Netflix has a pretty solid track record when it comes to creating their own content, which will hopefully mean good things for the live-action Cowboy Bebop series. The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach adaptations did not exactly bring the excitement of the shows to the fans the way we would have hoped. Bleach (2018) did get some good reviews, but it didn’t exactly take the world by storm.
Now, this is where we will see if Netflix has the chops to take one of the most stylized and beautifully animated anime to come out of the late ’90s and early 2000s, as well as the introduction to anime for many through Adult Swim, from the animated cells to the real world. While I was not a fan of the live-action FMA or Bleach, that may have more to do with the budget for the films.
The fact that the other two were films is a sticking point as well. An entire story, or at least an arc, was told in short form, whereas Cowboy Bebop is being pushed out as a 10 episode series (possibly a season one). While this could work beautifully in telling the story, I was hoping for something new, and it seems that this will be an adaptation of the anime versus an extension.
After a rather lengthy discussion with our own Alexx Aplin, it is clear that fans are split. While we share the same memories of the anime, especially the incredibly choreographed fight scenes from the film and show, we were at odds on the likelihood of the live-action series being any good. My taste was soured due to the previously mentioned forays into the live-action anime world. Alexx has not watched them and does not have that same bad taste in his mouth. I hope he is right in the end because Cowboy Beebop has such a unique and wonderful style and I would love to see that play out live.