Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop Original Soundtrack Composer Yoko Kanno Returning To Score Live-Action Series

Netflix’s Geeked Week Day 2 provided us with the biggest Cowboy Bebop update yet! Yoko Kanno returns and release window revealed!

It’s been a while since we have heard anything regarding Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop anime series outside of knowing that an update was coming this week during Netflix’s Geeked Week. Today, on Day 2 of Netflix Geeked Week we got a couple of updates regarding the upcoming series, the return announcement of Yoko Kanno, and an official release window for the Cowboy Bebop series.

Backtracking a bit, the last we heard about Cowboy Bebop was about the unfortunate injury lead star John Cho who will be playing Spike Spiegel suffered on the set while filming a stunt sequence. Although rehearsed many, many times, when it came to doing the actual scene on film, Cho suffered the aforementioned injury. Not only did this injury halt filming on Cowboy Bebop, but it would also sideline John Cho for nine whole months as the actor would need surgery and physical therapy prior to returning to the set. Add some pandemic-induced lockdown that added an extra layer of delays and you got yourself a year-long hiatus on any updates regarding the fan-favorite anime series.

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Around the 31-minute mark of Netflix’s Geeked Week livestream, the first look of sorts at the series was revealed. While leading stars John Cho (Spike Spiegel), Daniella Pineda (Faye Valentine), and Mustafa Shakir (Jet Black) said absolutely nothing during this official behind the scenes look, seeing the cast jam out to the iconic Cowboy Bebop opening theme ‘Tank’ by Seatbelts was a sight to behold. Anyone and everyone knows this tune as soon as it starts to play and you cannot tell me otherwise. If you aren’t familiar with that iconic tune by now, please do us all a favor and go play that song on repeat.

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The biggest takeaway from this official behind-the-scenes look at Cowboy Bebop is seeing how much lead star John Cho resembles Spike Spiegel and from the quick glances and the pop of his jacket’s collar, you can immediately tell that he is radiating the Spiegel energy and we are here for it. Of course, we cannot forget our main lady Faye Valentine played by Daniella Pineda, and our other main man Jet Black played by Mustafa Shakir who both are also radiating that Cowboy Bebop energy we have come to love over the years.

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Not only that but seeing that the original composer for the Cowboy Bebop anime Yoko Kanna would return to create an all-new original score for the live-action adaptation. We also get a glimpse of the series-opening title card as the opening theme plays over it and the classic “see you, space cowboy…” at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen letting us know that Cowboy Bebop would be premiering this coming Fall on Netflix.

While we have yet to see an official trailer or even a teaser…that will come at a later time, most likely at the end of the summer. One thing’s for sure, the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop is looking good even though we have yet to see any actual footage. I think this series will dictate how Netflix approached live-action anime adaptations going forward, especially their upcoming adaptation of One Piece.

Netflix’s Geeked Week continues tomorrow with Geeked Week Day 3.

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