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Ok so Cowboy Bebop has been hands-down one of my favorite pieces of work cutting across all artistic platforms (and if you know me personally, you will know I have the attention span of a chipmunk and dabble across a huge variety of them).
I watched it for the first time in the first decade of the 2000s as a teen. It was completely out of order starting at Jupiter Jazz 1, because Animax was all I had. I was already in love and, once I got it in the right order the second time they aired it, it was a lifetime commitment. But somewhere, a few years later, life got in the way…and not in a “good” way. Bebop still lived rent-free in my head and was cherished like anything, something I would think back to for cheering me up when shit really hit the fan (which it did on a pretty regular basis), but I somehow happened (not even realising it) to go through 7-8 years without actually watching it again. I’d talk about it, read about it once in a while, but nothing else.
Anyway, I didn’t even know the live action was coming out…it was my brother who showed me the trailer a few days before it premiered since, even though he loves Bebop, he knows it’s always first dibs for me…Though I was skeptical, I decided to give Netflix a bit of a chance which was obviously a bad, horrifying idea.
To recover from that hot mess, I started writing little articles to vent but after 3 I no longer cared. It wasn’t worth wasting time on-it simply wasn’t Bebop for me. Then I started watching the show again because, since the Netflix thing is cringe, I needed to fix the bad taste.
Now as I watched, with more experience, exposure, life lessons, and growing senility, I started seeing new aspects to the same story. Things which had seemed like loopholes when I saw them earlier now seem like carefully constructed plot points indicating at a story within a story. There are connections I am seeing between things which had seemed just random earlier.
It’s kind of cool to explore these thoughts…I might end up too far from the mark but then that’s what Bebop is all about right? All part of getting old and crazy.
The coolest part of it has been finding others who love this thing in the same way. You know who you are. Thank you for being around. 🤗