Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop has been refurbished to the extent that the end product looks slightly different and something new.
The screenrant.com reports that there have been several changes in the original Cowboy Bebop to the extent that it looks completely different and has also annoyed the loyal fanbase of the original anime.
Complaints have started pouring in deriding the differences between the actual promotional events and the base version the fans were familiar with to the refurbished new versions.
According to the fans, particularly jarring is the Faye Valentine’s more practical outfits. However, experts opine that Cowboy Bebop’s changes are welcome despite the criticism, and Netflix has made the right decision.
The original Cowboy Bebop did not shirk from dabbling in loneliness and existential threat issues. It also blended genres like science fiction, western, and theme-based films with unique styles. It was also a path-breaking anime that helped increase the popularity of the medium in the U.S. It also made the reach of anime more widespread.
Netflix made a good decision to change the storyline of Cowboy Bebop.
The decision to create a live-action adaptation was initially not welcome. One the success of the original anime and it had made a cult, and it was not sure if the remake could live up to the expectation and commercial success of the original. The answer lies in the extreme popularity tinged with come controversy, which must have encouraged Netflix to reincarnate Cowboy Bebop.
The underlying motto of Netflix was not to recreate the magic of the original Cowboy Bebop but to live up to the spirit of the anime. Therefore by recreating the anime classic, the makers wanted a completely new story within the broad exteriors of the original. Fans already familiar with Cowboy Bebop must have something new and fresh, which kept them guessing and tied to the series. So there was no point in recreating the original with no change in the storyline.
Change in storyline opens the door for future Cowboy Bebop spin-offs
Additionally, the difference in the storyline of Cowboy Bebop also created space for future spin-offs or additional seasons. It was accomplished by changing the story’s climax and widening the ambit of Julia and Vicious’ story to give an expanded narrative.