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'Cowboy Bebop' Café Coming to Tokyo & Osaka

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Cowboy Bebop remains one of the most widely respected, admired and enjoyed anime ever. Credit a combination of director Shinichiro Watanabe’s inimitable storytelling style, Yoko Kanno’s unbelievably eclectic musical score, Toshihiro Kawamoto’s distinctive yet well-aging character designs and a fantastic voice cast for keeping Bebop in fans’ hearts even two decades after its initial release.

So in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary, a Cowboy Bebop café is coming to Tokyo's Akihabara and Osaka's Nipponbashi neighborhoods, courtesy of a collaboration with the standing Animate Café branches in the two cities.

The management promises an interior filled with Bebop artwork and visual motifs, plus a lineup of food and drink saluting Spike, Faye and the rest of the colorful characters involved in their bounty hunting adventures. The series’ soundtrack being played over the speakers hasn’t been expressly mentioned, but seems like a given.

As part of the festivities, Kawamoto has drawn a brand-new illustration of the show’s central quartet (fittingly with Jet being the only one doing any work). The new artwork will also be found on some of the exclusive Cowboy Bebop merchandise offered at the attached gift shop.

The café has yet to announce if it will allow reservations, but if not you’ll want to show up early to get a seat! The Cowboy Bebop café opens on May 15, and goes out with a “Bang!” on June 10, 2018.

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