NBA Playoff Vid Homages Iconic Cowboy Bebop Intro

In anticipation for the upcoming NBA playoffs, Bleacher Report made a mashup video of Cowboy Bebop’s colorful and iconic intro with some of basketball’s premiere talent to celebrate the start of the 2020 playoff season.

In order for the latest NBA season to actually happen–since the United States, and the rest of the world, is still in the midst of a global pandemic thanks to COVID-19, the NBA is playing in a bubble. All of the teams are living in isolation in Orlando, Florida. And while you may not be able to go to an actual game, you can celebrate along with this sweet video.

A lot of fun mashup actions here, including the Spike’s gun firing three times being replaced here with a basketball being thrown. The intro song, “TANK!”, by Seatbelts is one of the most well-known themes in anime even though the original Bebop only has 26 episodes.

Here’s the original for comparison:

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/EL-D9LrFJd4

Earlier this summer, J-pop stars united for charity to reenact the composition.

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