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Cowboy Bebop – Each good film you have ever seen in a single present.
Cowboy Bebop is a really post-modern present. Not within the drained “Scream” sense of self-awareness, however in its willingness to combine genres and blur boundaries. On the most elementary stage, it is a Area Western. However Bebop will not be content material to be merely that, so there are added dashes of movie noir, gothic horror, creature-feature, black comedy, screwball comedy, spy motion, crime, romance, tragedy, motion, philosophy, science, spirituality, fatalism, optimism, buddy-buddy tales, slapstick humor, parody– nearly each sort of story beneath the solar seems in some form or kind throughout Bebop’s run. It is a present the place every episode actually is completely different from the final. Had been it not for the recurring characters, it will be laborious to consider that the brightly-colored blaxploitation parody “Mushroom Samba” may probably come from the identical collection because the bleakly violent “Actual Folks Blues”.
The world that the collection inhabits is distinctly post-modern, too; area ships fly by way of hyperspace gates, however as soon as on the bottom their pilots combat with twentieth-century handguns. Scenic bays would search for all of the world like they have been taken from modern-day Japan have been they not dwarfed by Jupiter, the large fuel large looming within the sky like some monumental benevolent god.
And the music – tribal drums and chants give solution to digital pulses that give solution to jazz sax and trumpets that give solution to rock guitars that give solution to blues harmonicas… composer Yoko Kanno faultlessly turns her hand to an eclectic choice of genres and devices, ably backed up by her band, “Seatbelts”.
All of which sounds terribly spectacular, however why on Earth must you watch it? As a result of, buddy, it is one of many best tv reveals ever made.
I’ve to confess I am not a giant anime fan. Most anime that makes it over right here appears to be both about schoolgirls with supernatural powers who battle evil or adolescent boys who – for some convoluted purpose – wind up having to pilot large large robots. And while I am assured that reveals similar to Escaflowne (schoolgirls and magic) and Evangelion (boys and robots) are literally reasonably good, they fully fail to get my blood pumping.
Enter Bebop. Extremely-cool Spike, grumpy strategist Jet, trigger-happy Faye, nutball Ed, and clever canine Ein are as far-off from the same old brats and bots anime as you’ll be able to probably get. Their motivation, too, is way from the same old anime fare. These guys aren’t bounty hunters as a result of they need to combat crime and preserve the peace – all they need is a wad of money, and bounty looking looks like one of the best place to make large cash quick. Though they’ll do the appropriate factor when pressed, they hardly ever neglect their true motivation – and in the event that they do, their perpetual lack of meals will quickly remind them. Life is not straightforward, and if you’re a bounty hunter it is even tougher.
Not that the crew of the spaceship Bebop as one-note characters. Because the collection progresses, our preliminary assumptions in regards to the characters are overturned. At first, Spike seems to be the cliched laid-back slacker (who simply occurs to be a imply jeet-kun-do fighter), however we then be taught of his fall from the legal underworld and of a loss that killed him emotionally. Jet’s the apparent gruff authority determine till we understand that he really cares for the crew of the Bebop as in the event that they have been his children (and appears to have dabbled in pot and psychedelic medicine when he was an adolescent). Faye’s the same old feisty stand-offish feminine lead however solely as a result of her amazingly tragic previous makes her push away associates for worry that she’ll change into connected to them. Ed’s just a few nutty child till we meet her loopy father and understand that it may properly be her disadvantaged childhood that despatched her over the sting. And Ein? Properly, generally it is laborious being a super-intelligent Welsh Corgi on a ship the place no one appreciates you, you realize?
However not each episode is deathly critical – the character growth is combined in completely with humor (each gentle and darkish), fistfights, shoot-outs, automobile chases, aerial fights, area battles, and a few of the lushest animations you will see in an animated TV collection. And all of this unfold over solely 26 episodes.
Sure, many individuals espouse the previous “go away ’em wanting extra” line, however so few of them really do it; Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the proper instance of a collection that spends three or 4 years being top-notch TV then freefalls as a result of obvious apathy from each the forged and writers. Bebop avoids this by wrapping each dangling plot thread up in only one season of tv. And after the ultimate jaw-dropping episode, it is fairly clear that the collection is most positively over.
By no means earlier than or since have I seen a collection of such astonishing selection, intelligence, and elegance.