Broadcast since November 19 on Netflix, season 1 of the live series “Cowboy Bebop” should have a second season. And we already know a little more about her.
Cowboy Bebop : Let’s jam!
A jazzy opening, charismatic characters, movie references in spades …Cowboy Bebop is a series that marked the history of japanimation. Released in 1998, the anime comes straight from the brain of Shin’ichirō Watanabe, a regular contributor to the famous Japanese studio Sunrise (Gundam, Nicky Larson, Code Geass…).
This ex-storyboarder and episode director delivers, with Cowboy Bebop, the first important work of his career. The SF series that follows the adventures of a group of bounty hunters (led by the charismatic Spike Siegel) traveling in a spaceship called the Bebop, marks both Japanese and global audiences. Indeed, Cowboy Bebop is a more than atypical Japanese anime, mixing the codes of martial arts films and those of American westerns. Above all, Yoko Kanno’s jazz soundtrack dazzles audiences, being almost an integral protagonist of the series.
20 years after the broadcast of the first episode of the anime, Netflix formalizes the start of production of an American live-action adaptation. A desire for the streaming giant to continue to develop the japanimation market on its platform (we recall that currently, Netflix is in charge of a live-action adaptation of One piece).
Despite a complicated production (long injury of its main actor John Cho, Covid-19 pandemic …), season 1 of Cowboy Bebop finally saw the light of day on November 19, 2021. And good news for those who enjoyed it: a season 2 would already be in preparation.
Spike will come back
CAUTION SPOILERS !!!!
Despite mixed reviews (some comparing Cowboy Bebop to the Netflix mismatch of Death Note), the series might have a chance to catch up, although the platform has not yet formalized the news. Especially since she still has a few cartridges in reserve.
Starting with Spike’s murky future. Shot by his beloved Julia, and abandoned by his friend Jet, Spike may have a hard time going up the slope. Especially in parallel, Julia will fall into a dark fate. Thus, the series has made the choice to move away from its original material. As a result, the pretty young lady will now be the head of the Syndicate after shooting the horrible Vicious. As his showrunner André Nemec confided during his interview with Polygon :
Spike must face his own dilemma of making a bad choice, which will now cost him dearly. Julia has earned the right to arm herself and have enough self-confidence to pull the trigger now.
However, the end of season 1 reveals a major character of the original series: Ed. Indeed, this crazy young hacker is one of the main members of the group of bounty hunters in the anime of Watanabe. If so far, fans have been surprised not to see her appear, they will be happy to learn that she will indeed be present more regularly in season 2. The latter also makes sure to re-motivate a Spike lost to get him back on a mission in the footsteps of a mysterious character nicknamed “The Butterfly Man”.
If the latter could be one of the new antagonists for the next season, he’s no stranger to fans. Indeed, he is the big bad of the movie Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (released in 2001). A former guinea pig having undergone experiments in order to become a useful super-soldier in time of war, he is nicknamed “the Butterfly Man” because his brain has been drugged with nanomachines, which injected into him, resemble butterflies.
These two characters will therefore be part of the main attractions for the next season, as Nemec points out:
At first, with the writers, we wondered what our favorite episode was and why. But we couldn’t put everything in season 1. So there are moments, characters, scenes, worlds that I’m dying to explore in season 2. We keep our fingers crossed.
We will still have to wait to find out. The ball is in Netflix’s court.