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A Painfully Honest Review Of Netflix Cowboy Bebop

A Painfully Honest Review of Netflix Cowboy Bebop

What Is It?

The YouTube video, A Painfully Honest Review Of Netflix Cowboy Bebop by the YouTube channel Mother’s Basement.

Here is the description for this video:

Cowboy Bebop is one of the best and most beloved anime in the world – the kind of thing a live action adaptation REALLY doesn’t wanna screw up.
Netflix screwed it up. But that’s just the start of this story.

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Cowboy Bebop (2021 TV Series) (Season 1)

Cowboy Bebop | Opening Credits | Netflix

What Is It?

The 2021 Netflix American science fiction live action parody streaming TV show adaptation of the Japanese anime (animated) TV show Cowboy Bebop called Cowboy Bebop (Season 1).

Cowboy Bebop | Official Trailer | Netflix

Here is how Metacritic describes this TV show:

The live-action series based on Shinichirō Watanabe’s anime series follows bounty hunters Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) as they search the galaxy for wanted criminals.

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Beowulf (2007 Film)

What is it?

The 2007 British-American 3D live-action/computer-animated fantasy adventure film Beowulf.

Beowulf (2007) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers
Beowulf

What is it about?

This is how The IMDb describes this movie:

Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: in 507, a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the mead hall of Danish King Hrothgar (Sir Anthony Hopkins). He offers rewards for the death of Grendel (Crispin Glover), so Beowulf (Ray Winstone), a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his thanes. Beowulf sets aside his armor and awaits the monster. A fierce battle ensues that leads to Beowolf’s entering the watery lair of Grendel’s Mother (Angelina Jolie), where a devil’s bargain awaits. Beowulf returns to Herot, the castle, and becomes King. Jump ahead many years, and the sins of the father are visited upon Beowulf and his kingdom. The hero must face his weakness and be heroic once again. Is the age of demons over?—jhailey@hotmail.com

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Sand Whale And Me

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What is it?

The 2016 Japanese live action and animated micro-series Sand Whale And Me.

What is it about?

This how Wikia describes this micro-series:

Sand Whale and Me is the story of a female paratrooper in the distant future who is stranded in a vast desert.

With limited supply of food and water, her only hope is to catch a sand whale from a pack.

If she can’t, her life may just hang in the balance.[1]

The series also has a video game aspect, with portions of each episode featuring 3rd person point of view, similar to 3rd person shooters.

During these portions, there are also status bars in the corners of the screen that show the main character’s health, level, experience, weapon selected and ammunition remaining.

Final Thoughts

I am sorry Mamoru Oshii but this was one of the worst television shows that I watched on television this year, and it was the worst or next to worst show in the Adult Swim Toonami lineup this year.

This micro-series was strange, illogical, incoherent, et cetera; it was like watching someone’s crazy nonsensical Japanese comedic dream in the form of a micro television series.

I was hoping that it would be more like a Japanese version of Frank Herbert’s Dune, but instead it ended up being a nonsensical mess that got lost in translation I guess.

One good thing though is that it was a very short television show that was probably less than 30 minutes long, and so I was able to survive watching it; otherwise I would not have watched all of it.

The end,

-John Jr

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Ghost In The Shell (2017 Film)

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What is it?

The 2017 American live action science fiction action film Ghost In The Shell which was directed by Rupert Sanders.

What is it about?

This is how the Rotten Tomatoes describes this film:

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it.

As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen.

She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.

Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell.”

Final Thoughts

I think that this film did a pretty good job with the visuals but the movie itself was empty and was just a shell that looked somewhat like Ghost In The Shell, but it did not feel or seem like Ghost In The Shell in my opinion.

This film took some parts of the Ghost In The Shell animated movies and television shows and combined them and changed some parts oddly, some important things were not explained, some characters had no names and most characters had no character development or hardly any role, and this film just disappointed me which is disappointing because I wanted to like it.

I would probably give this film a 5 out of 10.

They should have just made another animated Ghost In The Shell movie instead.

I am tired of most American remakes et cetera being worse than the originals, and I am tired of failed animation to live action projects.

Please stop remaking and re-imagining things if you are going to make it worse, and please stop trying to unnecessarily change things that are animated into live action because not everything needs to be live action because some of the most emotional and powerful things that I have seen have been animated instead of live action.

Still, you can tell that some hard work and effort did go into making this film and that they tried, and so they deserve praise for the visuals and for trying but they missed some of the most important parts of Ghost In The Shell so this film was mostly a pretty shell with no ghost in my opinion.

I think that you are better off watching the animated Ghost In The Shell films: Ghost In The Shell (1995 Film), Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence, and Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie and / or watching the Ghost In The Shell television shows Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig and Ghost In The Shell: Arise.

Ghost In Shell (1995 Film) is considered to be the best of the films by some:

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence is considered by some to be the most strange of the films, but it will make you think:

Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie is considered by some to be the film that better explores the relationship between and information about the characters who eventually become members of Public Security Section 9:

There was an animated Ghost In The Shell television movie called Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society but it was the worst and most disappointing of the animated movies so I usually try to pretend that it does not exist, I could not find an official trailer for it on YouTube, and so here is a review with spoilers of this movie by the YouTube channel BennettTheSage in a video called Anime Abandon – Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society:

The end,

-John Jr