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Netflix Cancels Cowboy Bebop

Netflix Cancels Cowboy Bebop

Written by Ross Locksley on 10 Dec 2021

The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed that Netflix has cancelled the much derided Cowboy Bebop live-action show after one series. 

Only one month after launching the show, the negative press surrounding the show has been enough to convince Netflix that the adaptation hasn't worked. With stinging reviews by critics and fans on the Rotten Tomatoes site (where it garnered a "Rotten" score of 46%) it’s a rare moment of agreement on the review site that has been plagued by politically motivated reviews.

The show hit the Netflix top 10 on release, garnering 74 million viewing hours, but watching the first episode on its own felt like that to me (my review here). UKA's own Dan Barnett made it through all 10 episodes and gave the show a (generous) 5/10 verdict, noting "If you’re crying out for something to watch then you could put this on but you honestly wouldn’t be missing anything if you chose not to bother."

Series creator Shinichirō Watanabe had already wisely distanced himself from the project, claiming almost zero input into production.

The next Netflix live-action adaptation attempt will be One Piece.

Ross Locksley
About Ross Locksley

Ross founded the UK Anime Network waaay back in 1995 and works in and around the anime world in his spare time.

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