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I wanted to create something that had never been seen. You've seen a lot in the past, and find things you like. These days, many people try to create what they've seen. That's not what I wanted to do. I probably included what I've seen and liked... but the overall picture will become something totally new. Create something never seen before... was my goal... sort of. - On Cowboy Bebop.
He cites the film-noir series Rupan sansei
(1971) as a major influence on his work.
In both the "Cowboy Bebop" series and "the Animatrix; Kid's Story" the focus of the viewer is repeatedly drawn to the main character's eyes. Both have scenes where the main character is falling headfirst toward the ground, and we can see the reflection of the sky in his eyes.