Original “Cowboy Bebop” Director Criticizes Reboot

Original “Cowboy Bebop” Director Disappointed with Netflix Reboot

Shinichirō Watanabe, the director of the original “Cowboy Bebop” anime series, expressed his disappointment with the short-lived Netflix reboot. According to Watanabe, he couldn’t make it past the first season and stated, “It was clearly not Cowboy Bebop.”

The live-action adaptation of the beloved anime series was canceled by Netflix less than a month after its premiere in 2021. Despite years of development, the show failed to meet the streaming platform’s expectations.

In an interview with Forbes, Watanabe shared his true feelings about the live-action version. Although he initially gave it a chance and watched the early screening, he couldn’t continue beyond the opening scene, feeling that it didn’t capture the essence of “Cowboy Bebop.” He admitted that without his involvement, it wouldn’t be the same. Watanabe believes that the shortcomings of the live-action adaptation have only highlighted the value of the original anime.

While the Netflix series had its supporters, evident from a petition launched to save the show after its cancellation, it ultimately fell short. The live-action adaptation featured an ensemble cast led by John Cho as Spike Spiegel and received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike.

The one and only season of the “Cowboy Bebop” live-action series can still be streamed on Netflix.

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