Hey everyone! Mark D here and we’re watching some Anime! Cowboy Bebop is a universally beloved series and we’re going to go ahead and check out the movie which takes place near the end of the series–so we get all of our favorite characters. There’s going to be a lot of links in these show notes so check it out on scummbags.com for easier browsing.
First off–I made more than a couple of mistakes in this recording. Even after adding in the correction I think I made another mistake somewhere that was really dumb. I forget what it is at the moment. But I know it’s there. So please forgive me. I’m dumb but I also acknowledge that I’m dumb and constantly working on it 🙂 Not being dumb. Working on not being dumb. Not working on being dumb. That wouldn’t be productive but it certainly would be easier. Edit now I remembered. I said “Toonami” when I meant “adult swim”. What an idiot. [adult swim]. I really love the art direction of adult swim. It’s great.
- Cowboy Bebop The Movie: Revisiting A Classic (ANIME ABANDON) – YouTube
- A Fistful of Woolongs – A Cowboy Bebop Retrospective – YouTube
- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) – in-depth movie review – YouTube
- The Man Behind Cowboy Bebop – YouTube and The Man Behind Cowboy Bebop [Part 2] – YouTube but the first video focuses and Bebop and the movie. They’re just good videos and I’ll confess I didn’t watch the second one all the way through.
- Cowboy Bebop and The West – YouTube
So the above are all Cowboy Bebop videos that are pretty good to great. Give them a shot if you want to get a little deeper into the show. The STEVEM piece on Watanabe, “The Man Behind Cowboy Bebop,” videos are extremely thorough and will lend a lot of context to *waves hands* everything. The Steak Bentley video, “Cowboy Bebop and The West,” is also really interesting however it’s made in the style of YouTube so it takes a bit to get going and there’s some jokes in there that are visual in nature and distinctly idiosyncratic.
Just as an aside, Tim Rogers’ non-fiction film ACTION BUTTON REVIEWS PAC-MAN – YouTube is great. This has exactly nothing to do with the show notes I just like it. I’ve been home for basically 9 months at this point. If I was a baby I’d be born. It’s wild. I realized, visiting a doctor’s office, that I’ve forgotten how to navigate in-person interactions. It’s really weird. So just check in with yourself a little bit. There’s a lot of impact happening here that isn’t visibly obvious but hopefully we’ll be improving soon. <3
Also, John Cho Talks Upcoming Cowboy Bebop Netflix Series – YouTube. I was very not excited for this but I do think that John Cho would be the one to pull of Spike Spiegel. I think he’s a good actor and he definitely has a brand. He did get injured and this paused the production of the movie and now pandemic and all that but I’m definitely going to give it a shot. I think that trying to do it 1:1 might be a massive mistake because–being animation–you can definitely defy the medium of the motion picture that it is simultaneously projecting to you in delightfully inconsistent ways but when it’s live action it’s live action and when you get cute with the mechanics of the world or use excessive CG to replicate it that’s when things can go sideways. So I’m cautiously optimistic.