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Coyote Ragtime Fan Service

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So this show doesn’t have any illusions about how flat the characters are.  The characters are likeable but one-dimensional.  The lady cop has a big appetite (and a supermodel body) and considerable sentimentality.  Her sidekick is cowardly and has a good memory (but never gets any screen time).

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The obvious enemies are fan service maids.  In this picture, we see the three lolis, the meganekko intellectual, and a girl with twin tails and a machine gun.

 

 

 

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There actually is a good reason in-universe for all these girls to be so ridiculously pretty and so doll-like in their clothing.  No points for guessing it ahead of time.

 

 

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And in this picture, we see another loli with grenades, plus a more mature woman with a katana.  The writers don’t know anything about weapons (and they probably don’t know anything about actual human females) but they are eager to get as much fan service on the screen as possible.

 

 

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In the shot above, the sidekick has the good sense to run away from a gunfight.

 

 

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The lady cop is not necessarily an accurate marksman, but she shows up and fires her guns.

 

 

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These two girls get a fair amount of screen time, but they just have standard firearms.  The one in the foreground might be a lieutenant or the eldest or something.

 

So I’m willing to watch this show, and I’m not complaining much, but it’s like watching a lobotomized version of Cowboy Bebop.  (The art style is very similar; the two shows had the same art director.)

 

I like realistic fiction, and if I can’t get realism, I like verisimilitude.  (That’s a fancy word.  It is defined as:

ver•i•si•mil•i•tude (vĕrˌə-sĭ-mĭlˈĭ-to͞odˌ, -tyo͞odˌ)

 
  • n.
    The quality of appearing to be true or real. See Synonyms at truth.
  • n.
    Something that has the appearance of being true or real.)

So Cowboy Bebop was wildly soft sci-fi.  But it seemed plausible while you were watching it.  It was charming enough that it almost never made you stop and say, “Wow this sucks.”  Except for the episode with the Space Shuttle, that one sucked.

Watanabe shouldn’t try to do realism.  When he does, we get stuff like that high school romance between the girl and the terrorist, Zankyou no Terror.  It’s realistic enough to make me stop watching because it’s depressing.  (But it’s not realistic enough to keep me watching – whereas a Fukasaku film never lets me stop watching, no matter how depressing it gets.)

I think the old guys who were background characters in Cowboy Bebop got recycled as extras in the second episode.

 

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Despite being very close to a Cowboy Bebop rip-off, Coyote Ragtime Show only imitates a few things:

 

  1. The title includes a genre of music.
  2. “Coyote” means “bandit” in this fictional universe.
  3. There is a big beefy old guy, with a bunch of followers.
  4. The art style has the same art director, and probably has a few cameos from minor characters – old men, faces in crowds, etc.

And that’s about it.  The cute kid is not autistic like Ed.  The plot is unified, not really episodic.  The bad guys are unified.  The music is not important.  The old guy is older than Jet and much more respected.

It is a crowd-pleasing adventure that parents can watch with their kids. There doesn’t seem to be any explicit sex. There is a feminist role model to counterbalance the mindless fan service. The characters are wholesome enough for a G rating. No one gets hit and dies slowly with pain and indignity (but there are a lot of explosions and gunfights). The evil genius is cruel enough to kill, but she’s not a realistic psychopath.

This right here is mindless fluff. It looks pretty, but it’s lobotomized.