I'll start! (Home sick, stomach bug)
I'm a big fan of the Bebop universe, always have been. I would pay good money for any kind of extended universe content. Without ever really talking about events in detail, the series establishes really early on that it takes place in a rich, vibrant solar system that is all the more believable because of the dirt and grit that underlies the shimmering holos and smooth gleaming metal of the biggest, richest cities and orbital hab-stations. I have tons of fan-love for Spike, Jet et al, but my real passion for this series comes from how well it sets the scene. I constantly find myself wanting more information, and when I re-watch the series, I often find it. I have refused to do much online digging about the history/politics of the series, preferring to let it keep some of it's mystery and that's maintained my excitement when I hear or see some new detail about this really fun setting.
Obvious problems with physics aside, the Bebop universe seems to me like one very plausible future-path for the species. Human nature doesn't fundamentally change, even as we find ourselves on grander stages in space and time.
I'm going to go re-watch the first two, might edit this with thoughts after.
Questions for the animu-vets
1. Do you like Spike as a protagonist? Sometimes I find his adherence to standard anime hero tropes (TV Tropes warning)rather distracting, but on the whole, I think he's a lot of fun. I think we get a good mix of humor and tortured former mafioso and that leads to a character that, while sometimes a little predictable, is well fleshed out and engaging.
2. Do you ever get sick of that introduction? Correct answer, no, of course not OB.