Cowboy Bebop(1998) (カウボーイビバップ Kaubōi Bibappu)

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Cowboy Bebop "Don't Bother None" Music and Performance by Yoko Kanno (菅野 よう子 Kanno Yōko and The Seatbelts
Lyrics by Tim Jensen
Sung by Mai Yamane (山根 麻以 Yamane Mai)
Harmonica by Weeping Heart Senoh

The entire Coboy Bebop series plays like the song above!

菅野 よう子 Kanno Yōko 山根 麻以 Yamane Mai Weeping Heart Senoh

Simply a masterpiece! not only of anime but of visual storytelling!

Hollywood can only dream of coming close to this work of artistic perfection.

Japanese artists are justly famous for the unique ability to combine

genres which openly clash, and then making them play nice together. But

this is usually in twos or threes. Cowboy Bebop combines so many

conflicted genres, the creators could be accused of genre genocide. Just

about everything you might imagine is in Cowboy Bebop; not only combines

so many bent out of shape genres, but then simply obliterates them. But

be prepared for enormous amounts of violence, blood, and body parts

which verges on guro. So much so that even in Japan it was highly

controversial, and had a difficult time finding a sponsor and

audience. Probably because Cowboy Bebop is very American, made by Japanese

artists who are holding a critical magnifying glass to American

peoples and culture and society, and it ain't pretty! Staged like a

space opera, its real stage is the America of today. And yet you can

even find humor and kawaii and the sadness of lost love's longing ache.

The crew of the Bebop wants desperately to belong, to be a member of a

family, and yet they cannot find it as they remain loners even with each

other and within themselves. Roils every emotion that you might have and

then some. If you were to boil down Cowboy Bebop into one word, it would

be a riff on the intense pain of a peculiar longing loneliness,

"I am alone totally in this vast universe!".

Cowboy Bebop is alone in a class all by itself, beyond brilliant.


Cowboy Bebop(1998) is one of those works that is not supposed to be but is!
Ultra violent, this is not an anime for faint hearts. Ultimately can be seen
as a subtle critique of American society. While it passes itself off as a space
opera, that is a misdirection to deflect criticism. The story is actually about
crime in the US and it's fairly horrific and graphic. And its an incisive dissection
of the American mythos. One of the all time great animes!
Highly recommended for those who have the stomach for it.

Folcwine P. Pywackett