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?