Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 23, 2021, 09:09:
I know it is difficult to do, but try to imagine you knew nothing about Cowboy Bebop until you watched it on Netflix, then what would you think? Because I'm reasonably certain that will be the situation for a lot of the Netflix viewers.
I'd still think the cinematography wasn't great, that some of the characters feel hollow, and that Ed is about as cringe as you can get.
The problem with your hypothetical is that we don't really live in a vacuum and the manga, and subsequently the anime, have existed for over 2 decades, it's highly improbable that anyone going to watch it won't have had some exposure to the source works. Those that have somehow done this are probably going to find it pretty much all flash and no substance.