Netflix has shared the opening title sequence for its live-action adaptation of Sunrise’s classic neo-noir anime, Cowboy Bebop. It’s basically a total rip-off of the original opening, although that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as Cowboy Bebop’s intro remains one of the most memorable and unique animated openers to this day. Netflix has even decided to reuse Yōko Kanno and The Seatbelts’ classic “Tank!” track, which can typically be found on many top-10 anime opening track lists.
Here’s Sunrise’s original opening for comparison, courtesy of Funimation. Cowboy Bebop comprises 26 “sessions” (episodes), all of which are available to watch on the Sony-owned anime streaming service.
COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun the past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals — for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them.
Based on the beloved anime series, COWBOY BEBOP is executive produced by André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, Makoto Asanuma, Shin Sasaki and Masayuki Ozaki of Sunrise Inc., Tim Coddington, Tetsu Fujimura, Michael Katleman, Matthew Weinberg, and Christopher Yost. Nemec serves as showrunner. Original anime series director Shinichirō Watanabe is a consultant on the series, and original composer Yoko Kanno returns for the live-action adaptation. The series also stars Alex Hassell and Elena Satine.
Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop series will be released on November 19.