Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)
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The Real Folk Blues: Part 2 

Spike faces his past and Vicious in this dramatic finale of the series.


Marc Handler (adr script), Keiko Nobumoto (composition) | 2 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Steve Blum ... Spike Spiegel (voice) (as Steven Jay Blum)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Spike Spiegel (voice)
Beau Billingslea ... Jet Black (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Jet Black (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Faye Valentine (voice)
Wendee Lee ... Faye Valentine (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirk Baily ... Shin (voice) (as Bo Williams)
Isshin Chiba Isshin Chiba ... Associate (voice)
Nobuyuki Hiyama ... Shin (voice)
Miyuki Ichijô Miyuki Ichijô ... Anastasia (voice)
Takehiro Koyama Takehiro Koyama ... Laughing Bull (voice)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Julia (voice)
Kevin Seymour Kevin Seymour ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Dougary Grant)
Carol Stanzione ... Annie (voice)
Skip Stellrecht ... Vicious (voice)


Reunited, Spike and Julia pick up where they left off in their plans to escape Red Dragon, but it is soon foiled by Vicious. Spike returns to the Bebop for one last farewell, knowing that he will likely die before he can return, and then storms the Red Dragon's headquarters to confront Vicious for the last time. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

25 November 2001 (USA) See more »


Box Office


JPY20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(26 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title for this episode is a reference to a famous Muddy Waters album. See more »


Spike Spiegel: Ever heard this story?
Jet Black: Huh?
Spike Spiegel: There once was a tiger-striped cat. This cat died a million deaths, revived & lived a million lives, and he was owned by various people who he really didn't care for. The cat wasn't afraid to die. Then one day the cat became a stray cat which meant he was free. He met a white female cat & the two of them spent their days together happily. Well, years passed & the white cat grew weak & died of old age. The tiger-striped cat cried a million times, & then he died too. ...
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Ending theme (episode 26)
Lyrics by Tim Jensen
Music by Yôko Kanno
Performed by The Seatbelts featuring Mai Yamane
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Cowboy Bebop is one of the greatest achievements in anime!

This two-part story concludes the series that helped the world cling onto anime as an up-and-coming art-form blossoming its popularity outside Japan. Cowboy Bebop helped broaden the demographics of animation in the West, and showed that anime wasn't always about teenage boys trying to get ultimate-power or trying to beat an all-important tournament. Cowboy Bebop was a space-western that had film-noir elements strung throughout its 26-episodes and it's remembered as a classic for great reasons; it was a show setting standards for the future of its medium and its broad appeal helped overcome any perception of shortcomings from the masses.

The Real Folk Blues is the name of the closing credits song, and it's the perfect title for the series' conclusive chapter. Spike makes ends meet in this final episode; and it adds to an already impressive story that's explosive and fast-paced every step of the way. It's dark, gorgeous, bloody and romantic all at once.

The Real Folk Blues is animated television at its very best.

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