Yesterday Netflix dropped a teaser called “Lost Session” for their live-action Cowboy Bebop adaptation, which comes out November 19. The teaser is 2 minutes and 40 seconds long, and we get to see and hear John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, and Daniella Pineda in action. So what did Japanese fans think?
Well, for starters, they get to watch another version of the teaser, if they’re so inclined. Netflix has made an effort to hire the original actors from the anime to dub the live-action adaptation into Japanese. Because Jet’s actor Unsho Ishizuka died three years ago they hired a different actor, Taiten Kusunoki, to play him. But Koichi Yamadera and Megumi Hayashibara are back as Spike and Faye, respectively.
So, many Japanese fans reacted to the teaser with the Japanese dub. While not everyone agreed on what they thought, SoraNews24 reports that the responses were more generally favorable. This is an improvement from when the first images were first shown, as Japanese netizens were less than enthusiastic. However, as more about the adaptation has been shown, many fans are warming up to the possibility of this series.
Some of the positive responses online include:
“It looks awesome! A different vibe than the anime, but it’s still Bebop!”
“If I’m being totally honest, I wanted a younger actor for Spike, but John Cho is looking good here.”
“Honestly, it’s looking pretty good.”
Essentially everyone was pleased with the reprising cast for the dub.
“Looking forward to this a lot more after hearing the voice actors.”
“I looooooved the part where Megumi Hayashibara says ‘Nani yetten no!?’ [‘What the heck are you doing?’].”
“I feel like Yamadera is playing Spike older, to match his on-screen appearance. He’s a real pro.”
Some people still aren’t digging it:
“Think I’ll keep my eyes closed and just listen to the episodes.”
“Why exactly are they making a live-action version?”
Are you going to check out Cowboy Bebop when it debuts next month?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.