Monday, December 29, 2008

Bubblegum Crisis (1987)

Thanks to the Anime World Order podcast, I watched the Bubblegum Crisis OAV. Only the three hosts of this podcast to make me watch this anime. I was traumatized by the dreadful Bubblegum Crisis 2040 and I was certain that I would never watch anything remotely related to that title.

I noticed something interesting on episode 5, Moonlight Rambler. Sylia Stingray, leader of the Knight Sabers, meets an informant called Fargo in a pool bar called C'est la Vie. Episode 20 of Cowboy Bebop (1998), Pierrot le Fou, has Spike Spiegel play pool on a place called C'est la Vie. I wonder if that is a direct reference to BGC or if both are referencing a famous noir movie. Could this specific scene from BGC be an inspiration for CB? I also compared staff and cast of both titles and was surprised with the results.

Below are images from Bubblegum Crisis:
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Below, images from Cowboy Bebop:
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Kouichi Yamadera, voice of Spike Spiegel, below seen inside Cowboy Bebop's C'est la Vie:
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He was also the voice of Fargo, below seen inside Bubblegum Crisis' C'est la Vie. Notice the loose necktie.
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Megumi Hayashibara, voice of Faye Valentine:
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On BGC, she is the voice of Nam, who briefly appears on the beginning of the episode 5, but notice a girl who is seen at the Bubblegum Crisis' C'est la Vie.
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Kenyuu Horiuchi, voice of Gren:
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On BGC, he is the voice of Daley Wong, member of the AD Police. If you watched both, you know why I'm posting these two.
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1 comment:

penguintruth@gmail.com said...

I actually wrote a short story that takes place in a bar Cest la vie when I had the same realization you had.

No Cowboy Bebop or Bubblegum Crisis characters, though, but I based the description of the bar based on the same damn screenshots you took from both programs. Honestly.