The Cowboy Bebop live-action series has arrived on Netflix and fans are divided, seemingly right down the middle, when it comes to the television show starring John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, and Daniella Pineda as the main three bounty hunters aboard the Bebop. The first season of the series, which is ten episodes and attempts to recreate the aesthetic of the original anime series created by Sunrise, was given mixed reviews by critics when write-ups arrived earlier this week and it seems that the praise and criticisms of the series have translated to viewers as well.
In our own review of Cowboy Bebop's first season, we gave the ten episodes as "3 Out Of 5," recognizing that while the show isn't perfect, it is enjoyable and manages to pay homage to its source material while also adding in some entertaining new elements to the franchise:
"The series however does feel like Cowboy Bebop, in so much as the characters look as they should and the worlds feel adequately lived-in as the original had portrayed, but there are simply more than a few stumbling blocks when it comes to capturing the soul and spirit of the original. The new Netflix show has its problems but it remains a fun romp that has a lot for fans, both of the original and new to the universe, to enjoy along the way. This show was simply never going to be able to hit the heights that were reached by the original, but if you're willing to look past this fact, the new series offers viewers a fun albeit disjointed ride."
What did you think of Cowboy Bebop's first season? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of the Bebop.
The way a film or television show is edited can truly make or break a piece of content. My issue with #CowboyBebop is that cuts, scene transitions and editing are just…odd.— 👾Rito Jazmine👾 (@PBNTweets) November 19, 2021
Faye Fans Eating Good
I love Faye so much omg #CowboyBebop— 𝕯𝖔𝖔𝖉𝖑𝖊𝖗 𝖔𝖋 𝕯𝖔𝖔𝖒 (@ThatKodo) November 19, 2021
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Can It Hit The Highs Of The Original?
Today the live-action version of Cowboy Bebop drops on Netflix. I love this anime ever since I saw it in 1998. I mean the first episode referenced Desperado! I've always wished to see it in live action. Now we'll see if it lives up to the original. #cowboybebop #anime #netflix pic.twitter.com/e4vojLX5Dj— Gabe Swarr (@gabe_swarr) November 19, 2021
Not A Bad Opening Salvo
The first episode wasn’t bad at all! Let’s keep going!#CowboyBebop— Keith Salinas (@KEITHMODE) November 19, 2021
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This has honestly been a BLAST! I was cautiously optimistic for @bebopnetflix to knock it out, and I think 3 episodes in, it's doing justice to the original! The production design is top notch, and the cast is amazing together (Mustafa and Cho are electric)! pic.twitter.com/nNssUNoK9y— Joshua Lozano (@JshLozano) November 19, 2021
Not Too Shabby
Okay, that wasn't that bad. Not as amazing as I could have hoped, but nowhere as bad as the reviews were making it out to be. #CowboyBebop— Michael Lucero 🍹🌴 (@travelsoflucero) November 19, 2021