Cover Mark your calendars, Space Cowboy. Netflix's ‘Cowboy Bebop’ live-action adaptation is coming (Photo: Netflix)

Get ready, Space Cowboy! Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop has finally released its official trailer which looks promising and close enough to the original

Cowboy Bebop, the highly-anticipated Netflix live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese anime has finally released its official trailer. Mark your calendars for November 19, Space Cowboy as you will finally meet the much-beloved characters, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) alongside Ein, the corgi.

Cowboy Bebop has been hailed as many as the “getaway series” for anime and was highly considered as being “ahead of its time” for tackling themes like existential ennui, loneliness, and the inability to escape one's past—moving away from the notion that anime is a medium only targeted at children. It was highly praised for its style, characters, story, voice acting, animation, and soundtrack.

The action-packed space western series follows three bounty hunters, also called “cowboys”, who are all trying to outrun their past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel, Jet Black and Faye Valentine form a scrappy, snarky and ragtag crew that's ready to hunt down the solar system's most dangerous criminals—for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of the scuffles before their past catches up with them.

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Upon the announcement of the adaptation, many fans of the anime raised their eyebrows due to both Netflix's and western media’s failing record with adaptations, especially for anime. For a series that has a huge cult following and whose influence in pop culture is seen until today, the reservations for a Cowboy Bebop adaptation feels justified.

But the casting choice, particularly of John Cho as Spike Spiegel, has sparked some hope as well as the involvement of Sunrise—the production team that worked on the original anime—as well as renowned Japanese composer Yoko Kanno who also worked on the original, returning for the adaptation. The original anime series director, Shinichiro Watanabe also served as a consultant on the series.

The series will be produced by André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios as well as Makoto Asanuma, Shin Sasaki and Masayuki Ozaki of Sunrise. Meanwhile, Tim Coddington, Tetsu Fujimura, Michael Katleman, Matthew Weinberg, and Christopher Yost. Nemec serves as showrunner.

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Prior to the trailer release, Netflix released several clips of the upcoming adaptation including a side-by-side comparison of the series and the original’s opening sequence, one of its most iconic features. Not only are the visuals the same but the creators also kept the opening song, Tank! which will surely invoke nostalgia among fans of the original.

In the trailer, you are able to how Spike, Jet and Faye crossed paths and eventually decide to team up as well as the crew in action. While Ein is part of the series, there’s still no word or clue yet if Ed will appear.

See you on 19 November, Space Cowboy. Watch the trailer below.


This article was originally written on August 24, 2021 and was updated on October 28, 2021.

 

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