The BEST episodes directed by Shinichirō Watanabe

The Real Folk Blues (2)
868 votes

#1 - The Real Folk Blues (2)

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 26

Spike finally finds the woman he’s been searching for, and Faye makes a surprising return to the Bebop. With the syndicate in hot pursuit, Spike seeks to end the reign of Vicious.

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Baby Blue
7 votes

#2 - Baby Blue

Genius Party - Season 1 - Episode 7

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The Real Folk Blues (1)
808 votes

#3 - The Real Folk Blues (1)

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 25

Spike and Jet are ambushed by members of the syndicate, and Faye has an unexpected encounter with a woman from Spike’s past.

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Hard Luck Woman
773 votes

#4 - Hard Luck Woman

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 24

Faye and Ed discover clues to their respective pasts that could send the crew of the Bebop heading in very different directions.

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Pierrot Le Fou
753 votes

#5 - Pierrot Le Fou

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 20

Spike takes a beating during a chance encounter with an indestructible assassin. While Jet searches for the secret to the madman’s power, Spike goes looking for payback!

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Gamblers and Gallantry
300 votes

#6 - Gamblers and Gallantry

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 11

Jin comes to the rescue of a lady in distress. He falls in love and tries to rescue his women from the hard life she has come to face. Will he save her and himself?

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Bogus Booty
243 votes

#7 - Bogus Booty

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 15

The shogun's prettiest ninja ends up giving Mugen and Jin an evening that they will never forget. Meanwhile, Fuu gets large.

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My Funny Valentine
1022 votes

#8 - My Funny Valentine

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 15

When Jet brings in a fugitive from Faye’s past, the rebellious beauty must decide whether to turn him in – or give an old flame one last chance.

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Speak Like a Child
928 votes

#9 - Speak Like a Child

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 18

When a mysterious package arrives, Faye disappears on a gambling binge, and Spike and Jet embark on a frustrating search for ancient technology!

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Tempestuous Temperaments
646 votes

#10 - Tempestuous Temperaments

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 1

Fuu is a young waitress in search of a Samurai who smells of sunflowers, but she has some unexpected company with her. Mugen and Jin are two samurai who want to kill each other and are always getting arrested. Can these three learn to work with each other?

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Jupiter Jazz (1)
771 votes

#11 - Jupiter Jazz (1)

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 12

Faye robs and abandons the Bebop crew, Spike goes in search of a woman he once knew, and Vicious makes another deadly appearance.

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Brain Scratch
673 votes

#12 - Brain Scratch

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 23

Faye goes undercover to collect the bounty on a deranged cult leader, but when the mysterious organization brainwashes her into a very deep sleep – she’ll need a little help from her friends.

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A Risky Racket
310 votes

#13 - A Risky Racket

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 7

A thief was running around town, while Fuu, Jin, and Mugen were going to get some soup. Fuu was daydreaming and the thief ""accidently"" bumped into Fuu. When Fuu was paying for the soup, she noticed that her purse was gone and said that the man she bumped into took the money. Will Fuu ever get her money back?

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The Art of Altercation
327 votes

#14 - The Art of Altercation

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 8

A man hunting for Jin has been challenging any samurai wearing glasses he can find, accompanied by a beat-boxing duo of underlings. The question arises as to whether or not he will recognize Jin when he becomes infatuated with Fuu, for Jin has had to pawn his glasses.

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Cowboy Funk
702 votes

#15 - Cowboy Funk

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 22

Spike’s attempts to apprehend the infamous Teddy Bear Bomber are maddeningly derailed by a mysterious – and clueless – cowboy!

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Gateway Shuffle
992 votes

#16 - Gateway Shuffle

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 4

Faye teams up with Spike and Jet to track down a gang of space activists that plans on turning the human population into monkeys!

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Ballad of Fallen Angels
950 votes

#17 - Ballad of Fallen Angels

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 5

Spike aims to collect the bounty on a member of the Red Dragon Syndicate, but his mission leads him into a deadly showdown with a face from his past!

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Stranger Searching
320 votes

#18 - Stranger Searching

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 6

The gang enters into an eating competition with Mugen and Jin's swords on the line. After a mysterious man wins the eating competition, they must find a way to get their swords back and save the mysterious man. Will they succeed?

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Toys in the Attic
829 votes

#19 - Toys in the Attic

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 11

When an unusual, blob-like space creature infects Ein, Faye, and Jet, Spike and Radical Edward must figure out a way to save their friends.

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Lethal Lunacy
319 votes

#20 - Lethal Lunacy

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 10

Mugen faces the lethal challenge of a Shaolin-trained swordsman and proves equal to the test, while Jin gets stuck doing all the housework. Can Mugen defeat this trained swordsman or will he suffer from his mistakes?

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Sympathy for the Devil
987 votes

#21 - Sympathy for the Devil

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 6

The latest case for the crew of the Bebop finds Spike pitted against a young boy with a talent for the harmonica – and murder.

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A Detective Story
26 votes

#22 - A Detective Story

The Animatrix - Season 1 - Episode 8

Private investigator Ash tracks a hacker named Trinity through the looking glass.

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Jamming with Edward
983 votes

#23 - Jamming with Edward

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 9

The Bebop crew tries to crack the case of mysterious satellite drawings appearing on the Earth’s surface, but they’ll need help from a hacker know as Radical Edward to earn their bounty!

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Beatbox Bandits
354 votes

#24 - Beatbox Bandits

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 9

Mugen, Jin, and Fuu need to cross a border so they purchase Travel Passes since they dont have any.The Travel Passes turn out to be fake. Mugen, Jin, and Fuu are sentenced to death. The guards were going to have them killed until they found out about a errand they needed to run. So they send Mugen to run the errand for them. He must travel past a forest full of bandits and trouble to deliver an object. If Mugen does not make the delivery and come back in time, Jin and Fuu will die!

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Kid's Story
78 votes

#25 - Kid's Story

The Animatrix - Season 1 - Episode 4

A teenager is contacted by Neo, and manages to escape the Matrix.

Waltz for Venus
892 votes

#26 - Waltz for Venus

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 8

Spike gets involved with a fugitive who is willing to risk his own life to restore his sister’s sight. Can the Bebop crew save the day before tragedy strikes?

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Honky Tonk Women
1066 votes

#27 - Honky Tonk Women

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 3

A night at the casino lands Spike and Jet in hot water when they cross paths with Faye Valentine, a stunning con artist wanted by the law – and the bad guys.

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Misguided Miscreants, Part 1
352 votes

#28 - Misguided Miscreants, Part 1

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 13

Mugens past memories lure himback into his violent past; A pirate makes secret plans. And the lust for gold brings betrayal.

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Jupiter Jazz (2)
1513 votes

#29 - Jupiter Jazz (2)

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 13

Jet continues his mission to reunite his Bebop comrades, and Spike finds himself locked in a brutal dogfight with his old nemesis Vicious.

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Mushroom Samba
779 votes

#30 - Mushroom Samba

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 17

After the Bebop crash lands, Ed and Ein’s search for food turns up some very expensive mushrooms with psychedelic side effects!

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Bohemian Rhapsody
991 votes

#31 - Bohemian Rhapsody

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 14

The Bebop Crew embarks on a wild goose chase of a bounty hunt that leads them deep into space in search of an ancient chess master.

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Black Dog Serenade
922 votes

#32 - Black Dog Serenade

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 16

Jet teams up with a former partner to settle the score with the man who took his arm, but he soon discovers that memories can be deceiving.

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Ganymede Elegy
814 votes

#33 - Ganymede Elegy

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 10

When a case takes the Bebop crew to Jet’s old stomping ground, the big man crosses paths with an old lover – and her wanted boyfriend.

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Heavy Metal Queen
904 votes

#34 - Heavy Metal Queen

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 7

The Bebop crew pursues a renegade explosives expert, and Spike crosses paths with a nameless space trucker that hates bounty hunters.

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Artistic Anarchy
389 votes

#35 - Artistic Anarchy

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 5

Fuu is targeted as a kidnapper groups next victum. Will the others be able to save her in time?

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Wild Horses
722 votes

#36 - Wild Horses

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 19

While Spike pays a visit to the man who built his ship, Faye and Jet go fishing for space pirates.

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Boogie Woogie Feng Shui
669 votes

#37 - Boogie Woogie Feng Shui

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 21

Spurred by a cryptic email, Jet goes looking for an old friend, but finds his daughter – and a mysterious sun stone – instead.

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Hellhounds for Hire (Part 1)
408 votes

#38 - Hellhounds for Hire (Part 1)

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 3

Mugen and Jin decide to ditch Fuu, but they end up joining opposite sides in a basica gang warfare with Fuu in the middle reminding them of their promise.

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Stray Dog Strut
1219 votes

#39 - Stray Dog Strut

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 2

Spike and Jet’s next case takes them to Mars, where they’ll to try apprehend a professional pet thief and a priceless data dog.

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Redeye Reprisal
498 votes

#40 - Redeye Reprisal

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 2

Mugen's armless rival retuns with some new hired help: Oniwakamaru.

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Asteroid Blues
1437 votes

#41 - Asteroid Blues

Cowboy Bebop - Season 1 - Episode 1

Spike and Jet head to Tijuana to track down an outlaw smuggling a dangerous drug known as blood-eye. Jet wants the bounty, but Spike has eyes for a far prettier prize.

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The Disorder Diaries
280 votes

#42 - The Disorder Diaries

Samurai Champloo - Season 1 - Episode 12

Jin and Mugen read through Fuu's diary and find out that she hasn't been telling them what they need to know.

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