The New Opening Credits For The Live-Action ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Series Look Really Weird
While the initial shots of the upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series were promising, the new opening credits sadly dash that optimism against sharp pointy rocks.
The original opening credits for the anime are beautifully done and perfectly encapsulate the series. Not to mention being accompanied by the excellent musical cue Tank by Yoko Kanno, with this being a fascinating use of the twelve-bar-blues if you are at all curious.
In any case, the original opening credits are both excellent and beloved by many fans of the anime, myself included.
So before we proceed and if you are new to Cowboy Bebop, then here are the aforementioned original anime opening credits and they are worth a look before we go any further.
With that behind us, here are the new live-action opening credits (shown below).
They are clearly going for a homage here and John Cho is holding this up the best he can, but it all just looks really weird and quite cheaply done.
It just looks off and wrong, not to so much the animated parts but more the glimpses of people and events from the show. The lighting looks very flat too and the costumes seem a tad thrift shop-esque.
One interesting point is that it appears like most of the ships from the original anime are present, which would be make sense considering that the Bebop is mentioned in the show’s title.
They also look close enough to Kimitoshi Yamane’s original designs, but I hope they haven’t been overly Hollywood-ified, especially that of the majestic Swordfish II.
In any case, weird opening credits aside, this live-action Cowboy Bebop series is on its way this November. I just hope the full show is not as bizarre as these opening credits.
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