Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop has been dropped today and nostalgia kicked me hard. Growing up I enjoyed anime a lot, thanks to public television where I am from that kept licensing really good animes, from Escaflowne to Utena and of course the Dragon Ball franchise. But the very first, mostly adult oriented anime I got to enjoy was the one and only Cowboy Bebop.
From the fantastic soundtrack by Yoko Kanno, to the absolutely breathtaking cyberpunk feel of the animation, the fluid movements and the very sensual and strong AF, my very first crush and feminist icon, Faye Valentine. Cowboy Bebop is to this day an anime I keep coming back to, for the nostalgia, the technology and the overall tragic positivity it gives me.
Now that the Netflix series has come out and I started watching it, I must say I am quite enjoying it. While certain casting choices, portrayals and creative liberties that were taken I do not agree with, I definitely get that old style sense, like this is paying homage to the wonderful original series, and THE MUSIC… Thank god for Yoko Kanno being brought aboard.
I don’t know what to expect from the next episodes, I have not finished it yet, but from what I have seen so far, I can say I adore John Cho’s portrayal of Spike and Mustafa Shakir’s Jet. Highly dislike the casting choice for Vicious, for me he was a lot more handsome and charming right from the get go in the original anime, and the way he looks and is portrayed in the live action is not to my liking, though on a positive note I think it is really cool to see an actual “viciousness” to him (pun intended). Julia… is too early to tell and as far as Faye, I would like to see more of that original sexual spark that Faye had.
In any case, am pretty sure not a lot of you care about my opinion but in any case, I lay it here as part of my cosplay for Faye that I used at the S2Con back in May of this year. I have high hopes for the rest of the series, liking the style a lot feel it more like an homage than a live action adaptation, but we shall see what the future holds. In the meantime, all I can say is… See you space cowboy. And welcome back.