On Tuesday, Netflix introduced that Yoko Kanno, the musical genius behind Cowboy Bebop’s soundtrack, will probably be producing unique tunes for the Netflix live-action adaptation of the hit anime sequence.
Excuse me whereas I lose my shit a bit bit.
The live-action adaptation of Shinichiro Watanabe’s area noir-thriller a couple of ragtag group of bounty hunters stars John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, and Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black. But the music is simply as vital because the present’s star-studded solid—a undeniable fact that Netflix itself readily acknowledges.
“There is no Bebop without Yoko Kanno,” mentioned the tweet asserting the composer’s arrival.
And they’re goddamn proper. On its personal, Bebop’s story, characters, and pleasant brevity make it an compelling and accessible anime to American teenagers again within the late 90s when it was a mainstay on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. But Bebop was elevated to its close to unassailable top-tier standing amongst anime followers due to Kanno’s music. In an interview Shinichiro Watanabe gave at Otakon in 2013 he mentioned of Kanno:
“There had been cases the place I heard these songs she created for Cowboy Bebop, took inspiration from them and created new scenes for Cowboy Bebop. And then she could be impressed by these new scenes I’d created, they might give her new concepts for music and he or she’d come to me with much more music.”
Netflix has struck out on anime diversifications earlier than, with an abysmal reception to its live-action film model of Death Note. Anime followers are rightly involved that Netflix’s try to live-actionify anime’s Paddington 2 will fail. However, securing Kanno’s skills exhibits that Netflix is severe about attempting to create one thing devoted to such hallowed unique materials.
Yoko Kanno composed soundtracks for anime sequence each beloved and obscure. She labored on The Vision of Escaflowne and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex. She labored once more with Watanabe on Space Dandy and Kids On The Slope (through which she made the greatest cover of Art Blakely’s “Moanin’” ever produced by humankind.)
Kanno briefly returned to Bebop in 2020 when she collaborated with Funimation, The Seatbelts, and Cowboy Bebop voice actors to launch a particular charity recording of “The Real Folk Blues” with proceeds going to combat the covid-19 pandemic.
Production on Cowboy Bebop halted in late 2019 after John Cho suffered a knee injury throughout filming, however from the tweet asserting Kanno it appears to be like just like the present may be launched a while this fall.
As for me, I now not care if the present finally ends up being sizzling rubbish as a result of not less than I’ll have gotten new Yoko Kanno music out of it. That’s all the time a win.