Pop! Animation - Cowboy Bepop - Spike - #146

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Funko Pop 146 Spike

Spike Spiegel is one of major characters from the anime series Cowboy Bebop.  Spiegel is a bounty hunter on a spaceship called the Bebop and travels through the space with his crew.  Before becoming a bounty hunter, Spike was a member of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate. Spike displayed many talents and abilities, including being skilled in hand-to-hand combat and martial-arts fighting.  Spike is tall and lean in appearance; he has dark green hair and brown eyes, one of which is later revealed to be artificial and lighter than the other.  In a flashback in Session 6 it's revealed that his right eye was surgically replaced by a fully-functioning cybernetic eye.  Spike himself may not have conscious recollection of the procedure since he claims to have lost his natural eye in an "accident".  Spike is usually dressed in a blue leisure suit, with a yellow shirt and Lupin III-inspired boots.  He also occasionally wears a long brown trench coat.  He's often seen with a cigarette between his lips, even if it's raining or there's clearly a 'No Smoking' sign where he is sitting, standing, or passing through.  Spike's constant smoking is an homage to Lupin III, as Lupin's partner, Jigen, smokes cigarettes that are usually in very poor condition, similar to Spike.  His appearance was primarily based on the famous Japanese actor Yusaku Matsuda who portrayed Shunsaku Kudō, the main protagonist of Tantei Monogatari.  Although Yamadera was a fan of Matsuda's, he avoided imitating his distinctive manner of speaking, noting that it "wouldn't have sounded right" for Spike.

Cowboy Bebop is a Japanese neo-noir space Western anime television series which aired on TV Tokyo and Wowow from 1998 to 1999.  It was created and animated by Sunrise, led by a production team of director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno, who are collectively billed as Hajime Yatate.  The series, which ran for twenty-six episodes (dubbed "sessions"), is set in the year 2071, and follows the lives of a traveling bounty-hunting crew aboard a spaceship, the Bebop. Although it incorporates a wide variety of genres, the series draws most heavily from science fiction, Western, and noir films.  Its most prominent themes are existential boredom, loneliness, and the inability to escape one's past.  The series was dubbed into English by Animaze and ZRO Limit Productions, and was originally licensed in North America by Bandai Entertainment (and is now licensed by Crunchyroll).  Cowboy Bebop has been hailed as one of the best animated television series of all time. It was a critical and commercial success both in Japanese and international markets, most notably in the United States.  It garnered several major anime and science-fiction awards upon its release, and received acclaim from critics and audiences for its style, characters, story, voice acting, animation, and soundtrack.  The English dub was particularly lauded and is regarded as one of the best anime English dubs. Credited with helping to introduce anime to a new wave of Western viewers in the early 2000s, Cowboy Bebop has also been called a gateway series for anime as a whole.