In the year 2071 humanity has colonized the entire Solar System through the use of "Phase Difference Space Gates".
A catastrophic accident occurred during the development of the Gates, damaging both the Earth and the Moon, heavily irradiating the surface, and forcing most of mankind to evacuate to other planets of the Solar System.
Wherever humanity goes, so goes its criminal element, and thus the need for those who hunt criminals. The newly formed solar system police reinstated the bounty scheme of the Wild West. Cowboy Bebop is the story of the four inhabitants of the spaceship Bebop, and the living they barely make at bounty hunting.
A tanker truck is blown to smithereens in the middle of a busy street, and a deadly viral infection is released with the explosion. The Bebop crew - Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV - are instantly after the culprit when the gargantuan reward of 300,000,000 woolongs is announced. But the case gets stranger and stranger as the cold-blooded Vincent Volaju, who supposedly has been dead for ten years, seems to be the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Spike encounters the dangerous Electra, who too seeks the madman. Conspiracies and secrets better left alone are uncovered, and Vincent's reign or terror is nowhere near over yet...
Due to the violence portrayed in the series, and the violence occurring at the time in Japanese schools, the series was briefly canceled and "Mish-Mash Blues" was created. The characters provide a philosophical commentary and it ends with the words: "This Is Not The End. You Will See The Real "Cowboy Bebop" Someday!"
This episode is a teaser for the release of the series to DVD. It contains interviews with the staff and cast, character info, a story digest of the episodes not broadcast on television (due to its depictions of gratuitous violence, only a handful of episodes were aired originally. The remaining episodes were not broadcast until 1999), the complete beginning/closing title sequences without the interference of credits or other text, and a couple of full length music videos featuring the theme track "Tank!" accompanied by the jaw-dropping animation found throughout the series.
A newly animated special starring Ein! Included in the new Blu-Ray release.