Cowboy Bebop Anime to Hit Netflix Ahead of the Live-Action Series


Netflix is positioning itself as the go-to destination for fans of Cowboy Bebop.


Ahead of the streamer’s live-action adaptation, starring John Cho as bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, Netflix has officially acquired the streaming rights to the original Cowboy Bebop anime, EW reports.


All 26 episodes of the anime, which is currently available to stream on Hulu, will make its Netflix debut on Oct. 21.



Directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop is set in the year 2071, decades after a cataclysmic event forced humanity to colonize surrounding moons and planets. This new age of lawlessness led the Inter Solar System Police force to legalize a contract system so bounty hunters could turn in criminals for rewards. Former Red Dragon crime syndicate henchman Spike Spiegel, ex-cop Jet Black, and con artist Faye Valentine are three of these bounty hunters thrust together by circumstance, along with kid hacker Radical Ed and “data dog” Ein.


The show premiered in Japan in 1998 and became the first anime to be broadcast by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in the U.S. in 2001.



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