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Is Cowboy Bebop the best anime to bring to life

Cowboy Bebop is undoubtedly one of the best anime by far.
Is it the best anime to receive a live adaptation  Let's discuss this.
Whenever I need a space cowboy fix, I Bebop. I mean, I really fucking love this show, and I'm not ashamed to say it. However, as great as the series is, it does have its' shortcomings.

The show is about two down and out bounty hunters that traverse the galaxy in search of some bad guys. They make a little woolongs (money) so they can eat something other than noodles. (They never do.)
The best character on the show is Spike, an ex-mafia thug who loses his only love. He leaves the syndicate and joins up with Jet who leaves the police after losing his wife. Faye is a defrosted con artist from the past that woke up in the future having to start a new life. She falls in with the duo because she has nowhere else to go. Then there is the fun-loving Ed. He is nonbinary you won't be able to tell his/her sex until the end of the series.  I don't believe that fact adds or takes away from the story, but I encourage you to watch and see for yourself.
Should we watch this play out in live-action?
I'm not convinced.
The story is finished we know how it ends and it's depressing. Not just the ending, but the series in itself. Not only do they never collect a bounty each of them is only there until something else comes along.
Below are 3 anime that could be better suited for live adaptation.

 Lupin the 3rd:
Lupin and his gang are a group of international thieves who steal only the best with elaborate schemes from their fearless and sometimes reckless leader. Each heist has a happy ending, well, they do for Lupin. He is a criminal mastermind from a long line of criminal masterminds. The cast includes the hitman Jigen who always has Lupin back, the samurai Goemon whose blades have saved the day more often than not, and last but not least, the grifter/con artist Fujiko. Even the detective who chases Lupin around the world with his multiple size handcuffs is entertaining.
 Speaking of the world...
The different locations in this anime rocks hard... Vegas, France, Singapore each with their different sets of problems makes for more content to pull from.
I would love to see a live adaptation for this.
Lupin has an ongoing story and even getting a remake as we speak.


 Outlaw Star:
If you still crave your space cowboy genre, I highly recommend Outlaw Star. 
"Starwind and Hawking! We fix everything from tractors to relationships."
 Introducing Gene Starwind, a part-time bounty hunter, bodyguard, pirate and whatever else keeps him in space. Notwithstanding, his fear of flying in space, and that castor cannon of his that will basically one-shot anything in the universe, makes a very entertaining show. Outlaw Star has a deeper storyline better cast of characters than Cowboy Beebop. Gene has an actual team and not just people waiting until something else comes along. It checks all the boxes of why we love Cowboy Bebop, and it doesn't have any of the pitfalls.
BONUS: this show has space ninja pirates!


 Samurai Champloo:
If Netflix is just looking to do a one-shot or a complete story about a thrown-together band of misfits look no further than Samurai Champloo.
The premise of this anime is pretty simple. It features Jin, Mugan, Fuu and their hunt for the samurai that smells of sunflowers. The trio met through deadly circumstances, Jin, the wandering ronin, kills the governor's guards defending a person who can't pay the wages. Mugan, a crazy and unorthodox swordsman, offers Fuu some protection if she feeds him. Mugan is introduced to the story just looking for a fight and he picks one with Jin. They then rip the restaurant apart trying to kill each other. The two get arrested by the governor. Fuu offers to save them but only if they promise to help her find a samurai that smells like Sunflowers. So, the two warriors agree to put their fight to the death on hold to keep their promise to Fuu.  The quest takes them all over Edo, Japan with a different mix of bad guys in every episode. That keeps the pair of ronin on their toes. Netflix can take the story further because the story ends with them forgetting to finish their fight and they are constantly being hunted.

 So what do you think about my suggestions do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments section because I, the "Comic Boss" respond to all comments. Do you think Cowboy Bebop is the best anime to bring to life or do you want to see something else? 

 Also, don't forget to check out our latest article about a new Death Note returning and the Junkies podcast going international with guest James Halmer

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