The live action version of “Cowboy Bebop” has hit Netflix. Let’s talk about it. Did it live up to the original source material? The short answer is no.
Just like every live action remake of something, this show was bound to fail. If you didn’t know, “Cowboy Bebop” is based off the Japanese anime with the same name. Anime is a very respected community that is constantly getting their favorite shows butchered by America’s obsession with remaking stuff. Let me share something, any movie or TV show that is animated will not work in a live action setting. This has been proven time and time again. “Cowboy Bebop” is just another example of somebody not understanding or respecting animation as a medium, a form of storytelling. The animation is an essential factor to what makes the show what it is, so when you take that out it simply doesn’t work.
One example of how animation helps the show is how fluid Spike fights. In the anime when Spike fights it’s seamless and fun to watch. When you take the animation out, the fighting seems lackluster. It turns into choreographed Kung fu which simply isn’t fun to watch compared to the anime.
I’m not alone in my thoughts, as the show has been canceled only after a month of it’s release. The show also got a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes which speaks for itself. “Cowboy Bebop” is simply another failed live action reboot. Hopefully Netflix learns their lesson and cancels the “One Piece” live action show.
By Gary Langfield, Junior, Noble Academy