Damn, that’s cool! Cowboy Bebop edition

4 04 2009

Cowboy Bebop: The Move copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe

Cowboy Bebop: The Move copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe



The Scene:

Bounty Hunter Spike Spiegel has chased wanted bio-terrorist Vincent from a mysterious military industrial lab onto a skyrail high above Mars and the two confront each other for the first time in a dramatic, violent, adrenaline-pumping gun/fist fight. Spike shows off his impressive Bruce Lee-inspired moves, and is promptly thrown out the train window by equally skilled and genetically enhanced Vincent – I think his emo gives him power, aka the Sasuke effect.
Spike Spiegel - copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe

Spike Spiegel - copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe

Why it’s pretty damn cool:
This scene demonstrates two of the reasons why Cowboy Bebop is Cowboy Bebop (and Keanu Reeves should never ever ever be let anywhere near this anime):
1- Kick-ass fight scenes.
Spike’s movements flow smoothly, as he thoroughly beats on Vincent. Spike has the ability to make an all-out brawl look like an expertly choreographed, incredibly violent dance.
2- Defenestration.
For the non-English majors: being thrown or otherwise ejected out of a window. Spike is thrown out of two windows during the series and survives each one – barely. Both times mark a turning point in Spike’s life/journey – this time Spike learns the connection between him and Vincent, both “dead men”.

Vincent vs Spike - copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe

Vincent vs Spike - copyright Sony Pictures, Shinichiro Watanabe


Add an awesomely beautiful and creepy Yoko Kanno soundtrack – and that’s Cowboy Bebop for you.

Watching this damn cool scene again has only reinforced the notion that Keanu Reeves can NOT be let near Cowboy Bebop!! I don’t care how great the script is, not Keanu! I don’t care how great the music or the other actors or the director is – not Keanu!

*ahem*

Anyways, here’s the train scene (real action starts about 2 minutes in):





Damn, that’s cool! Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

14 03 2009

1st post for Damn, that’s cool! In these posts, I pick something (a scene, bit of dialogue, etc) from a series and show why it’s way cool and important to the work as a whole.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED - copyright Bandai Entertainment

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED - copyright Bandai Entertainment

This time I’m taking a look at Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (licensed by Bandai Entertainment) episodes 29 & 30: Nicol’s death and Athrun self-destructing the Aegis in order to kill Kira.
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