Yes, I do enjoy the occasional anime. I think that there are a select few anime shows that display a unique look at human nature. Some of my favorites include Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and Attack on Titan. Both of these shows examine humanities desperate nature, and how easily someone can be pushed to the brink. Cowboy Bebop is a new experience for me and is a show that premiered in the late 90’s and has had a cult following ever since.
Let me just start by stating that there is a reason it is a classic. It’s animation is uniquely beautiful with deep, thoughtful story lines that some anime’s lack in my opinion. Apart from its popularity, what appealed to me was the set number of episodes. One thing that I find rather exhausting about anime’s like Naruto and Bleach, is the never-endingness of the show. while both of these are enjoyable they have hundreds and hundreds of episodes and are still going. At 26 episodes Bebop is a quick watch that is absolutely jam-packed with action and drama. I definitely wish there were a few more episodes, though there is a film that I’m excited to watch.
Cowboy Bebop is about a group of bounty hunters in a future where all the planets in our solar system have bee terraformed and are occupied. It’s essentially a space western, that occasionally reminds me of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. The group is definitely ragtag and each member has a fascinating back story. Spike is the main protagonist that used to work for a crime syndicate before faking his own death. Jet is a cyborg and former cop, Faye is a gambler with severe memory loss and a mountain of debt. Edward, is an odd little girl who happens to be a genius level hacker, and Ein is a Welsh corgi that was created as a “data dog” in an illegal laboratory. Each of these characters has an important role to play in the overall narrative and each is examined with a fine tooth comb.
This show definitely boils down to the characters. There is a complexity to each one that helps establish the rock solid foundation of a great show, and each episode reveals a little more about them until you finally reach an understanding of what led them to bounty hunting. This shows expert use of animation and music creates some of the most hauntingly beautiful episodes I’ve ever seen in an anime. They have left an impression on me that I never thought possible.
Cowboy Bebop is a must watch for anime lovers. Hopefully you will be as hooked as I was from the very first episode. My only real issue is Faye’s outfit. I mean come on that much skin is not even close to necessary. I really don’t understand how that could be comfortable to wear everyday.