Cowboy Bebop

Anime • 1998 • Sci-Fi  

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The space Western story follows Spike Spiegel and his rag-tag crew of bounty hunters, or Cowboys, as they try to capture the galaxy's worst criminals and survive the unexpected dangers they encounter throughout space, sometimes saving the world in the process but always leaving millions in damages. Live action adaptation of the Japanese TV show.
This anime contains 56 potentially triggering events.
Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Is there body horror?
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cosmichorn
episode 4, humans are tortured by being transformed into something else against their will
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Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Are there sudden loud noises?
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Abandonment
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Pedroemo
Many characters are introduced without giving a proper goodbye, some sre nust for conveniencesake but other ties in with one of the themes from the anime, where characters finds it really hard to to let go of things, either it being feelings or people.
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LadyOfDawn
This is the backstory of one of the main characters, though it only comes up in the episode "Hard Luck Woman"
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Abuse
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bunnyflab
Not physically/verbally abusive, but Edward's father is depicted as neglectful in the episode "Hard Luck Woman" and neglect could be considered a form of abuse.
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bunnyflab
This depends on your perception. In the episode "Hard Luck Woman" Edward chooses to return to her father who abandoned her at a daycare many years ago. One might perceive this as her forgiving the father who neglected her. One could also argue she never held a grudge against him in the first place and thus wouldn't need to "forgive" him, since she is depicted as a care-free child who just goes where the tides take her.
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Is someone stalked?
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FableAgainIGuess
The main characters are bounty hunters who track down criminals. They look for clues on their whereabouts on their computer and by asking around.
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FableAgainIGuess
The main antagonist couple in episode 1 is shown to have a very toxic relationship. There is no hitting and very little shouting except for near the end. This is also when one of them ends up shooting the other dead.
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is a child abused?
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Anonymous
There is no child abuse but it is implied that prior to the show Ed was abandoned (neglected) by her father.
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Addiction
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Anonymous
In addition, one episode ('Mushroom Samba') is about the group getting ahold of a huge ammount of 'shrooms and their adventures in Never-Never Land whilst high as sattelites.
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Is there addiction?
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FableAgainIGuess
In the first episode a character is shown to be addicted to eye spray drugs. He uses the drugs and later in the episode he is very frantic to use them again, which might also be withdrawal symptoms.
In Jupiter Jazz, a character talks about being experimented on using addictive drugs.
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Anonymous
Social and private drinking throughout.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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leee
no, but there is a scene in “stray dog strut” where a dog is sprayed something that makes him fall unconscious. we see the dog recovered in the same episode.

in “toys in the attic” a dog is seen lying on the floor with a non graphic injury (it appears as a purple spot) & his tongue sticking out of his mouth, but he’s audibly whimpering.
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Are animals abused?
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Blackfeathr
In the episode introducing Ein, there is a scene where he gets sprayed by the antagonist using something that causes him to temporarily fall unconscious. He recovers shortly after. Spike also jokes about eating Ein at the end of the episode.
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pinkwill
dead lizard and scorpion appear briefly in the 11th episode. a scorpion is cut in half in a flashback in episode 13.
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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hotaruin0
However, in an episode where a mysterious creature is biting people, the dog also gets bitten and the sounds can be a bit distressing.
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Anonymous
Reptillian pets in 'Stray Dog Strut'
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Are there bugs?
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cyanideteabags
There is a cockroach put into a drink in the second episode
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Assault
Is there pedophilia?
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bunnyflab
In the episode "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui" Jet (a 39 year old man) develops a crush on a teenage girl named Meifa. Her age is never explicitly stated, but an old photograph of Jet, Meifa, and her father from ten or eleven years prior to the series has Mefa looking around five or six, meaning she's likely seventeen at most. Nothing physically happens between the two, but I found some of the episodes dialogue disturbing as someone who was groomed by an older man as a teenager. Thankfully, this episodes plot feels isolated and nothing of note happens, so it's easily skippable.
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Is rape mentioned?
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FableAgainIGuess
Characters are regularly restrained, both with rope, handcuffs or just by physically restraining them. Faye, one of the female main characters, gets restrained especially often.
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leee
there’s a scene in episode 7 where a group of men attempt to assault a waitress.
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Bodily Harm
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FableAgainIGuess
There are characters who use bladed weapons like swords or knives.
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Rubylux
In the first episode “Asteroid Blues” Spike is strangled from behind to the point of losing consciousness
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there amputation?
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alicia15
there's no on-screen amputation, but one of the main characters discusses how he lost his arm. he has a prosthesis for the whole series except for in a few flashbacks.
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there a hanging?
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FableAgainIGuess
People regularly have their teeth knocked out during fight scenes.
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Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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leee
In Pierrot le Fou
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pedroemolk
ok who?????
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redrosy
The first episode’s antagonist hoards & sells a red drug that is administered by being sprayed onto the eyes. The scenes of him using it are pretty disturbing.

Episode 6 also has a shot in the beginning of someone’s eye being held open by machinery, but doesn’t feature again
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Pedroemo
There's violent scenes, but nothing too graphic or repulsive. The gore is kept at a minimum.
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Children
Does a kid die?
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Anonymous
In one episode, a young (early teens) gangster is killed for stealing the plant the rest of them wanted to make into drugs.
In 'Pierrot le Fou,' the antagonist mentally regresses to early childhood and is run over by a parade float.
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Death
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cosmichorn
end of episode one
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Does someone die?
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Pedroemo
Death is frequent throughout the series.
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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FableAgainIGuess
In Sympathy For The Devil, the antagonist's parents die very horrifically in the astral gate incident, an event which in this context could be likened to the falling of an atomic bomb. The child survives and is seen standing up from the wreckage with one of his parent's burnt body hanging off him.
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Does someone cheat?
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bunnyflab
The character Julia cheats on her partner Vicious with Spike, but it's heavily implied that Vicious was possessive of her and wouldn't allow her to leave him even if she wanted to.
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pikachucetthesecond
In Episode 20 "Pierrot le Fou" a meowing cat toy is blown to pieces by the villain during a panic attack.
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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leee
there are no jump scares in the traditional scene (that i can remember), but there are sudden noises that happen in tense situations.
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Is someone possessed?
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FableAgainIGuess
Not in the traditional sense, but in Brain Scratch people are shown to be brainwashed.
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Melange Gel
The episode Pierrot le Fou" has a clown villain.
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SodaButt
Breasts are shown
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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MaximTomato
In episode 2, "Stray Dog Strut", a man is force fed a drink with a bug, then it happens. He is turned around so you don't see anything, but you can hear it and it may be triggering. You can skip from around 5:30 to 5:50 to be safe.
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Does someone spit?
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LadyOfDawn
Spike does the absolutely most disgusting noise when he spits out the cigarette he swallowed in "Honky Tonk Women"
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Is there audio gore?
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Large-scale Violence
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FableAgainIGuess
9/11 hadn't happened yet when this anime was made.
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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LadyOfDawn
The ISSP is shown as a systemically corrupt organization. While the main cast are bounty hunters, the whole bounty hunting system is shown as merciless and causes more trouble to innocent people than anything
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LGBTQ+
Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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atthehuskinbee
In Pierrot le Fou, the antagonist is shown in a mental institution being studied by doctors and perturbed by the doctor's cat.
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
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bunnyflab
The character Spike has a flashback of a medical procedure in which his eye is replaced. He also has flashbacks of his life in the crime syndicate and from when his lover Julia (seemingly) abandoned him. In addition the character Mad Pierrot is shown being triggered into flashbacks of when he was experimented on.
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Does someone self harm?
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Pedroemo
No character has autism
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FableAgainIGuess
You could say that this applies to the antagonist in Pierrot le Fou. I mean, it's even in the name: 'fou' means mad or crazy.
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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Is there misophonia?
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FableAgainIGuess
In Pierrot le Fou, the antagonist suffers of flashbacks when he hears the sound of a cat meowing. I'm not sure if this qualifies, but it's definitely the closest Cowboy Bebop comes to misophonia.
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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Ryuu
In Pierrot le Fou towards the end of the episode, it's quite sad
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Anonymous
Teensy-ass spaceship cockpits, and one episode ('Heavy Metal Queen') involves narrow mining tunnels.
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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MariaClocktower
A cult like group seems to manipulate offscreen characters into suicide during the setup of one episode
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Noxious
Is there shakey cam?
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FableAgainIGuess
There's shaky cam basically whenever there's a scene where they fight with their smaller spaceships. It's used most often when they have to manoeuvre quickly or make a tight turn, to show the rattling of the machinery.
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DeenGray
Some moderate language (i.e "shit," "son of a bitch," "goddammit").
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Anonymous
If you simply dislike strobe effects, you are okay. However if you are photosensitive or have epilepsy, the animation around the gunshots and also background animation at times (such as the ground when they are moving very quickly) can have a strobe like effect.
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Pregnancy
Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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FableAgainIGuess
In the first episode there's a woman the audience is led to believe is pregnant, but it's part of a disguise and she's not pregnant at all.
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Does someone miscarry?
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Anonymous
The only instance of a 'pregnant' woman in the show is a woman hiding a shipment of drugs in a pillowcase hidden in her dress.
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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pedroemolk
There a extra characther called Fatty, although, he is treated with respect.
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Anonymous
This is a little subjective. There is one character who is intersex and states that they are neither male nor female, but does not state their pronouns. That character is frequently referred to as He. Also, Edward always speaks in third person and never states preferred pronouns, and is referred throughout the show as He and She. Both characters are asked if they are a boy or a girl, multiple times.
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Does the black guy die first?
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Meros
In the german dub Jet calls Ed "schwulinski" which somehow translates into faggot
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theodrred
In episode 12: Jupiter Jazz, there is a transmisogynistic caricature of a sex worker. There are other transphobic moment in that & the following episode where a character with an ambiguous gender is forcibly outed when someone walks in on them in the shower. They are transmisogyny-aligned and I would say the treatment of this character is quite fetishistic & disrespectful at times.
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Is there hate speech?
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Anonymous
A gay intersex character dies, the scene of and after his death are very sad.
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Are there n-words?
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Relationships
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bunnyflab
In the episode "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui" Jet (a 39 year old man) develops a crush on a teenage girl named Meifa. Nothing physically happens between the two, but some of the dialogue is creepy.
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Sex
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atthehuskinbee
There's a few instances of nudity and a few flashes of characters having sex, though nothing is shown.
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FableAgainIGuess
Faye regularly dresses in skimpy clothes and gets a lot of lewd looks. One could argue that's what she wants and it's sexually empowering to her. One could also argue she's a victim of the male gaze.
There's also a scene in the first episode where a group of old men oogle the breasts of a woman. The same can be said for her, since she might've been showing them off, so she might've been toying with them.
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FableAgainIGuess
There's a scene at the very end of Jupiter Jazz part 1 where breasts are shown. The "previously on..." scene at the beginning of Jupiter Jazz part 2 does show that scene again, but the breasts are cut out of the frame.
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Is there bestiality?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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wolves
Yes, leaving a comment to hide spoiler
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
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MariaClocktower
While not nuclear, there are massive explosions caused by very powerful small materials
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Is there blood/gore?
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0
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FableAgainIGuess
There is blood and/or gore in almost every episode.
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Does someone drown?
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MariaClocktower
The main characters use guns frequently, many characters are shot dead throughout
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