Cowboy Bebop: Quick Facts for your Inner Nerd

Last week was Black Friday (ick) and while many people were off in lines somewhere finding deals, I was being much more productive. Well, at least I was doing something I consider much more fun!




This Black Friday I spent the day bingeing on all the Cowboy Bebop and eating Thanksgiving leftovers.




If you haven’t watched Cowboy Bebop I just want to say, first and foremost, I apologize for your life. Seriously, I don’t make it a habit of telling people to stop reading my posts, but there is an exception to every rule and I have run into mine. So stop reading and go watch Cowboy Bebop… Then come back and read my post 🙂 Priorities.

Moving on, Cowboy Bebop is an amazing anime! It is by far one of my favorites. The only problem I have with the series is there are just twenty-five episodes. Now don’t worry, it has a proper ending (some animes don’t and we’ve all been there) it’s just that it is so good twenty-five episodes just doesn’t feel like enough! Sure there’s also the movie, but my inner nerd craves more!

So like any sane person I get my fix by spending endless hours looking up countless facts about my favorite shows. You could say it’s a bit obsessive. I say it’s just doing great research.

So here are some fun Cowboy Bebop facts you may not have known to help ease the pain of not being able to watch any more new episodes.

  1. Music plays a huge roll in Cowboy Bebop:

Every episode of Cowboy Bebop is named after either a song or album or a genre of music. Don’t believe me? Here are a few of my favorites!

  • Session #3: Honky Tonk Woman is a shout out to “Honky Tonk Women” by the Rolling Stones
  • Session #11: Toys in the Attic is named after Areosmith’s song, “Toys in the Attic”
  • Session #14: Bohemian Rhapasody (I shouldn’t have to say) is a song by Queen

And just to show that Watanabe (the director of Cowboy Bebop) likes to keep it classy we can’t forget:

Seriously, go through the episode titles sometime. You can literally create your own playlist.

  1. Watanabe is a bit of a Trekkie

If you are a Star Trek fan I feel you will really enjoy some of Watanabe’s hidden Easter eggs.

  • Faye’s capsule where she was cryogenically preserved uses the code NCC-1701-B, you may recognize this as a reference to the Enterprise on Star Trek.
  • In Session #19: Wild Horses (which by the way takes it’s name from a Rolling Stones song) Spike takes his spaceship to be fixed to a man named Doohan. This is in honor of James Doohan who played the original “Scotty” in Star Trek.

In fact if you watch the show closely enough you will see Watanabe’s love for Sci-fi in general throughout the entire series.

  1. Cowboy Bebop continues to influence pop culture

You might see a lot of pop culture references throughout Cowboy Bebop, but that seems to be a two way street!

  • The opening sequence of Archer is modeled after Cowboy Bebop’s opening Tank
  • Rian Johnson has admitted that Cowboy Bebop has been a visual influence on his films, especially his 2006 film Brick
  • The Regular Show references Spike Spiegal in their episode “Terror Tales of the Park III” when they show their character Techmo dressed as Spike


  • Bonus Fact: This is made even cooler when you realize that Techmo is voiced by Steven Jay Blum aka the English voice actor for Spike Spiegel

Don’t forget to comment below!



4 thoughts on “Cowboy Bebop: Quick Facts for your Inner Nerd

  1. It’s a bit too episodic, and a bit too noir, for me to call this one of my favorites… but it’s still plenty good. You gotta love the characters! And there are two songs in particular from the soundtrack (Space Lion & Blue) which I just HAD to hunt down, years later, and add to my library. 🙂

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