Watch & Learn: COWBOY BEBOP #8

Topic started by No_name_here on Sept. 17, 2010. Last post by No_name_here 3 years, 9 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  I'm guessing this is from Spike's oft-alluded-to past.
 I'm guessing this is from Spike's oft-alluded-to past.

I’ll confess - - I did look this series up before I got to this episode. I didn’t read any spoilers, per se (I don’t think you can really spoil this show, given its modular nature) but I knew, for instance, that Spike was a practicioner of Jeet Kwon Do before I really saw him use it here in “Waltz for Venus.” One of my roommates in college actually had a copy of Bruce Lee’s TAO OF JEET KWON DO so it was pleasing to hear this smooth bounty hunter spouting off all that philosophy about the merits of water imitation almost word-for-word.

Another little tidbit I found out online is that the (pun intended) heavy in this episode, Piccaro Calvino,  is actually modeled after Biggy Smalls - - the Notorious B.I.G. Unlike the other pop culture references that’ve been peppered through the show, I really wouldn’t have been able to call that if it hadn’t been pointed out to me, independently. It wasn’t like he was waxing philosophical about how problems are commensurate to wealth or sharing how he likes it when people call him "Big Poppa."  Now that I know this, however, I have to say it was a real wasted opportunity that they didn’t use hip hop for the soundtrack. They’ve used heavy metal, they’ve used jazz (copiously)… wouldn’t it have made sense to turn up the beats and get the bass thumping in this one?

Roco Bonnaro belongs in the special category of accurate personalities I’ve encountered in anime. He isn’t charming, he’s a weasel who’s getting his comeuppance and he honestly gets pretty annoying pretty quickly… but you can’t help but feel bad when he bites it at the end. Pity maybe isn’t the right word, but you still feel some empathy or endearment for the guy, really on account of his obnoxiousness. Again, this isn’t a stock character you can fit into a trope. 

Read my comments on the previous episode, "Heavy Metal Queen," right here.

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Post by vergilius (147 posts) See mini bio Level 13
If it's hiphop you're looking for, the next project for Bebop's director (Shinichiro Watanabe) was Samurai Champloo.  It's a good show, but I personally think Bebop is better.  The screenplay writer, Kieko Nobumoto, and the and composer, Yoko Kanno, went on to do Wolf's Rain, which I haven't seen.
 
As for what to expect musically...expect lots and lots of Jazz (this is Cowboy Bebop after all), Blues, "World Music," and Bluegrass.  Heavy Metal Queen is the only major departure from that neighborhood, musically.  If you haven't already, I'd encourage you to check out some of the live work the Seatbelts have done.  It's really quite awesome.
 
  (well...the video embedding seems to be broken...)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtxDGXS7BLQ

The next episode is...interesting.  The cast is almost assembled, now; we're really getting to the meat.
Post by SamJaz (11,109 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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Ah, Rocco. I had to look him up before I recognised his face. I liked that guy.
 
And hell yes this show can be spoilered. There are some serious spoilers in this show, concerning spike's past.
Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
@SamJaz: not to mention the last episode
 
but i guess that goes without saying
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@vergilius: Ahhhh... SAMURAI CHAMPLOO. I did catch the first episode of that a long while back. I remember there being a LOT of scratching.  I might get back to watching the rest of that, eventually.
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