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Watch & Learn: COWBOY BEBOP #14

What does this have to do with Bohemian Rhapsody?

 So many shenanigans going in such a small spaceship.
 So many shenanigans going in such a small spaceship.

Now, this is the probably the most inspired idea I’ve seen throughout the entirety of COWBOY BEBOP. A crime wave perpetrated by a mob of random working stiffs who’ve ordered do-it-yourself burglary kits from a corporation’s print ad? Even without the added twist of the bounty only applying to the ring leader (not the individual perps) that’s still a conceit that’s seriously strong enough to sustain a feature of its own. I’m actually a little disappointed that it’s been wrapped up so quickly. I would’ve preferred that this be the continuing sub-plot instead of all the middling intrigue with Vicious. There’s so much potential for wild satire.  

But it’s done… c’est le anime.

Figuring out what the song-homage titles have referred to has been easy up until this point... but I’m really scratching my head over how “Bohemian Rhapsody” is supposed to apply to this one. "Toys in the Attic" obviously referred to the monster in the Bebop’s neglected storage space. But for this one? I suppose you could describe the crime wave as a rhapsody, but that’s a bit of a stretch. But the who are the bohemians? Though they’re certainly motley crew, the Bebop’s bounty hunters are a wee too profit-driven to be a described as such; as are the weekend felons. Has this been debated ad nausem by the fans? Am I missing something here?

In lieu of that, I’d be remiss not to include that other melding of Queen and anime. The one where the connections are a little more obvious…   

  

There’s 26 episodes in this show, so I’m officially past the halfway point, now. I suppose what really sticks out to me is how much of pop culture potpourri this is; what with all the references to music and action flicks. I suspect that's something that other shows have picked up and run with in a much more in-your-face way since the show debuted, though (FLCL, et al.) Is that this show's specific legacy, or were there other multi-media hodgepodges that preceded this?

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here   &  here .

ninjadude853on Oct. 5, 2010 at 7:46 p.m.
I'm really not sure what rhapsody is, so i'm not qualified to comment on that, But this is one of my favorite episodes, i thought the whole cigarette mic thing was awesome, and although the bad guy seemed confusing to me (the guy on the ship, not the corporate guys or the super old dude) I find the greatest part to be Ed's EPIC chess skills (even if she lost)
EliasZoroon Oct. 5, 2010 at 11:22 p.m.
I find it funny that these are a thing, is there REALLY that little anime news? I watched through Cowboy Bebop like a year ago.
BionicMonsteron Oct. 6, 2010 at 12:27 a.m.
@EliasZoro said:
" I find it funny that these are a thing, is there REALLY that little anime news? I watched through Cowboy Bebop like a year ago. "
There isnt that much anime news......in english. I dont think Tom is bilingual.
SamJazon Oct. 6, 2010 at 12:36 a.m.
@EliasZoro: Tom doesn't watch anime. At all. He's watched about five shows.
The whole attraction of this column is a non-anime watcher's thoughts as he gets deeper and deeper into anime. We're not getting series synopsis here. This is so we can calculate how our friends will react to certain anime.
 
Me, I don't have friends, so I'm here to watch Tom and laugh how he gets every prediction wrong. Hence my eagerness for him to get back to FMA (Which he did yesterday, BANZAI!")
FoxxFireArt moderator on Oct. 6, 2010 at 2:22 a.m.
What I enjoy about this episode is the utter irony of it all. It was basically an intergalactic pyramid scheme. All these people thought they were stealing money to get in on a huge pot they were contributing to, but the man who had control of the pot went senile. Essentially, the gate keeper lost the key. Since it can't be traced. All that money is lost in e-commerce.
 
The next episode is going to become really existential. One of those kind of episodes they are going to do before they start summing things up.
 

@EliasZoro:

 
Tom is relatively new to anime series in general. He's watching these series for the first time and writing from the perspective of a new watcher. He pretty much is limited by what he can get on DVD and doesn't like watching on computer.
Personally, I'm just not as interested in the articles lately. I've either watched the series to death, such as Cowboy Bebop; or not interested in the series at all, in the case of FMA Brotherhood. I really enjoyed Gurren Lagann, but he was only posting links to the dubbed version, and I couldn't stand the dub cast.
 
@bionicmonster:
You don't need to be bi-lingual to do anime news. There are plenty of anime companies developing and distributing manga and anime in the US. I'm just happy they aren't doing as many articles on VIZ. That used to be the only company they would talk about. It was getting quite annoying. There are other companies out there that do really incredible jobs, but get little to no press.
I've even tried requesting a news story, but it's up to them if they even try.
 
@SamJaz said:

" @EliasZoro: Tom doesn't watch anime. At all. He's watched about five shows. "

Your statement contradicts itself. You can't say he doesn't watch animes "At all", then say he's watched five shows.

I do enjoy his perspective on animes, and I normally really enjoy his articles. That being said. I am a bit disappointed in the lack of diversity and news on the site. The site just now seems to be dedicated to only about what Tom is watching or doing. Those articles are really fine, but it would also be nice to be hearing from someone who is actually experienced in a variety of manga and anime.
I've submitted articles of my own in the past, but I'm not going to try and submit articles every day. I'm not staff. I have strong dedication for the site, but I'm not a complete schmuck.
SamJazon Oct. 6, 2010 at 2:39 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt: Hey, I wrote that thing first thing in the morning. Not thinking straight.
Outside of the site, he doesn't watch anime. He's a newbie compared to the rest of us. The rest of the statement still stands.
zaldaron Oct. 6, 2010 at 11:07 a.m.

It's ok Sam we all knew what you meant.  Fox just wanted to get a little grammer Nazi ;).
FoxxFireArt moderator on Oct. 6, 2010 at 1:53 p.m.
@SamJaz said:
" @FoxxFireArt: Hey, I wrote that thing first thing in the morning. Not thinking straight.
Outside of the site, he doesn't watch anime. He's a newbie compared to the rest of us. The rest of the statement still stands. "
Then how do you explain this statement, which I assumed you made completely lucid this time? Of course he watches anime outside of the site. He watches them at his home on his own time, and as he's mentioned. He doesn't enjoy watching shows at his computer. It's not as if he sits down in the office, watches shows there, and never watches it anywhere else.
 
I just don't understand the need to diminish his opinion on matters just because he's new to anime and hasn't watched as many series as the rest of us. I despise it when others are cast aside as being "newbies".
Do I think the site needs a writer who is more experienced in anime and manga. Certainly it does, but Tom's opinion is just as valid and welcome. Hell, I'd certainly sign up for that position if I felt they would have me.
SamJazon Oct. 6, 2010 at 2:05 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt: Whoa, calm down. I think I've offended someone somehow and I'm not sure why.
 
Tom's opinion is half the reason I come to this site. I freaking love the guy. However, as he makes lear himself, he doesn't watch anime that much, and he can count the anime he has watched on his fingers, if I'm not mistaken. 
Compared to me, who's watched/read a good fifty series or so, I know a hell of a lot more about anime than he does.
He's also a far better columnist than me. He's also the one who gets paid to do this. If I were the one doing this, then it would be just another guy talking about anime he likes/hates.
But look at the title that Tom himself put on the column. Watch & Learn. He doesn't know that much about anime, and he admits that, but he's learning.  That's the whole appeal of the column.
 
DAYUMN I am coherent in the evening compared to the morning and middle of the day.
endaroundon Oct. 6, 2010 at 2:25 p.m.
I believe "bohemian" refers to the old pot smokers on the space junkyard.  
Om1kronon Oct. 7, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.
someone turn the fan off, tons of shit is flying at it LOL. whats up with all of these comments guys. sheesh.

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