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Cowboy Bebop: UT was a short story published in 2001 written by Dai Sato. The plot centers on Ural Terpsichore before his legendary bounty hunter days.[1]



Original Concept: Hajime Yadate

Superviser: Shinichiro Watanabe

Character Design: Toshihiro Kawamoto

Mechanical Design: Kimitoshi Yamane

Background Assistance: Shoji Kawamori

Sketch Interpretation: Masaru Sato

Sketch Assistance: Masaru Sato, Sho Yoshikawa, Yusuke Asayama

Logo: Sterotype Products

Text: Dai Sato

Illustration: Toshihiro Kawamoto

Translation: Jonathan Clements and Motoko Tamamuro


A Hard Day's Write[]

On April 16, 2044, Ural Terpsichore, a 31-year-old journalist for the Jupiter Daily, found himself in a dumpster for outsized garbage in Cosmo Koroliev, the biggest space port on Callisto. Unbeknownst to him at the time, he had been fired.

A week earlier, UT was in Keema's Bar in the Colossan mall after work, lamenting the loss of his girlfriend, Rhona Nemecek. He was also reflecting on the dead-end nature of his posting. Just then, an acquaintance of his, Chitami Homiakov, tapped on his shoulder. A manager of a singer, Shinobu Birdland, he knew UT from a favorable article he wrote about Birdland after a certain scandal three years prior. Chitami needed UT's help tracking down the origin of an off-line disc mailed to him. The disc had an unfavorable picture of Birdland, and a threat to distribute the picture if Birdland's tour was cancelled, which was scheduled for five days later.

UT initially did not want to oblige the favor, since he wasn't a cop, a detective, or a bounty hunter. However, with Rhona gone he had a lot of time. Whether he wanted it or not, UT was about to become a legend.


This story was published online on the Cowboy Bebop Website as part of marketing for the movie Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door. The story set up UT's character, but no further content around the character's bounty hunter days appeared.[1][2] The story was published with only one installment entitled "A Hard Day's Write," which may be a reference to the book of the same name containing stories about the band The Beatles that inspired their music lyrics.[citation needed]