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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January 14, 2022 92 min

Darkside Tango takes us through the moody, jazz-filled alleyways of Jet Black's past, but just how well does it uphold the stories of Udai and Fad? One of the brilliant cowfolks behind this noir-inspired world is Set Decorator Anneke Botha. The Bebop is the love of her life; we can't wait for you to hear how the team built our favorite ship from the guts of a real-life fishing trawler!

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We're back with the perfect episode for anyone whose New Year's Resolution is "going green!" Callisto Soul puts a tree-hugging twist on an old fave. We welcome Script Coordinator Naomi Markman, one of Cowboy Bebop's freshest voices, to unravel why Maria Murdock and her "children" are more relevant than ever.

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Whether you prefer Betty's Boop or Betty's Bottom, we can all agree: The best part of Dog Star Swing is Ein! We analyze the episode top to, um, bottom, before welcoming the Charlie the corgi, the brightest star in Cowboy Bebop. As much as we love Charlie's barks and woofs, we are also thankful for his human mum, Steph, and his trainer, Rosie, for tagging along.

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December 17, 2021 81 min

Grab your favorite teddy and settle in for a Cowboy Bebop podcast jamboree! This week, Jamie and Lauren are joined by Jesse (Sudden But Inevitable) and Andrew (Bebop Tabletop). It truly takes this many voices to unravel the number of bounties and sessions remixed into Venus Pop.

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December 10, 2021 97 min

A new era of Cowboy Bebop begins with Cowboy Gospel, an episode that pulls inspiration from Asteroid Blues, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, and more. We can't believe all that Netflix packed in this one, from Faye Valentine's debut to our favorite three old men. Our first live action guest is Visual Effects Editor Kim Huston, who lets us in on tricks of the trade and Easter eggs galore!

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December 3, 2021 66 min

The Bebop Beat podcast is back for Season 2! We're kicking it off with a recording of our first LIVE show. Shortly after Netflix's Cowboy Bebop premiered, we recorded our reactions with other fans on Discord. Please pay the howdy toll, then listen to our discussion on the live action performances, themes, and soundtrack.

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It's hard to stay on hiatus with so much Cowboy Bebop news popping up! On this mini ep, we chat about the latest from Netflix- The Lost Session, trailers, and promo photos. We have a few of our own hopes and predictions, too! Whatever happens, happens.

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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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