Burrito of Peace wrote on May 23, 2020, 14:26:
I hate anime with very few exceptions. I find it boring and childish. Someone recommended "Cowboy Bebop" to me because I do love "Firefly". I hated it. It has the same problem that every anime has and that is there is a decided lack of subtlety and inherent nuance. Everything has to be a caricature taken to the most extreme level.
My notable exceptions are Ghost in the Shell (which is not surprising given my love of cyberpunk), Porco Rosso, and Grave of the Fireflies.
then you completely misunderstood bebop. it has layers and layers and layers of nuance and subtext; seldom is anyone what they say they are, most certainly not the main cast, and what they say and what they actually want are almost always completely different things. i suspect you went in with your anti-anime bias and it acted as a stone wall to any notion of sophistication that tried to present itself.
there's a scene in i think episode 12 where faye is staying with a dude named gren (who's no threat to her), but all she does is whine about how hot it is while sipping vodka and how it feels like she's in a confessional booth, which on the surface makes no sense because gren isn't religious in any way and there's no iconography around. until you consider that she's just abandoned the bebop crew and now her guilt is eating her alive, but she doesn't want to admit that to gren and likely not even to herself. layers and layers my friend, and the show is full of it, though it doesn't really take off until after faye joins the crew.
i also don't get where you saw it as a caricature - it's one of the more realistic anime i've watched in terms of character design and action. ed the hacker maybe toes the line, but she does it in such a charismatic and lovable way i don't see how anyone can say she's not a boatload of fun. no one else of import is a caricature, either in design or personality. they have depth and needs and want to live, if you just keep an eye out for it.
i haven't seen firely, but i've seen serenity, and if it's representative of the show, i'd say bebop is by far the superior work.