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Things We Saw Today: You Damn Right Yoko Kanno Is Doing the Music for Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop

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On the second day of Netflix Geeked the platform gave to me: the best news they could’ve possibly announced for the upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series.

Yoko Kanno, the composer on the original anime, is gonna do the soundtrack.

Oh.

My.

GOD!!!

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Cowboy Bebop has one of the most iconic anime soundtracks to date—hell, it’s got one of the best musical scores in media in general. When that announcement trailer said you couldn’t have Bebop without Yoko, they meant it. The music is such an integral part of the series, getting you pumped with that classic opening, setting the tone for each episode with a creative blend of different genres, and finally, letting you sit with your feelings as The Real Folk Blues plays on.

It’s a soundtrack where you can visualize an episode just by listening to the music. I haven’t watched Cowboy Bebop in years but if someone is playing Chicken Bone I immediately picture Radical Ed walking with Ein.

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The announcement trailer that got posted is such a love letter to the series as John Cho (who is rocking some nice Spike Spiegal hair), Mustafa Shakir (Jet Black), and Daniella Pineda (Faye Valentine) groove out to a color-coded homage to the original opening, leading to the reveal of Yoko Kanno composing original music for the series and a release date of fall this year.

This is more than I could’ve ever hoped for with this adaptation. At most I thought we’d get some reprised versions of tracks from the anime soundtrack, but original music from the original composer? Yes, I do, in fact, need MORE Cowboy Bebop music to transport me back into space, thank you.

Are you excited about this Yoko Kanno news? What are some of your favorite Cowboy Bebop tracks?

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Here’s what else we saw today:

  • Bryan Fuller pivots from charismatic cannibals to irresistible motor vehicles and is set to direct a new take on Stephen King’s Christine. (via Bloody Disgusting)
  • Stop telling queer homeowners not to put up Pride flags unless if you want to unleash a fantastical amount of pettiness, like rainbow-themed lights that highlight their beautiful home. (via USA Today)
  • Read all about Teyana Taylor over at Maxim.

Happy World Oceans Day, Mary Suevians! What else happened out there today?

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Briana (she/her - bisexual) is trying her best to cosplay as a responsible adult. Her writing tends to focus on the importance of representation, whether it’s through her multiple book series or the pieces she writes. After de-transforming from her magical girl state, she indulges in an ever-growing pile of manga, marathons too much anime, and dedicates an embarrassing amount of time to her Animal Crossing pumpkin patch (it's Halloween forever, deal with it Nook)