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A group of friends, a disc of anime, a bottle of wine...better make it two. We're an anime podcast taking a look back at some older anime titles on physical media, and seeing if they still hold up or not. Sometimes time lets us appreciate overlooked titles, while other instances require us to remove those rose-tinted glasses. So grab a glass of wine and have a listen.
 
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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On this episode, Dennis, Kate, and Ed go over the main bonus features on the fourth Blu-ray disc of the 2014 Cowboy Bebop home release. Most of the segments deal with the production for the dub and the dub cast. So let's deep dive into some insights we've gleaned from "Memo from Bebop: The Dub Sessions Remembered" and "Dinner Aboard the Bebop." Beb…
 
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.…
 
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.…
 
Join Dennis, Ed, Kate, and Karen as we discuss our final recap episode for Cowboy Bebop. So many new emotions during our entire rewatch, and it all culminates to this one. There's a lot of goodbyes for some of our favorite characters, and unsurprisingly, they hit just as hard emotionally now, if not more than when we first watched the series. Frien…
 
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…
 
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. Thi…
 
On this episode, we cover Cowboy Bebop episodes 18-22 with the help of hosts Diana, Sam, Ed, Kate, Garrett, and Dennis. Also, a little guest appearance from two adorable doggos. We discuss Betamax tapes and players, Spike acting out of character, our limited baseball knowledge, the Curse of the Colonel, Batman: The Animated Series, air juggle combo…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
On this episode, Kate, Karen, Dennis, and Ed discuss their next batch of episodes for Cowboy Bebop: episodes 14-17. There's Ed's chess match, even more relevance to the space gate crash 50 years ago, Harvey Keitel, film noir, Captain America, the start of Faye's tragic past, and lest we not forget, some mushroom hunting. So make sure those rations …
 
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!…
 
On this episode, Kate, Karen, Dennis, Ed, and Garrett meet up again to discuss the next round of Cowboy Bebop episodes with 10-13. There's some of Jet's backstory, a sci-fi horror movie homage, and the first two-parter with Jupiter Jazz. Other talking points include Jet being very dad like, more not great cocktails, amazing music choices, commentar…
 
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…
 
On this episode, join Dennis, Ed, Garrett, Karen, and Kate as we go over the next five episodes of Cowboy Bebop (episodes 5-9). We get to meet two main cast members in the story, with an antagonist in Vicious, and with the final member of the Bebop crew in Ed. Some talking points include booze bottle names, Jet's hacker alias, memory/dream viewer m…
 
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?…
 
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…
 
On this episode, the club finally goes over Cowboy Bebop for our multi-part vintage anime rewatch. Join Dennis, Ed, Garrett, Kate, and Karen as they discuss the first four episodes of this celebrated series. After what might be our biggest anime news recap segment to date, we go over topics such as chain smoking, Bruce Lee, breaking down hyperspace…
 
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 …
 
As the crew searches for a wayward Faye Valentine, Spike hears a familiar name- Julia. Jupiter Jazz introduces Gren, perhaps the most famous Cowboy Bebop character outside of the main crew. We tracked down David Thomas (a.k.a. Robert Matthews), the artist who provided Gren's English voice. As we eagerly await Netflix's modern, nonbinary Gren, we ta…
 
On this episode, Dennis, Ed, Garrett, and Karen go over the 2001 Satoshi Kon film Millennium Actress. A love letter to the history of Japanese cinema, this film blends the story of Chiyoko Fujiwara's life with the films she starred in. So listen in as we discuss which aspects could be her story versus her script, the resolve of one very passionate …
 
We're taking a break from the anime to discuss the many ways Cowboy Bebop has been published on paper. Artbooks! Light novels! And yes, five volumes of sometimes-canonical, sometimes-good, sometimes-absolutely-awful manga. We review, we roast, and we meet E. K. weaver, comic artist and letterer better known to the fandom as Big Big Truck. E.K. Weav…
 
Surprise! It's our first-ever bonus ep. As we researched our upcoming episode, The Books of Bebop, we discovered that many fans have never read the Cowboy Bebop manga. So, we do our best to summarize 5 volumes of out-of-print stories. If you have read the manga before, you can skip this one and still be caught up on Friday. If you have never read t…
 
Don't start a podcast about topics you don't understand: That's the lesson! For this fan favorite episode of Cowboy Bebop, we bring in Symphony Sanders. You've heard her voice on Welcome to Night Vale, Good Morning Night Vale, and Jackbox Games. Now, she schools us on the many ways Toys in the Attic pays tribute to the horror genre. Please check yo…
 
On this episode, it's the first of many big, in person recording meets again as hosts Ed, Diana, Sam, Kate, and Dennis get to record in person together for the 1995 anthology film Memories. Based on the works of Katsuhiro Otomo, we discuss all three segments in reverse order: starting with Cannon Fodder, keeping Stink Bomb in the middle, and ending…
 
Our most well-known guest yet joins us this week: Beau Billingslea, legendary voice of Jet Black in English dub! We talk Cowboy Bebop, Final Fantasy, Adventure Time, and whether Beau keeps bonsai trees. Plus, Lauren and Jamie unbox Ganymede Elegy, the story of a jilted ex who totally isn't bitter or anything.…
 
Radical Edward is FINALLY on-screen! The crew is complete as our favorite hacker sets her sights on the Bebop and won't be denied. Our guest this week is Terry Gant, comic shop owner and podcaster extraordinaire. As we discuss how COVID-19 has affected his work, we slowly realize we've all spent a year floating around as lonely satellites... Refere…
 
On this episode, Dennis, Ed, and Kate review the very adult anime Golgo 13: The Professional. This 1983 film about one of the longest running manga series currently still being published has a lot to offer. While some things might not hold up, we try to look past some of the flaws to see what's there for fans of Duke Togo and his assassination esca…
 
Team Bebop is in top form this week, catching bounties galore! While on the hunt, Spike falls in with Roco, a classic baddie with a heart of gold. We know a lot about anime, but to truly "be like water," we needed a martial arts expert. Interactive media producer Eddie Doty is in the house to talk Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do, firearms, and ammunition. …
 
People can't help but get pulled into the Bebop crew's misadventures! This time, a cargo-hauling, metal-loving, trucker queen joints the bounty hunt. Our podcast studio is full of folks, too, including Lauren's dad (yes, you read that right) and Melodee Spevack, the legendary voice of VT herself!By The Bebop Beat
 
Thank you so much for listening to this podcast for the last five years. To celebrate, the hosts of the Vintage Anime Club and many returning guests have come back on to look back at some of the songs featured on our podcast from 2016 up to 2020. There's some personal favorites, funny stories, emotional connections, and some just because they strai…
 
Cowboy Bebop successfully balances science and the supernatural, superstition and spirituality. No Session does this better than Sympathy for the Devil. Mary Strawser, creator of The Jazz Messengers, shares how her opinions on the episode have evolved since the early days of fandom. Our favorite Bebop resource and Mary's house: http://www.jazzmess.…
 
Cowboy Bebop combines jazz, blues, country, rock, even heavy metal. who better to discuss this genre-bending soundtrack than Steve Conte, vocalist from some of the anime's most famous jams? He honored us with an interview, and even after this awesome episode, we STILL aren't sure if we're done talking about Cowboy Bebop's music... Find Steve Conte …
 
On this episode, Karen, Kate, Ed, and Dennis are joined by returning guest Rishon discuss Studio Ghibli's Howl's Moving Castle. Nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award, we go for a real deep dive with this one. We discuss some of the book differences, dub differences, Sophie's nihilism, and just how enraptured we are with most of the ca…
 
It's Swordboi vs. Sadboi as we unbox one of Cowboy Bebop's most famous episodes. Reddit mod Marshall Banana joins us for an AMA, which dives into the anime industry, building fan communities, and why this week's big fight takes place in a church. Join the Cowboy Bebop reddit and discord: https://www.reddit.com/r/cowboybebop/…
 
What's the difference between a monkey and a great ape? Where is Chicago in the Cowboy Bebop universe? What is a seinen anime? Was Tainted Donuts real or just a weird dream we had? This week, we (badly) answer these questions and more with otaku journalist Lauren Orsini. References: Lauren Orsini's website: https://www.otakujournalist.com/ Vulture'…
 
One this episode, Ed, Kate, and Dennis go over the 1991 OVA series Bubblegum Crash, the sequel to Bubblegum Crisis. The Knight Sabers are back after a brief hiatus to stop more robot threats. But with Priss' original Japanese voice actress unable to return, does this series hold up without one of the core members? We'll discuss the look, feel, and …
 
This week, we welcome Faye Valentine into our lives and talk to a real-life casino dealer/supervisor. Jeremy Hulse answers our questions on casino culture and gives us an expert's insight into Cowboy Bebop's portrayal of it all. What does it mean to be notorious at a casino? What's the biggest win he has ever seen? Should we put the chips in our mo…
 
This week on The Bebop Beat is "hard corg," as they say. We'll be chatting about corgis with our guest, Linda Moore. She is the president of Pet's Second Chance Corgi Rescue in Missouri. She answers our questions about Ein, our favorite furry friend on the Bebop. You'll also here a few "words" from Jamie's corgi, Watson! Pet's Second Chance Corgi R…
 
On this episode, Ed, Dennis, Garrett, and Kate go over our final Tenchi Muyo OVA episodes that were previously broadcast on Toonami. Ryo-Ohki gets a new transformation! Ryoko's replaced by a doppleganger, who of course falls in love with Tenchi. And some potential inlaws from Jurai also happen to visit earth! We also discuss some dangling plot poin…
 
We've finally arrived! Welcome to the Bebop Beat. Your hosts Lauren and Jamie introduce themselves, the Spike Spiegel Sad Show, and episode one of Cowboy Bebop — Asteroid Blues. Whether you love sword bois or Breaking Bad, this podcast is for you. Email us at BebopBeatPodcast@gmail.comBy The Bebop Beat
 
On this episode, Garrett, Dennis, Kate, Ed, and Karen are back to talk about the Tenchi Muyo OVA episodes 5-9. There's a two-part finale for the first OVA featuring Kagato as the series' first big bad. Washu joins the the ladies looking to win Tenchi's affections. We also learn a little bit more about Katsuhito's past life as Yosho and some of the …
 
On this episode, club members Dennis, Ed, Garrett, Kate, and Karen discuss a Toonami classic with the first 4 episodes of Tenchi Muyo OVA (known a Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki). Now, it has been a long period of time since most of us have watched it on Toonami, so there won't be too many comparisons between the North American broadcast versus the uncut OVA…
 
On this episode, Ed, Dennis, and Kate go over the final half of Golden Boy. We actually drew some parallels between the first half and the second half of the series, findind similar arc progressions for each episode's leading ladies. And boy, does episode 5 also get more raunchy than we expected. So pedal your bike as fast as you can and turn in th…
 
On this episode, Dennis, Kate, and Ed discuss the first half of the 1995 OVA series Golden Boy. Known for the hilarious facial expressions of protagonist Kintaro along with lots of ecchi situations, we look through this series with a modern sensibility. So join in on our discussion as we go back and forth between being pleasantly surprised and horr…
 
In our last regularly scheduled episode of 2020, Garrett, Ed, Kate, Karen, and Dennis discuss the final 4 episodes of Trigun, along with their impression of the series after revisiting it finally. Only a few Gung-Ho Guns are left, and Vash's convictions are pushed to their absolute limits. The club also discusses some of their favorite anime titles…
 
On this episode, it's our penultimate Trigun rewatch discussion, for episodes 18-22. There are fewer laughs, but the drama is intense! There's more Gung-Ho Guns, more tests for Vash's convictions, and even Wolfwood's relationship with the team is pushed to the brink. And how long do you think that timeskip was supposed to be? Two years or less? So …
 
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