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Cowboy Bebop anime coming to Netflix
Cowboy Bebop (1998)Via IMDb

The OG Cowboy Bebop anime heads to Netflix ahead of its live action reboot

The 1998 anime, directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, arrives on the streaming service later this month

Netflix’s live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop is set to hit screens next month, on November 19, as revealed in a first look at the reboot earlier this year. Ahead of the premiere, however, fans will also be able to revisit the original anime — or “see where it all began” — via the streaming service.

As revealed in a short trailer today (October 13), all 26 episodes of the 1998 Cowboy Bebop anime series are set to make their Netflix debut on October 21.

Shinichirō Watanabe, the director of the cult show, says in a statement: “For me, it’s a great surprise and honour that the Cowboy Bebop universe has thrived for over 20 years and will continue onward.”

The upcoming live action version of Cowboy Bebop will include several nods to its anime roots, though its creators have spoken about the importance of avoiding a scene-by-sene remake. The cast includes John Cho as bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, and non-binary actor Mason Alexander Park as the genderfluid character Gren.

Last month, Netflix revealed the jazzy opening credits for the new series, which pay homage to the original credits sequence. Yoko Kanno — the composer behind the anime’s intergalactic jazz soundtrack — also returns to score the live action show.

Watch Netflix’s announcement of the new Cowboy Bebop premiere date below.