First Look At Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop, Which Might Not Suck

First Look At Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop, Which Might Not Suck
Only one of these characters knows the proper way to sit on a sofa. (Image: Netflix)

We haven’t seen the actual show yet. It could still suck! But if we’re going to be superficial, it sure looks like Netflix is getting the look of its Cowboy Bebop adaptation sorta, well, right.

The Twitter for the live-action Cowboy Bebop dropped screens for the new series, showing a promising look. The sets and costumes on point, carefully adhering to the source material.

The adaptation stars John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, and Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black. Not only do they look terrific, but Ein, the corgi, looks fantastic.

Shinichiro Watanabe’s futuristic noir-thriller anime debuted in 1998 and followed a group of bounty hunters. All these years later, there is still so much to love about the show.

Because of that, fans were nervous when the live-action adaptation was announced. That’s understandable, because live-action anime versions don’t exactly have a stellar track record. Cowboy Bebop fans don’t want another clunker of an anime adaptation (see Death Note). Any scepticism is inevitable and deserved.

The live-action version also seems to nail the music, just by the simple fact that Yoko Kanno has come aboard as the composer. Understanding just how important Kanno’s score was to the original show should give fans a semblance of hope that the folks making the show have a vague idea of what they’re doing.

But these are just stills. In the last few years, I’ve seen promising images — trailers, too — for a number of anime adaptations that turn out to be awful.

The story, the writing, the acting, and the directing will, like any show, make or break this attempt. Otherwise, this is merely anime-inspired dress up.

The show was originally slated for 2020, but between the pandemic and Cho getting hurt during filming, it was pushed to 2021.

Cowboy Bebop will premiere on Netflix this spring.


  • Made a big deal of making sure to cast a person of asian heritage for Spike to be authentic to the characters. Then casts a black guy as Jet.
    Really gets the noggin joggin. A characters race only matters when they aren’t white lol.
    Either race is important, or it isn’t, wish people would pick one.

    • Ironically, you are the one seeing things in black and white. Some character’s race or nationality is actually part of their background, or involved in the plot. Sometimes it is not.

      Casting different characters would require different limitations on who to cast. For example, casting a black man as a WW2 nazi might be an issue. Some guy that was in the Yakuza probably has to be japansese. A white guy guy would not be good casting for a gritty portrayal of the life of a slave in the US.

      But a character where the race is not defining of the character could be cast without such a limitation.

      And if they already have a variety of casting choices but not a black one, say. Maybe that last one which can be any race is a black guy. I know diversity probably makes you mad, but the simple fact is people of different races are customers. Production companies aren’t casting diverse casts because omg politics. They are doing it because omg money.

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