Cowboy Bebop to Reunite Creator and Cast at Rare Anniversary Event

Cowboy Bebop is celebrating its movie's 25th anniversary with a rare reunion featuring series creator Shinichiro Watanabe.

Cowboy Bebop has earned its title as one of anime's most influential series. Since its debut, the genre-bending anime has kept fans on their toes, and Spike Spiegel has charmed his way through tons of missions. From film to television, Cowboy Bebop has done it all, and now the anime's feature film is celebrating its 25th anniversary with help from creator Shinichiro Watanabe.

The update comes courtesy of the Shinjuku Piccadilly Theater over in Tokyo. Next month, the Watanabe will attend a special anniversary screening of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. The event will take place on September 23rd, and it plans to feature talent such as Koichi Yamadera, Megumi Hayashibara, and Aoi Tada.

As you can imagine, fans of Cowboy Bebop are hyped for the special screening. This get-together marks the first time in a decade the Cowboy Bebop as united for an anime event. With scriptwriter Dai Sato moderating the event, tickets for the Cowboy Bebop screening are in high demand. Tickets will be sold via lottery through Shinjuku Piccadilly Theater, and they will cost under $25 USD.

If you are not familiar with Cowboy Bebop or its movie, you can always brush up on its rich history. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, which is also known as Knocking on Heaven's Door, debuted in September 2001. The release came years after the original Cowboy Bebop TV series went live. The show dropped in 1998, and its stellar story has turned Cowboy Bebop into one of anime's most beloved IPs of all time. And after 20+ years, Spike and the gang still command attention wherever they go.

Want to know more about Cowboy Bebop? Don't sweat it. You can brush up on the series below courtesy of its official synopsis: "Explore the far reaches of the galaxy in this undeniably hip series that inspired a generation – and redefined anime as an indisputable art form. The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motely lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool façade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can't wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant, but weird, hacker Ed and a super genius Welsh Corgi named Ein. On their own, any one of them is likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they're they most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071."

Can you believe the Cowboy Bebop movie debuted this long ago? Do you believe the anime lives up to its legendary hype? Let us know what you think in the comments below as well as on Twitter and Instagram. You can also hit me up @MeganPetersCB to share your take!