Being a bounty hunter is not an easy gig. Between people shooting at you and others constantly running from you, it’s not a job for the light of heart. But if you got your heart set on that career path, here’s two role models to look up to: Kyoma Mabuchi from Dimension W and Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop. But if you’re looking to see which of these two stalwart warriors would stand on top, we’d need to take it to the Otaku Arena.
Given the time period that the world exists in, Kyoma is a completely vintage soul. Due to an accident involving both his unit and his wife, Kyoma has sworn off the use of all Coil-technology. He avoids Coils as much as he can when he’s not working. As a Collector, Kyoma hunts down illegal Coil and those that make use of them. As an independent contractor, he is paid by his employer, Mary from Recovery House to collect these Coils while hunting down special Illegal Coils called Numbers. He is a very abrasive person and hard to get along with as his new Coil-powered friend/partner, Mira finds out. As the world around him operates primarily on Coils, Kyoma is a standalone person, figuratively and literately. His personality makes him quite hard to approach and very dangerous if found on the wrong side of him. As he detests most things related to Coil technology, he spends much of his leisure time in his vintage auto-garage where he fixes up gasoline powered cars.
Combat-wise, Kyoma is a specimen to behold. One of the two surviving members of the special-ops Anti-Coil unit, Grendel. As the only fully human member, he was able to keep up with his otherwise enhanced crew members in combat. In his time in Grendel and thereafter, Kyoma combats Coil powered machines and Coil-enhanced humans while surviving the threats of Dimension W’s influence on those he combats. Kyoma is a variable master of hand to hand combat. He uses his martial arts with a mix of his own unique combat style that utilizes large skewers to systemically dismantle threats against him. He’s strong enough to pull the legs from under an arachnid style robot nearly twice his size and far greater his weight. He’s swift and agile enough to evade gunfire from a hover droid. He’s smart enough to analyze his situation to figure out the quickest way to take down his opponents with only forearm sized skewers, learning strengths and weaknesses on the go. If Kyoma had one limitation, it would be that he is human physically and mentally. While Kyoma is an exceptional example of a human, he can only take so much mental strain. He is quick tempered when his past or wife is brought up. He detests Coils to his core and usually tries to find the quickest way to be away from them. He is also flips when he sees those close to him hurt. If Kyoma is pushed too far, he will go berserk. He also prioritizes evading damage which speaks to being only human.
Spike Spiegel is a space cowboy a.k.a. bounty hunter onboard the Beboy with his partner Jet. Formerly of the Red Dragon Syndicate, Spike faked his own death to leave the crime organization. Calm and collected, Spike will never miss an opportunity to have a good old fashion brawl, especially with his bounties. He’s the kind of guy that follows his own code, giving little appreciation for money or justice. He has his own ways of doing things which usually gets him into a heap of trouble that his friends have to bail him out of. He is however a man haunted by his past, as his past keeps coming back to him in one form or another.
Spike is a man of a thousand talents. A follower of Bruce Lee’s philosophies, Spike is an expert in Jeet Kune Do. His time with the Red Dragons and time as a bounty hunter has given him greater proficiency with guns. Whether planet side and in space, Spike rarely goes anywhere without his trusty. Spike makes use of sleight-of-hand techniques to win card games, pick pockets, and even to slip things onto other people unnoticed. No one can disregard Spike’s ability to be incredibly lucky. Throughout the series, Spike has had unbelievable luck in and outside of combat. His constitution is nothing to sneeze at either. In his life time, he has been shot multiple times on multiple occurrences, broken countless bones, eaten terribly unhealthy things, and the like. No matter the situation, he seems to always come back from it much better for the wear. If Spike were to have a drawback, his key one would be his recklessness. Because he has survived death dealing situation time and time again, Spike usually charges into a situation without any kind of plan. This has resulted in him being taken to death’s door on several occasions. Also, when his past is involved, Spike will do whatever it takes to put down his enemy, to the disadvantage of everyone around him from time to time. While Spike skirts death a lot, he tends to rack up a lot of collateral damage. To that effect, he feels partly responsible for those deaths, like with Julia.
So there are your two opponents. If these two were to meet up after going after the same target, who do you think would come out with the prize? Who do you think would come out alive? You decide. And if you have any suggestion for any other mash-up, send them in. Until next time, keep watching, keep reading, and keep being the amazing otakus you are.