Cowboy Bebop on Netflix: See the main differences between anime and series

O live-action de Cowboy Bebop it finally debuted on Netflix and with that came several comparisons with the original anime. The classic work is loved by fans and serves as a reference to this day on how to create a deep and action-packed story.

As they are two very different formats – anime and a series – it was expected that some changes would be made, from some lighter to deeper ones, capable of changing the direction of the main plot.

Check each one of them and make your assessment: after all, it’s worth watching the series of Cowboy Bebop? Check out!

Faye Valentine’s Past

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The character is one of the most beloved of the original anime for being a super charismatic professional scammer. In the adaptation of Netflix, Faye received a change in relation to her sexuality, which generated a great buzz on social media.

while in the anime of Cowboy Bebop she is straight and even has a relationship with a man, in the series the character is openly lesbian and even has an affair with a mechanic.

Also, another change is in the fabric of your past. In the original work, she is taken in by a lawyer after being unfrozen, but in the series her familiar figure is a woman who pretends to be her mother and teaches her all the tricks she uses as an adult.

Overall, there is no really impactful change between the two works.

Jet Black’s Relationships

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Jet is a bounty hunter and that remains in both works. A key point in his story is when he ends up being arrested after falling into a trap and staying in prison for a few years to serve his sentence.

In the anime, he had a crush that left him after being convicted. But in the Netflix series, that arc takes on more complexity, giving Jet an ex-wife and a young daughter, which turns out to be his main motivation for being a better person.

In the original work, the character did not exist, making the development of Jet relatively different when comparing animation and live-action.

Where is Ed?

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Who knows Cowboy Bebop knows the story centers around a main quintet consisting of Spike, Jet, Ein, Faye and Ed, but the latter didn’t have the impact fans were hoping for during the adaptation.

That’s because Ed only appears in the last few seconds of season one, despite his importance in the anime. It’s the way that Netflix has implied that the character can come back, since the 2nd season of Cowboy Bebop really happen.

The main story of the show ended up going through some adaptations in general, as many facts involved Ed, but it is possible that there will be more fidelity in the next season of the series, since the character will be more present.

Julia’s presence

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The main change between the two works is in the character played by Elena Satine, known by other series as Revenge e The Gifted.

She is Spike’s love interest and, in the anime, her appearances happen quite often, but they are only through flashbacks. That’s until the end of the season, when she truly shows up to make things even more interesting.

In the Netflix adaptation, however, she’s been a constant from the start, spoiling a bit the element of surprise fans have been hoping to see.

Furthermore, Julia is shown as a more fragile and dependent woman on Spike in live-action, while her personality in the anime was stronger and ready to fight, always showing itself to be equivalent to the power of her love interest.

The changes were necessary because it is a new format. For fans to have an amazing experience, just like the anime from Cowboy Bebop is able to provide, the series needed to go through modifications.

However, everything was well thought out and had the help of Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the original anime, as a consultant throughout the development process.

With the hooks open, like Ed’s development, we’re rooting for Season 2 of Cowboy Bebop happen and be even better!

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