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Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Live Action Adaptation

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Cowboy Bebop, an anime about a crew of bounty hunters chasing down the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals, was released today on Netflix on the 19th of November 2021 as a live action adaptation with its first season consisting of ten episodes. The sci-fi series stars Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, Alex Hassell as Vicious, and Elena Satine as Julia.

The American streaming television series is an adaptation of the Japanese anime series of the same name, developed by André Nemec, written by Christopher Yost, and composed by Yoko Kanno; the Cowboy Bebop anime was created by Hajime Yatate. The story in the series is set in the year of 2071, focusing on the adventures of a “ragtag group” of bounty hunters chasing criminals across the Solar System on the Bebop spaceship.

The recurring cast includes Tamara Tunie as Ana, Mason Alexander Park as Gren, Ira Munn and Lucy Currey as Punch and Judy, Geoff Stults as Chalmers, and Rachel House as Mao. Some guest actors and actresses include Jan Uddin and Lydia Peckham as Asimov and Katerina Solensan, Cali Nelle as Abdul Hakim, Adrienne Barbeau as Maria Murdock, Josh Randall as Pierrot Le Fou, and Rodney Cook as the voice of Teddy Bomber.

On the 6th of June 2017, it was announced that an American live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop was being developed by Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between Marty Adelstein and Sunrise Inc., which also produced the original anime. On the 27th of November 2018, Netflix announced that the live action series would be heading to its streaming service. In an interview with Vanity Fair on the 26th of October 2021, Christopher Yost said that he had already started planning the second season for the Cowboy Bebop series before writing the first season.

Fans have been very excited to see the series and how the adaptation differs from the anime version, though most fans were confused on why Ed, who is a part of the main crew of Bebop, did not appear as part of the main cast; in response to the questions, here is what Netflix had to say:

If you want to stay updated for updates then follow the Anime Cowboy Bebop Twitter account HERE, and the Netflix Cowboy Bebop Twitter HERE. Stream the anime and live action Cowboy Bebop adaptation on Netflix now and see what you think!

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