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Cowboy Bebop--Excellent gun toting anime

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Cosmoline, May 13, 2004.

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  1. Cosmoline

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    I'm not a big fan of anime (Japanese animation), but I've been very impressed with one effort called "Cowboy Bebop." It airs late night on the Cartoon network and is out on DVD. The firearms are very well detailed and you can even recognize Sigs and Glocks. The shootouts are often superlative, combining shooting with some great martial arts. And the characters are interesting. Worth a look for sure.
     
  2. Ol' Badger

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    They do put a lot of detail into the weapons I noticed. Also the females, which is nice too.
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  3. Mulliga

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    Spike's Jericho 941 is pretty smegging cool. ;)
     
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    the BHP shown in one of the episodes is the purtiest gun ever.
     
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    Welcome to the fold.
     
  6. Tom Servo

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    Faye shoots a Glock 30, IIRC. Great series. The end is a real heart-breaker, and even though it's not what you wanted, when you see it, you know that it's the only way things could have turned out. I always loved Jet's character.
     
  7. junyo

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    You want anime with guns, you can't go wrong with Trigun.
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    Cowboy Bebop was a great series. Great characters and just the right amount of action, sci-fi and drama. I also think the characters practiced proper gun handling skills as well, if I remember right.

    Another one that's worth checking out is the Gunsmith Cats movie. Great CZ action.

    Chris
     
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    Gunsmith Cats

    Check out Gunsmith Cats. One DVD, 3 or 4 episodes set in chicago.

    Rally carries a CZ and you can even see the serial number on it. The best detail in Anime that I have ever seen.
     
  10. Dorrin79

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    Cowboy Bebop is great - of all the anime's I've seen, it's the only one that really sticks with you.

    Great story, interesting characters, gorgeous art, and very little of the 'weirdness' that pervades a lot of anime.

    Neat guns, too; at one point there was a website that identified all of the guns used in the series.

    The movie, available on DVD, is also excellent (it takes place between episodes 21 and 22, if I recall correctly)
     
  11. Justin

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    I've been catching episodes of Cowboy Bebop here and there and have been rather impressed with both the detail of the drawings and the handling of the characters.

    IIRC, in one episode Spike is trapped in a weightless environment without a way to move, so he draws his pistol and fires a couple of shots to push him in the right direction. I thought that was a particularly inspired bit of gunplay.
     
  12. Nightcrawler

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    You could say I'm something of a Cowboy Bebop fan. I mean, I own the entire series on DVD (in the limited edition boxed set), four of the soundtrack CDs, and the movie. :D

    The space physics are pretty good for science fiction. I mean, pretty durn good. You see a lot of newtonian physics in the series. They do take some license (for instance, I think the rotating section on the Bebop would probably have to be going at 6-8 rpm to simulate 1G; such a rotation would turn the ship into a vomitorium; and, somehow Mars and all of the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn have 1G of gravity, but I digress...), but all in all it's one of the best animes ever.

    For the movie, they really did their homework biology wise, too, regarding the lymphicites (sp?).

    I highly recommend it to anyone interested in either anime or firearms. You don't even have to be an anime fan to like the movie; it's that well done. :D

    Oh, my favorite gun in the series? Jet's old partner carries a S&W Model 29, in .44 Mag. It's blued and appears to have a 5" or 6" barrel. Hands down, coolest gun in the show, and one of only two DA revolvers to appear in the series/movie. (Two SAAs make an appearance in one episode as well, as do the prop guns used by the hosts of Big Shots).

    God, I'm a geek. LOL
     
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    Cowboy Bebop is great.

    Another vote for Gunsmith Cats. The mangas are even better of course for the detail. Battle Angel Alita, both anime and manga is a good series too.
     
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    The main reasons I'm a big fan of them. The other is that some of them are more for thinkers and not just all flash. Plus, the animation is much better than anything produced in the US/Europe.
     
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    Nightcrawler -

    One of my thoughts was that maybe Mars etc. do have lower gravity, which is how Spike was able to survive some of the rather long falls he takes at times (Episode 5, for example)

    I mean, Mars gravity is like 80% of Earth, so it's not as though people would be hopping all over the place.

    Or maybe I'm just a big geek, too... :D
     
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    I've been catching it on Adult Swim off and on, and I've seen probably 23 of the episodes, but al lout of order, due to my irregular watching pattern. I wish I had just rented the DVDs and watched them in sequence, because the story is really quite good when you can follow it. I saw the last episode about four times before I actually saw the one before it, which confused the devil out of me for months. :confused:

    Poseidon has a little body kit that will make your Jericho look like Spike's. It's basically a custom grip, but it's neat to know that people make that sort of thing. Cute. Too bad it can't be imported. :(
     
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    Mars' gravity is roughly 1/3rd of Earth's. (Earth's is about 9.8 meters per second squared).

    Ganymede's gravity is 1.42 m/s squared. Europa's gravity is roughly 13% of Earth's. Callisto's is 1.42 m/s squared.

    You'd notice the difference, I think, walking around in 13% of Earth's gravity. But that's okay, it's artistic license for the sake of the show. We just pretend that Mars, Titan, Ganymede, Callisto, Io, and others mentioned in the show are roughly the same size as earth and could be terraformed to give habitable climates. Notice how they could get any setting they wanted? Mars is urban. Ganymede is covered in water. Io is desert, like the American Southwest or Mexico. Callisto is frozen. Titan is a desert, like the Saraha.

    I really like how they had O'Neil cylinder type habitats in the show, too.
     
  18. Devonai

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    Other than those already mentioned, the Walther P99, H&K USP, Beretta 92 and the H&K MP5K are all featured prominently.

    And as far as Faye is concerned, she was designed entirely around the idea of "fan service." What do you expect?

    Misato Katsuragi was a much better female character, IMHO. ;)
     
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    Ah, Cowboy Bebop. First and only anime series that I went and bought on DVD (the whole thing in one fell swoop from Amazon). Loved the film-noir, pulp fiction homage. Phenomenal jazz/blues music.

    Great characters. Great atmosphere and mood. Some uneven episodes, but that's not surprising. Even thought the ending was perfect for the series (although I won't spoil it here).

    I'll probably get The Last Exile on DVD when it's fully released here in the states. Really like the visual imagination that went into that one.
     
  20. Nightfall

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    Bebop has some excellent gun play... but Trigun has the biggest pro-gun message I've ever seen in anything animated. It's the episode with the gun smith and the town under attack by robbers, IIRC. You'll know it when you see it. :D
     
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    I so want Vash the Stampede's revolver, too. A big, super-strong break-top in .45 Colt that fires from the bottom chamber. Aww, yeah. :D

    Wolfwood is cool, too in the same way Preacherman is. Something really kick-@$$ about pistol-packing men of God. :D
     
  22. Hugo

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    Here's the list of Anime any firearms enthusiast should see.

    Trigun - An old western anime? Yes and it's done very much in the spirit of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Very cool guns too. I also want Vash's revolver. One villan has a sniper rifle with a barrel that telescopes from about 10 ft long to basketball court length. Think it shot 20mm or so ammo. Fake as heck but makes you say "oh yeaahhhhh" when you see it. :) Coolest cross too.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion - Hmmmmm. Kinda like Apocalypse Now meets the X Files with other cool shows and movies mixed in. TONS of info on internet. Definitely NOT for kids due to violence and deep subject matter but since most here are adults, borrow or rent this one on DVD for sure. Big warning on the movie for being extra violent but lots of detailed guns and weapons. Misato clearly knows how to handle her Sig Sauer.

    Cowboy Bebop - Great series, great movie. Get the movie at least. Bad guy has a 1911 .45 ACP with 8 inch barrel at least. Who makes them that big in real life?

    Hellsing - Vampire (like Blade but much cooler) working for great, great granddaughter of Van Hellsing killing other vampires with a very cool pistol
    Uses a Semi-Auto .454 casull handgun with 12 inch barrel. Partner uses 30mm anti tank rifle. Gun Porn aplenty. And the coolest butler since Alfred.
    Also definitely not for kids.


    Any other anime I should see?
     
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    In the Cowboy Bebop movie, Vincent's pistol was definately a 1911 variant. But, given it's capacity, it definately wasn't normal.

    I postulated that it was an STI or similar double-stack in 9mm, with an eighteen to twenty round magazine.

    In the series and movie...

    Jet, of course, had the Walther P99. Spike had a Jericho 941, though we also see him with a Beretta 92, and I think a Ruger P89 once too. Faye almost always carried her Glock 30, though she also packs an MP5K sometimes.

    We see Spike use a 14" Mossberg cruiser once, but I don't think he ever used a rifle. (The MP5 in the bushel of roses was great, though.)

    Vicious carries his sword mostly, though in flashbacks we see him with a Colt Mk. IV.

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  24. Ashendale

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    Been hooked on anime since Robotech was released here in the U.S. :)
    Cowboy Bebop is pretty pro gun, but then so is most of Japanime, which is ironic considering their prohibitive gun laws. I agree. The ending is perfect.
    BTW, anyone here ever watch anime movies at the Michigan Theater on East Liberty? That was great during undergrad. A whole auditorium full of geeks and gothics.
    Ian
     
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    Misato carries an HK USP. :D

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