Cowboy Bebop: Season 1 ending deviates from anime history

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Cowboy Bebop ends season one on Netflix with a departure from the original anime. The fates of Union member Vicious (Alex Hassell) and Julia (Elena Satine) are modified, as well as part of the plot between Spike (John Cho) and Jet (Mustafa Shakir), which enters into the show’s proposal.

To Thrillist, showrunner Andre Nemec commented that the live-action version is “a re-imagined sequel.” In other words, it is inspired by the anime, but it doesn’t follow exactly the same story.

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The first modification is in the relationship between Spike and Jet. On Netflix, Shakir’s character gains a daughter, who becomes a target of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate, the same group that Spike once worked with.

With tension, Jet only spares Spike so his daughter can be saved, which he does.

But, the big change comes later. Spike, Julia and Vicious’s love triangle ends in a way far removed from the original anime.

In the anime, Julia is killed in a shootout after being reunited with Spike. Cowboy Bebop ends with Vicious and Spike dying, even though some fans think the protagonist isn’t completely gone — Shinichiro Watanabe, the creator, doesn’t say to this day whether he’s dead or alive.

In the TV series, Julia not only stays alive, she takes over the leadership of the Union, making Vicious her own prisoner.

This big change prepares a second season of Cowboy Bebop on Netflix. As mentioned before, the live-action version doesn’t try to repeat the anime, just using it as a base.

The Cowboy Bebop Story on Netflix

“Cowboy Bebop is an action-packed futuristic Western about three bounty hunters.”

“Known as ‘cowboys’, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) are a lethal trio that roams the galaxy in search of the most dangerous criminals in the universe – as long as they are well paid, obviously.”

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“But it’s not just your targets that are in trouble. Cowboys also have their own problems: their past is lurking,” says the Netflix description.

The debut episode of Cowboy Bebop is scripted by Christopher Yost, who co-wrote Thor: Ragnarok. The director of the original anime, Shinichiro Watanabe, returns to work on the new version.

The anime’s story follows a group of bounty hunters formed by Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed, who hunt down the most dangerous criminals in the solar system. The plot also has a lot of jazz.

Cowboy Bebop is now available on Netflix.

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