The Town Hall, a nationally recognized landmark in New York City, has announced it will soon be playing host to the Cowboy Bebop 25th Anniversary Concert — an event taking place one day before Anime NYC.
As a fan of the 1998 critically acclaimed anime series Cowboy Bebop; I was thrilled about the opportunity to review the TTRPG based on the show. A successful Kickstarter campaign preceded the release of this game, and Mana Project Studios raised over 500 thousand dollars for the project.
Last fall Mana Project Studio and Don’t Panic Games introduced a crowdfunding campaign for their in-the-works roleplaying game based on the Cowboy Bebop anime. That campaign ended in November, but thanks to Backerkit, those who missed it now have a second chance. Most of the prizes offered in various tiers of the campaign are also available here, such as the GM screen, themed dice sets and playmats. Gameplay is as you might expect. Players assume the roles of space bounty hunters and travel between planets seeking their targets, all the while learning the backstories of those involved. If your bounty target has a tragic story (and don’t they all), collecting your reward may turn into a moral conflict. The sessions are weaved by the GM, who in this case is referred to as “Big Shot.” Everything you need to play is included in the 240-page rulebook, which contains:
Mana Project Studio and Don’t Panic Games are teaming up with anime studio Sunrise to produce an official RPG based on Cowboy Bebop. When we first reported on it we didn’t know much, but mow that the crowdfunding campaign has officially launched, all the details are out there. Don’t Panic has worked with many other anime properties including Attack On Titan, Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul and one previous Bebop-related project, a card game. Gameplay is as you might expect. Players assume the roles of space bounty hunters and travel between planets seeking their targets, all the while learning the backstories of those involved. If your bounty target has a tragic story (and don’t they all), collecting your reward may turn into a moral conflict. The sessions are weaved by the GM, who in this case is referred to as “Big Shot.” Everything you need to play is included in the 240-page rulebook, which contains:
There have been many tabletop games that have tried to mimic the vibe of Cowboy Bebop, but soon the authentic thing will get its chance. Mana Project Studio and Don’t Panic Games are teaming up with anime studio Sunrise to produce an official Bebop RPG. Don’t Panic should know what they’re doing, as they have worked on anime tabletop games before — they were responsible for RPGs based on Attack On Titan and Naruto, and in fact have done a Cowboy Bebop project already (the card game “Space Serenade”). So what can we expect this time? Uhh, no one knows just yet. The parties involved plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign October 19. Even though that happens to be less than two weeks away, Mana Project and Don’t Panic are still holding everything close to the chest. The press release they handed us was a sentence in length and amounted to the campaign launch date we just mentioned. They did describe earlier a game where players can “live through their own stories of bounty hunters in space, in a jazzy universe blending Western, Film Noir, and buddy cop movies, accompanied by one of the best anime soundtracks in history.” Does that mean the game will have an included soundtrack, whether on CD or digital? That would be a cool touch, but nothing’s confirmed. More on the Cowboy Bebop Roleplaying Game later this month.
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They could have just released one trailer for Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop and it would have been enough. The “Lost Session” trailer released last week was sheer perfection; one of the best trailers we’ve ever seen. It sold itself based on that one, but in the event you can’t be satisfied unless you see actual clips from the show, here’s Trailer #2, released right after the first, composed entirely of scenes from the first season.
I’ve seen a lot of Netflix trailers. Most of them simply show clips from the upcoming season or series debut. A few of them get clever and do something original, but it’s rarely memorable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Netflix trailer that made me go, “I HAVE to watch that again!” — until today. Folks, the Cowboy Bebop trailer is the best thing you’ll see all week. I don’t know if it’s necessarily reflective of how the series will be (the show can’t possibly be this crazy or it wouldn’t really be an adaption), but boy is this fun to watch. Spike, Jet and Faye make complete hash of your typical trailer structure, leaping through panels, grabbing frames and pulling them…..it’s SO fun. Why are you still reading this? Play it already!
As you know, the iconic anime Cowboy Bebop is getting a live-action adaption from Netflix next month. We don’t know yet what the series is like, but even if it stinks, it’ll increase awareness of the original. Funimation currently has it and they’ve announced a slew of new products and licensing deals capitalizing on any potential Bebop fervor. The bullet list includes shirts, posters, several different versions of collectible figures, and an undentified product from Funko (but they only make one kind of thing).
Netflic is trying something different: instead of releasing trailers for their upcoming shows one at a time, like they normally do, they pooled a bunch of their heaviest hitters together and released all their trailers at once in an event they’ve dubbed TUDUM, after the noise Netflix makes when you turn it on. I personally would have found another name, as TUDUM looks dangerously close to TEDIUM, but we’ll have to save that snark for another day. We got a decent amount of valuable news out of this. Many, many trailers were released this morning, but we’ll curate the lineup to what would interest a typical reader of this place most. If you want Emily in Paris, check some other site.
Netflix Cowboy Bebop, A first look
Adapting anime to live-action usually doesn’t go very well, and when the target is what many consider one of the greatest anime of all time, the end result can’t help but disappoint, right? Call us kooky, but we DO see promise in Netflix’s upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series. Mind, we haven’t seen a single frame of the show, nor has anyone else outside of Netflix HQ. But it has the right ingredients. Spike, Jet and Faye have been cast to perfection: John Cho is playing the messy-haired protagonist, Mustafa Shakir is playing the bionic-armed, usually angry ship captain and Daniella Pineda is playing the aloof vixen out of time who is constantly getting into trouble of her own making. As for who’s playing Ed….or if Ed is even in this show…you tell us. It feels like we would have heard about Ed by now if she were to show up. One thing often cited about the Cowboy Bebop anime is its incredible soundtrack, and in this case, Netflix knows not to mess with perfection…they re-hired the original music composer, Yoko Kanno, to make the tunes for this one as well. The reveal was made during the first teaser for the show, which N released this week: