Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop trailer is officially here. With less than a month to go until the show’s release date, the first trailer dropped at 4:20pm today (get it?).
The two-and-a-half minute trailer offers snippets from across the show, some of which should be very familiar to fans of the anime. They include a direct recreation of one of the most famous images from the original — one that has featured in countless anime music videos over the years.
The trailer once makes it clear that the live-action adaptation will be heavily rooted in the source material, even if it isn’t necessarily a one-to-one remake. Returning elements include Pierrot Le Fou, the Space Warriors eco-terrorist group, and the Teddy Bomber, with additional allusions to Spike and Jet’s backstories.
It also includes Faye winking mischievously from the cockpit of the Swordfish while clutching Ein, which is just delightful.
Spike, Faye, and Jet arrive on the Netflix scene November 19 pic.twitter.com/G1ydjo1HC8
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In addition to the trailer, Netflix released a new poster for the series, which you can see above. It depicts Spike, Jet, and Faye around the Swordfish in what looks like an old west town, appropriately setting the mood for the series to come.
The new Cowboy Bebop trailer represents our best look to date at the anticipated anime adaptation. To this point, Netflix has released the show’s opening and a short vignette called the “Lost Sessions,” but has otherwise kept the actual footage more or less under wraps.
Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Trailer – Screenshots
Opinions have varied widely, with some being enthusiastic about Netflix’s interpretation, and others wondering whether the new show has an identity crisis. Either way, Cowboy Bebop on Netflix is bound to spur plenty of discussion when it officially releases on Netflix on November 19.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN