The Margin: See John Cho as Spike in ‘Cowboy Bebop.’ The first images from Netflix’s live-action series have fans losing their minds.

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Three, two, one: Let’s jam.


dropped the first photos of its live-action adaptation of “Cowboy Bebop” on Monday, and fans of the anime classic dominated Twitter

and Google

trends as they either raved or ranted about how successfully the actors have embodied the beloved illustrated characters. 

The space western based on Shinichirō Watanabe’s cult 1998 anime series follows three bounty hunters — Spike Spiegel (played by John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) — who hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. “But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them,” notes the Netflix show synopsis. 

Fans got their first looks at leader Spike, co-pilot Jet and fellow bounty hunter Fay online on Monday, and each of Netflix’s tweets quickly racked up thousands of likes and retweets, leading “Cowboy Bepop” and actor Cho to trend throughout the day. Noticeably absent from the first few images, however, was any sign of the hacker character Edward, a.k.a. “Radical Ed.”

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Many were jazzed about how the three main characters look, so far. 

Some were not convinced that an animated classic really needed to be adapted as a live-action series, however. 

But if there’s one thing almost everyone could agree on, it’s that the pupper playing Ein — a supersmart Pembroke Welsh Corgi who’s also part of Cowboy Bepop’s team — looks pretty perfect. 

“Cowboy Bebop” is often considered a gateway series for getting people into anime. There are 26 episodes of the original show that aired in Japan between 1998 and 1999, and “Cowboy Bebop” was also published in two manga series at about the same time. Here’s a look at the original anime’s opening theme.

The series is slated to debut worldwide on Netflix on Nov. 19. 

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