- Shinichiro Watanabe
- David Lucas, Beau Billingslea
Rocker boy cutie Spike and gruff elder Jet Black, accompanied by tough-as-nano-nails Faye and hacker grrl Ed, comprise the motley crue of spaceship Bebop. The bounty-hunters pursue evil on the Red planet, surfing the hybrid metropolis Alba City in search of hand-to-hand combat, loot and overall mod flick genre explosion; but parse this: ain’t no mere anime for anime’s sake. The cyber cowboys rock ‘n’ riff ‘n’ bust outside the frames of bioterror plot mechanics to escape (ahh, yes) youthful ennui: minimalist videogames, Martian desert flowers, and—!!!—velocity aid team Bebop in their supercool trip on Mars.