Equipment Type: Guymelef Government: Asturia Manufacturer: unknown Accommodation: pilot only Dimensions: height 8.1 costa Mass: 6.9 peizo Energists: 2 red Design Features: none - Armament - Weapons: 1 x Sword
Description and History
Despite lacking the craftsmanship of Ispano manufacturing, the Scherazade is still considered a formidable Guymelef largely due in part to the great skill of its pilot, the Knight Caeli Allen Schezar. Its relative agility and Allen’s skillful use of the rapier-like sword makes up for its limited weaponry and inability to transform modes or fly.
Note: Scherazade (Sherazaado) is an alternate spelling of Scheherazade (also rendered as Sheherazaado, Sheerazaado, Shaharazaado, or Sheerazaade), the vizier’s daughter who recounts the tales to the sultan in the One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights).
Debut: The Vision of Escaflowne, Episode 3 Pilot(s): Allen Schezar Other appearances: none Original mechanical designer: Kimitoshi Yamane
Why was it memorable?: TRANSCENDED THE LIMITATIONS OF THE MEDIUM
What can I tell you about Cowboy Bebop that many of you don’t already know? Many people cite the series as their very first anime, many more cite it as their favorite anime, and even more would put it on their list of BEST ANIME OF ALL TIME. It’s almost unbelievable how this show has managed to become a major hit in all markets, particularly in America where it’s most popular; a feat that was only accomplished by the likes of Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Science Team Ninja Gatchaman, and Astro Boy.
Welp– all I can say is the proof is in the pudding; Bebop’s sense of style, story telling, and characters is unlike any other anime we saw before and have seen since. It’s got a retro-futurism kind of vibe to it with the aesthetics of modern industrialized society thrown in. It is in the future, and it takes place across the whole galaxy but there’s a modern look to most everything, even the technology. That helps but possibly the biggest contributing factor to this show’s international success comes from the heavy use of themes from the Western world.
Shinichirō Watanabe has cited that the series is mix of multiple things. That’s a theme that runs in a lot of his works.
Samurai Champloo mixes Hip Hop culture with Samurai
and Space Dandy mixes 1950′s American retro-futurism with Funk music.
The story at its core is based on American Western movies with space itself acting as the New Frontier and there being so much crime that the strapped law enforcement has to employ bounty hunters all across the galaxy to capture criminals. The main characters are basically those movie cowboys but they’re not the conventional depiction of those kinds of characters. From then on out the rest of the series is basically “what kind of cool shit can we make apart of our story?” Somehow, they managed to make it work; exploring existential themes, the hardships of the past, the bleakness of the future, and what it means to live.
It really was such a breath of fresh air. Other animes at the time were wall to wall action; made to keep kids interested, and adults with child-like minds. Then here came this show to completely blow us all out of the water with some intense action but also very gripping, slow moving moments that explored some pretty unconventional ideas. Some might call that boring and slow moving but it really lends to the strength of the narrative.
Everything in Bebop reeks of substance; not only is the main story exciting to follow but there isn’t a single boring episode in the entire run. Each one feels exciting in its own right and is recommended for watching in its own special way.
You didn’t need me to tell you all of this, right?
The series premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3 until June 26, 1998, broadcasting only twelve episodes and a special due to its controversial adult-themed content.
The entire twenty-six episodes of the series were later broadcast on WOWOW from October 24 until April 24, 1999.
You know, it’s no wonder Adult Swim kept the series around figuratively FOREVER. It pretty much survived, and ran non-stop through every new programming block and style change that they went through, and only stopped for a short time when they lost the rights to broadcast the series. It’s a staple of Adult Swim, just as much as it has been a staple of many people’s lives.
That’s why I’m proud to have it as the final part of ADULT SWIM ACTION WEEK. I hope you all enjoyed, and now it’s back to our regularly schedules programming