Just got through watching the last episode, and it was even better than I expected. Prior to this, I had see about three of the episodes when it was showing on Cartoon Network, and had enjoyed every one. I had also seen the movie, “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” when it showed on one of the movie channels to which I subscribe (HBO or Starz, can’t remember which). I can now say I’m a huge fan of this series and will be watching it again and again.
I’m calling this one an off-beat space cyberpunk sort of series. It mixes space action (Spike and his Swordfish craft), bounty hunting, and a little cyberpunk (provided by Edward the hacker). The stories all stand on their own, but also weave together a sub-plot around each character’s past through the series. The drawing style is phenomenally cinematic, and the animation is very high quality. The music and soundtrack also add a lot to the atmosphere. I love the opening and closing themes, especially (I need to hack them into ring tones for my phone).
In a way, it reminds me a bit of the “Firefly” TV series (which I also own) in its tone, setting and character development. If you liked “Firefly” I believe you will also enjoy “Cowboy Bebop.”
I picked up my copy, by the way, at RightStuf.com.