'Tokyo Ghoul' Creator Honors 'Cowboy Bebop' With Spike Sketch

Though Tokyo Ghoul's current anime run has been divisive as the anime adaptation comes to an end, most of the dissent is because fans fell in love with series creator Sui Ishida's art in the original manga.

Ishida has a fierce eye for character work, and he puts that eye to great use with a striking new sketch honoring Cowboy Bebop's Spike Spiegel.

It's no surprise to see Sui Ishida pay tribute to Cowboy Bebop as the series turned 20 years old this year. It's going to come back to screens with a live-action adaptation soon enough, but fans would definitely want to see new anime adventures to, especially if they managed to use Ishida's art as a base. Ishida's take on Spike has a realistic vibe to it, and Spike shooting a pistol makes for a great scene even as it stands still in this image. Ishida's wild art is why fans love Tokyo ghoul so much, and this sketch proves that Ishida can take on other series as well and still impress.

Cowboy Bebop was an original anime series first produced by Sunrise in 1998. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, with scripts written by Keiko Nobumoto, characters designed by Toshihiro Kawamoto, and songs composed by Yoko Kanno, the series explores many existentialist philosophies as it follows the adventures of Spike Spiegel and a group of bounty hunter misfits aboard the titular Bebop spaceship in the year 2071.

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Cowboy Bebop first premiered in Japan back in 1998, and ran for 26 episodes until 1999. It was licensed for an English language released by Bandai Entertainment and Funimation, and was the very first anime series to air on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block in the United States. The series is going to experience a bit of a revival with a 10 episode live-action TV series coming to Netflix. Though first reports from the adaptation already tease major changes for the main characters.

Originally created by Sui Ishida for Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump in 2011, Tokyo Ghoul is set in a world full of Ghouls, beings who eat humans and have been living among them in secret. A student named Ken Kaneki has a chance encounter with one of these ghouls, and a resulting accident leaves him implanted with the organs from the ghoul who attacked him. In order to live a somewhat normal life, Kaneki needs to eat human flesh to survive. Thus he's brought into the underground, action filled world of the ghouls as the series ponders who the "real" monster is.