'Cowboy Bebop' anime moves to Netflix ahead of live-action series

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Entertainment Weekly News 12 October, 2021 - 05:45pm

Ahead of the streamer's live-action adaptation, starring John Cho as bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, Netflix has officially acquired the streaming rights to the original Cowboy Bebop anime, EW has learned exclusively.

All 26 episodes of the anime, which is currently available to stream on Hulu, will make its Netflix debut on Oct. 21.

Directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop is set in the year 2071, decades after a cataclysmic event forced humanity to colonize surrounding moons and planets. This new age of lawlessness led the Inter Solar System Police force to legalize a contract system so bounty hunters could turn in criminals for rewards. Former Red Dragon crime syndicate henchman Spike Spiegel, ex-cop Jet Black, and con artist Faye Valentine are three of these bounty hunters thrust together by circumstance, along with kid hacker Radical Ed and "data dog" Ein.

The show premiered in Japan in 1998 and became the first anime to be broadcast by Cartoon Network's Adult Swim in the U.S. in 2001. This was followed by Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, premiering in Japan in 2001 and the States in 2002.

In the live-action series, which premieres on Netflix this Nov. 19, mere weeks after the anime moves over, Cho plays Spike, Mustafa Shakir plays Jet, and Daniella Pineda plays Faye. André Nemec serves as showrunner.

Confirmed are Koichi Yamadera as Spike, Taiten Kusunoki as Jet, Megumi Hayashibara as Faye, Norio Wakamoto as syndicate hitman Vicious, Gara Takashima as Spike's love interest Julia, Tsutomu Taruki and Miki Nagasawa as TV hosts Punch and Judy, Takaya Hashi as the Teddy Bomber, Kenyu Horiuchi as Rester House sax player Gren, Masako Isobe as Spike's former mentor Mao, and Romi Park and Hikaru Midorikawa as Vicious' twin enforcers Shin and Lin.

"For me, it's a great surprise and honor that the Cowboy Bebop universe has thrived for over 20 years and will continue onward," Watanabe, who also consulted on the live-action Cowboy Bebop, said in a statement.

"Cowboy Bebop is an important work for me," Yamadera said. "I have long anticipated a live-action version. I can feel the strong respect it has toward the anime. I hope that viewers will see the atmosphere of the Spike character that I previously portrayed in John Cho's performance, who is skillfully taking on the role in this version. There are also many settings and developments that can only be pulled off in a live-action series. I hope that both people who love Cowboy Bebop and those who are new to the title can enjoy this new series!"

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Cowboy Bebop's Original Cast Returning for Live-Action Series

ComicBook.com 12 October, 2021 - 07:05pm

Entertainment Weekly reports that Netflix has actually tapped the original Japanese voice cast for the Cowboy Bebop anime series to reprise each of their roles for the Japanese dub of the live-action adaptation. This includes the likes of Koichi Yamadera as Spike, Taiten Kusunoki as Jet, Megumi Hayashibara as Faye, Norio Wakamoto as Vicious, Gara Takashima as Julia, Tsutomu Taruki and Miki Nagasawa as Punch and Judy, Takaya Hashi as the Teddy Bomber, Kenyu Horiuchi as Gren, Masako Isobe as Mao, and Romi Park and Hikaru Midorikawa as Shin and Lin.

For fans looking to check out the original Cowboy Bebop anime series, Netflix will actually be offering the 26 episode series beginning on October 21st. As for the live-action series, it'll begin streaming worldwide with Netflix on November 19th. Running for ten episodes, the series stars John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, Alex Hassell, Elena Satine, Tamara Tunie, Mason Alexander Park, Jay Uddin, Lydia Peckham, Adrienne Barbeau, Rodney Cook, Josh Randall, and many more. Netflix officially describes the new series as such: 

"Cowboy Bebop is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka 'cowboys,' all trying to outrun the past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew 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 so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them."

This takes the tribute to the original anime to the next level, and is sure to be a fun bit of additional material for fans checking out the new version, but what do you think? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

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Netflix is adding the original Cowboy Bebop so you can watch it all before the live action adaptation

The Verge 12 October, 2021 - 06:26pm

It begins streaming starting October 21st

This is great news for me personally. I’ve been extremely intrigued by what Netflix has shown from the live-action series — which so far has included a series of images and the opening title sequence, which is inspired heavily by the one from the anime — but I haven’t seen the original show for myself. Now that the whole show will be on Netflix, I can see it all with a subscription to just one streaming service.

Bang… COWBOY BEBOP, the original anime series, is coming to Netflix worldwide on October 21 pic.twitter.com/BN3LF2XVSl

It’s unclear if the move to Netflix means that Cowboy Bebop will be removed from Hulu, Funimation, or any of the other streaming platforms where it’s currently available. It’s also unclear based only on Netflix’s tweet if the show will be updated or remastered in any way.

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