With Netflix's John Cho-led "Cowboy Bebop" live action series drop right around the corner, this highly-anticipated event got me thinking about different anime adaptations and why certain adaptations satisfy fans more than others. Adaptation is a tricky tightrope to walk. Similar to translating across languages, striking the balance between direct transfer and capturing the spirit of the property is incredibly important. However, after reflecting on my personal favorite anime adaptations, I came up with a list of best practices.
Netflix's highly anticipated adaptation of high-acclaimed 90's anime, "Cowboy Bebop" released its official teaser, titled "Lost Session" today. Starring John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, and Daniella Pineda, the Netflix show is the American live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime of the same name, an action-packed space Western following the journeys of three bounty hunters.