Manga Review: Cowboy Bebop

Manga Review: Cowboy BebopCowboy Bebop by Yutaka Nanten
Published by TOKYOPOP on April 23, 2002
Genres: Humor, Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Source: Scanlation
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three-half-stars

From one of the most popular anime series of all time comes a manga to match. Spinning off from the anime story line seen on Cartoon Network, the manga series hooks readers with the same combination of Sci Fi action, crazy comedy, and a twist of old-school hipster cool. This black-and-white miniseries, released in the 100% Authentic Manga format, is perfect for fans of the Cowboy Bebop anime.

Reading the manga was fun and definitely made me crave a rewatch of the series. It is set somewhere in the middle of the series, which is rather obvious as Ed is already there. The manga lacks the gravity that the anime often possessed. It is like a string of the less serious episodes, a collection of cases undergone somewhat haphazardly and generally ending in some unexpected manner that is rather comedic.

I really think Ed stole the show here. There’s a chapter in the second volume where Ed ends up thwarting a hit man in her efforts to eat someone’s prize bird. In another installment, she is the only one who does not catch an illness from the others. She’s kooky, but she has her own kind of magic, born of some combination of genius, implacability and luck.

If you love Cowboy Bebop, it would be a shame to miss out on some more of the Bebop’s adventures.

2 responses to “Manga Review: Cowboy Bebop”

  1. Cowboy Bebop was particularly expensive for me considering where I live, book stores don’t really sell manga/anime. Ordering from amazon is a headache. But I really liked it! Ed really did steal the show!

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