Just made it home after a couple of days in Olympia area visiting family for Thanksgiving.

Less family drama than usual, for which I am thankful. Traffic sucked coming home, bad enough I stayed off the freeways where possible.

Related: While there I was able to use a family member's Netscape account to finally see the live action 'Cowboy Bebop' series. The entire series was available, so I stayed up late last night and binged the whole thing.

My thoughts? Worth watching. However, if you are a super fan of the you are going to be furious when they drift from the original story or adapt themes loosely.

In fact, Spike's main arc has been butchered all to hell by a last episode plot twist…

[contd]

It wouldn't be so bad, but they tease you by seeming to stick to the original plotline – right up until the last few episodes – and then the train is suddenly going down another track.

It seems kind of disrespectful to the fans, because they didn't have to do it that way even if they stuck with the new story.

Also, they compressed Spike's arc into 12 episodes and didn't even introduce Radical Ed until the last few seconds as part of the set-up the next season!

[contd]

And, in that last few seconds, they made it clear the future story is going somewhere entirely new; while again doing it in a way that seems disrespectful to the fans.

I'd give it 6/10. I'd give it 7/10 if they hadn't flipped the bird to the fan community along the way.

If you aren't a super fan but did watch the original series you'll enjoy how well they matched the original visuals. Also the music was top-notch and the acting didn't suck.

Like I said, worth watching…

[fin]

Follow up to my live-action 'Cowboy Bebop' mini review…

Steve Jones over at AnimeNewsNetwork calls it 'a baffling disaster'.

> Cowboy Bebop
Live-Action: animenewsnetwork.com/review/co

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Another followup on the live-action 'Cowboy Bebop'…

Michael Basile at AnimeNewsNetwork says the problem is they were making the wrong TV show and didn't know it.

> "… did Netflix Bebop even understand its source material in the first place? The answer, unsurprisingly, is an emphatic NO in all caps …" animenewsnetwork.com/watch/202

I would tend to agree. Moreover, I believe this simple statement is also true for every other to live-action adaption I've ever seen. Including GitS and Alita.

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