This is my anime rants and the post is full of spoilers of Cowboy Bebop. Proceed with caution.
The other day, I sat back in front of my desktop, mentally wasted and physically exhausted from a hard day’s work. My mind was blurred by the throbbing headache from lack of sleep. I was hungry but didn’t want to move. I’d love to surf the blogs I usually followed but could not get through anything written longer than few lines. (I wished I had a maid like in those anime.) Anyway, I absent mindedly clicked through my hard drive and ran into Cowboy Bebop folder. Now that brought back memories. I went into the folder and unconsciously turned on the 25th episode; The Real Folk Blues part 1 then part 2. I just could not stop. I was revived.
After he lost Julia, Spike had been living in a dream. He told Faye that he saw the past through one eye and the present in the other which meant that the lost of Julia was always haunting him. In the end, he walked into his doom smiling because he wanted to wake up from the dream. The two episode finale was the pinnacle of drama, tragedy and romance. It was over the top but that’s why it was so extraordinary.
Why do I feel like this? I asked myself. I had been watching anime continuously for…forever but that was the only moment in months I was totally satisfied. When I carefully thought about it, it seemed like recent anime series could hardly deliver the drama with such power and depth like Bebop did. Not to mention the echhi/fan-service high school type anime, recent titles which were generally, critically well received were trying too hard to be different or innovative. None of them managed to excel in the most classic and timeless element of any story; the drama and the magic.
Maybe it is just me living in the past just like Spike does. Maybe I am turning into an oldfag. Or Cowboy Bebop was just too unique. Whichever the case, this does not mean that I am losing hope or anything. I am still watching new shows and enjoying them like always. I only hope that one of the shows might be able to capture me and shake me to the core like Bebop did.