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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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#3 Sep 12 2011 at 1:45 PM Rating: Excellent
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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.

Edited, Sep 12th 2011 3:47pm by Eske
#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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#5 Sep 12 2011 at 2:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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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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#7 Sep 12 2011 at 4:39 PM Rating: Good
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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.
#8 Sep 12 2011 at 5:30 PM Rating: Good
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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.
#9 Sep 12 2011 at 5:56 PM Rating: Good
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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.


Smiley: um
#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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#12 Sep 12 2011 at 9:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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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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If I enjoy Cowboy bebop, what else would you recommend?


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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#17 Sep 13 2011 at 2:26 PM Rating: Good
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Kamina was so @#%^ing awesome, does it even matter? Also Yoko.
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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#18 Sep 13 2011 at 2:37 PM Rating: Good
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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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#19 Sep 13 2011 at 5:13 PM Rating: Excellent
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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.

Edited, Sep 14th 2011 1:13am by Omegavegeta
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#21 Sep 14 2011 at 12:06 AM Rating: Excellent
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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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