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Jerzy Bondov

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Cowboy Bebop (space cowboy cartoon show from Japan)
« on: January 30, 2020, 04:51:45 PM »
I just noticed last night that they've got the complete series of Cowboy Bebop on All4. Never seen it so I started watching it.

Good isn't it?

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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 04:53:09 PM »
Yep. It is pretty amazing.


Really smart of them to do a live-action remake made by Americans. No honestly that's a brilliant idea. I bet it will be great.

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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2020, 04:58:10 PM »
Yeah its very good. Probably THE anime for people who arent otaku weebs.

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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2020, 05:02:58 PM »
Good soundtrack

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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2020, 05:10:58 PM »
Yeah, all time great opening titles. Amazing

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2020, 05:40:46 PM »
So good. The atmosphere is so good. Really melancholic kind of feeling. I've only heard the English dub but that voice cast is so iconic I couldn't imagine it any other way.

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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2020, 05:48:37 PM »
It's better than good; it's blinkin' good!

I first saw it many years ago, on short lived animation channel CNX and it instantly became essential viewing for me and my friends (ditto Adult Swim stuff like Space Ghost and Sealab 2021). It's just an irresistible mix of elements that add up to an overall ace show. I remember Firefly being compared to it a lot, but, as much as I liked that, it wasn't nearly as good.

Probably THE anime for people who arent otaku weebs.
Indeed. Faye's costume is about the only thing that I imagine could lead anime skeptics to dismiss it.

Really smart of them to do a live-action remake made by Americans. No honestly that's a brilliant idea. I bet it will be great.
I'm not particularly enthusiastic about it, but I've nothing against the idea in principle. The original is awash with American cultural influence anyway. John Cho is an unexpected choice to play Spike (not because of race, but because he's nearly 50 - they even had to stop making it because he broke his hip, or something). My choice would have been Joseph Gordon Levitt.

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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2020, 06:00:15 PM »
American cultural influence through a Japanese lens in the 90s is a million miles from Americans remaking a thing for money in 2020 though. For a start they'll have to discard anything approaching artistry.

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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2020, 08:06:49 PM »
I really liked it. So much I bought the dvds only to find they were a dodgy copy with japlish subtitles.

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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2020, 08:19:52 PM »
For anyone interested, this is a cool video from the same mentalist who did the 4 hour Metal Gear Solid 4 vid:

https://youtu.be/-8-GrO25zBQ

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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2020, 05:05:37 PM »
I wonder if they have the version with the good sound effects or the bad ones. I’ve not read into it much, or if I have I’ve forgotten it, but there are definitely a couple versions out there. I have the good one on my computer which someone posted on reddit, although this was years ago so i’m sure it’s been taken down, but my blu ray version has completely different, and in my opinion, worse sound effects.

Anyway, as everyone has said it’s great. Once you’ve finished that check out Samurai Champloo, created by the same guy, and with another great story and soundtrack. Steve Blum (Spike’s VA) returns too.

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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2020, 03:57:16 AM »
There's a weird thing I've noticed in about 92.8% of anime series, and Cowboy Bebop demonstrates it to perfection.  They'll all start off fairly lighthearted and goofy, but come the end they get heavy as a death in the family.  It's crazy the amount that follow this formula.

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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2020, 07:13:26 AM »
And once you've watched Samurai Champloo, watch pseudo-sequel to Cowboy Bebop, Space Dandy.

If Spike's a guy who thinks he's cool and the show agrees with him, Dandy's a guy whose show strongly disagrees with his self image.

And it's the only show whose ending theme is being sung to E from Eels dad.

The closest in tone from Bebop is the Cowboy Andy episode, though it's the animal liberation terrorist episode where a Space Dandy first appears.

Sin Agog

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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2020, 09:38:43 AM »
Yeah, Space Dandy's really fun.  There's some properly inspired sci-fi writing beneath the Johnny Bravo in Space exterior.  Plus some of the animation just leaves me gaping in awe- usually the trippier and more lysergic the plotline gets, the better the animation is.

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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2020, 06:05:23 PM »
Was it Space Dandy that had an episode that ended with everyone being turned into zombies? I thought that was a hoot but for some reason never got around to watching the others.

Might look up the Cowboy Bebop OSTs again. They were ridiculously good. Yoko Kanno is a genius.

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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2020, 01:23:28 AM »
Was it Space Dandy that had an episode that ended with everyone being turned into zombies? I thought that was a hoot but for some reason never got around to watching the others.
Probably. Shinichiro Watanabe likes to do an episode in the middle of each of his series in which all the characters die at the end.

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« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2020, 04:23:15 AM »
Probably. Shinichiro Watanabe likes to do an episode in the middle of each of his series in which all the characters die at the end.

It is Space Dandy. Though this is episode 4 of a 26 episode run, not midway through.

The ending theme alludes to why such drastic changes happen to the status quo each week, but it wasn't translated during its airing...

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