Alongside Netflix’s expansion into the anime market, Netflix is also adapting fan favorite Cowboy Bebop. Live action adaptations have been very hit and miss over the years but hopefully, Netflix overcomes that stigma and can create something incredible. Here’s your place for all the latest information on Cowboy Bebop including the Netflix release date, plot, cast and trailer.
Cowboy Bebop is an upcoming Netflix Original live-action sci-fi series based on the manga of the same name by author Hajime Yatate. Alex Garcia Lopez (Daredevil) is set to direct the series with twelve writers on board to help create the story, most notably Thor Ragnorok writer Christopher L. Yost is on board. Yost also serves as an executive producer on the series.
The manga debuted in September of 1997 in Monthly Asuka Fantasy DX and ran until June 1998. A second manga series began a month later and ran for a further three volumes and ending in February 2000. Cowboy Bebop’s popularity skyrocketed, and anime adaptation soon followed after the first manga run. Both the manga and anime rose to critical acclaim, becoming one of the most popular franchises of the late 90s. The legacy of Cowboy Bebop is still felt today as the series is still for many, one of the best anime ever created.
What is the plot of Cowboy Bebop?
In the year 2071, most of humanity has colonized the rocky planets and moons of the solar system. Roughly fifty years prior, Earth had been left uninhabitable after an accident with a hyperspace gateway. Amidst the rise of a growing crime rate throughout the solar system, the Inter Solar System Police legalize bounty hunters. Known as “Cowboys” they chase criminals across the solar system and bring them to justice.
Chasing down these criminals are the crew of the spaceship Bebop. Spike Siegal, former hitman and exiled member of the Red Dragon syndicate and his partner Jet Black a former ISSP officer. The amnesiac con-artist Faye Valentine, Edward Wong the eccentric hacking girl and finally Ein the genetically engineered adorable Welsh Corgi with human-like intelligence.
Who is in the cast of Cowboy Bebop?
The following cast members have been confirmed to star in Cowboy Bebop:
|Role||Cast Member||Where have I seen/heard them before?|
|Spike Spiegal||John Cho||Harold & Kumar | Star Trek | Searching|
|Vicious||Alex Hassell||Two Down | Suburbicon | Cold Mountain|
|Faye Valentine||Danielle Pineda||Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | The Vampire Diaires | The Detour|
|Jet Black||Mustafa Shakir||Brawl in Cell Block 99 | Luke Cage | Quarry|
Rumours had spread by a Bebop blog that a Husky was cast as Ein instead of a Welsh Corgi.
According to the Bebop blog a spokesperson from Netflix has commented on the change of Dog breed for Ein:
Nothing in the story says Ein has to be a Corgi and honestly, a reboot that precisely mimics the source material is boring. We’ve already seen that story.
The response after being asked about potential fan backlash was very intriguing:
Just like the genre the show is named for, sometimes it’s better to do what’s unexpected, what’s never been done before. This is the ethos of Bebop, and we’re being truet to that. We’re confident true fans of the show will embrace this choice.
The “statement” made was most likely fake for a number of reasons. First of all, using the phrase “true fans” is one way to really rile up the fanbase. The last thing you want to do is question the fan bases love for the franchise.
Second of all writer and executive producer Christoper Yost acknowledged the rumours on Twitter and cleared up any confusion on the breed of Ein.
in the nearly three years i’ve been working on it, there has not been a single day where ein was anything other than a welsh corgi. #CowboyBebop
— christopher yost (@yost) May 5, 2019
What is the production status of Cowboy Bebop Season 1?
The series is still in pre-production but filming is likely to begin later this year. Currently, the only thing we do know of is the core cast.
Are there any images or stills of Cowboy Bebop Season 1?
There are official images as of yet but instead, below are the cast and the characters they will be portraying.
How many episodes will Cowboy Bebop Season 1 air?
The first season of Cowboy Bebop will have ten episodes!
Netflix typically doesn’t produce titles with over episodes that exceed thirteen episodes.
How long are the episode runtimes?
There is no confirmation on how long episodes of Cowboy Bebop are. We’re speculating that each episode will have a run time of around thirty to forty-five Minutes each.
How much of the manga will Cowbow Bebop cover?
As the series will have ten episodes and each being roughly an hour long, it’s likely it will cover all of the story.
Will there be a second season of Cowboy Bebop?
The series has been acknowledged as a mini-series which would indicate there are no plans for a second season.
Is there a trailer for Cowboy Bebop Season 1?
There won’t be a trailer for Cowboy Bebop for quite some time!
When is the release date for Cowboy Bebop Season 1?
We’re still a long way off from knowing when Cowboy Bebop will arrive. With production still waiting to begin and the amount of work that will go into post-production, Netflix will likely release the series sometime in 2020.
Potential Release Date: Q2 2020
Do fans of Cowboy Bebop actually want a live-action adaptation?
This is entirely subjective amongst fans themselves so it’s hard for an outlet to say what fans want or don’t want.
That’s not to say live-action titles don’t have their own fan-base. If they didn’t then no studio in their right mind would continue to make them.
The general enthusiasm amongst fans when it comes to a live-action adaptation of classic anime titles is very poor. In most instances, live-action adaptations have failed to impress critics and fans alike. Whether it’s a slight alteration in character design or alterations to the story it’s very hard to impress when there’s arguably an already superior product available.
So now I’ve learned the live action Cowboy Bebop has a husky playing Ein, not a corgi. Seriously, @netflix what the fuck? Why are you ruining all the great anime??
— Amanda Winn Lee (@amandawinnlee) April 7, 2019
Thankfully we now know that the series will stick to the source material and Ein will be a Welsh Corgi. Regardless, for a time fans thought that Ein was cast to be a Husky and this angered many of the fanbase. Straying away from the source material is one way to really put off fans of a new adaptation.
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