Cowboy Bebop Anime Voice Cast & Character Guide
Cowboy BebopThe anime contains a talented voice behind an eclectic range of intricate characters. The animated series premiered in the late 1990s and was considered a huge critical success in Japan and abroad. Many consider the English dub to be one of the best dubbed anime of all time and see Cowboy Bebop as a gateway to the media as a whole.
Taking place in 2071, Cowboy Bebop occurs after Earth becomes nearly uninhabitable and most of the population has settled on neighboring planets and moons in the solar system. A legalized contract system allows bounty hunters, also known as Cowboys, to catch criminals in exchange for monetary reward. Cowboy Bebop has been praised for its mix of genres such as science fiction, westerns and film noir, and draws on heavy themes like loneliness and a person’s inability to escape their past.
One of the most compelling elements of the series are the characters and their complicated stories. As the Bebop crew travel through space together, entering and exiting difficult situations, they must learn to accept the less attractive parts of themselves that they prefer to leave behind. Here is the guide to Cowboy Bebop characters from the anime and who voices them in Japanese and English.
The Bebop crew
Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese) and Steve Blum (English) as Spike Spiegel – Spike was part of the Red Dragon Syndicate before becoming a bounty hunter aboard the Bebop. He regularly experiences flashbacks of his time in the Syndicate with his true love Julia, who he claims abandoned her after they planned to run away together. Yamadera is known for his role as Shun Akiyama in the Yakuza series of video games, like Togusa in Ghost in the shell, Ryoji Kaji in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Beerus in Dragon Super ball, and Gentle Criminal in My hero university. Blum has voiced Wolverine in several animation projects and has also appeared in Naruto like Orochimaru, The Legend of Korra like Amon, and Star Wars Rebels like Zeb.
Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese) and Beau Billingslea (English) as Jet Black – Jet is a former cop who often acts like the opposite of Spike. While Spike seems lazy, Jet is very hardworking. After his partner in the Solar System Police betrayed him, exposing corruption within the force and causing Jet to lose one of its members, he left in disgust. Ishizuka voiced several Pokémon such as Onix and Steelix in Pokemon, Kizaru in A play, Van Hohenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and succeeded Mr. Satan in Dragon ball. Billingslea has done vocal work for projects like Digimon like Ogremon and Naruto Shippuden as Ay the Fourth Raikage, and live work for Star Trek Into Darkness among others.
Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese) and Wendee Lee (English) as Faye Valentine – Faye spent decades in suspended animation after a terrible accident, only being revived after medicine had advanced enough to save her. Waking up with no memory of her past and a large debt she can’t afford to pay, Faye is forced to flee and eventually joins the Bebop crew despite Spike and Jet’s disapproval. Hayashibara is perhaps best known as Rei Ayanami in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Lina Inverse in Killers, Shiho Miyano in Detective Conan, and Rebecca in A play. Lee voiced Moegi in Naruto, Yoruichi Shihōin in Bleach, Shura Kirigakure in Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, and Queen Serenity in Sailor moon.
Aoi Tada (Japanese) and Melissa Fahn (English) as Ed – The carefree attitude of the androgynous hacker and, to the other characters, somewhat confusing, acts as a nice change of pace from the more solemn nature of the rest of the crew. His exact age and origins are unknown, but Ed spent some time in an orphanage after his father left. Tada works primarily as a singer, but has also appeared in the anime Kindaichi files like Ogura Noeru and Tamers Digimon like Terriermon. Fahn is best known for her work as Hello Kitty in Hello Kitty’s paradise and expressing the Invader Zim Character Gas Membrane.
Kōichi Yamadera (both versions) as Ein – Ein is a scientifically improved Pembroke Welsh Corgi who is able to perform many tasks that a normal dog might not be able to do, such as answering the phone and driving a car. When Ed joins the Bebop, Ein quickly becomes attached to her and follows her as she leaves the crew.
Norio Wakamoto (Japanese) and Skip Stellrecht (English) as Vicious – Vicious is a ruthless member of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate and Spike’s nemesis. He and Spike were partners until Spike fell in love with Julia, who was dating Vicious at the time. Although Vicious is only 27, the same age as Spike, he looks much older due to his gray hair and the heavy bags under his eyes. Wakamoto voiced Yusuke Amade in Sailor moon, Cell in Dragon ball z, and Gouki in Yu Yu Hakusho. Strellrecht is known to have voiced Might Guy in Naruto and Ryu in Street fighter.
Gara Takashima (Japanese) and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English) as Julia – Julia is a beautiful woman from Spike’s past who would desert the Syndicate with him until Vicious found out about their plan. To protect them both, Julia went into hiding, never meeting Spike or letting him know what had happened. Takashima voiced Eri Kisaki in Detective Conan and Azusa Amano in Magic Users Club. McGlynn voiced Kurenai Yūhi in Naruto, Zabimaru in Bleach, and Governor Arihnda Pryce in Star Wars Rebels.
Tsutomu Tareki (Japanese) and Paul St. Peter (English) as Punch – Punch is the co-host of the TV show Big beanie, which provides unreliable information on premium heads. Tareki told Choujin Sentai Jetman and Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. Saint Peter expressed Kurama in Naruto, Razor in Hunter x hunter, and Yammy in Bleach.
Miki Nagasawa (Japanese) and Lia Sargent (English) as Judy – Judy is the other co-host of the Big beanie TV show. Nagasawa was Wedy in Death threat and Maya Ibuki in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Sargent voiced Artemis in Cyborg 009 and Snow in Wolf rain.
Kenyu Horiuchi (Japanese) and David A. Thomas (English) as Grencia Mars Elijah Guo Eckener – Gren was a soldier in the War on Titan who was arrested as a spy after Vicious betrayed him. The experimental drugs imbalanced his hormones enough that he developed a more feminine figure. Horiuchi voiced Hokushin in Yu Yu Hakusho, Tobirama Senju in Naruto, and Oguma in The beasts. Thomas voiced Cleve Kelso in Fast & Furious: Spy Racers and Pain in the Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Subsistence video games.
Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese) and Derek Stephen Prince (English) as Lin – Lin is a loyal Syndicate member who sacrifices himself by taking a bullet intended for Vicious. Midorikawa voiced Zelgadis Greywords in Killers, Marth in the Fire emblem series, Zora Idéale in Black clover, and Garou in Man with a fist. The prince was Uryū Ishida in Bleach and Vexen in the Kingdom Hearts series.
Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese) and Kirk Baily (English) as Shin – Shin is Lin’s older brother who reveals Vicious’ coup when he saves Spike and Jet from the assassins. In Yu Yu Hakusho, Hiyama voiced Hiei, and in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, he voiced Link. Bailey appeared as Kevin “Ug” Lee in Say hi to your shorts and Tetsuya in Fushigi Yugi.
Hitoshi Hirao (Japanese) and Kevin Seymour (English) as Antonio – Antonio is one of three elderly men who appear regularly throughout the series, making various conflicting claims about what they do with their lives, like bounty hunting and piloting. Hirao voiced Iwao Fujiki in Kamen Rider Drive, and Seymour voiced Gehrmann in Monster.
Toshihiko Nakajima (Japanese) and Steve Kramer (English) as Carlos – Carlos is the second of the three old men. Nakajima was the voice of several characters from Inuyasha including Hachi and Samurai, and voiced Masami Hirukawa in Paranoia Agent. Kramer voiced Darkonda in Power Rangers in space.
Hiroshi Naka (Japanese) and Kevin Seymour (English) as Jobim – Jobim is the third old man. Naka voiced Vice Admiral Garp in A play and Greta’s father in A little sugar snow fairy. In the same way Cowboy Bebop, Seymour voiced characters in Trigoun, The legend of the dark sky, Ghost in the shell and Lieutenant Bernard Monsh in Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory.
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