Sure, there are some similarities, but that doesn't mean they are ripping off design. Ever heard of "paying tribute" or "inspiration"...? Influence can come from all sorts of places. ^.^
I always disliked Transformers... >.>;; Don't beat me up, I just don't like it. Never did, and never will.
I was merely clearing up the fact that Bebop was certainly NOT ripping off anything from anywhere else. Just that, as an artist and writer myself, I know sometimes things can inspire you in strange ways. And really, if people think there is a similarity that's their opinion anyway. ^.^
I did a little research and grabbed the name of the guy who did all the mechanical design in Bebop:
Kimitoshi Yamane - Wiki
Here's a link to his art book:
Mecha Zukan by Kimitoshi Yamane
^.^ Hope that helps a little.
From what I've read of him, he's pretty amazing, not to mention all the anime series he's worked on! And he's not ripping anything off. It could be that you've seen his style somewhere else, as well.
Last edited by Spike'sRose; Sep 04, 2009 at 08:10 AM.