Cowboy Bebop Official Trailer Is A Sci-Fi Neo-Noir Western Treat
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The Cowboy Bebop Official Trailer Is A Sci-Fi Neo-Noir Western Treat For All The Senses!

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BY October 27, 2021

It’s here! It’s finally here! The official Cowboy Bebop trailer just launched for the new live-action Netflix series. Released as part of a live event, the trailer for the long-awaited show showcases the entire thing in all its glory, and it’s absolutely wonderful. One of those anime series that many felt was impossible to adapt into live-action, the Cowboy Bebop anime is heralded for its amazing blend of genres in a cohesive and stunning way. So it’s super exciting that the Cowboy Bebop official trailer features all of those elements upfront, putting to rest any concerns about the show’s ability to be authentic to the source material. Check out the trailer below and find out why Cowboy Bebop is one of the year’s most awaited shows.

Cowboy Bebop Official Trailer Is Speed Racer Meets Sin City

Cowboy Bebop official trailer team. Image via Netflix.

The official trailer for the Cowboy Bebop live-action show is all kinds of insanity. And I mean that in the best possible way. The trailer begins as a very noir-type story featuring a man in a fedora, dialogue of a regretful past and mysterious characters in the shadows. We immediately then go to the wild sci-fi adventure story that the series will really be. A man with a mysterious past is Spike Spiegel (John Cho). His partner in crime, and the seemingly impulse control buddy is the bounty hunter Jet (Musafa Shakir). As the two go through the galaxy tracking down bounties, they come across Faye (Daniella Pineda) on one of their missions. Together with the three-team up, but tensions between them are high.

The trailer is fun, funny, action-packed and high on its energy and excitement. Everything from the story, to the performances, the setting and the action all look visually impressive. The show seems to be live-action with a lot of CGI backdrops that immediately remind me of movies like Speed Racer and Sin City. But while those movies exaggerated the effects of their exotic locales, Cowboy Bebop seems to be doing it to stay true to the vibrant colours of the original anime series.

Netflix’s New Live-Action Show Is Reminiscent Of Others

Cowboy Bebop official trailer cast. Image via Netflix.

There are many vibes of other content in the official Cowboy Bebop trailer. As mentioned, there’s a lot of shades of The Wachowskis’ Speed Racer, and also Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City. But the show’s Western vibes feel like Firefly, while it’s out of this world and funky elements feel like Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. And while these comparisons may sound amazing if you’re a fan of those films, there’s cause for concern as well.

The freedom of creativity that these movies and TV shows had, in their storytelling approach, their visual tone and their generous use of CGI, ultimately didn’t resonate with audiences. All those things flopped. Hard! So I’m hoping that Cowboy Bebop doesn’t fall in the same category. But given that it’s based on an original anime series, hopefully, fans appreciate the authenticity of the show.

Cowboy Bebop Official Trailer Is Genre Blending At Its Finest

Cowboy Bebop official trailer tension. Image via Netflix.

The original Cowboy Bebop was lauded for being a bit of everything. And making it work. So it’s heart-warming to see that the live-action show doesn’t try to shy away from the crazier aspects of the anime. The trailer also has shades of a noir story, with background music that’s a Western genre staple, along with the world-building feeling like an old-timey Western as well.

And then there are the 70’s vibes. So much of the theme song as it plays over crazy shootouts, sword-wielding action choreography and hand-to-hand martial arts, feels like The Mod Squad. But then the show slows down with melancholy jazz music like private eye procedural of the 50s. It’s this level of genre mashup that really made the anime stand out, and it’s awesome to see the live-action doing exactly that, in that exact way. And Cho’s martial arts skills seem totally on point!

I can’t wait to see how the live-action Cowboy Bebop series plays out. I’m hoping my concerns are just me being a worrywart, and that the show will be just as good as the anime.

Cowboy Bebop premieres on Netflix on November 19.

What did you think of the official trailer for Cowboy Bebop? 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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