Cowboy Bebop is a show that even people who say they hate anime to fucking death often respect. It is sometimes said to "transcend" anime. When this happens, I can only help but believe that anime, as a genre, is fundamentally stunted. Let's get serious for just a second here. Anime will never, I repeat, never be as accepted in the west the same way it's accepted in Japan. Not on the same level, not on the same terms. One thousand years from now, if there is still television and movies, anime will still only exist as a niche market outside of its origin country.
Occasionally though, you get a movie or series that "transcends" anime. Examples like Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, Spirited Away, and Perfect Blue gain recognition in legitimate film circles and inspire movie makers and viewers alike. Despite this anime is largely seen as a fetishist sub-set of animation, barely worthy of notice, save the occasional breakthrough. Why is this?
The truth is simple, obvious, but hard to swallow for some. Because, by and large, anime is a fetishist hobby. But that's what it has allowed itself to become. That's how it's marketed itself to it's own Japanese market. This...panties in a vending machine style of marketing sells the consumer a distraction, a
reason to not go outside, and ultimately it is a thing that facilitates non action. Why assert yourself and create something new when you can just as easily turn a quick profit by filling a demand for more moe catgirls with white panties showing in every shot?
There I said it. In b4 "elitist oldfag" but go ahead, it doesn't make what I said any less true.