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Bebop Musings:The Fate of Spike Spiegel

As I watched the last few episodes of Cowboy Bebop I felt a serious dread. Maybe because I would never get to watch this show the same way once I knew the fate of the characters. My favorite character was Spike and from the beginning of The Real Folk Blues sessions I knew this would not end well. In all the other episodes you can say “Spike can’t die, there are blank number of sessions left.” But for every time Spike escaped death you knew his luck would eventually run out. And in the end our anti-hero met his fate.

Or did he?

At first I thought I was just in denial. Spike is dead. His star burned out. The tiger-striped cat story told us exactly what we knew this whole series. The one thing that can hurt the invincible Spike is love. Spike met his fate.

But if he is dead why tell us so many times? Why tell us over and over in just about every scene that Spike is doomed? Would the powers behind this series want to prepare us for the end? Where is the fun of knowing exactly what is going to happen? When Ed and Ein left I was completely caught off guard. If there were hints it would only be seen after re-watching. I’ve never thought off this series as obvious. The subtlety seemed to show a respect to the audience that made me an instant fan.

I’ve read from another submission about the Punch/Alfred scene. The interpretation was a good one implying that the mother is merely stating what Spike was feeling. I would like to view a more positive interpretation. In all the protesting at the end the mother left with Alfred feeling welcomed and finally belonging. I believe that paralleled Faye and Jet’s relationship more than a reference to Spike. No matter how many times Faye left it was Jet who wanted her back.

Another submission reference was the first episode which I agree could have been a sneak peek to the ending of CB but in my opinion mirrored the fate of Julia and Vicious not Julia and Spike. Julia chose to stay behind and become a fugitive much liked Asimov and his girlfriend. Asimov is obsessed much like Vicious which is what leads to his downfall and he takes the one he loves with him.

My rationale says that for all present purposes Spike is dead. But I still feel that the end was open for interpretation. I would never insult the series by implying a soap opera style sequel was a possibility. But the ending in all its finality still left a lot to the imagination. Couldn’t that burnt star belong to Vicious? Could the death of Spike just mean the death of his past? Remember that Spike told Faye that he was not going there to die but to know that he is alive. I have replayed the showdown between Spike and Vicious and never did I see how deep Spike’s wound was.

For now we must accept that our favorite anti-hero is gone. But I’d like to believe that Watanabe Shinichirou left the ending with the possibility that he could bring Spike back. Even if he never does maybe he just likes the thought of knowing that he can. And with that I can finally accept that Spike is gone.


Your Shittiness

Your Highness is a terrible movie. What a terrible, truly horrendous film. Jesus fucking christ, it was awful. Now, I wasn’t expecting a mature, fully realized, brilliant comedy…I went into the theater expecting cheap jokes and some laughs. What I got was an eleven dollar piece of shit. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie in the theaters that i hated more than this.

But of course it wasn’t good. It starred fucking Danny McBride and he’s never entertained me in anything he was in and the fact that he wrote it doesn’t help either.James Franco and Natalie Portman? Shame on you two.It’s basically a $50M B-movie. Except that half of it seems like it’s trying to be a legitimate comedy.I laughed a bit, but it’s not spectacular by any means. Wait for it to release on Netflix or something.


She’s the one he’s fighting for,

She’s the only one he loves,

She’s the cold queen,

He’s the warrior,

Such a furious hate,

Such a passionate love.

He devours her pride,

She controls his rage,

Like a chain she ties him,

His fire running through her veins.

A black fire,

a white flood,

they’re light and darkness,

the begining and the end of the world.



If I can travel to any time period it would be…

Feudal…anywhere, initial thought is japan but it’s not restrictive, I imagine like medieval england would be not too dissimilar in my main purpose..though I don’t think I could tolerate the food.

Basically just any world before guns were made to do a cowards work for him, a time when to know how to use a sword was not so much a little pastime but something which can severely affect your position in life.

And yeah I probably sound delusional, like im very misinformed from “all the anime” that i just imagine it would be a big walk in the park. I know living was brutal, I know anyone can wave a sword around but it takes a near-lifetime of supreme dedication in disciplining yourself to even resemble the nascent shapings of a swordsman. It would probably be a short life…it might not, maybe if I got lucky and found a good teacher.

Fuck at least I could carry my freaking wooden shinai down a road without getting near-arrested, at least there wouldn’t be cameras in every goddamn crevice and chains of paper choking you down and mercilessly goading you into a life of apathetic maze-hobbling until the day you die barely supported by machines next to a bedside cabinet stuffed with prescription medication so much so that your entire room, nay, house actually smells, by yourself if you have been granted the good graces of outliving whatever other poor desperate manimal you clung onto so long ago in the mutual pursuit of a lie that’s been preached to you in your every conscious hour since the moment it came about.


Mind Fucking Revolution

We walk through life seeing the defiant, but when we’re high and being mind fucked we can see the abstract. We begin to process new incense ideas through merely conversation. Mind fucking comes with a horrible connotation, but can really open your mind. From ideas so tiny or a thought which looks complex we can better understand our world, our society, our lives better.
Whether it be an Idoser or a simple munchie idea, stimulation of the brain gives you the maximum amount of high with the most minimum amount of danger. Its more of an entertainment then anything. Mind fucking also comes in different forms such as intellectual, artistic, emotional, and spiritual. Which you can use to get the type of high you want, whether it be scary, intense, complex, or funny.
With this new decade comes a new type of entertainment, a new type of skill, and a new type of expression. Be prepared to have your minds fucked, or be the fucker.

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