I suppose I’m getting better at spotting these homages in COWBOY BEBOP. I was going to comment on how much the shoot-out in the church at the end of this one reminded of the one in THE KILLER and, according to a certain online database, this episode was meant to pay tribute to the cumulative works of John Woo. They’ve even got the pigeons that the “Woo-man” somehow manages to wrangle into every slo-mo stand-off.
frsty13, DXmagma and CharredKnight all said that the last episode was their least favorite of the whole series. I liked that one, myself. It had the same kind of rude, over-the-top satire that I enjoy in a good Judge Dredd yarn. But this one? This “Ballad of Fallen Angels?” I don’t know… I’d have to say that this is the least-interesting one I’ve seen, so far. It just seemed a bit generic, and certainly less colorful, than the previous episodes. My attention wandered a bit and, I’ll fess up, it wandered to more, shall we say, prurient aspects of the show…
Faye filled out that opera dress pretty well, didn’t she? And here I thought the “Gainax bounce” was limited to toons that were actually produced by Gainax. It was kind-of hypnotizing - - like watching two lava lamps shifting constantly.
Actually, since we’re on the subject of Gainax, could some of you lunatics give me your take on what distinguishes Sunrise from all the other animation studios? What have they produced aside from my esteemed ESCAFLOWNE? Do they have themes, subjects or proclivities that set them apart from the rest? Can you reconigize their toons just by the style of animation? Do they have any of their own “Gainax bounce”-style trademarks? Educate me!