Here’s Your First Look at Netflix’s Live-Action Series ‘Cowboy Bebop’

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After a long, arduous wait full of anxiety, we finally have a pretty solid look at the core cast of Netflix’s upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series and well, we are pretty impressed with what has been shown. Take a look below to see John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine.

Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine
Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black. We absolutely love this casting. However, Shakir looks a bit slimmer than we expected, especially after seeing him beefed up back in the Luke Cage Season 2 days.
John Cho as Spike Spiegel. We have to admit- we were slightly apprehensive at the casting choice here but Cho is really shaping up (no pun intended) to knock this out of the park.
Image Credit: Netflix

As is fairly common knowledge, most manga or anime turned live-action often results in a major disaster that is wholly unfaithful to the source material and a bastardization in concept and execution. The list is lengthy for failure no matter who takes on the challenge of delivering a live-action version of anime/manga but that isn’t stopping Netflix from taking a crack at Cowboy Bebop. But despite so many odds stacked against the streaming service, the casting is solid, the visuals are very faithful to the anime counterpart, and we went from full-on skepticism to actually being intrigued to now being full-on excited.

Coming this November as a 10-episode series, Cowboy Bebop‘s plot still sort of eludes us and is only being described as “focusing on the adventures of a ragtag group of bounty hunters chasing down criminals across the solar system“. Sure, this is basically the plot to the anime series but we don’t know yet if there will be a more significant plot within (which the anime also sort of does have), how true the series will be to it’s predecessor (as in, will the live-action plot mirror the anime or deviate significantly) or if there will be plans for it to be picked up as an ongoing series (this all depends on the success or failure of the first 10 episodes) but regardless, we are hoping the show does well for fans old and new.

The first one-hour episode of Cowboy Bebop is scheduled to debut on November 19th but we assume in typical Netflix fashion that all episodes will be available immediately at midnight like they so often do so get ready to have a binge-worthy weekend series planned. And while it was stated that the show will conclude with ten episodes, we do know that the series won’t officially end once the credits roll as it will remain open for more if Netflix likes the viewership numbers.

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