Back in the Saddle: Rewatching Cowboy Bebop

I know that I’m not the only one who got introduced to Japanese anime by Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. It was an important shared cultural moment for people from my generation, assuming you were interested in Japanese anime. I watched it everyday after school during most of my high school years. I even stayed up late to watch the Midnight Run and it’s spiritual successor Adult Swim. I was introduced to nearly every one of my favorite anime series by Cartoon Network.

Cowboy Bebop is one such anime, planted firmly in the nostalgia of my adolescence. For many years, I referred to the series as my “favorite anime of all time” perhaps by default. I have such fond memories of it, but I haven’t watched it in probably 15 years.