Netflix Cancels 'Cowboy Bebop' After One Season

by Outsiders
December 09, 2021
The streaming service Netflix has decided to opt-out of a second season of the live-action anime adaptation of Cowboy Bebop. The cancellation comes less than a month after the premiere on November 19th.b
Based on Shinichirō Watanabe’s cult anime series, Cowboy Bebop followed a group of misfit bounty hunters, led by Spike Spiegel (Cho) as they search for the galaxy’s most valuable criminals. Mustafa Shakir also starred as Spike’s trusted co-pilot Jet Black and Daniella Pineda as the highly-skilled bounty hunter Faye Valentine.

The series was met with mixed reviews by critics and fans of the original, and the series also didn’t make a lasting impression in the streamer’s Top 10 rankings. Also, the cost of the production for the first season was rather expensive and Cho’s on-set injury, which put the show out for seven to nine months didn't sit well with a second season from Netflix.

Cowboy Bebop was executive produced by 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. Nemec served as showrunner.

Source: Deadline


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Zerzar999 - 2021-12-10 @ 8:57 pm

The problem with this show is that it just basically took the concept of Cowboy Bebop and really left very little intact from the source material. Had this been my only exposure to the CB and had not seen any of the anime I suppose this would have been an okay show, but to anyone who is a fan of this show it was CB in name only. Don't need or want a second season. Best to leave the legend of the anime to it's own. Over 20 years later and it's still one of the most popular anime of all time. Nothing will ever top it.

JangDangus - 2021-12-10 @ 8:53 pm

Ouch , that was fast . I could barely get through the first 10 mins. So makes sense to me. That actress sucks bad. The main character guy needed to work harder on the character. It came off as cheap imitation. The other guy is just mouth moving. Meh its Netflix. Most originals suck, they dont put enough effort and critique their work.

ghostbogey - 2021-12-10 @ 10:49 am

I was "ALL IN" and had hopes....

The show was "alright" IMHO....and can see why NetFlex opted Out the second season...

"ALRIGHT" is just not good enough anymore....Sad ;^)

Scifantasy - 2021-12-10 @ 10:10 am

This news sucks.

I really enjoyed it , I had old familiar long missed firefly vibes from it.

DiscoCougar - 2021-12-10 @ 9:23 am

With the way the Faye actress decided to jump the gun on fans and make that Youtube video where she essentially called all the anime fans losers (before the premier of the show came about), this property was doomed to be toxic and fail, imo.

Dark5cythe - 2021-12-10 @ 7:23 am

Good riddance! Some changes just made no sense. Some things were just so spot on. but almost good isnt good enough! Give us a Faye with an accurate costume next time! and dont tell us they dont exist either!

obs - 2021-12-10 @ 3:57 am

I liked it at first but there were way too many changes made for no good damn reason to forgive it. Some of it was just perfectly like the anime, and the music was a combination of pieces taken from the anime and all new material composed by the anime's composer. The changes they made to Vicious and for God's sake whatever the hell they did to Julia are what sank it. They greatly expanded the character of Annie and race swapped, but that was one of the few changes that I kind of liked. She was in the anime for about a minute or two .They also made a Julia sized change to Gren, as well and it was just awful. Then there's the infamous appearance of Ed and I wanted to go out back and bury myself in a hole it was so cringy. That character can be done in live action, but they need to find the right actor and take it just far enough to be the same character but not so far that it turns into what it was in this show. She's somewhat annoying in the anime, but she's a beloved character and you miss her when she exits.I had read this show did well for Netflix and that season 2 was going to adapt the Bebop movie storyline, so it surprises the hell out of me that it got canceled. I would have liked to see if they could work out the flaws and turn a season 2 into something worthy of the name Cowboy Bebop.If you haven't watched the anime, then go watch it. It's on Netflix and it's 26 episodes of greatness. It destroys this live action show, and the proper Faye Valentine is only shown in that version of the show. That charfacter in the live action show is Maye Foulintime and not Faye Valentine.

memocromatico - 2021-12-10 @ 3:07 am

That sucks.... I really enjoyed it and the only bit that I didn't love was Vicious... but every change was a welcome one.

Goldbug - 2021-12-10 @ 3:00 am

I thought it was great!

It was very on point from what I remembered of the anime version.

EvilHayato - 2021-12-10 @ 2:45 am

Honestly I didnt have high hopes for this. They had some cool live action concepts that were neat but its just not necessary. Why mess up a good thing? No one really wanted this and live action adaptations specifically to anime doesnt really translate well. I really cant think of one anime live action that was done well and on par with its anime. Also this was pretty doomed from the start as CB has been around for so long and has so many hardcore fans that if they didnt do it right, was going to get executed with a fatality on arrival. Which essentially this did. 1 month after release and already cancelled. I m having a hard time not laughing at this honestly.

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