Cowboy Bebop

    Share
    avatar
    Jordan, Lich Lord
    Legendary Member
    Legendary Member

    Posts : 8213
    Rep : 45
    Join date : 2012-04-05
    Age : 21

    Cowboy Bebop

    Post by Jordan, Lich Lord on Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:01 pm


    I think it's time we blow this scene, get everybody and the stuff together... okay, three, two, one, let's jam!

    Cowboy Bebop is a celebrated Science Fiction / Film Noir anime series consisting of 26 episodes (and one movie that takes place halfway in).

    In the late 21st Century, Earth has become an unimportant backwater following a cosmic accident involving "hyperspace gates" that blew up half the moon and devastated the planet. Humanity has settled most of the solar system, with Mars becoming the new center of human society. Travel between worlds, while not especially fast, is commonplace and reasonably safe — as long as you watch your fuel and your back. But wherever humanity goes, so goes its criminal element, and thus the need for those who hunt criminals. To help keep up with the rise in criminal behavior, the solar system police eventually reinstated the bounty system of the Wild West — catch a bounty alive and deliver him to the cops, and you get paid. Gear up, space cowboys...

    Originally broadcast from October 1998 to April 1999, Cowboy Bebop is the story of the five inhabitants of the spaceship Bebop and the living they (barely) make at bounty hunting. They are: hard-nosed ex-cop Jet Black, laid-back ex-hood and Jeet Kune Do master Spike Spiegel, gorgeous con-artist Faye Valentine, 13-year-old (mad) genius hacker girl Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV (or simply Ed), and the genetically engineered "data dog" Ein. The Bebop's crew faces dangerous criminals, occasional starvation, a particularly disgusting refrigerator, and their own dark pasts over the course of the 26-episode series. Although the primary thrust is dramatic, there are moments of humor leavening the story which — despite its episodic nature — carries along a continuing plot and builds to an explosive climax. One of the defining thematic choices the show makes is that everything has a rich backstory, but almost nothing is explained in full; the stories are concerned with the problems in the present, so in many cases, only an implied history is given.

    The other half of Cowboy Bebop is its sound. First off, it's one of the few anime that doesn't lose anything if you switch to English. Bebop also thrives on its soundtrack, composed by Yoko Kanno, which is almost entirely jazz music, with a few tracks even defying categorization — and some of the music was actually improvised to finished footage at the moment it was recorded. The show's soundtrack is not an afterthought, it is central to the experience, and many scenes are related solely through visuals and music, eschewing dialogue entirely.

    Bebop was the very first anime to air on [adult swim], starting on the very same night that the network itself premiered in August 2001. The show still airs in a regular timeslot on the network over a decade after its American TV debut, making it the network's longest-running show (InuYasha is second; it started airing in early 2002).

    The show is frequently evocative of both Westerns and Film Noir, though the single biggest influence on the look and feel of the series is the 80s and early 90s Heroic Bloodshed action movies directed by John Woo (such as A Better Tomorrow and The Killer); Lupin III is also a visible influence. Underneath the sci-fi and action flick surface, however, is an overall plot line primarily based on the most Japanese of all Japanese cinema: the Yakuza picture, a genre that is relatively unknown in the West.

    A Cowboy Bebop movie (Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, aka Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven's Door) was released in 2001. Unlike many other anime movies, it is not an Alternate Continuity or sequel, but rather fits in between episodes 22 and 23 of the series, both in chronology and in quality. A live-action adaptation is currently in production (but has been for a long while), with Keanu Reeves confirmed as playing Spike Spiegel. At the very least, Reeves admitted he's a fan of the series.

    A Star Fox-esque Playstation game and a beat-em-up Playstation 2 game based on the series were made, but were never released outside of Japan. If you're looking for Cowboy BeBop at His Computer, you'll have to import the PS2 game.

    Now has its own recap page

    The creator Shinichiro Watanabe went on to create a successful spiritual successor, Samurai Champloo.


    "Bang..."

    Let's discuss Adult Swims oldest show Smile

    I would never have heard of it if I had not seen it on there and Im glad I did. I can see why there are so many people who love it.


    _________________
    Formerly-Wi Fi Master Jordan
    Garazza wrote:You seem to be a jack of all trades. You can discuss most anything and play most card games

    avatar
    Garazza
    Elite Member
    Elite Member

    Posts : 3671
    Rep : 29
    Join date : 2012-08-07
    Age : 19
    Location : Northern Illinois, USA

    Re: Cowboy Bebop

    Post by Garazza on Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:12 pm



    The greatest show of all time. Great characters, great story, and best of all, great quotes.


    _________________

    "When the sky has cleared and rains have passed, I still won't forget the past"



    "Why do humans always look to the sky? Why do you try so hard to fly when you don't have any wings?"
    avatar
    Magic Man
    Members
    Members

    Posts : 77
    Rep : 0
    Join date : 2012-08-15
    Location : Top Hat

    Re: Cowboy Bebop

    Post by Magic Man on Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:59 am

    Best episodic anime I've seen. It had very fluid action and animation that rivals/surpasses modern standards; back then it could be considered masterful. And its main cast has lots of depth that helps draw you into them.


    _________________

    The Crew:



    avatar
    Illyarcher
    Experienced Member
    Experienced Member

    Posts : 656
    Rep : 5
    Join date : 2012-06-25
    Age : 20

    Re: Cowboy Bebop

    Post by Illyarcher on Wed May 29, 2013 11:40 pm

    Garazza wrote:

    The greatest show of all time. Great characters, great story, and best of all, great quotes.

    Spoiler:
    See you space cowboy...

    Man I wanna watch this show for the first time again...


    _________________
    avatar
    Jordan, Lich Lord
    Legendary Member
    Legendary Member

    Posts : 8213
    Rep : 45
    Join date : 2012-04-05
    Age : 21

    Re: Cowboy Bebop

    Post by Jordan, Lich Lord on Wed May 29, 2013 11:57 pm

    Garazza wrote:

    The greatest show of all time. Great characters, great story, and best of all, great quotes.

    Bang Smile


    _________________
    Formerly-Wi Fi Master Jordan
    Garazza wrote:You seem to be a jack of all trades. You can discuss most anything and play most card games

    avatar
    Halu Inferno
    Members
    Members

    Posts : 55
    Rep : 0
    Join date : 2012-08-15
    Age : 22
    Location : Inferno

    Re: Cowboy Bebop

    Post by Halu Inferno on Thu May 30, 2013 7:00 pm

    Obviously one of my top philosophical animes of all time. The constant debate of existentialism and the influence of the past left a predominant impact on me as a viewer. Both the acting in the English Dub and Japanese Dub are excellent and the music is a masterpiece. Its jazzy and futuristic feel light up with variety and power that few animes can even compare to.

    Sponsored content

    Re: Cowboy Bebop

    Post by Sponsored content


      Current date/time is Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:13 pm