One of the burning questions fans found themselves asking as the promotional material for Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop began dropping was: Where’s Ed? The orange-haired, eccentric hacker from the anime is not only a fan favorite, but a core member of the Bebop crew after having joined the bounty hunting escapades during the series’ 9th episode. But Ed was nowhere to be found in any of the live-action show’s trailers or stills, and absolutely no casting was announced, prompting plenty of speculation (and concern) among the anime die-hards.
So, now that the show is out and available to watch in full on Netflix, we’re here to answer that question once and for all–but of course, we can’t do so without some spoilers, so consider this your warning.
Long story short, yes, Radical Edward is in Cowboy Bebop, but only extremely briefly and at the very end. Prior to this, Ed is only name dropped as a hacker providing the Bebop crew with some leads on bounties. Because we don’t seem much of Ed or learn anything about her backstory in this version of the story, it’s difficult to guess just how closely she’ll mirror her anime counterpart–though, in the very brief moment we do get to see her, her overall design (and personality) doesn’t seem to have been changed or updated much at all.
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Author: Mason Downey