The Bebop Beat: A Cowboy Bebop Rewatch Podcast

The Bebop Beat: A Cowboy Bebop Rewatch Podcast

Hosts Lauren Faits and Jamie Sanchez revisit Cowboy Bebop, their favorite anime of all time. Each episode explores the characters, stories, themes, and music that make Cowboy Bebop a jazzy sci-fi hit to this day. Follow along for weekly news, interviews, and speculation about the upcoming live-action show. Are you ready for The Beat?

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October 15, 2021 89 min

This is it, the end of Cowboy Bebop. Thank you to all of the loyal listeners who joined us on this journey. Our guest this week is YOU! Anime fans from all over the star system are here to talk about their favorite characters, stories, and how Cowboy Bebop has affected us all. See you in Season 2 for the Netflix episodes, bounty hunters. Whatever happens, happens!

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The end is near! ...The end of The Bebop Beat Season 1, that is. To take us into the Real Folk Blues, we welcome Mike Toole, Editor-at-Large for Anime News Network (ANN). He has a lot to say about Cowboy Bebop's history, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix... lifelong anime fans will love this one!

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October 1, 2021 80 min

We keep joking about "space therapy" on the podcast, and clinical social worker Brian Kunde of GaymerX and Take This is finally taking us there. Faye searches for her past, Ed searches for her family, and we search for another box of tissues to cry through. It's Hard Luck Woman, featuring some of the best scenes and music in all of Cowboy Bebop.

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September 28, 2021 20 min

The Netflix TUDUM fan event showed us so much new Cowboy Bebop that we just couldn't wait for Friday. This mini ep captures our feelings (Bounties, oh yes! Vicious, oh no!) and explains where our humble podcast is headed. Listen for instructions on how YOU can be in our Season 1 finale!!

 

Instructions for fan submissions for our finale episode here: https://bebopbeat.com/rfb.html

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September 24, 2021 61 min

Much of Cowboy Bebop went over our heads when we saw it for the first time (we were so young!) The greatest example of this is Brain Scratch, a haunting commentary on real-life cults. Our guest Sarah Hightower knows just how bold Bebop got concerning Heaven's Gate and Aum Shinrikyo, but the story doesn't end in the 90's...

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Now that we've gotten all of our fandom flailing out of the way, it's time to REALLY tackle Knockin' on Heaven's Door, The Cowboy Bebop Movie. Was this film actually good? Virus and vaccine expert Chise leads a fascinating discussion on Vincent's terrifying mission. Plus, we ask our friends to tell us about sakuga!

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We can hardly believe it, but Knockin' on Heaven's Door, The Cowboy Bebop movie, was released 20 years ago! To celebrate, the legendary Jennifer Hale joins the party this week. Hear Electra herself discuss the film, her character's inner feelings, and what it takes to be a Disney princess, Jedi, and Commander of the Normandy.

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We went on a board game game bounty hunt and purchased every Cowboy Bebop title we could find: Board Game Boogie, Space Serenade, and the Spike and Vicious UFS card game. A whole crew of real-life friends joined us to play and review the games. Then, we got the pleasure of meeting Eric Price, CEO of Japanime Games! Let's play, cowfolks.

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Son of a gun, did somebody say podcast collab?? Dennis, Garrett, and Kate from the Vintage Anime Club podcast join us this week for Cowboy Funk. The studio may be full of fans with strong opinions, but we promise, we get along way better than Spike and Andy.

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Boogie Woogie Feng Shui is a unique Cowboy Bebop episode that drops spirituality into a sci-fi setting. It is notoriously not a fan favorite, but with a character named Kimmie Black in the upcoming Netflix show, we're all SORTS of interested in Jet as a father figure! We ask an astrologist and a cultural consultant all the important questions, from "What's your sign?" to "Who's your daddy??"

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August 13, 2021 63 min

Before Five Nights at Freddy's, there was this OG theme park animatronic terror: Pierrot Le Fou. Illustrator, author, and designer Sean Dove joins us this week to talk French New Wave, Batman villains, and how everyone seems to have a story about killer carnival rides. Buckle in and keep your arms and legs safely inside the car, bounty hunters. This is a scary one!

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August 6, 2021 62 min

When the creative minds behind Cowboy Bebop start referencing NASA, who ya gonna call? Our friend Travis Sauder, a former engineer for the Space Shuttle program! We draw a line from real-life aeronautics straight to the Swordfish II. Did today's billionaire space race cause the future seen in Cowboy Bebop?? ... probably not. We also reflect on the Columbia disaster, and whether Wild Horses can still be watched the same way.

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July 30, 2021 89 min

Our favorite bounty hunters dive deep underground and into Faye's past, but you don't need a Betamax player to hear an incredible interview! Voice artist Wendee Lee has given life to hundreds of characters, including Lady Luck herself, Faye Valentine. Her career precedes the Adult Swim era, making her the absolute expert on anime cons, women in the industry, and Cowboy Bebop's impact on the world. 

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July 23, 2021 58 min

Mushroom Samba is a fan favorite episode, but does it hold up? We tackle two major topics: psychedelics and Blaxploitation films. Dr. Austin Lim joins us to unbox just how much society's views have changed since the 1970s. Let's kick the beat! 

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What's up, sweetcakes?? We had such a great time talking about anime music that we had to come back for more! The folks at Strawberry Hill Music generously put us in touch with vocalists Raj Ramayya (Ask DNA) and Scott Matthew (Is It Real?), plus the woman who wrote a whole book on the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack, Rose Bridges. Join the conversation!

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Cheers, to the podcast that charmed the devil! Cowboy Bebop gives us a true film noir tribute this week. Joined by film reviewer Ruben Rosario, we learn the truth behind Jet Black- his habits, his arm, and his iron codes of honor. Also, what's the deal with barcode tattoos??

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Faye Valentine finally opens up a bit about her past, and it's a sad love story, indeed. We adore Faye. Anyone who hurts her deserves to get DUNKED ON. For this task, we welcome Trin Garritano, relationship expert from the Friendshipping podcast. Topics include trauma bonding, debt, and SPOILED ENTITLED DUDES LIKE WHITNEY WHO WE TOTALLY HATE.

 

Check out Friendshipping here!: https://friendshipping.transistor.fm/

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June 27, 2021 59 min

Checkmate, bounty hunters! Though the Bebop crew keeps capturing his henchmen, criminal mastermind Chessmaster Hex proves very elusive. To help us better understand this brilliant bounty, we've enlisted the help of local Chicago chess champ, Tony Gentry. If you could forget the past and live a Bohemian life free of grudges, would you?

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Cowboy Bebop spawned two video games: A rails shooter for the PS1 and a brawler/RPG/flight sim/puzzler/??? for the PS2. We play and review both this week, plus share a few of our favorite Bebop tributes and Easter eggs. "See you, space cowboy" is used absolutely EVERYWHERE! Our industry expert is Derrick Fields, the anime-inspired Creative Director of Waking Oni Games.

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The second half of Jupiter Jazz is intense, somber, peak Cowboy Bebop. We've been wondering how Netflix will take on this legendary episode. Here to give us the reassurance we DESIRE (get it?) is Mason Alexander Park, the actor who plays Gren in the live action adaptation. They shine a spotlight on gender nonconformity, the queer experience, and a future (not just in science fiction!) that has space for all.

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