SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA Episodes 22-31

Cobra does some filler, fights a dude named Salamander, then ends his TV show.

After the RUG-BALL arc Cobra goes filler for some episodes. I don’t mind, since this is what I was expecting out of the show in the first place– a bunch of standalone stories. I won’t go into detail about each of the episodes (mainly because I don’t remember all of them too well now) but they were all very good with some stinkers here and there that really weren’t that bad.

The show concludes with an epic story arc which pits Cobra against one of the baddest dudes in the universe: SALAMANDER. SALAMANDER, is so bad that he took both Cobra’s girl and Cobra’s robot, and now Cobra’s out for some revenge. However, Salamander is the SUPREME RULER of the Pirate’s Guild, so it’s going to take more than just Cobra to bring this motherfucker down. So, Cobra embarks on an epic quest to bring together some of his old mates– Doug, Pumpkin and Bud. What follows is a series of prison breaks, gun fights and high-speed chases, all of which lead to the final showdown against Salamander, complete with a bunch of crazy plot twists to spice it all up.

This arc is about as entertaining as the RUG-BALL arc, and both are more fun than the first arc. However, both don’t conclude nearly as fantastically. The high point of the series for me was the end of the first arc, so nothing can really surpass that in terms of awesomeness, but this arc ends the show nicely. I can’t help but feel that the last episode was far too rushed, though. I think they could have run it for at least one more episode.

In the end, I really enjoyed Cobra. It’s a great show in that it was just pure and honest fun, and never really tried to be anything more than that. Some of the standalones grew weak near the end, but overall it was an incredibly good series, and one that I think a lot of people should go back and check out. Its influence can be seen in a number of modern classics, such as Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star, so it should probably be top priority to anyone who is a fan of those shows especially. And really, how can you not like a show where the main guy’s fake arm flies back to him on its own, and all the girls wear basically nothing?

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