Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Invites Us to Jam With Its Jazzy Opening Titles

Cowboy Bebop’s Jazzy Netflix Opening Titles Revealed Yoko Kanno

The new opening animation is worth enough attention, sure, not to mention all the quick glimpses from the series. But what we’re really here for is more score from one of the all-time great anime composers of the last few decades, the legendary Yoko Kanno. Kanno’s work on the original Bebop is beloved for a reason, but her back catalog has some absolutely remarkable pieces of work in it, like the haunting, rhythmic electronica of Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex; the sweeping epics of Macross Plus; and the ethereal choral work and soaring strings of the absolutely incredible Turn A Gundam soundtrack. The fact we’re getting Kanno material for this iteration of Bebop is reason enough to celebrate, but the fact that it’s new material—as the show’s cast and crew have re-iterated, it’s about things that are in keeping with the spirit of the original anime, rather than just recreating what came before—is very special indeed.

Cowboy Bebop, which also stars Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, and at least Two Very Good Boys as Ein, will be about ready to blow this scene when it hits Netflix on November 19. 3, 2, 1…

Correction 9/25/2021, 2:45 p.m. ET: A previous version of this post misstated the Bebop theme has changed drastically. It has not. 

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