Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Review - A Jazzy Remix

When Netflix first announced its live-action remake of the classic anime Cowboy Bebop, fans were understandably skeptical. Western live-action doesn't have the greatest track record in terms of doing justice to anime as a source material--looking at you, Ghost In The Shell and Dragonball Evolution--but the cast of this particular project was enough to inspire some hope. The good news kept coming after the iconic Yoko Kanno, who also scored the anime, was brought on to provide music.

Now, as the show's premiere date approaches, we hope we can lay some of the worries to rest because we're here to report: Netflix's Cowboy Bebop is a jazzy, stylish binge--though certainly not a shot-for-shot remake of the anime, despite what the very faithful recreation of the show's opening credits may have lead you to believe. This means your mileage will absolutely vary, depending on the expectations you set going in, and, critically, what your relationship with the anime is now. It's been over 20 years since the original show first debuted, and chances are if you're in the US, you first encountered it while watching Toonami's Adult Swim block late at night, back when anime was extremely difficult to come by. If that's the case, you may want to do a gut check about your own relationship (and memory) of the show and what you want from this new version before putting your foot on the gas.

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