Anime Legend Yoko Kanno Will Return to Compose Netflix's Cowboy Bebop

The mastermind behind Cowboy Bebop's jazz-fusion soundtrack will score the live-action series.

John Cho, Daniella Pineda, and Mustafa Shakir in Netflix's Cowboy Bebop.
The stars of Cowboy Bebop bop to their soundtrack.
Screenshot: Netflix

I mean... you can’t do Cowboy Bebop without wanting to jam, right?

Announced during Netflix’s Geeked event today, Yoko Kanno will return to create the soundtrack for Netflix’s new live-action take on Shinichiro Watanabe’s bounty hunting sci-fi adventure Cowboy Bebop, produced and co-written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, developed by Christopher Yost, and showrun by Andre Nemec. Aside from composing the beloved anime series’ soundtrack including the iconic opening title theme “Tank!”, Kanno is behind the scores for Vision of Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, Turn A Gundam, Macross Plus, and more.


The announcement video, featuring John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, and Daniella Pineda, seemingly in partial costume as Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, and Faye Valentine respectively, gave us a tiny glimpse of just how they will appear on the show as they jam out to Kanno’s incredible bop of an opening theme.

Cowboy Bebop hits Netflix this fall.

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Well, the cast is good, and now they realize who the most important character in the original series is: the damn music.

I still think adapting Cowboy Bebop to another medium is a bad idea, but I have to admit, its prospects have increased quite a bit since it was first announced.