Cowboy Bebop Live-Action First Look: John Cho & Cast Look Awesome
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Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Series First Look Photos: John Cho & Cast Look Awesome

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BY April 25, 2022

A live-action adaptation of one of the greatest anime series is coming to Netflix. Cowboy Bebop is a highly critically acclaimed anime series from the 90s which is making a comeback for a new generation. With incredible casting, the original anime director returning, the live-action series is highly anticipated. But we now finally have the best indication of what it’s all going to look like. Netflix just released the Cowboy Bebop live-action first look, and boy, is it absolutely wonderful.

Cowboy Bebop Is One Of The Best Anime. Ever. 

Cowboy Bebop live-action first look Muscles. Image via Netflix.

After Akira, Cowboy Bebop is one of the most influential anime out there. And it’s not difficult to see why. As happens with the most classic things, the influences are all over the place. And the influences of Cowboy Bebop are in a lot of awesome things after its release. The anime first premiered in 1998 and received praise for its mature subject matter, combined with a variety of genres. The best way to describe the series is as a Space Western, but that also has equal parts comedy, tragic story and Neo-noir influences, but set in a futuristic sci-fi world. I told you there was a variety. New audiences will immediately compare Cowboy Bebop to another classic and fan-beloved space western, Firefly. People may even compare elements of the characters to a Han Solo-esque rogue, but the similarities are in the genre alone. 

Cowboy Bebop, the anime, follows the story of a crew of bounty hunters in 2071, also known as Cowboys. With the world and economy getting to the point where the policing of criminals is outsourced to others, the inhabitants of spaceship Bebop thrive. However, through their adventures, the crew have to face their own pasts that they left behind. In many ways, the show is not only about their ongoing exploits, but also about dealing with what they’ve left behind and how it comes back to haunt them. The Cowboy Bebop live-action first look seemingly brings the anime to life. Quite authentically, I might add. 

The Cowboy Bebop Live-Action First Look Should Excite Even Non-Anime Fans

Cowboy Bebop live-action first look Faye. Image via Netflix.

As far as anime goes, the Cowboy Bebop original anime kept things pretty straightforward. The themes and arcs in the show allowed any casual viewer, anime enthusiast or otherwise, to dive right in and enjoy. Sure, there are the conventional anime depictions of sci-fi and steampunk influences, but overall the dynamic of the story and character keeps things relatable. This is in comparison to, let’s say Dragonball Z, which is a simple story boosted by the amazing martial arts and fantasy elements. 

The Cowboy Bebop live-action first look is exciting for so many reasons. And all of them are John Cho! But seriously, I’m here for the John Cho takeover of pop culture after the release of this series. The first few images showcase Cho as the lead of the series, Spike Spiegel, and he looks absolutely badass. Then there’s Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black and Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine. The looks of the characters look pretty close to the anime, which is already a huge reason to be excited about this show. The look of the show definitely has the Neo-noir vibes, as well as the colour palette. But most impressively, The Cowboy Bebop live-action first look is aweseom enough to get even non-anime fans excited for this new show. 

The Behind The Scenes Of Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Series Is Also Impressive

Cowboy Bebop live-action first look Mustafa. Image via Netflix.

Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation is coming from Andre Namec who was behind The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action adaptations, and Christopher Yost of The Mandalorian, Star Wars: Rebels & Thor: Ragnarok fame. Even the anime’s original director, Shinichiro Watanabe, is part of the Cowboy Bebop live-action series as a consultant, along with the original composer. With the original director on board, the new series looks impressive and faithful to the original. But given the track record of live-action reboots of anime properties, the concerns that many have are pretty justified. The first look images also came with the release date of the Cowboy Bebop live-action series. 

Cowboy Bebop live-action first look Cho.

Cowboy Bebop premieres on Netflix on November 19. 

Do the new images for Cowboy Bebop get you just as excited as me? Let me know in the comments below. 

Featured image via Netflix.

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at or on Twitter @theshahshahid.


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