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Cowboy Bebop Anime Cast Returns for Live-Action Netflix Japanese Dub

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Cowboy Bebop Anime Cast Returns for Live-Action Netflix Japanese Dub

The Netflix live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop is approaching its November 2021 release. To promote the show in Japan, Netflix announced that the program’s Japanese dub will be performed by the primary voice cast of the original Cowboy Bebop anime series. The news came via the Netflix Japan Anime official Twitter account, as well as the official English-language Cowboy Bebop account.

Spike Spiegel, who is played by actor John Cho in the Netflix Cowboy Bebop, will be voiced in Japanese by Koichi Yamadera. Yamadera also plays Beerus in Dragon Ball Super and voiced Joel in The Last of Us‘ Japanese dub. Megumi Hayashibara will reprise her role as Faye Valentine, played by Daniella Pineda. Hayashibara’s roles include Evangelion‘s Rei Ayanami and Ranma 1/2‘s Female Ranma. Jet Black, who is played by Mustafa Shakir in the new show, will be voiced by Taiten Kusunoki. Unsho Ishizuka, Jet’s original voice actor, died in 2018. Kusunoki also played Leonard Burns in Fire Force and Vulcan Haestus in Promare. Norio Wakamoto will return to play the voice of Vicious, who is played by Alex Hassell in the live-action series. Wakamoto’s long career in voice acting includes roles like Emperor Charles from Code Geass and Oskar von Reuenthal from Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

The rest of the announced Japanese voice cast list for Cowboy Bebop on Netflix is as follows (live-action casting is in parentheses):

  • Julia (Elena Satine) – Gara Takashima
  • Punch (Ira Munn) – Tsutomu Tareki
  • Judy (Lucy Currey) – Miki Nagasawa
  • Shin (Ann Truong) – Romi Park
  • Lin (Hoa Xuande) – Hikaru Midorikawa
  • Teddy Bomber (Rodney Cook) – Takaya Hashi
  • Mao (Rachel House) – Masako Isobe
  • Gren (Mason Alexander Park) – Kenyuu Horiuchi

The Cowboy Bebop live-action series will debut on Netflix on November 19, 2021. The original anime series comes to Netflix outside Japan on October 21, 2021.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.