Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Intro Recreates the Original Anime’s Opening

Is it even Cowboy Bebop if “Tank!” doesn’t open every episode? Longtime fans of the original anime series will be delighted to hear that Netflix’s live-action update will be using the same iconic theme song made popular by composer Yoko Kanno in 1998. During today’s Tudum event, the streaming service debuted the full opening credits sequence for the new series. It offers an almost shot-for-shot recreation of the classic cartoon intro.

The opening sequence provides our first glimpse at footage of John Cho (and his hair) as Spike Spiegel along with his two bounty-hunting partners: Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda). Overall, it’s an impressive tribute to the original series, complete with vivid colors and silhouetted spin-kicks. And of course, the gang’s spaceship, the Bebop, can also be seen flying around in between shots. Check it out for yourself below.

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Netflix still hasn’t released a full-length trailer for the show, so the new intro will have to tide fans over until then. Plus, the streamer dropped a handful of new images from the series that highlight its supporting cast members. Chiefest among them? Spike’s partner-turned-nemesis Vicious (played by Alex Hassell), a member of the Red Dragon crime syndicate. Other recognizable faces include Elena Satine as Julia, Mason Alexander Park as Gren, Tamara Tunie as Ana, and the legendary Adrienne Barbeau as Maria Murdock. Even the Cowboys’ Corgi companion, Ein, gets some love. You can view all these stills and more in the gallery below.

Cowboy Bebop premieres on Netflix on November 19.

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