'Let's Jam'! 'Cowboy Bebop' Celebrates 20th Anniversary at NY Comic-Con

Space.com | 10/6/2018 | Staff
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NEW YORK — Find your nearest interplanetary gateway! The acclaimed anime series "Cowboy Bebop" is celebrating its 20th anniversary in style at New York Comic-Con.

On Thursday (Oct. 4), four creators of the original Japanese "Cowboy Bebop" and two of the show's American voice-over actors gathered at the Jacob Javits Center here to answer questions about the legacy of the futuristic, neo-noir space drama. Sunrise Studios developed the classic anime series that first aired in Japan in 1998, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe.

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The American and Japanese panelists repeatedly paid compliments to their international counterparts. Each attributed part of their deep connection with the show to those across the ocean.

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Steve Blum is the English voice actor for the show's lead character, Spike Spiegel. When asked about the success of the show, Blum said, "there was nothing like 'Cowboy Bebop' at the time" in the United States.

"It seemed to be a great crossover show because it had so many elements from all over the world that people could connect to," Blum added. In the same vein, scriptwriter Dai Soto complimented fellow series writer Keiko Nobumoto for sticking up for her visions of keeping diverse demographics for the characters in the series. Soto said that having this event in New York was...
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