Cowboy Bebop is an animated show that ran from 1998 to the early 2000’s which featured exciting and gorgeous animation, big action sequences along with a well written plot, and dynamics between the characters that equaled the formula for a smash hit. This anime is only a year younger than I am, but has stood the test of time when it comes to relevant animated shows over the years. Usually, with the way that the anime content comes out, it’s in one ear and out the other when a season of a show ends. Cowboy bebop, however, is critically acclaimed even to this day. Using very interesting combinations of styles and flavors, a really unique anime experience emerged unlike any seen before. Boasting hybrid themes of space, bounty hunting, smooth animations, and cowboys an extremely unique and interesting story unfolded over those years, and ended with one of the most powerful and memorable quotes in the anime community for all time:
“See you space cowboy.”
This show is a show that I always acknowledged and respected for what it was, a grandfather of the genre that put anime above a small time thing for children and explored a deeper and more engaging plot and visual style that can appeal to all kinds of audience members. When I was in high school, a good friend of mine highly recommended it to me. He was insistent that I checked the show out, and even offered to lend me a copy of his bluray disk set of the show.
It was later that I found out that him and his brother watched the show and they were looking for someone else to watch it so they could finally have someone else to talk to about their favorite parts. Someone to share their adventure with and talk about all the crazy details to the animation and character development.
And then after that. . . I learned that his brother had cancer. They wanted to share this experience the two of them had together watching the show with someone else. His brother wanted a way to pass something on, since he couldn’t pass on a legacy, then maybe he could pass on something that really resonated with him.
After all these years, cowboy bebop is back in the spotlight. Hollywood has somehow gotten their hands on the rights to the material and will be doing a live action remake of the show as a feature film. I am highly skeptical as anime to English movie adaptations have always been trainwrecks, and to see the last memories I have of something so genuinely good and well made turned into what could be a disaster I am pretty discouraged in there being a good quality remake.
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