Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week, you may be aware that we got the opening sequence for the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Cowboy Bebop. With Cowboy Bebop being a staple of anime and manga fandom, the opening offered up by Netflix has already been scrutinised extensively.
I think it’s fair to say that with the vast number of dreadful anime to live-action adaptations made in the past (with Netflix being responsible for some), people’s expectations are generally low. Judging from what I have seen opinions seem to be pretty split; however, a lot of people appear to be in favour of this opening, and I have to say that I am also one of them.
A version of the famous ‘Tank!’ opening I think is what people expected and wanted, so it’s great that this is what we’re getting. The opening also contains many familiar characters from over the course of the Cowboy Bebop series too, so it’s looking like we will be getting a series that will more or less follow the original.
This is a good thing, although we do know that there are going to be some changes here and there which is fine and part and parcel of any adaptation. I’m still very apprehensive about what exactly Netflix are going to give us come 19th November, but seeing the opening has calmed my fears a little. I think with some adaptations, it’s good to change more elements of the source material, but I believe more things should be kept the same in Cowboy Bebop’s case.
A criticism levelled at this opening is that it looks a little too cosplay, which I do agree with to some degree, however I am not going to pass judgement on how many of the characters look until the series is eventually released proper.
Another key thing to note is that Ed is conspicuously absent, and as of yet we don’t know when or where she is going to appear in the series. At this moment, which actor could be playing the Bebop’s goofy oddball in this Netflix adaptation hasn’t been revealed, which is somewhat strange as one would think that information would have been revealed or at least leaked by now.
I just hope the series is decent and delivers the goods. I’m not expecting anything mind-blowing, nor am I expecting that, but we’ll see how the series performs in November.
Do you think Netflix’s adaptation of Cowboy Bebop will actually be good? What did you think of the opening? Leave your comments down below.