When it was introduced that Netflix was going to be growing a brand new Cowboy Bebop live-action collection as part of the brand new upcoming Netflix exhibits, it was met with a little bit of skepticism from long-time followers. Fortunately, the difference of the favored anime collection has proved to achieve success, and plenty of followers have mentioned that it’s a worthy watch, even for individuals who aren’t aware of the unique product.
The Cowboy Bebop live-action present on Netflix isn’t that lengthy, and one might undergo these episodes very shortly – as I did. Nevertheless, should you’re on the lookout for a present that could be comparable in tone or in themes to that of Cowboy Bebop, be sure you take a look at this record for some superior decisions to choose from.
The Authentic Cowboy Bebop (Netflix)
I really feel like this needs to be a no brainer. This fashionable anime from the Nineteen Nineties, titled Cowboy Bebop, is ready within the yr 2071, and follows a crew of bounty hunters aboard their spaceship – aptly named “Bebop,” as we observe their adventures by house.
You realize, to me it’s stunning that there are solely twenty-six unique episodes of this unbelievable collection, as a result of I might simply see it turning into a type of extraordinarily lengthy anime, as a result of it’s critically that good. Cowboy Bebop incorporates so many genres, from tremendous cool sci-fi results to western themes, whereas additionally offering depth and emotion to those characters that we actually come to like over the present’s quick timespan. Whereas I do want there have been extra episodes, it’s really certainly one of its type, and deserves to be watched simply as a lot because the live-action.
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
I knew I had to say The Mandalorian on right here. This present, happening within the Star Wars universe, follows Din Djarin, a bounty hunter whose life is immediately modified when his path crosses with a misplaced little one (trying awfully acquainted to Yoda).
That is good for Cowboy Bebop followers as a result of The Mandalorian feels very very like the present. Din Djarin is a bounty hunter for rent, hopping from planet to planet in hopes of one other gig whereas making an attempt to maintain him and the individuals he cares about secure. The cinematography is superb, and the story is a lot enjoyable and particularly entertaining should you’re a fan of Star Wars. However as somebody who began watching The Mandalorian only for enjoyable as a Disney+ present, it’s undoubtedly up your alley to view.
I’ll by no means forgive Fox for cancelling this superb present earlier than it might dwell to its full potential. Firefly is an area western set within the yr 2517, following the adventures of the crew of Serenity, a spaceship that’s within the “Firefly-class” of ships.
For followers of Cowboy Bebop, this present is ideal for you because of its characters. What actually drives Cowboy Bebop is the familial relationship between the primary characters and the way a lot they look after one another, which is similar to what Firefly does with its fundamental characters. They’re as heroic as they’re flawed, and the present isn’t afraid to speak about that, identical to Cowboy Bebop. There’s simply one thing about these outlaws that make me need to cheer for them – very like what the characters in Cowboy Bebop make me really feel. Whereas it was a short-lived collection, it’s price each second to observe.
House Dandy (Hulu)
You need to hear probably the most primary premise on the planet? House Dandy is actually an area opera a few dandy man in house. He’s an alien hunter who’s looking for the rarest of all of them along with his robotic and his feline-friend – named Meow.
Imagine it or not, Cowboy Bebop creator, Shinichiro Watanabe, additionally created House Dandy. And whereas the premise is far less complicated than a few of his different exhibits, House Dandy is a lot extra when you dive into it. Every episode exhibits totally different planets, fascinating aliens, and bizarre animation that’s absurdly superior. It’s extremely spectacular that with every new space Dandy and his crew go to, it seems to be utterly totally different. And whereas it’s not as motion packed as Cowboy Bebop, the story is simply as engrossing as ever.
Outlaw Star (Hulu)
Subsequent up, we’ve Outlaw Star, a present that truly aired throughout the identical time as Cowboy Bebop. This house opera follows Gene Starwind, a captain on his spaceship, referred to as Outlaw Star, as he and his crew search across the galaxy for a treasure trove that is known as “Galactic Leyline,” working into hilarities and adventures as he does so.
I’ll all the time really feel that Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop have a sure connection to one another since they aired so carefully collectively, and to be trustworthy, it’s the proper quick collection to observe that’s fairly comparable in tone to Cowboy Bebop. There’s house pirates, assassins, bounty hunters – the entire 9 yards, all of which in all probability sound fairly acquainted (*cough, Cowboy Bebop, cough*). Gene Starwind is a simple individual to root for, and with every episode exhibiting a brand new journey, you’ll by no means get bored.
Samurai Champloo (Hulu)
On this anime collection set through the Edo interval in Japan, Samurai Champloo follows Fuu, a younger lady who finally ends up hiring two samurai after she helps cease their public execution, needing them to discover a mysterious samurai that Fuu desires to search out, however requests assist in doing so.
Whereas Samurai Champloo isn’t actually the identical setting as Cowboy Bebop, I feel this present is nice for followers of the collection as a result of it seems like the identical form of vibe. Created by the identical man who did Cowboy Bebop, Shinichiro Watanabe, Samurai Champloo is a interval piece set to an excellent cool soundtrack that will get you pumped up from the very starting. Critically, the music alone will make you need to watch this. Plus, the Samurai sword fights are among the coolest animation I’ve ever seen.
Psycho-Move (Amazon Prime)
Shifting on, we’ve Psycho-Move. This anime collection follows Akane Tsunemori, who’s launched as a novice inspector to the Division One in all Public Security Bureau’s Felony Investigation Division (in any other case generally known as cops in command of fixing crimes), in a far-off dystopian Japan.
After I consider Cowboy Bebop characters, I all the time consider Spike Spiegel first, after which I feel I actually don’t know if the present would work as effectively if he wasn’t such a well-written protagonist, creating such a distinction within the heroism in him in addition to the negatives in his character arc. One in all my favourite characters from Psycho-Move is Shinya Kogami, one other well-written male lead, alongside Akane, and their story collectively is so well-written that it makes me need to re-watch this again and again. In case you assume you’ve fallen in love with Spike, wait till you meet Shinya.
Samurai Jack (HBO Max)
If you need an extremely animated collection, take a look at Samurai Jack. On this collection, we observe a Japanese samurai prince with a mystical sword, as he fights to get his kingdom again from the forces of evil, touring by time to take action.
Whereas Samurai Jack isn’t an anime in comparison with lots of the different animated exhibits on this record, it’s nonetheless such an amazing collection, and the artwork fashion is totally stunning. Like Cowboy Bebop, we regularly watch Samurai Jack struggle in opposition to a number of totally different evil individuals, drawing the road between good vs dangerous, and creating some entertaining struggle sequences anybody might watch. With 5 seasons, and never tremendous lengthy episodes, it’s undoubtedly an amazing binge. This fantasy collection is successful.
The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)
Hear me out. The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel to the 1982 movie, The Darkish Crystal, recognized for its particular results and grasp puppetry. The present lets us see extra of the planet of Thra, and follows three siblings who’re making an attempt to avoid wasting their planet from destruction.
I do know – a collection that stars puppets that look unusually actual does not appear to be it will be an apparent substitute for a loopy intense and badass present like Cowboy Bebop, however there are numerous moments the place I see some good parallels between the exhibits. Just like the justice seekers within the anime and the live-action who’re making an attempt to struggle in opposition to horrible individuals, the individuals of Thra try to stop one thing comparable, combating anybody to stop what is known as ‘The Darkening’ from occurring to their planet.
The story is wealthy with lore and the puppetry is really astounding. It’s a disgrace it was canceled so quickly, nevertheless it’s actually well worth the time to observe now.
Lastly, we’ve Trigun. Set on a planet that is known as “No Man’s Land,” Trigun is all about Vash the Stampede, a gunman who’s all the time on the transfer and all the time combating bounty hunters because of the massive bounty that follows him. And as we begin to fall in love along with his badassery, we begin to be taught extra about his previous, and what he’s carried out.
Trigun is one more house western – I really feel like there are such a lot of on this record, you’ll have content material for hours. Nevertheless, I do really feel that Trigun is a unbelievable one to observe. Like lots of the different anime on this record, the soundtrack is banging and paired amazingly to the attractive animation, blended in with some spectacular dubs that may make it simple for anybody to observe. It’s actually an funding, with a number of seasons to observe, nevertheless it’s price each second of your time.
Whereas a Season 2 hasn’t been greenlit but for the live-action Cowboy Bebop, I personally assume it’s solely a matter of time earlier than we see John Cho and everybody else once more aboard that spaceship, kicking ass and taking names. However till that’s official, we will spend our time watching a few of these superior exhibits as an alternative.