Tin Salamunic: Cowboy Bebop became a gateway series and a cult phenomenon when it was first introduced to western audiences in the early 2000’s. Its influence grew ubiquitous, even inspiring Hollywood greats Like Joss Whedon and Rian Johnson. It’s an action series on the surface, but it doesn’t shy away from exploring philosophical concepts and stirring satirical undertones. Some consider director Shinichiro Watanabe the Akira Kurosawa of anime. Very few Japanese animations have reached similar global success, and even fewer impacted the industry in such profound ways. Cowboy Bebop was, and still is, one of the greatest animated television shows of all time.