Literary reasons why Spike lived

Thanks to Pureblood-3 for showing me this!

This particular blogger has other reasons to believe Spike survived Real Folk Blues that I hadn’t thought of. This person makes a very good case I think and I enjoyed the posting very much. Check out Cowboy Bebop vs. Ernest Hemingway; Harry dies, Spike Lives.

EDIT: New version of wordpress doesn’t seem to like hyperlinks. Booo!
RE-EDIT: Examined the html that was supplied by the new wordpress and found that it was wrong. It’ll work as long as I go in and manually tweak it. I can live with that.

8 comments to Literary reasons why Spike lived

  • Corny

    What a well-written article. Thanks for the link!

    • My pleasure! I love this article! I saved it to pdf to keep it in case for some reason the blog goes away. In fact, I started doing that with a number of the important pages I linked to. I learned my lesson from when the Daily Texan online took down that interview with Shinichiro Watanabe. I was able to retrieve it from cache and save it, but it’s ugly. πŸ™ It’s not in the web archives because the site prevents spiders from gathering the pages.

  • Faye_Spiegel

    A really good article!! Thank you so much! Sorry for my bad english but it’s not my language.

    Anyway about spike’s end, i think he really lives. And there is a simple reason why i think that.
    At first when “Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on heavens door” was announced, Watanabe said that there was something in the movie that explained the final sessions.
    And there’s a part of the movie that actually does that. I know that the movie take place before The real folk blues, infact that part of the movie is like a premonition. There is the part:

    from 2:30 to 2:48

    The first time i saw that i thought that was Jet who saved Spike, and that he was talking about Vincent’s death.

    Jet:”…You almost didn’t make it… He died.”

    But spike wake up in front of Laughing Bull, and Vincent is not dead, and Jet knows that because when he finally met Spike he says: “He disappeared.”

    So i think Jet is talking about Vicious, also because he says: “Actually he was dead from the beginning just like you Spike.” and that flash in the movie is telling us what happened after The real folk blues.

    I don’t know if you can read my bad english, but i hope i managed to explain myself.
    What do you think about that theory? It’s really popular in my country.


    • Hi Faye_Spiegel!

      Your English is just fine. I couldn’t tell it’s not your first language (and it’s much much better than my Japanese πŸ™‚ ).

      Seriously?? “At first when β€œCowboy Bebop: Knocking on heavens door” was announced, Watanabe said that there was something in the movie that explained the final sessions.” He really did say that? I had no idea, that’s awesome.

      And yes, if you ask me, that movie was a dream and it took place AFTER Real Folk Blues. That scene you referenced was Spike waking up in the middle of the movie, Jet still standing there trying to get him up.

      And I loved Spike’s line to Bull when he wakes up and Bull asks him what he saw. He said “I was dreaming. Well… which is the dream?” Good question, eh? πŸ™‚

  • AlastaAsp

    Wow these are some great points! I never thought of looking at the characters/ending in that way! I personally believe that the ending scene with Spike walking down the stairs was a dream/metaphor.

    • I know, I hadn’t though of those points either. This is why it’s a good thing to have a lot of voices weighing in on things – everyone has something different to bring to the discussion which is just too cool for words! πŸ™‚

  • Faye_Spiegel

    Thank you very much indeed πŸ™‚
    About Watanabe: yes seriously, but a lot of people thought he was talking about Vincent’s story ’cause of the similarity with spike’s. I don’t think so. I think that’s another reason to believe that the whole movie is a dream like you said. πŸ™‚
    Sometimes i really hate Watanabe for his beeing so laconic. Don’t you? πŸ™‚

    (P.s: i’m not japanese, but i lived in japan for 3 years studying 2d animation πŸ™‚ I’m from Rome, kisses!
    P.P.S: I love your blog!!! <3)

    • Watanabe-san is quite the stinker, that’s for sure. πŸ™‚ He tells different people different things about the end, makes a movie about a dream and no matter which you say it is, dream or real, he’ll tell you you’re wrong. If that’s the case then I’m going to pick whichever I like best, which is it’s a dream and takes place after the series. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

      Wow, from Rome and lived in Japan! Jealous! Two places I want to visit. I’ll be in Japan for a week later this year. I really want to see Rome too, maybe next year along with Dublin.