Cowboy Bebop Cancelled at Netflix After Just One Season – IGN
Netflix has canceled its live-action Cowboy Bebop series after just one season. The first, and only season, premiered on November 19 this year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix will not pick up the anime adaptation of the sci-fi western for another season. This is despite the cliffhanger ending at the end of the first season which finally revealed a prominently missing character.
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Cowboy Bebop premiered to mixed to negative reviews and despite achieving almost 74 million views in its debut, following weeks saw the show’s viewership decline. Netflix has been more upfront in recent years about which shows it intends to renew and which shows will be canceled.
Netflix has also been more upfront about viewership in the past year as well, which sheds light on just how successful some shows are on the platform.
Based on the classic anime, Cowboy Bebop starred John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, and Daniella Pineda as a trio of bounty hunters aboard the spaceship Bebop. The show, like the anime, mixed-and-matched different genres like noir, crime, slapstick, and more. But while the anime is considered a classic, reception to the live-action series was far more tepid.
But Netflix isn’t done with live-action adaptations just yet. There are still several projects in the pipeline including a live-action One Piece, live-action YuYu Hakusho, and a live-action Gundam movie in the works.
Despite the mixed reception, IGN was favorable in its review calling the adaptation more in love with the source material than previous live-action anime adaptations developed in North America. But despite the cliffhanger at the end of season one, this marks the end of the Bebop’s live-action journey.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.