Ke Peng| Student’s Presentations for
         Languages & Cultures of East Asia




                 THE SEATBELTS

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ANIME

Anime is short for the English word
“animation”

Commonly used in English to refer
specifically to Japanese animati...
ANIME

First inspiration for Japanese anime came
from Disney’s short animated films

Themes include “love and death, war a...
ANIME

First came to US in 1960s - Osamu Tezuka’s
The Mighty Atom, renamed Astroboy
“Anime were especially welcome because...
Yoko Kanno

 Born on March 18,
 1964 in Miyagi
 Prefecture, Japan

 Composer and
 instrumentalist

 Skilled
 keyboardist/p...
Yoko Kanno

 Composed music for many
 anime series including
 Cowboy Bebop, The Vision
 of Escaflowne, and Wolf’s
 Rain
 L...
Cowboy Bebop

 Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and written by
 Keiko Nobumoto
 Heavily influenced by American jazz and ear...
Cowboy Bebop

 Set in the year 2071
 Earth’s surface was virtually destroyed and is now
 uninhabitable, so the population ...
Cowboy Bebop

 Four main characters end up on the ship the Bebop
 Spike Spiegel is a former member of a crime
 syndicate
 ...
THE SEATBELTS

 Became famous in the “The Solar System
 Music Scene” in 2048
 Described as a “very hot & COOL & anarchy
 &...
THE SEATBELTS

 They play different styles, including: big band jazz,
 blues, acoustic ballads, hard rock, country, funk,
...
THE SEATBELTS
Japanese Musicians                         Saxophone: Masato Honda, Shigeo
                                 ...
THE SEATBELTS
New York Musicians
                                                Chorus: Paule McWilliams, Nicki Richards,...
The Seatbelts: Yoko Kanno & Cowboy Bebop
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The Seatbelts: Yoko Kanno & Cowboy Bebop

  1. 1. Ke Peng| Student’s Presentations for Languages & Cultures of East Asia THE SEATBELTS Yoko Kanno and Cowboy Bebop by Chandler Kelsey University of Arizona
  2. 2. ANIME Anime is short for the English word “animation” Commonly used in English to refer specifically to Japanese animation Used in Japan to mean animation in general Unlike American animation, Japanese anime has a wide audience, not just children
  3. 3. ANIME First inspiration for Japanese anime came from Disney’s short animated films Themes include “love and death, war and peace, the historical past, and the far future” Many based on manga, literary classics from historical Japan and China, modern literature from Japan and other nations
  4. 4. ANIME First came to US in 1960s - Osamu Tezuka’s The Mighty Atom, renamed Astroboy “Anime were especially welcome because of their lack of ethnic specificity” The anime would be renamed, characters would be renamed, and the plot would be rewritten Exact translations wouldn’t make sense because of language differences
  5. 5. Yoko Kanno Born on March 18, 1964 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan Composer and instrumentalist Skilled keyboardist/pianist
  6. 6. Yoko Kanno Composed music for many anime series including Cowboy Bebop, The Vision of Escaflowne, and Wolf’s Rain Lead member of the project band the SEATBELTS Rumored to use the pseudonym “Gabriela Robin”
  7. 7. Cowboy Bebop Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and written by Keiko Nobumoto Heavily influenced by American jazz and early rock music Many action scenes are timed to music Consists of 26 episodes (called Sessions to go along with musical theme) and a movie “almost did not appear on Japanese broadcast television due to its depictions of violence”
  8. 8. Cowboy Bebop Set in the year 2071 Earth’s surface was virtually destroyed and is now uninhabitable, so the population spread out across the solar system People live in colonies on Venus, Mars, Titan (Saturn’s largest moon), Callisto, Io, Europa, Ganymede (some of Jupiter’s moons), and space stations Crime syndicates have large influence in the solar system Bounty hunters are encouraged to capture criminals
  9. 9. Cowboy Bebop Four main characters end up on the ship the Bebop Spike Spiegel is a former member of a crime syndicate Jet Black is a former Inter-Solar System Police and the owner of the Bebop Faye Valentine is an amnesiac woken from a 54 year cryogenic sleep Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, formerly known as Françoise Appledelhi is a genius hacker
  10. 10. THE SEATBELTS Became famous in the “The Solar System Music Scene” in 2048 Described as a “very hot & COOL & anarchy & peace & hard & soft & potato-like band” Name comes from “how the performers wear seatbelts to be safe while they play hardcore jam sessions.”
  11. 11. THE SEATBELTS They play different styles, including: big band jazz, blues, acoustic ballads, hard rock, country, funk, electronic, hip-hop and experimental compositions/elements. Especially known for making the whole soundtrack for Cowboy Bebop Tank! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6zDfxZ4NcE Cats on Mars http://www.jameswong.com/ykproject/disc/disc/bebop_nodisc/06.mp3
  12. 12. THE SEATBELTS Japanese Musicians Saxophone: Masato Honda, Shigeo Fuchino, Masakuni Takeno, Takuo Yamamoto, Osamu Koike, Naruyoshi Drums: Yasuo Sano, Akira Sotoyama Kikuchi Bass: Hitoshi Watanabe, Maki Kitada, Flute: Hideyo Takakuwa, Kazuhiro Iwasa, Suzuki Bakabon Mika Hayashi Guitar: Tsuneo Imahori, Masayoshi Tuba: Kiyoshi Sato Furukawa Harmonica: Nubuo Yagi, Ryuichiro Percussion: Mataro Misawa, Ikuo Senoo Kakehashi, Yoichi Okabe Strings: Masatsugu Shinozaki Trumpet: Koji Nishimura, Koshio Araki, Yusuke Hayashi, Akio Terashima Synthesizer: Keishi Urata Trombone: Yoichi Murata, Satoshi Producer/Composer/Arranger/Keyboards Kawano, Hideaki Nakaji, Yoshiaka / Noises/Voices/Mood Setting: Yoko Hashimoto, Masanori Hirohara, Junko Kanno Yamashiro Recording & Mixing: Masashi Yabuhara
  13. 13. THE SEATBELTS New York Musicians Chorus: Paule McWilliams, Nicki Richards, Drums: Jim Mussen, Bobby Previte, Tony Sharon Bryant-Gallwey, Lisa Fischer Reedus Recording & Mixing: Rudy Van Gelder Guitar: Stuw Cutler Piano : Mark Soskin Paris Musicians Bass: Booker King Guitar: Pierre Bensusan Trumpet: Steven Bernstein Percussion and Voices: Sydney Thiam, Michel Reman, David Mirandon, Philippe Drai, Phillipe Trombone: Josh Roseman Nalry, Thierry Boucou Soprano Saxophone: Steve Wilson Recording & Mixing: Dupouy Christophe Alto Saxophone: Bob Debellis Guest Vocalists Tenor Saxophone: Paul Shapiro Carla Vallet, Tim Jensen, Mai Yamane, Steve Baritone Saxophone: Jim Hartog Conte, Masaaki Endoh, Gabriela Robin, Masayoshi Furukawa, Tulivu-Donna Djembe: Mike Wimberly, Jonh McDowell Cumberbatch, SYDNEY with Sister R, Emily Bindiger, Jerzy Knetig, Aoi Tada, M, Raj Harmonica: Bill Lynas Ramayya, Hassan Bohmide, Scott Matthew

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