This past weekend Netflix streamed their Tadum event, and unveiled many new upcoming titles heading to the platform. Tudum was a three-hour online “fan event” Saturday on its YouTube channels and other social accounts. Named after the distinctive drumbeat at the start of Netflix’s audio-logo, Tudum set out to hype more than 100 Netflix titles with first-look clips, new trailers and conversations with stars and creators.
Of the many sneak-peeks and previews, of those that caught my attention were clips for Stranger Things’ fourth season, a new trailer for Cobra Kai season 4, more footage of the second season of The Witcher and announcement for a third season, and the opening credit for the live action Cowboy Bebop adaptation.
Accompanied by the show’s classic “Tank!” opening theme, the intro is inspired by original anime series. Already staying true to the costumes and set design from Shinichiro Watanabe’s 1998 anime source material, the intro is a faithful recreation that captures the rhythm of the music from original main composer Yoko Kanno.
While the live action version isn’t a shot-per-shot recreation the 1998 anime, it does add it’s own flair into the opening. With including notable character form the anime, Vicious, played by Alex Hassell who will be the main antagonist of show and rival to John Cho’s Spike Spiegel. One of the shots of the opening also recreates an iconic moment in the anime from the “Balled of Fallen Angels.
If you’d like a more in-depth and analysis, you can look up IGN’s video for a full breakdown.
The series stars John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, and Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, with the original anime’s director Shinichirō Watanabe as a consultant and will feature new music by Yoko Kanno, the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop was initially met with mixed feelings with Netflix’s track record of anime adaptations and remakes of popular franchises, I and many fans remain cautiously optimistic. Only time will tell if this show will be a hit or a wreck waiting to happen.
Cowboy Bebop to hit Netflix November 19. Till next time, Space Cowboy.