(via The Seatbelts – “Tank!”)

Year: 1998

Album: Cowboy Bebop soundtrack

About a month ago I shared the theme song to the greatest anime of all time, Neon Genesis Evangelion, a pleasant J-Pop theme that does exactly what it’s supposed to do: make you want to fight giant robots to save the world while working out your father issues (it’s a weird show). “Tank!”, written by Yoko Kanno and performed by the Seatbelts, is the theme song to the 2nd greatest anime of all time, Cowboy Bebop, but it might be the superior song. Compared to the just-good-enough Evangelion theme, “Tank!” is a fast and furious big band jazz jam that matches the fast pace of the popular anime about space bounty hunters.

Some would say Bebop is the better anime, with a more upbeat cast, a more beautiful and diverse universe of planets and characters, and a plot that actually makes sense. It’s for sure the easier anime to get into, and I’d go as far to say that Cowboy Bebop is the best introduction to the genre. Hope you dig the J-azz, man.