Cowboy Bebop Netflix series gives one of its characters a bigger role in the live-action
Cowboy Bebop showrunner André Nemec has revealed one of the main key differences between the Netflix series and the original anime.
In an interview with Polygon, Nemec explained that Julia – Spike Spiegel’s muse and lover – will have a bigger role in the live action.
“In the anime, she’s almost more of an idea than a character,” Nemec said. “So we extracted as much as we could from the information we had and determined who these people were.”
As Nemec mentions, Julia is far from fleshed out in the original series. Spike only recounts their relationship through flashbacks. She does not make an appearance in the show’s Current Events before – spoilers – the final two episodes.
This is far from the only change from the OG anime. Fans will have noticed during the initial character reveal that a certain person is missing.
“Ed – everyone wants to know about Ed!” Nemec said. The prodigious – and prodigiously irritating – hacker has yet to be confirmed for the series, but the showrunner says fans will be “very excited” when they watch the upcoming season. Before asking: yes, Ein is in it. However, it is not yet known whether fungi will be involved.
The next stop on the hype train for Cowboy Bebop fans is Tudum, Netflix’s global fan event taking place on September 25. We’ll likely see a full trailer by then – and we might even catch a glimpse of the reworked Julia in action.
Cowboy Bebop arrives on Netflix on November 19. For more on the streamer, check out the best Netflix shows.