mention the series was eventually wrapped up with an actual ending. If you want to talk about shows that go on forever with no end, then look no further than Bleach, Naruto, and of course, One Piece.

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Not an Inuyasha fan, but just wanted to mention the series was eventually wrapped up with an actual ending. If you want to talk about shows that go on forever with no end, then look no further than Bleach, Naruto, and of course, One Piece.

Please, those series haven't even broken one thousand.
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Not an Inuyasha fan, but just wanted to mention the series was eventually wrapped up with an actual ending. If you want to talk about shows that go on forever with no end, then look no further than Bleach, Naruto, and of course, One Piece.

I don't recommend any of these shows to anyone.

I didn't realize that Inuyasha finally concluded. Do they finally kill what's-his-name?

More importantly, does Inuyasha finally pork Kagome?

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Like others have said, Outlaw Star and Trigun. Aside from those, the only anime that I have thoroughly enjoyed are Big O, Gundam Wing (and Endless Waltz), Fullmetal Alchemist, Blue Submarine #6, FLCL, Tenchi (Muyo, Tokyo, Universe), Ghost in the Shell, Rurouni Kenshin, and YuYu Hakusho. Basically, stuff they showed on Toonami/Adult Swim 5-6 years ago. Not big on the "endless" anime (as someone said earlier, stuff like Dragonball Z, Naruto, Inuyasha, etc.)
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#36 Sep 15 2011 at 7:03 AM Rating: Good
Dragonball ends.

Dragonball GT & any of the DB-DBZ filler is blasphemy.

(Some of the movies were ok, though).


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I was actually just thinking about that. It's certainly one of the better vampire series, primarily because it's so irreverent and over the top all the time. (And Alucard is one badass ****.)

Since we're mostly talking about action/comedy shonen series in this thread, I haven't brought up anything from the realm of shoujo, but there are a few that might be worth a watch if you're running out of things to consider. Twelve Kingdoms is like Fushigi Yuugi done right, and probably remains one of my favorite novel based anime ever made.

(On that note, don't watch Fushigi Yuugi. It was fantastic in 1999 because I didn't know any better, but it's like the DBZ of shoujo... the manga is iconic, and the anime sucked because it stretched everything out way too much.)

Full Metal Panic! is one of my favorite underrated anime. The novels and manga is still ongoing (and the latest chapters have been full of wtf, in a good way), but the first three series that are out cover a large chunk of the novel arcs. The first series is intro/expose, the second series is WAFF and comedy, and the third series is all SRSBSNSS again. It's an alternate ending to the Cold War, where the Soviet Union got a hold of futuristic technology and never collapsed. So it's "present day" but various countries have giant robots, and hi-tech mercenary groups are hired by governments to go curb stomp other countries. At the heart of the alternate universe are the Whispered, kids born with psychic abilities. The actual story revolves around Sagara Sousuke, a mercenary from Mythril, and one of the Whispered, Chidori Kaname, and their wacky attempts to fit in as normal high schoolers.

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Full Metal Panic! is one of my favorite underrated anime. The novels and manga is still ongoing (and the latest chapters have been full of wtf, in a good way), but the first three series that are out cover a large chunk of the novel arcs. The first series is intro/expose, the second series is WAFF and comedy, and the third series is all SRSBSNSS again. It's an alternate ending to the Cold War, where the Soviet Union got a hold of futuristic technology and never collapsed. So it's "present day" but various countries have giant robots, and hi-tech mercenary groups are hired by governments to go curb stomp other countries. At the heart of the alternate universe are the Whispered, kids born with psychic abilities. The actual story revolves around Sagara Sousuke, a mercenary from Mythril, and one of the Whispered, Chidori Kaname, and their wacky attempts to fit in as normal high schoolers.

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I watched a season or two of that show back in the day. We've clearly tread out of the "related to Cowboy Bebop" realm with that one, though.


PS: I don't remember anything about that show except for the bolded. I do remember thinking that it was clichéd garbage, though.

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You know, it'd be nice if Xsarus would post and specify what about Cowboy Bebop he liked so we could actually think of better, more similar examples instead of going in broad strokes. Smiley: mad
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I think he already got his answer and forgot this thread exists. =X
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Full Metal Panic! is one of my favorite underrated anime. The novels and manga is still ongoing (and the latest chapters have been full of wtf, in a good way), but the first three series that are out cover a large chunk of the novel arcs. The first series is intro/expose, the second series is WAFF and comedy, and the third series is all SRSBSNSS again. It's an alternate ending to the Cold War, where the Soviet Union got a hold of futuristic technology and never collapsed. So it's "present day" but various countries have giant robots, and hi-tech mercenary groups are hired by governments to go curb stomp other countries. At the heart of the alternate universe are the Whispered, kids born with psychic abilities. The actual story revolves around Sagara Sousuke, a mercenary from Mythril, and one of the Whispered, Chidori Kaname, and their wacky attempts to fit in as normal high schoolers.
Personally, I enjoyed Fumoffu more than the regular series. Especially the rugby and kidnapping episodes.

When he threatened the pet bird, I nearly hurt myself from laughing.
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#43 Sep 17 2011 at 11:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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macross.


They have airplanes. what else do you want here???


Edit: Actually, Area 88 might also be a good one.



Edited, Sep 17th 2011 11:39pm by Kaolian
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#44 Sep 18 2011 at 1:34 AM Rating: Good
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But really, I hated Gurren Lagann.

u st00p1d.

Gurren Lagann is Awesome^2, it should be watched by every single person who watches anime. Star Driver also fits this description, except instead of being made of pure awesome it's made of pure FABULOUS.
I ******* hate you for recommending both Gurren Lagann and Star Driver in the same post.

The first 5 episodes of Star Driver were terrible, (and from a friend who watches those kind of shows, and finished the show, average at best).
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#45 Sep 18 2011 at 3:41 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, I went there.Smiley: tongue
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My husband wants to cosplay Takuto from Star Driver, in his Galactic Pretty Boy costume. I told him as soon as I find a pattern...

I'm thinking I might find one for a band uniform from The Music Man, or something.
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#47 Sep 22 2011 at 4:53 PM Rating: Good
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You know, it'd be nice if Xsarus would post and specify what about Cowboy Bebop he liked so we could actually think of better, more similar examples instead of going in broad strokes. Smiley: mad
Maybe it was just a hypothetical question.
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#48 Sep 23 2011 at 8:40 AM Rating: Good
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