I remember the first time I saw this ending, it was on [AS], of course. While I had been fully convinced that the hype and acclaim about the show had been justified several times over this sequence cinched it for me.
It had come at a point when I was starting to weary of animation in general but every so often some title comes along and Cowboy Bebop was unlike anything that had been seen before in anime.
Having rewatched the whole series just last year, there are good reasons people keep rediscovering and re-watching it and hopefully introducing it to others who haven't had the pleasure.
Unlike quite a few animated series CB has aged well. Nothing about the emotional moments feel cheesy or clichéd, the action and violence is still sharp and punchy for a TV anime, and when you revisit it after awhile it still has that feel of something new and exciting that you got the first time you watched.
I'm not keen on the unflattering racial stereotypes in "Mushroom Samba", which is a shame, because otherwise it's the rewatchablest episode of the series, but I'm kind of embarrassed to show it to people.
I missed this series back when it was big and it kinda got seriously hyped. I did like what I saw of it, and should watch it all through at some time, even if I know how it's gonna end.
It's missing the epilogue where Susan radios 7-Zark-7 and tells him that Spike was wearing a bulletproof/swordproof vest, so after a nice nap he got up and went home. Also, Julia was just napping too, so ultimately Spike didn't need to storm the jelly factory where everyone was carrying bowls of jelly around and tripping and spilling jelly everywhere.
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