Housekeeping note: Since my Wednesday links posts have always been long, and are getting longer, I’m going to try sticking the actual links below a “Click to Read More” tag. This will help me to keep my already crowded front page a tad less cluttered while I consider how to go about a more involved revamp of the site. I’m still using the 2014 theme for WordPress, and while I like the looks of it, it may be time to update. It’s been almost ten years since the last major site revamp, so we’ll see. And, of course, please do let me know in the comments if you like/dislike and changes or have any other comments.
I’ve mentioned here before that Mrs. Animal and I are fans of Japanese culture, including music, television and movies. If you’re talking about Japanese television, anime at some point has to enter the discussion, and quite unlike general American perception, anime is not all magical girls and giant robots; it can be thoughtful, artistic, action-packed and just plain fun. One of our favorites, a show without which no discussion of anime is complete, is the great Cowboy Bebop (the original, not the Netflix version). A big part of what makes that show great is the soundtrack, done by the Japanese band Seatbelts.
My personal favorite is the from the movie, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, said song being the closing theme, Gotta Knock A Little Harder. Here it is; enjoy.