Netflix is making a live-action Cowboy Bebop, because doing so is an act that, like cloning dinosaurs and sticking them in an amusement park, is theoretically possible, if perhaps not advisable. Series creator Shinichiro Watanabe will be a consultant, which could mean just about anything, but still—even though this idea seems obviously terrible, maybe I should keep an open mind an—
NO. I WILL NOT. THIS IS A TERRIBLE IDEA.
This is a short post, because everything I feel about this can be boiled down to one sentence: Cowboy Bebop is one of those very rare television shows where its style, content, and era of production all perfectly aligned to create something remarkable, and messing with any of those things will almost certainly ruin the bizarre alchemy that made the show great in the first place.
THE END! And that's all I have to say abou—
ADDENDUM! COUNTERPOINT! Mercury Anime Editor Suzette Smith DISAGREES, and has the FINAL WORD:
Cowboy Bebop is an assemblage of archetypes and cool-looking things, but it has always lacked actual humanity and substance. Whenever people bring this show up, I become deeply disappointed on behalf of all the good cinema and anime out there. Furthermore, Faye Valentine's outfit. You can just do so much better than this show.