This November, Netflix will launch its long-running live-action adaptation of the Cowboy Bebop Anime. And if the opening credits sequence, which premiered during Netflix’s Tudum fan event in September, is any hint, the show will attract new and old audiences with John Cho, Mustafa Shakir and Daniella Pineda’s mirrored versions of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black and Faye introduce Valentine, along with a variety of supporting characters.
Premiere on Japanese television in 1998 before airing in the West during the late-night animation block Adult Swim in 2001. Cowboy Bebop is considered an intercultural milestone in the history of Japanese animation. Directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, the science fiction neo noir series centers on the misadventures of a gang of bounty hunters with an infectious soundtrack that combines jazz numbers with sparkling rock ballads and melancholy acoustic guitars. Sacred to a generation of adult anime fans around the turn of the century, the original 26-episode series has been widely hailed as one of the definitive entry-level titles to the anime medium.
The live-action series ‘title trailer reproduces the distinctive visuals of the series’ iconic opening title sequence with a re-orchestration of composer Yoko Kanno’s theme song “Tank!” And features several enticing visuals of some of the original anime’s most memorable characters and storylines. We look through the trailer with eagle-eyed attention and have compiled a list of eight must-see episodes of the original anime series before the live-action adaptation premieres on November 16, just watch the whole series; it’s still incredible after all these years and the streaming continues Funimation, Hulu, and on Netflix on October 21.
“Asteroid Blues”, the first episode of the original Cowboy Bebop Anime, alluded to with the appearance of Asimov and Katerina Solensan, a couple fleeing an unnamed criminal syndicate after stealing an experimental performance-enhancing drug called Bloody Eye. In order to sell their contacts on the asteroid Tijuana (aka “TJ”) enough of the new drug, the couple’s paths inevitably cross bounty hunter Spike Spiegel and his partner Jet Black as they flee to Mars in the hope of to start a new life. Asimov’s propensity for violence, compounded by his personal use of Bloody Eye, drives a wedge between him and his wife Katerina, who only wants to do what is necessary to build a better life. It is not known how early the couple will show up in the live action series, but since their bounty on the series is not particularly high, it is fair to imagine they will be introduced relatively early. As for the episode itself, Asteroid Blues is an excellent introduction to the universe of Cowboy Bebop and the series’s main characters, Spike Spiegel and Jet Black, who establish the series’s signature mix of suspense, intrigue and action.
The menacing-looking woman in the slouch hat, flanked by armed men wearing gas masks, is Maria Murdock, the leader of an extremist animal rights group in the fourth episode of the series “Gateway Shuffle”. Murdock, a noted criminal with a sizable bounty on her head, is captured by Spike and Jet after she and her subordinates accidentally kill the target they originally pursued. Calculating as well as deranged, Murdock is a dangerous enemy for the bebop crew, whose ambitions are downright disastrous. “Gateway Shuffle” is perhaps best remembered by fans of the series for its vibrant finale, in which Spike and Faye Valentine, aboard their respective ships Swordfish II and Red Tail, desperately try to shoot down a virus-detonating missile launched by Murdock before hitting one Makes a hasty escape through a hyperspace gate just seconds away from closing. That kind of last-minute, last-minute win cementes the bebop crew as the kind of protagonists you want to get excited about. They may be losers, but they do their job.
‘Ballad of the Fallen Angels’
The image of Spike Spiegel caught in a fatal tie with his former friend and now archenemy Vicious lit up against a stained glass window, as seen in the fifth episode, “Ballad of Fallen Angels,” is certainly one of the most most eye-catching iconic footage of the original anime. The episode is best known for introducing Vicious, a ruthless member of the Red Dragon Syndicate and Spike’s former friend, and for providing some of the first glimpses into Spike’s past before he teamed up with Jet and became a bounty hunter.
‘Jupiter Jazz (Teil 1 & 2)’
Mason Alexander Park, a non-binary actor known for his role on the National Broadway Tour of. is known Hedwig and the angry Customs, plays the character of Gren in the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop ich, and you can see him for a moment wielding two pistols in the trailer behind a nightclub bar. As seen in the two-part episode “Jupiter Jazz”, Gren is a saxophonist for a bar on the moon by Callisto, who previously fought alongside Vicious, Spike’s archenemy and antagonist of the series, in a war on the moon of Titan has. Gren was implicated as a spy by Vicious and sentenced to prison. Unable to cope with the thought that his ex-comrade betrayed and falsely accused him, Gren agreed to experimental drug treatment to calm himself down, only to grow breasts as an unintended side effect of the treatment. When his secret is discovered by Faye, who confronts him with his gender, Gren replies: “I am both at the same time and neither.” Speaking of their role, Park describes their rendering von Gren as “a Bowie-esque embodiment of the beautiful and seductive beauty of the 22nd century”.
“Jupiter Jazz” marks a turning point for Spike, Jet and Faye; form a rift between the trio, each of them making their own journeys through Callisto before coming back together in a way that illustrates how these lonely, broken people ever found each other.
The guy with the afro who does wheel flicks and karate poses is Shaft (no, don’t that Shaft), a bounty hunter who starred in episode 17. “Mushroom Samba” is one of the few episodes in the original series that features Ed, the child prodigy hacking aboard the bebop, and Ein, the “data dog,” the Spike and Jet at the end of “Stray Dog Strut “, The second episode of the series. We haven’t seen the fur or hair of the Ed character’s performance on the live-action series – we don’t even know the actor who plays it, let alone whether they even appear on the season. But the arrival of a one-off character known solely for his role in an Ed-centric episode is promising indication that we may not have to wait long for the character to be introduced. Mushroom Samba is a hilarious mix of cartoon slapstick and loving blaxploitation homage that turns a low-stakes bounty into an exciting chase through the desert plains of Io.
‘Pierrot le fou’
The creepy, pale figure wearing a top hat and a Victorian ruff is the psychic assassin “Mad Pierrot” Tongpu, who appears in “Pierrot Le Fou”, the 20th episode of the original Cowboy Bebop Anime. The episode begins with the mysterious Tongpu hovering over a nondescript Martian city before tumbling down on his target and his entourage of bodyguards, pelting their armored vehicle with bullets fired from the base of his cane. Tongpu isn’t even a bounty target in the episode, but when Spike accidentally crosses the assassin’s path after a harmless night pool shooting, he becomes the killer’s latest fixation and barely escapes with his life. One of the few episodes on the show to try their hand at total horror, “Mad Pierrot” is an iconic episode for its fierce cat-and-mouse climax in which Spike and Tongpu have a cat-and-mouse battle rolled into one abandoned amusement park called. deliver space land.
The guy with the giant teddy bear mask and the smiley bomb detonator is a nod to the 22nd episode of Cowboy Bebop, “Cowboy Funk.” The episode opens with Spike on Nab Ted Bower, an anti-capitalist terrorist known by the pen name “Teddy Bomber,” before being interrupted by Andy; a rich, goofy, and tenaciously self-centered bounty hunter who is wholeheartedly devoted to the “cowboy” piece of being a bounty hunter, white stallion and all. Andy confuses Spike for the Teddy Bomber, sparking an epoch-making feud between the two while constantly sparing them while trying to collect the real Teddy Bomber’s bounty. It’s weird that Ted, even though he’s supposedly the episode’s antagonist, is treated more or less as an afterthought – a fact that’s almost as irritating as being interrupted during his lengthy speeches.
The stack of televisions that looks like a Nam June Paik art exhibition is a visual reference to “Brain Scratch”, the 23rd episode of Cowboy Bebop, in which Faye goes undercover as the acolyte of the doomsday cyber cult SCRATCH, unnoticed by the rest of the bebop crew. The group is led by the elusive Dr. Londes, a sinister self-help guru who basically refers to a cross between Heaven’s Gate founder Marshall “Do” Applewhite and Dr. Brian O’Blivion from the 1983s Videodrome. After getting wind of Faye’s plan to collect the bounty on Londes, Spike ventures on foot to save Faye, while Jet and Ed use a new VR game headset to find clues about Londes’ whereabouts. hoping to catch him. It’s fun though very freaky episode, one that appeals to the same zeitgeist of turn-of-the-century tech fears as similar animes of their time such as 1998 Series experiments lie.