Original English Dub Cast of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Reunite for a Nostalgic Look at the New Live-Action Series: ‘There’s a Truth to It That Examines the Human Spirit’
In most anime circles, Cowboy Bebop is regarded as a classic, and the release of Netflix’s live-action adaptation has elicited mixed reactions from longtime fans.
However, if there’s one effect that the show’s arrival has had across the board, it’s nostalgia for the original.
That’s probably not surprising, given the new series’ similar themes.
In fact, the original Cowboy Bebop dub cast reunited recently to celebrate the show’s Netflix release and discuss why it continues to resonate with so many fans.
Their conclusion is that it tackles topics that are relatable regardless of when you watch it.
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Despite the fact that Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop expands on the anime’s story, it covers many of the same topics in its first season.
The show tries to capture the characters’ situations, from loss and grief to the struggle to find one’s next meal.
And, even if it deviates from the source material, it arguably succeeds on that front.
Whether it’s the anime or the live-action series, the original English dub actors believe those themes keep the Cowboy Bebop love alive.
After all, viewers face the same challenges that Spike Spiegel and Faye Valentine do, albeit without the bounty-hunting and space-cruising.
The nostalgic feelings you get when you hear these voices againThe legendary Cowboy Bebop English dub cast reunites for a heartfelt chat! pic.twitter.comfcQ1yUX4rw
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The English dub cast of the original Cowboy Bebop reflected on the show’s success — and why a live-action adaptation might still capture viewers’ hearts — during a video discussion posted to Funimation’s Twitter account.
Jet Black’s actor, Beau Billingslea, thinks the story captures a universal human experience.
“I’m hoping Cowboy Bebop will have a long, lasting legacy,” Billingslea said, “because there’s a truth to it that examines the human spirit and will be relevant in 10, 15, and 20 years.”
Melissa Fahn, who played Edward in the English dub, added, “There are many facets that make it timeless.”
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The nostalgia vibes you get from hearing these voices again
The legendary Cowboy Bebop English dub cast reunites for a heartfelt chat! pic.twitter.com/fcQ1yUX4rw
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“I think that in many ways these characters broke the mold. Until we got Bebop, most of the characters — especially offered to women — were very stereotypical. And I found myself fighting to branch out.”
“I think it hit at the right time. And now it continues to be shared, and it always seems to be the right time because the content is so strong and so relevant — and in some cases, sadly, always timely. It hits all the notes. And it was probably born of pain and a lot of sweat and a lot of tears and a lot of love that created this show.”