A Dream I Will Never Wake Up From – Fan Casting a Live Action Cowboy Bebop!

Cowboy Bebop is one of the my favorite anime of all time and I consider it to be one of the few anime that could actually have a good live action adaptation. The setting is perfect for a sci-fi futuristic western and would work well with Hollywood audiences. So here I am trying to do justice to the live action film that may happen someday by giving you my casting choices.

Jared Leto as Spike Spiegel

Spike Spiegel (left) and Jared Leto (right)
Spike Spiegel (left) and Jared Leto (right)

Jared Leto is a great actor, I think a lot of us can agree on that. With his award winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club and a pretty promising take on The Joker, I think it is pretty apt to come to that conclusion.

Why Do I Think He Will Be A Great Spike?

His physique is perfect. He has the body which is built for the role, but not to a point where it is buffed. The green hair looks pretty good on him. Spike has green hair too (take a look at Joker if you don’t believe me). He is pretty dedicated to his roles, which is necessary when you are going to play a character like Spike.I mean, the guy is a goof, a sharp shooter, a martial arts expert and a cool, no-shit taking cowboy. He is a character that requires a man who is versatile and Jared Leto is someone who I think can pull it off.

Michelle Monaghan as Faye Valentine

Faye Valentine (left) and Michelle Monaghan (right)
Faye Valentine (left) and Michelle Monaghan (right)

Michelle Monaghan is one underrated actress. She is surprisingly very talented in my opinion. Her performances in True Detective and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) are pretty good examples. So, that must beg the question…

Why do I think She would be a good Faye?

She can play damaged characters. Okay, I will be honest, she got to this list precisely because of her role in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. She was able to portray a damaged character who uses her cunning character to survive in the real world. Which is exactly who Faye Valentine is. Also, I can’t put this in any other words, so here it is……She is sexy!. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang also proved this and Faye is too.

Idris Elba as Jet Black

Idris Elba (left) and Jet Black (right)
Idris Elba (left) and Jet Black (right)

I think we are all on the same page I say that Idris Elba is an underused talent. The guy has proven time and time again that he can do almost anything. He played Mandela, a war general in Pacific Rim, a pilot of the spaceship in Prometheus, a drug lord in The Wire and was given a useless role in the Thor films, Let’s face it guys, playing a guy who is on screen for 10 minutes to hold a staff is not what Idris Elba should be doing. Anyways

Why Do I Think He can be a great Jet?

He can easily build up the physique. Also, seeing him play a father as well as a war general in Pacific Rim was great and Jet Black is the father figure and leader of the crew. Idris Elba can play damaged characters with a tragic past and guess what? Jet Black is a damaged character with a tragic past.

Chloe Grace Moretz as Edward Wong

Chloe Grace Moretz (left) and Edward Wong (right)
Chloe Grace Moretz (left) and Edward Wong (right)

Chloe Grace Moretz is one hell of an actress. She is without a doubt one of my celebrity crushes (mostly because of the fact that she and I are about the same age) and also one of the better younger actors around. She has played a vampire in Let Me In, and a badass heroin in Kick Ass. Yes, I am aware that she is older than what is intended for the role, but screw it. Its fan casting and it is a dream that I will never wake up from! Basically, I am going to assume she is young (probably around the age she was when she did Kick-Ass).

Why Do I Think She Is A Great Pick?

When I saw Kick-Ass, one thing that I noticed Chloe brought to the table as Hitgirl was being a tomboy, which is one of the main characteristics of Edward. Not only that, she played a vampire in Let Me In, and she was able to bring a variety of expressions, especially when she is killing someone or drinking blood. This is something that is necessary for the role of Edward, since she has a huge variety of expressions.

Well, hope that was interesting. It was fun, but it was hard to choose someone for Edward Wong. Regardless, this is my first fan cast lineup article I have ever done, so I hope you can forgive some weird choices I may have made. But, I want to ask you guys, Who do you think would be great to play these characters? Take over the comment section.

Cheers…and take care

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Cowboy Bebop (Anime Review)

Cowboy Bebop Anime Review

Well, hello there it’s June the 9th, which means that it is my birthday (I have turned 18) and as promised I will be reviewing an anime today. It was really hard for me to choose which one to review though, because there are so many to choose from the ones that I have seen, but seeing as I am someone who wants to get as many people as I can into the medium, there was only one anime I wanted to review in order to do so. So today I review what is possibly considered to be one of the modern masterpieces in its medium in my opinion. Yes that’s right I am talking about Cowboy Bebop.

Cowboy Bebop is an anime series that aired in 1998 that was directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and animated by studio Sunrise. The series of 26 episodes follows the adventures and misadventures of a crew of bounty hunters aboard the Bebop. This includes Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Edward Wong and their dog Ein. Now before you go into seeing this show, I expect that you know that for most of the part the show follows an episodic structure, that means that there is no overlying story arc that follows, while there are some story arcs for all our characters (Spike in particular), the show for most of the part is fairly episodic.

Now with that out of the way, let me talk about Bebop. Why this show is considered a masterpiece? Why is it loved by so many? Why does it attract so many audiences to the medium? Well, it’s hard to answer that briefly, but if there is anything that makes this show set itself apart from the others it is the characters, especially with how they are portrayed in the English dub and the music by Yoko Kanno. You see unlike many other shows or movies, where the show beholds its visuals in front of you to make you interested or make some well-choreographed action scene to keep you excited, this anime really takes its characters to be the center piece of the show and what factors in very well is the music, Cowboy Bebop in many ways is practically defined by its existence, that’s how memorable the soundtrack is.

You see, Cowboy Bebop was the first anime I had ever seen completely. Yes, I had seen a few episodes of Naruto, a few of Sword art Online, a few of One Piece prior to viewing this, but the truth of the matter is that they all had a very similar style and an incredibly generic way of storytelling, and if you are someone who is disinterested in the medium it’s probably because your friends kept the praising the shit out these shows that run forever like the ones I mentioned above. Another reason why Cowboy Bebop worked for me on so many levels was because that it had a completely different style to it, it really inclines itself more towards western styles and cultures, so there are no cutie characters with high pitched voices, there are no awkward romances, there are no exaggerated facial expressions. It completely restricts itself from such stuff and tells its own story, without ever becoming an embarrassing experience.

The animation is in a word spectacular. Yes, for a show that aired all the way in 1998, it holds up, and this is coming from someone who has seen a lot of movies and t.v shows with high quality animation since prior to viewing this. The coloring, the character designs and even the designs of the future (the show is set in 2071) are a beauty to look at, that completely fit into the world that the director has created.

Cowboy Bebop lends its fame to its characters and in all honestly, these are some of the most well written characters I have ever seen. Spike Spiegel is probably the coolest character in anime history who is also voiced by the one and only Steve Blum, so that never hurts, a bounty hunter who was formally an assassin for a crime syndicate. Jet Black voiced by Beau Billingslea, a former cop who grew a lot more cynical of the society. Faye Valantine voiced by Wendee Lee, a woman who has no memory of her past and is trying to get by in this world with her cunningness and looks. Edward Wong voiced by Melissa Fahn, who is a crazy and sometimes cute computer hacker and finally Ein, the dog of Bebop.They are all entertaining and interesting to watch, in their own right with each having a distinctive personality, and that’s what makes them so special.

Most of the episodes of Bebop are actually quite similar in terms of the situations, a bounty comes up, they go after the bounty, they fail most of the times and everything goes back to normal. Despite that, it never bores you of its repetitive nature because it adds a lot of twists and turns in the plot to make it more edgy, funny or even flat out entertaining in the best possible way. Also I need to make it clear that this show does not follow the same structure all the time, in fact there are a couple of episodes that deal with the characters pasts and conflicts, I always found these episodes to be the best of the show, as it always showcased the best of what Bebop had to offer. It did these episodes so well; it was hard for me to ever feel that it was repetitive.

A lot of the credit for that has to go to the dub cast and the music. But I want to shed light on the dub a little more. Although I personally prefer to watch anime dubbed rather than subbed (yeah I do), I think I can safely say that Cowboy Bebop has one of if not the best dubs anime has ever seen. Everyone did a phenomenal job to a point where I can’t listen to any other voice playing these characters, let alone Japanese, and that’s not to criticize the Japanese voice actors, but it is just that this is some of the best voice acting that these ears have ever heard.

With heaps of praises, I do have a few issues with the show, more so than others. My main issue with the show was that there were a few episodes that while good, do not reach the same heights in terms of quality compared to the rest of the episodes and some even turn out to be rather pointless. Also the first 4 episodes are a weak start for a show claimed to be a masterpiece, because it gets good from episode 5 onwards, so that can be a bit distasteful to some. Another issue I had with this anime is the effective and excellent but rather rushed ending, as everything seems to come to a close quite quickly. It’s a problem I have had with anime in general; they always rush through the endings rather than giving it proper closure. With all that, the fact that it is an episodic show (mostly) can be a turn off as well, because when I first saw this anime, I had no idea it was an episodic show and I came out disappointed. However, when I came to terms with that fact, I immediately fell in love with it and I understood why it was so good.

Despite these admittedly minor problems, I do recommend this to anyone who is willing to give the medium of anime a try. Cowboy Bebop shows and proves like many other exceptional shows that animation is a medium to tell any story that can be mature, humorous and even dark sometimes. It solidifies cements itself as one of my favorite TV series of all time and it is a great gateway to anime that gives you a glimpse at what the medium can do in terms of storytelling, and it deserves all the praise that it gets. I am going to give Cowboy Bebop a solid 9/10 (yeah I am giving scores out of 10 for tv series)

Final Rating: 9/10

PS: Check out the movie as well, it’s incredibly well done