With this retro main-title sequence, Imaginary Forces captures all of the energy of Netflix’s live-action remake of legendary anime series, Cowboy Bebop.

Set to the bubbling horns and jazz bass of original-series composer Yoko Kanno’s “Tank,” the opening titles merge stylized live-action, animation and motion graphics with vintage Japanese typography and imagery.

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Cowboy Bebop, which stars John Cho as space bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, debuted on Netflix on Nov. 19. Besides Cho, the show also stars Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black and Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine. The live-action series is based on the beloved Japanese anime series of the late ‘90s.

Cowboy Bebop is executive produced by André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio; Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios; Makoto Asanuma, Shin Sasaki and Masayuki Ozaki of Sunrise Inc.; and Tim Coddington, Tetsu Fujimura, Michael Katleman, Matthew Weinberg, and Christopher Yost. Nemec serves as showrunner. Original anime series director Shinichirō Watanabe is a consultant on the series, and original composer Kanno returns for the live-action adaptation. The series also stars Alex Hassell and Elena Satine.


Client: Netflix

Agency: Imaginary Forces

Creative Director: Karin Fong

Designer/Animator: James Gardner, Kiyoon Nam, Merrill Hall, Kathy Liang

Editor: Lexi Gundvaldson

Design Interns: Anna Chen, Kayley Wang, Kelly Stoia

Additional Compositing: Charlie Proctor

Producer: Steve Garfinkel

Music by Yoko Kanno

Coordinator: Jackson Kerr

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