Home Video: Buy, Rent, or Stream Cowboy Bebop ahead of its live-action remake

As one of the most well-regarded anime series of all time, the live-action remake coming to Netflix is highly anticipated. The trailers show promise, but the original has a certain style and charm that will be difficult to replicate, but I am choosing to remain hopeful.

Either way, whether it’s time for a re-watch or if you’ve never seen it, now is a perfect time to revisit the anime series as well as the animated film they made a few years later.

Cowboy Bebop (1998)

A perfect fusion of modern and retro, animation and jazz, and a noir infused storyline about bounty hunters. I am not a person who could judge a “best anime ever” contest, but what I can tell you is that 1998s Cowboy Bebop remains the only anime series that holds up whenever I rewatch it, one of my favourite series of all time, and there’s never a bad time to revisit it.

That, and the soundtrack is non stop bangers.

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

Set near the end of the middle of the series, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (aka Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door) doesn’t advance the plot of the series but it might be the best story they did at the time. Between the story, the voice cast performances, and the level to which they pushed the animation, definitely don’t skip this one.

COWBOY BEBOP (L to R) JOHN CHO as SPIKE SPIEGEL, MUSTAFA SHAKIR as JET BLACK, DANIELLA PINEDA as FAYE VALENTINE and EIN in Cowboy Bebop Cr. GEOFFREY SHORT/NETFLIX © 2021

Cowboy Bebop (2021)

Last but not least, when the live-action remake debuts on Netflix, you will find a link to it here. I still don’t know what to make of it, but as I said before, I am choosing to remain positive. If nothing else, the production/world design all looks spot on, and that might be enough to keep me interested maybe.


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