Anime fans are often skeptical when a live-action adaptation of their favorite show or movie gets announced. Now that there’s a trailer for the new Netflix Cowboy Bebop adaptation, those fans have a chance to judge for themselves.
It appears as though Bebop showrunner Andre Nemec and writer Christopher Yost have approached the source material with kid gloves. A lot of what’s in the trailer comes straight from the source material. That’s a good sign for those looking for a faithful conversion.
John Cho plays Spike Spiegal. In the first scene in the trailer, he’s standing in a hangar. In the foreground, we see his beloved racing ship, the Swordfish II. There should be some awesome bounty hunting scenes coming.
A familiar locale also appears in the new preview. After the opening scene, the trailer cuts to a view of New Tijuana. Fans will recognize this as the very first setting in the very first episode of the anime.
Spike then does some catching up with Ana. The two characters have quite a history in the anime. She is pivotal in Spike’s war with the syndicate. Spike also confirms that his name matches the anime in this scene.
Additionally, we see glimpses of the famed Bebop ship itself. The scene is interspersed with familiar music from the original show. The Bebop lands, and fans are treated to a shot of Jet holding a gun, but it doesn’t match the Walther P99 from the original. Viscious’ sword is then pulled from a body, which fortunately is a match.
We also see the three old men, Katerina, Julia, and the rose from the anime series premiere. There’s also fighting, an appearance by Faye Valentine, and Mad Pierrot. The trailer also teases a major showdown between Spike and Vicious.
The new live-action retelling of Cowboy Bebop is slated for release on November 19, 2021. Netflix is the exclusive U.S. home for the new series. The original run of the anime lasted from 1998 until April of 99 and includes 26 episodes. The world was expanded through manga and a 2001 feature film.
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