In preparation for my trip to ConnectiCon, I figured why not go with something quick (so I can get back to packing–for a hour + away) and features two of the topics covered at the convention: anime and sci-fi. “Tank” by The Seatbelts is a good song to being with, but throw in the visuals, and make them blend that seamlessly and you have an opening that you’ll watch over and over again.
Cowboy Bebop is a fantastic show on it’s own, and if your a fan of science fiction or space bounty hunter stories, even if you’ve never watched anime before, you should totally be checking out this series. There’s also a manga, and an animated movie, Knocking on Heaven’s Door. I haven’t read the manga, but the movie includes the amazing soundtrack, visuals, character, and performances that makes this one of the best series ever to come out of the Land of the Rising Sun.
The intro itself amazes me. The music matches the visual (or vice versa, as I don’t know which was done first) perfectly, and together you get a bit of a feel for the personalities of the four main characters. I wish I remember where I saw a full breakdown of this opening by someone better at explaining it than me, because I would so be linking to it right now. I saw it over at That Guy With The Glasses somewhere.
The ending song, “Real Folks Blues”, also captures the feel of the main subplot, Spike Spiegel and his lost love, Julia. I couldn’t find a version with English subtitles, at least not with the closing scene, but here’s a fan translated version. The music is probably the best in animation, if not television, and I can’t recommend this series enough to anyone. (Well, maybe not kids. 🙂 )