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He's an incredibly skilled martial artist and assassin. Gren represents both Spike and Julia. They've all worked in the Red Dragon Syndicate, and Spike and Vicious were its top assassins. Rather than sell out the man she's grown to love, Julia opts to run away. We soon learn the details to the story: That Julia was with Vicious, that Spike took a liking to her, and that Vicious and Spike were very good friends. Vicious informed Julia that he will kill Spike, or Spike and Julia would both face death for her betrayal. This bothers me a little... why not just run away with Spike if that were the case? She was a cheerleader in high school. Vicious and Julia have some undefined history together, and the resentment that Vicious feels over Julia growing close to Spike has deadly consequences. He can't hide how he feels forever, though. This scene, of Spike's hope for a future with Julia being slowly crushed as he waits for her in the rain, marks the end of the open and emotional Spike seen in flashbacks. While we think we're meeting a terminally uncaring assassin, it's really a coping mechanism to avoid being hurt in the same way ever again. Julia, for her part, does not reciprocate. Cowboy bebop was never about who is good and who is evil. We then spend the rest of the series rooting for this guy, who seems to break up a relationship for his own selfish gain, and ultimately ends up getting everyone killed. Julia represents art/music in this relationship because Spike's and Vicious' behavior towards art/music is exactly the same as with Julia. Anytime anyone mentioned Julia, Spike would run off in hopes of finding her. It seems Spike is the jerk here. [citation needed] As a child, Faye was shy but very positive and outgoing with her friends. The first thing he does after her death is see his old partners, and the second thing is a suicide mission to kill the guy responsible. Julia was just a manifestation of Spike questioning his life and deciding he had to abandon his previous life to be whole. Welcome to reddit's foremost hub for all things Cowboy Bebop, the 1998 anime series created by Shinichirō Watanabe. Not to draw from the unknown, but Julia was with Vicious for more of a reason than to be his gang babe. Thanks! Little is known about Spike's decision to join his travelling companion Jet aboard the Bebop. Vicious tells Julia that she must ambush Spike and kill him if she hopes to live. However, Jet and Spike's early friendship is left to be inferred by the viewer. While Vicious presumably just tried to dominate Julia, Spike fell in love with her singing while he himself was completely at her mercy, being badly injured. Spike tells her she sings off-key, Faye hits him with a pillow hard enough to fill the room with a cloud of feathers, then storms off in a huff. But when he turns her down and ultimately decides to end things with Vicious once and for all, Julia doesn’t argue. The Spike we meet aboard the Bebop is several years beyond the point where he's ever openly cared for another person. It might be safe to assume he grew up an orphan, but even if his parents were around, all who watch the show can agree that Spiegel grew up in less than ideal conditions. Julia Skullovitch (nee: Bonne) is a Civilian Agent of the United Alliance of Heroes. However, the Red Dragon only allows one way out of their dealings: death. I’m sitting here with you right now, and he’s with Julia,… Can we apply the same example outside of anime and guns - 2 ordinary men involved with the same woman. He makes it clear that either Spike dies at her hand or she dies along with him. The way that the show metes out bits and pieces of Spike Spiegel's backstory is similar to the way that researchers learn about the history of genres like hard bop, with information coming in snatches through a careful read of the liner notes until eventually they are overwhelmed when the scope of the larger picture becomes clear. While his unguarded and youthful nature has obvious physical effects on him, the most lasting legacy of his vulnerable youth comes in the form of two friendships that would define his life (and ultimately lead to his downfall). April 16, 2020 ~ Homo neanderthalensis. How's that for a alternative way of looking at this? He hurls himself into an attack he knows he won't walk away from, saying goodbye to his friends on the Bebop before charging Vicious in an attack that leaves both men dead. Once inside the syndicate, Spike rises quickly. He wants nothing more than to head the criminal organization, and he makes it clear throughout the series that he doesn't particularly care what he has to do to take over. She refuses saying they'll kill him. She's certainly romanticized in the series as being "his woman". Spike has strong feelings about Julia from the first moment he saw her. Julia and Spike plan to run away as before, but Spike still feels the desire for revenge, leading to a final confrontation with Vicious and the Syndicate. Spike had wanted to take her with him when he left the syndicate, but she was blackmailed by Vicious into almost shooting Spike. That entire motif is rendered grey by the theme of existentialism. At the time the Cowboy Bebop story begins, Spike is only 27 years old. I saw a quote once on a poster of CB, "We are not terrific but we are competent.". Spike also charges headlong into several dangerous situations just at the mere mention of Julia's name. It's hard to believe, given the weight he clearly carries and the weary way he moves through the world. His rapid climb — on top of his obvious personal friendship with Mao — lead to rumors that he's next in line to take over the Syndicate. One day, along with some friends, she recorded a message on an old Betamax videotape to be delivered ten years in the future as a time capsule.In 2014, at the age of 20, Faye traveled into space with her parents on a private spacecraft. Catching Spike and Julia having an affair with each other, Vicious then forced to Julia make a sadistic choice; either she had to kill Spike or he would personally kill both of them. Part of the allure of Cowboy Bebop is that it doesn't hold the viewer's hand. She is the Assistant Director of the Alpha Base. Spike and Julia enjoyed dreaming about a word of balance and safety, but they never treated that domain as anything but a "dream." One day in 2068, she nursed Spike back to health after he was critically injured and collapsed outside her apartment. But the thing is. Badly injured after a shoot-out in the slums on Mars, Spike stumbled to Julia's home, who at that time was Vicious' girlfriend. Via context clues, fans can gather that he didn't exactly have a charmed childhood. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. What if all of this drama and death was for nothing? But, when asked about Spike’s fate, Blum offers a cheerful alternative. We can piece together much of Spike's history from flashbacks revealed throughout the series. By contrast, Vicious is full of ambition. Spike was born on Mars in 2044 AD. Just as they are about to depart for the life that they had planned years before, Spike and Julia are ambushed and Julia is killed. This botched encounter is a large stone tossed into a pond, with ripples emanating outward that come to touch the life of every character in the story. I really like what you have to say. Spike decided to leave the syndicate with Julia. I know you anime heads want to talk about the cinematography, the plot twists, character development, and basically the overall coolness that is CB, but I have a question that likely belongs to be r/relationships, if only I could find someone who understands the plot. While Spike and Vicious' exact moment of meeting is not quite known, it's clear from flashbacks that they became rather close friends. Because of the way he's hurt by Julia's seeming betrayal, he starts cultivating an air of detached indifference. The irony, of course, is that the complication of Julia … She was relationships with both Vicious and Spike Spiegel.. Recessional of the Red Dragons. The pair fell in love while she nursed him back to health. But as Spike looks desperately for clues, Julia is nowhere to be found. Julia was just a manifestation of Spike questioning his life and deciding he had to abandon his previous life to be whole. It's where your interests connect you with your people. This careful drip of information both maintained Spiegel's air of mystery throughout the short series and rewarded the type of folks who would rewatch it and tell their friends. Spike and Julia's love lives on. She dies in Spike's arms, leaving him with no reason to go on living. Coupled with his brash and likable personality, his skills lead to him becoming a top man in the organization while still incredibly young. The series begins with an array of multicolored flashbacks involving Spike waiting for Julia's decision, and getting it in the form of his torn note and a quick and violent peppering of bullets. Yet he's sort of glorified in the series, and we all value HIS love for Julia more than Vicious' because Vicious is painted as a murderous "business first" anti-hero. From episode 1, the audience is tossed into the barely-controlled chaos of bounty hunter Spike Spiegel's life. His inability to let go of the past sets all of the show's characters on a catastrophic path that culminates in the series finale. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the cowboybebop community. Notting Hill (1999) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Letting those come to the surface brings an end to the legendary series — as well as the lives of all involved. Her fondness for Spike … She goes back and Vicious tells her to kill Spike or they both die. See more ideas about Cowboy bebop, Bebop, Cowboy. The show was riddled with obsession. Contrary to the guarded Spike we meet at the beginning of the series, the Spiegel we see in flashbacks is reckless and open. TV Schedule. wait for Netflix to roll out their live-action retelling. He will stop at nothing to be the boss. In the end, I think there is an even more fundamental conflict that Spike abandoned Vicious, and Vicious would not support Spike when he needed him the most. Spiegel puts on the air of someone who doesn't care about much beyond where he's going to get money to pay for his next meal. The legend of Cowboy Bebop has grown substantially since folks heard the first strains of "The Real Folk Blues," and it continues to grow more than 20 years later, a permanent fixture on any list of the best anime of all time. Spike offers to fake his own death and elope with Julia, leaving the Syndicate behind forever. It turns one of the organization's most dangerous men against them and gives him leverage against them in an ongoing quest for power. We know it comes shortly after the scene in the graveyard, and the transactional nature of bounty hunting allows him to put his skills from the Syndicate to use without getting entangled in further relationships. This philosophical divide drives a wedge between Spike and Vicious, and their cleaving is completed when Spike falls for Julia. No longer wanting to be involved with the life he was leading, he found someone who shared the same sentiment and saw his chance to really be alive and live a life he's never had, while Vicious on the other hand seemed hell bent on continuing his quest for power. In a final showdown, Spike confronts Vicious, who has by now taken control of the syndicate. Initially Vicious' girlfriend and a Syndicate member herself, she and Spike started an affair that led to Spike offering to abandon the Syndicate and elope with her, despite the fact that the Syndicate punishes desertion with death. Julia was an affiliate of the Red Dragon crime syndicate. Julia, for her part, does not reciprocate. Join Facebook to connect with Julia Spike and others you may know. Spike's inability to forget his love for Julia or his hatred for Vicious ultimately leads to his death. He threatens to expose Julia and Spike's plot, leading to both of their deaths at the hands of Syndicate assassins, if she does not personally betray Spike. Gren may have some answers, but Spike will have to get to him before it is too late. Spike's injury and his love for Julia lead him to come up with a dangerous idea: he wants to abandon the Syndicate and bring Julia with him. Feb 17, 2013 - Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. I've always had in my mind that Julia was, fundamentally, just a metaphor for the breakdown in the friendship between Spike and Vicious. While it's unclear in the series, it's possible that the men who shot Spike in front of Julia's apartment were working for Vicious. Julia, Vicious and Spike Spiegel were comrades in the Red Dragon Syndicate and she had a relationship with Vicious in the 2060s. The great irony in Julia's sacrifice is that it leads Spike to believe he'd been sold out anyway. Here’s why. The syndicate's lead, Mao Yenrai, takes a liking to Spike, bringing him on as a protege of sorts. Spike isn't and never was meant to be shining white knight. Squaring his age with his demeanor only works if you realize that Spike has lived many lives in his short time being alive. We see his first meeting with Julia in a flashback, in which it's abundantly clear that Spike is immediately smitten. Press J to jump to the feed. At some point, early on in their romance, the pair are discovered by Vicious. As Cowboy Bebop’s main plotline centers around Julia and Spike’s love for her, this final story arc is simple perfection, wrapping up all of the loose ends hinted at in previous episodes. Spike has yet to adopt his distant cool, but the roots of it are seen in flashbacks to Vicious and Spike's time together in the Syndicate. The irony, of course, is that the complication of Julia kept him from ever being whole again. What if she turned out to be just another girl? Offset by a comedic counterpoint when Spike wakes up as a Bandage Mummy, being nursed back to health and sung to — but by Faye, rather than Julia. When Julia fails to appear at the cemetery, Spike can only gather that she put her ties to the Syndicate ahead of her feelings for him. When Spike and Julia finally meet in the graveyard, three years late for their original rendezvous, she seems to give voice to the anxieties of the audience, asking Spike one final time for them to run. Once on board the Bebop, Spike makes a freelancer's living. After Julia’s death, and as Spike is leaving the Bebop after saying good-bye to Jet, Faye pulls a gun on Spike. Julia grew up in Stone Canyon, and was something of a super-geek as a teenager. Spike's nemesis Vicious uses this against him, laying traps for him by floating the name of Red Dragon leader Mao. And like those crate-diggers and archivists, the story's central character was singularly obsessed with the little details of a distant and sometimes hard-to-recall past. At the syndicate's headquarters, he mounts a one-man attack. The weather here got pretty decently sunny and warm and one glance at my two remaining gallon tomatoes got me rolling up my sleeves and getting to work. Julia (ジュリア, Juria) is a beautiful and mysterious woman from Spike's past. She takes him in until he recovers. Spike’s armor is impenetrable for most of ‘Bebop’ — until the very end. Spike's encounter with fellow young Red Dragon members Julia and Vicious would permanently alter the course of his life. Julia and Spike have planned to meet in a cemetery after Spike's faked his own death. End episode. I wouldn't say he was a dashing white knight, but a "beast that bled all that blood away". Drusilla and Spike came crashing (quite literally; the town's sign was the first victim to befall the Bonnie and Clyde-esque duo) into season two, taking The Master's place as the Big Bad. After reuniting with Julia in the series' closing episodes, Spike is set on a suicidal path to revenge. Spike and Faye Fight Like Siblings. Spike and Julia Child in their new home. Its signifiers were all pulled from the worlds that reward nerds for their devotion to minute details: jazz music, westerns, martial arts movies. From the first time viewers heard the trumpet blast that opens Cowboy Bebop, it was destined to become a cult classic. It would take almost the entirety of the series to learn why Spike wore his cool like armor: the last time he cared, he got crushed. Recessional of the Red Dragons (Part 10) While the Red Dragon War was going on, Trudy had been plagued with many nightmares including when Spike was resurrected, as well as seeing a mysterious music box playing a familiar tune, "Goodnight, Julia. However, it has entered a love triangle complicating matters such as her love for her former friend, Vicious. He begins to dream about what happened in the past until Faye finally awakens him. My question to anyone who can separate their anime-minded nerd brain (I can joke because I have one) is to explain to me if they believe Spike to be the dashing white knight who saved Julia from her misery with Vicious....or is he just the most charming, disloyal scumbag who's ever betrayed a good friend? After he learns of their relationship, he tries to use Julia to complete the job. Spike was a rising member of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate, when he worked with his then partner, Vicious. Completely taking the girl out of it. In other words, life just happens. POTENTIAL SPOILERS. “[Spike’s] al ive and well. He only shows those glimpses of an old life when names from the past bubble up during gigs. She ends up on the run from the syndicate anyway. We know little about Spike and it's clear that he likes it that way. Spike and Julia are the primary couple represented in Cowboy Bebop. Rumors are swirling that Spike is next in line for the leadership of Red Dragon, a position he has no interest in holding. View the profiles of people named Julia Spike. She goes into hiding and destroys the paper listing the location of their planned rendezvous. Cookies help us deliver our Services. In the end, the aloof Spike has two things buried deep down that he truly cares about: his love for Julia and his need for vengeance against Vicious. The old Spike shines through any time he believes Julia might still be alive. No, I’m not referring to what sounds like the weirdest fan fiction pairing on earth- I’m talking tomatoes! Initially Vicious' girlfriend and a Syndicate member herself, she and Spike started a dangerous affair that led to Spike offering to abandon the Syndicate and elope with her, despite the fact that the Syndicate punishes desertion with death. The psychological toll of Julia’s death on Spike is far more traumatic than simply the murder of a loved one. A love triangle among the three caused Spike to leave the syndicate rather than challenge Vicious. Spike Spiegel's entire backstory explained. Gren was betrayed by Vicious and is now upset over it and seeking a sort of vengeance. In fact, his gung-ho manner inside the Syndicate leads to his first real mistake: he loses an eye during a poorly planned mission and has it replaced by a cybernetic implant. Julia (ジュリア) Julia is a beautiful and mysterious woman from both Spike and Vicious' pasts. Is Spike a bad guy for betraying his friend, stealing his woman, because he selfishly wants a better life? Any space cowboys looking to know more about the disheveled killer hiding a tragic past should read on — as long as you're not concerned about spoilers. By using our Services, you agree to our use of cookies. This resulted in Spike faking his own death and abandoning the syndicate in order to save himself while having his own dark past haunting him until this day. Just as a less- adventurous person would dream of taking a walk on the wild side, the two "star-crossed lovers" dreamed of strolling along a sidewalk of safety. Later, Julia and Spike battle syndicate gunmen after a failed attempt to protect Annie…and Julia is killed. While we wait for Netflix to roll out their live-action retelling, we've finally sussed out the backstory of the guarded and cool Spiegel, dating back long before he ever set foot on the Bebop. Spike meets up with Julia, and she pulls a gun on him. So Spike asks Julia to come with him (in the past) and leave the syndicate to run away together. While other portions of his brief life are illuminated as the series goes own, Spike's childhood is talked about relatively little. Just about every interaction Faye and Spike have is steeped in … All roads lead to Vicious as Spike searches for Julia, Jet tracks down Faye and Faye confronts Gren. He can't be bothered to straighten his clothes or look the people he's talking to in the eye. She is the wife of Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch, mother of Spike Skullovitch. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. After making a living for himself as a hood and a thief in the slums of Mars, Spike draws the attention of a Chinese crime syndicate called the Red Dragon. Both were mentored by Mao Yenrai. Unfortunately, Julia was gunned down on Mars, and Spike’s fate was left up in the air. Faye was born on August 14, 1994 on Earth, in Singapore, as the daughter of rather wealthy parents. For one thing, Julia only actually appears in the final two episodes of the original anime series, though she is referenced a few times throughout (building her up into a figure of ominous importance to Spike), so this seems to suggest that the live-action version will be tackling the core “mythology” episodes of the original (to steal a term from The X-Files). Julia was supposed to have killed Spike three years ago, but couldn’t. The pilot introduces us to Spiegel and Jet, and while it's clear from the outset that Spike grew up rough, his slick exterior and practiced nonchalance keep both in-universe characters and the audience alike at a healthy distance. We also learned that Spike’s former best friend and comrade Vicious will make his presence known in Bebop, played by Alex Hassell (Suburbicon) which also confirms we’ll be … By the series’ end, not even Faye could stop Spike from risking his life to save her. Oct 3, 2020 - Explore Omar's board "Cowboy bebop- spike and julia" on Pinterest. You're coming closest to what I'm really asking here. It's clear from his reaction that Vicious knowing puts both Spike and Julia in danger. In the end, it was the conflict between two friends thoroughly embedded in the syndicate, one of whom desired power, and would hold his friend to his commitment to remain, while the other desired freedom from the syndicate and what it had become in his life. Her fondness for Spike grows as she nurses the brash young assassin back to health after a mission gone wrong gets Spike shot in front of Julia's apartment. Julia is the love interest of Spike Spiegel from the anime series Cowboy Bebop. She works in the Alpha Division in Angel Grove. During this time Spike is shot by Vicious. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Season 1 See also. The simmering romance of Julia and Spike Spike has strong feelings about Julia from the first moment he saw her. 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