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Cowboy Bebop as contractor metaphor

Published on 15th January 2019

When I hear people talk about having a spirit animal, I'm not sure what they mean. But I do know what it means to associate with fictional characters. Most of the time it's done for romantic reasons, because I honestly need to romanticise otherwise mundane aspects of my life. Watching Cowboy Bebop has given me yet another chance to do this.

My girlfriend introduced me to Cowboy Bebop around 6 months ago. Since finishing the final episode (episode 26) I've been unable to forget the cast, their mysterious and meandering backstories, and the animation, which even in itself seems to have been created with an edge of stark cynicism, full of sharp angles and edges. The series is full of brutal, broken people spread out across the outer edges of our cold, dark galaxy. It seems to say, This is how things really are, so deal with it.

Directed between 1997 and 1998 by Shinichirō Watanabe, this Japanese animated series is set in the year 2071 at a time when earth is close to being uninhabitable. This means that a large majority of humans are living on the remaining rocky planets and moons in our solar system.

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