Cowboy Bebop: ‘Deadpool’ Proves Netflix’s Live-Action Anime Will Succeed

The live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop on Netflix has been creating a lot of attention, and Deadpool proves that an anime adaptation can work. The original Japanese anime series, which debuted in the United States in 2001 on Adult Swim, follows the crew of the Bebop starship as they travel throughout the solar system in a futuristic reality where life on Earth has grown increasingly precarious.

The show’s tone is a fascinating mix of noir-themed bleakness with playful goofiness and sarcasm, making it unusually enjoyable.

The Trailer’s Fast-Paced Nature Makes The Series Appealing

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Spike – Faye – Jet

Spike Spiegel and Jet Black are the only interplanetary, gun-wielding “cowboys” in the original Bebop. The squad grows in size as the episode proceeds. Faye Valentine, a fiery character, is one of the crew’s later arrivals. And, based on the recently released teaser for Cowboy Bebop’s impending live-action revival series on Netflix (which is due to premiere on November 19th), it appears that those characters will be returning in 3D. The idea of a new franchise chapter is thrilling enough on its own, but the trailer’s entertaining, fast-paced nature makes the new series even more appealing.

The Trailer Has Deadpool-Type Vibes To It

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Deadpool – Cowboy Bebop

Another encouraging aspect of the teaser is its striking resemblance to prior projects that have proven to be successful and well-received in the past. Spike, Jet, and Faye break the fourth wall and purposefully interact with the promo’s artistic boundaries, such as moving and stepping in and out of manga panels (a clear nod to the anime series and manga), are eerily similar to the popular, appropriately R-rated Deadpool films.

Since the first Ryan Reynolds-led, irreverent comedy-filled superhero picture debuted in 2016, the similarly meta and self-aware comic book character Wade Wilson/Deadpool has drawn in original readers of the comic books and acquired legions of new admirers through his movie adaptations. In tone, action, and even its off-beat sense of humour, the new Cowboy Bebop trailer has Deadpool-like feelings.

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Cowboy Bebop fans are already expressing their excitement on the internet in droves. The stage is unquestionably prepared for the world to get a well-executed remake. And if the reboot follows the new teaser’s humorous, Deadpool-Esque storytelling approach, there’s a proven track record for how massively successful an already-popular franchise rebirth can be.

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