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From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

In an increasingly modern and individualistic world, people often downplay who they are and where they come from. Who your parents are, who raises you, where you come from: these things define your past and can often control how you act in the present. From Up on Poppy Hill is a story that reminds us it’s never too early to look back. Continue reading From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

Cowboy Bebop Postmortem

I thought I’d give a few closing thoughts on the series. Bellow is every episode ranked in my personal order of preference. I also made a few fun categories of my other favorite things about the show. Feel free to ask me about any of my other general thoughts about the show. It was the first time I’ve gone through an anime show (I’ve seen plenty of anime movies), and it was a blast. Continue reading Cowboy Bebop Postmortem

Cowboy Bebop E23-26

1.23 Brain Scratch

Cowboy Bebop has always been loosely structured, but this episode is a doozie in that regard. At first, it seems like it might be trying a unique storytelling technique, but instead it uses the unusual opening to delve into some interesting ideas about transhumanism and media. This is the best bit of science fiction from the whole series. The show has typically avoided taking on ideas, but when it does, the result is always interesting. I really dug this episode. It comes together nicely and concludes with some interesting ideas. Continue reading Cowboy Bebop E23-26

Cowboy Bebop E19-22

1.19 Wild Horses

What a cool episode. Spike is a super laid-back character, but this one takes that to a whole other level. It’s an episode more about tone and mood, at least the Spike part of it. He’s along for the ride, and just kicks back his legs. The blend of sci-fi and western is one of the staples of the show, but here it more direct than the rest of the show. Continue reading Cowboy Bebop E19-22

Cowboy Bebop E1-5

1.1 Asteroid Blues

Wonderful. In a little over 20 minutes, this show doesn’t have a lot of space to get into the details, but the story it tells in broad strokes hits all the right beats and the playful, understated romance leads to that final minute which has to be one of the best scenes of anime ever made. I gather that the show is more of a space Western, but this story seemed to have some heavy noir influences thrown into the mix, which I quite liked. Continue reading Cowboy Bebop E1-5