The live-action Western space adventure teases some iconic moments from the cult-classic anime.
Time to saddle up! Netflix has just dropped a two-and-a-half-minute teaser, giving fans a little something to chew on before its release. The teaser is called “The Lost Session”, which opens with the three main characters and the opening theme from the anime series (Tank! performed by SEATBELTS and composed by Yoko Kanno). Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) are aboard their ship, the Bebop, looking into a bounty that Jet Black heard about. The following shots show Spike and his ragtag gang getting into all kinds of action-packed altercations with banter amongst them that actually sounds very similar to the anime characters.
The show shares the same name as the 1998 anime TV series from mangaka/author, Cain Kuga, who wrote the manga alongside the show’s original run. The anime primarily revolves around Spike and Jet, who are struggling bounty hunters travelling across space in the year 2071. The bounty hunters are commonly known as “cowboys”, thus the title of the show. It’s throughout the show Faye, Edward and Ein join the two men. Essentially, the show follows the crew and their bounty adventures while revealing the pasts of each person as the series goes on. Perhaps, this is where the Netflix series will similarly go as well.
The live-action teaser shows the main three bounty hunters already acquainted and in the final shot of them sitting in the living room, it shows a corgi lying down on the carpet to the right of Shakir’s Jet. This corgi must be Ein who’s an iconic dog and crew member aboard the Bebop. Also, when Spike is eating noodles at the stall, it shows a glimpse of the character, Vicious (Alex Hassell), who is an important person from Spike’s past. This is a great hint of who the Bebop crew will have to confront as they do in the anime.
André Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will serve as showrunner. The two main directors include Alex Garcia Lopez (The Witcher, Daredevil) and Michael Katleman (The Fix, Zoo), along with the original anime series director, Shinichirō Watanabe, as a consultant on the series. The original composer of the anime, Yoko Kanno, is returning for the Netflix live-action adaptation. This is why the music sounds so amazing and will definitely be a pleasure to the ears for new and returning fans.
The official trailer will be coming out next week. The first season will consist of 10 episodes.
Cowboy Bebop (2021) is slated to arrive on Netflix on November 19, 2021. See you then, space cowboys…