Posted at 4:54 PM on March 14, 2006
by Euan Kerr
I took in the "Cowboy Bebop" movie on DVD over the weekend. It's the story of a disorganized bunch of bounty hunters living in a slightly futuristic mega-city. They're smart and cool, and live in one of those special worlds which only anime can produce. They are chasing a mysterious killer who is intent on releasing a nano-machine virus.
Sometimes anime ramp up to an apocalyptic ending where logic simply disappears and while you can see what has happened, you aren't really sure why. "Cowboy Bebop" provides a threat of apocalypse, but a reasoned climax too. I have never seen the television series, and I'm curious how it measures up. TV versions of such movies often seem to be lacking. The "Ghost in the Shell" movies for example are intriguing to watch (although the second one jumps around like a kangaroo) but the TV series was much less satisfying.
Anyone else have any thoughts?
Oh, and if you haven't had a chance yet, check out the piece that Sanden Totten did for us on the closing of Discount Video in Minneapolis. It has some intriguing observations on the implications of the shifts underway in the movie business.