Why did it only last one season? What the hell is a data dog? And what the hell is Ed?
Love it. Easily one of my favorite anime series ever.
It was only meant to be one season long. It's never fully explained what a data dog is; it's just a bit of a MacGuffin to get Ein onto the team. And Ed is the quirky hacker. Everybody's gotta have one of those.
I have found and truly believe that there is nothing so bad it cannot be made better with a story.
Cowboy Bebop is like THE BIG THING for many American fans. It is like God. No wonder the live action bombed.
Most of us would be at Comic-con panels discussing stuff when someone would bring up Bebop in revered tones. So crazy
It was cool. It was actually a project.
Cowboy Bebop was developed by animation studio Sunrise and created by Hajime Yatate, the well-known pseudonym for the collective contributions of Sunrise's animation staff. The leader of the series' creative team was director Shinichirō Watanabe, most notable at the time for directing Macross Plus and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory.
The project had initially originated with Bandai's toy division as a sponsor, with the goal of selling spacecraft toys. Watanabe recalled his only instruction was "So long as there's a spaceship in it, you can do whatever you want." But upon viewing early footage, it became clear that Watanabe's vision for the series didn't match with that of Bandai's. Believing the series would never sell toy merchandise, Bandai pulled out of the project, leaving it in development hell until sister company Bandai Visual stepped in to sponsor it. Since there was no need to merchandise toys with the property any more, Watanabe had free rein in the development of the series. Watanabe wanted to design not just a space adventure series for adolescent boys but a program that would also appeal to sophisticated adults. During the making of Bebop, Watanabe often attempted to rally the animation staff by telling them that the show would be something memorable up to three decades later. While some of them were doubtful of that at the time, Watanabe many years later expressed his happiness to have been proven right in retrospect. He joked that if Bandai Visual hadn't intervened then "you might be seeing me working the supermarket checkout counter right now."
Anime projects are either original anime or based on a manga(comic book).
I lean to Manga projects because the characters feel more fleshed out. There is Manga for Bebop, but it was created on demand from the anime, sort of like the James Blish Star Trek series books.
A way to look at it is this was a storyboard thing. People sitting around a table throwing out ideas.
So it was fun & cool, but that was all there was. It was never meant to go further.
One of the things about anime when I got into it (first Comic-con was 2001 after my husband died. Tokyo pop was pushing it's Japanese orientated Manga
In 2002, Tokyopop launched its line of "100% Authentic Manga", which was printed in the original Japanese right-to-left format and included the original Japanese printed sound effects.
In Japan, most published manga is written to read from right to left, but when an English translation was published in the U.S., however, the common practice was to use computer-reversed or mirror images that allowed the books to read from left to right. As a result, this distorted the artwork. Tokyopop's decision to use the original right-to-left format allowed the artwork to keep its original form and also enabled Tokyopop to release most graphic novel series on a frequency three-to-six times faster than the industry standard at the time. Tokyopop volumes hit the shelves monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly versus the six months or longer typical of competitors. It also allowed Tokyopop to sell books for an industry-leading price point of $9.99 per book, at a time when most competitors charged $12.99 to $16.99 per book.
One of the things voiced from American fans then was so much was left to the imagination. "Unfinished". A lot of Americans like it all spelled out while Japanese creators seem to like to let the reader decide what happened.
In a May 2013 interview, director Shinichiro Watanabe stated "I want the audience to interpret it however they want to. I want them to interpret it themselves. Just because I put something there does not mean they have to believe it. If I say something in an interview that tends to make it official so I try to avoid a definite answer. In the past, people watching my shows have come up with better ideas than my original intention for the story. So I think it's good to let people use their imaginations."
My way to watch anime was usually in Japanese with subtitles, but I also usually did a run through in English with the Japanese subtitles up to compare the plot variations. DBZ was wild because in English they'd be yammering endlessly but no subtitles so I would pop over-no talking. Like the American dub was afraid of silence.
So yes. Bebop was 1 show. They did not make a second show/season. There is a movie.
Ed is a kid left to her own devices. She was originally a male character swapped to female to even out the Bebop crew & was based in part on the composer Yoko Kanno
Ein is enhanced
Ein (アイン, Ain) is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi brought aboard the Bebop by Spike after a failed attempt to capture a bounty. He often shows heightened awareness of events going on around him. Over the course of the series, Ein answers the telephone, steers a car, uses the SSW, plays shogi, operates the "Brain Dream" gaming device, and generally performs tasks that an average canine would not be able to accomplish.
While the televised series only briefly hints that Ein's brain was somehow enhanced, the manga shows Ed accessing data stored in Ein's brain via a virtual reality-type interface with which she has a conversation with a human proprietor. Ein is able to "speak" to other species, as demonstrated in Session 17: "Mushroom Samba" (he speaks to a cow with a subtitled bark of "Thanks", to which the cow has a subtitled moo back of "Oh, it's no problem").
The whole computers will allow humans to become more, but of course animals get experimented on first.
What after all, is a halo? It's only one more thing to keep clean.
One of the things voiced from American fans then was so much was left to the imagination.
That's been one of my favorite things about Cowboy Bebop. There was a lot that was left for the audience to piece together and figure out for themselves.
Which is a very artist thing.
Ronnie James Dio didn't like to say what songs were about because he felt whatever it meant to the listener was what mattered.
Americans like obvious. They want the ending spelled out.
So many of the manga-kas in panels were "the Manga is my work. The anime is the work of the anime team" they really didn't care it was different. I love Clamp & anime of their work isn't always faithful, but they don't care. They respect the other artists telling their interpretation of the story.
Which makes sense because many manga-ka started with fan fiction
I sat through a panel with Tsuda Masami & the audience kept asking about the anime which was VERY different from the Manga. She said the anime was it's own thing, her Manga was it's own thing, but fans kept asking about the anime. I felt so sorry for her.
A lot of manga-ka have said they want the audience to decide how things happen in some instances.
What after all, is a halo? It's only one more thing to keep clean.
I think that it has some great music but I only mildly like the show itself. It's a 6 out of 10 for me. But I've usually liked anime movies better than anime series. It wasn't until Kaiba and Mononoke came out that I started to get into anime shows more.