I posted a while back that I wanted to check out Twin Peaks to see if I could see anything in there that might be an influence for Cowboy Bebop.
Looks like I’m really into seeing what could have influenced Cowboy Bebop – Shinichiro Watanabe did say he watched a lot of western movies, particularly American Westerns. Really? And did any of them have any identifiable influences in Cowboy Bebop?
I have no idea how many of these types of postings I’m going to be making. I guess when I see an influence, I’ll post. Right now I have 2.
Twin Peaks. A friend who was living in Japan when the show was on the air said it was ‘huge’ there. He told me there was one town that had two mountain peaks in the background that had a welcome sign with Bob, Twin Peaks’ serial killer, hitchhiking on it. I still laugh myself sick thinking about that.
Did Twin Peaks have any influence on Cowboy Bebop? I never read anywhere that anyone working on the show watched it or was a fan, but yeah, I think it looks like there was some influence. Many characters in that show talked about their dreams – Agent Dale Cooper made major decisions based on his dreams, which he would tell us in great detail. More than once you’ll hear various characters talk about feeling like they were in a dream or nightmare
Twin Peaks also had two men who used to be comrades – Mike and Bob – who were killers. Mike repented and even cut off his arm to remove a demonic tattoo he had on his shoulder to completely sever himself from his past and to start a new life. Bob on the other hand, was a killer, he liked killing and intended to continue killing. Bob also had long, white(ish) hair. Sound familiar? Mike, his name even rhymes with Spike. Influence or coincidence? Don’t know, but still interesting to think about.
A user named bronnt on imdb.com’s Cowboy Bebop message board found another possible influence. Shane. Shane was a gunslinger who had sworn off that life and appeared to be wandering, not wanting to remain in those locales where he lived his gunslinging ways. That movie had an ending that’s been described as ‘enigmatic’ (in fact, that’s what the sleeve the movie was in when I got it from Netflix called it). I watched it. Yeah. It’s enigmatic. Shane is a very decent movie that had a kickass shootout in a saloon in the end. The last we see of him, one has to wonder.
I see bits of Mike and Shane in Spike and his situation.
I’m sure there are more, but this is what I’ve found or had reported to me so far. As I find more I will post to see what you all think. And of course if you know of any others, please let me know! This stuff fascinates me to no end.