Orson Scott Card Praises Cowboy Bebop, Compares It To Firefly
Ender's Game's Orson Scott Card recently praised Cowboy Bebop, calling it "better than all but a handful of science fiction films." Card devoted a large part of his April 6th column for the Greensboro Rhino Times to the 1998 television anime:
"What can I say, except that to my vast surprise, I found this series brilliant. It's often funny, sexy in a mostly chaste kind of way – these are drawings, after all – and the action is gripping.
But what held me was a combination of strong relationship-based storytelling, a moody visual style that never got old and really smart dialogue."
The author also compared Cowboy Bebop to the cult TV series Firefly:
"I'd compare this to the great TV series Firefly, except that since Firefly came out in 2002, and resembles Cowboy Bebop in many ways (including quality), I can't guess whether Firefly creator Joss Whedon was influenced by Cowboy Bebop, was deliberately doing an hommage, or created such a similar series by sheer coincidence."
While there has been a 2001 anime film based on Cowboy Bebop, two manga adaptations, and persistent rumors of a live-action film, there has been no firm plans for a continuation of its story in another TV series.