Cowboy Bebop’ Canceled at Netflix After One Season
Netflix has canceled “Cowboy Bebop” after only one season. On November 19, the show premiered on the streaming service. The series starred three bounty hunters, nicknamed “cowboys,” who were all trying to outrun the past, and was based on the anime series of the same name. Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine are their names (Daniella Pineda). Julia was played by Elena Satine, and Vicious was played by Alex Hassell.
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., Tim Coddington, Tetsu Fujimura, Michael Katleman, Matthew Weinberg, and Christopher Yost of Sunrise Inc. were among the executive producers on “Cowboy Bebop.” The showrunner was Nemec. Shinichir Watanabe, the director of the original anime series, served as a consultant on the series, and Yoko Kanno, the original composer, returned for the live-action version.
When the 10-episode series first aired, it was met with mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a 46% critical approval rating and a 54% audience approval rating. “Netflix’s live-action version of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ strives to be so much at once, and appeal to so many different possible audiences,” Caroline Framke said in her Variety review, “that it ends up trying to develop an identity of its own.”
The show was part of Netflix’s bigger push to create live-action versions of popular anime characters. A live-action “One Piece” series is also in development, with the cast just announced. In July, Variety exclusively revealed that a live-action “Pokemon” series is in the works. In 2017, the streaming service released a live-action “Death Note” film.