Hey hey, let’s talk about how Netflix’s latest anime adaptation changes what made the original show so special! Three, two, one — let’s jam!
We start with one of the more unfortunate changes: the character of Faye Valentine. I don’t want to get too long winded on this one, but basically the live action version is a very simplified take on the character minus a whole lot of nuance. A big part of this is down to trying to modernize her, and this is something that’s kind of a fatal flaw of the whole series. The original is a masterful use of tropes, most of them based in the Western and Film Noir genres. One of those is the femme fatale, of which Bebop sports plenty, but Faye is easily the most important. She’s deadly, confident in the face of her enemies, and in full control of her sexuality as a tool. But she’s also subversive in a lot of ways — she’s lazy, complains all the time, and she’s internally in conflict with that aforementioned sexuality. The reality is that she’s lost in a time she doesn’t belong and must always make up for that.
Some of this is present in the new show. She’s still time-displaced, although we don’t dig into too many specifics — presumably most of which are being saved for season two — and a lot of the backstory and her search for her identity are simplified. Which is a curious decision, since these episodes have more time than the show they’re based on.
0:00 – Intro
0:39 Faye Valentine
2:55 Vicious & Julia
4:33 Jet’s a Dad
5:39 Spike Spiegel aka “Fearless”
7:09 Serialized Narrative
7:58 The Bounties
10:51 Not a Whole Lotta Space Junk
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Written by: Michael Keene
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Edited by: Michael Keene
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