20 Best Anime TV Series Of All Time

1. Cowboy Bebop

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With a live action remake of Ghost In The Shell on the horizon there's a good chance that the Hollywood will turn to anime for more inspiration in future (and might even get around to the long-promised Akira remake). If this does become a trend, Cowboy Bebop is a perfect candidate for an amazing anime remake.

With the wonderfully eclectic jazz and blues score from Yoko Kanno and the many visual references to Western genre cinema littered throughout the episodes, Cowboy Bebop has a continental flavour which makes it wholly distinct from other anime. While director Shinichiro Watanabe toys with horror, westerns and other genres to great effect, the overarching storyline, as bounty hunter Spike Spiegel's crime syndicate past catches up with him, is a powerful and elegaic futuristic noir.

Put simply, Cowboy Bebop is an animated masterpiece told over 24 perfect episodes; an effortlessly crafted celebration of science fiction, action and drama storytelling featuring some of the coolest characters ever created. Even if you only have a passing interest in anime this is essential viewing.

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