Being unable to care for your child
Being overpowered by your child
Being manipulated into an abusive relationship
Being attacked by your spouse
Depression and attempted suicide
Threat of miscarriage
Losing a loved one (or yourself) to Alzheimer’s
Not to mention a goddamned nuclear apocalypse
You must be thinking, “Who’s that badass?”
That’s Keiko Nobumoto. She was the head of Series Composition for Cowboy Bebop, as well as the screenwriter for a third of the series, including the first episode, all the two-parters, and the Faye-focused episodes.
She’s also the creator of Wolf’s Rain, had another jam with Shinichiro Watanabe as the writer of Macross Plus, and wrote the Satoshi Kon-directed classic Tokyo Godfathers, which I hope is part of your holiday movie playlist.
This season you’ll find her on the writing staff of Watanabe’s new TV series Space Dandy.
So let’s raise a glass to a writer who’s had a hell of an influence on our generation of storytellers.