“It’s not cowboy bebop” – the creator of the popular anime reveals in an interview how little he thinks of the Netflix adaptation. This has now been reinstated, so Shinichiro Watanabe can say what’s going on.
After a very long development time, the Cowboy Bebop series had hardly been released when many people immediately realized: This could go on the pile of bad anime adaptations from Netflix. Accordingly, the SciFi series was canceled less than a month after its release on December 9, 2021 – and rightly so in the eyes of many viewers. These are indirectly joined by Shinichiro Watanabe, creator of the original Cowboy Bebop anime. In an interview with Forbes, he was asked what he thought of the adaptation.
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When asked what he thinks of the Netflix series Cowboy Bebop, the answer is clear. Because Shinichiro Watanabe had even looked into the live-action series. The feedback is clear:
“For the new Netflix live-action adaptation, they sent me a video to review and review. It started with a scene in a casino, which made it very difficult for me to continue. I stopped there and only the opening scene seen.” Okay, so the start was not convincing.
This just wasn’t cowboy bebop
But the worst thing that can be said about an adaptation followed right after:
“It definitely wasn’t cowboy bebop, and I realized that it wouldn’t be Cowboy Bebop if I wasn’t involved. I felt like maybe I should have done that.” He rounded it all off with an amused statement: “Although the value of the original anime is somehow much higher now.”
And where he’s right, he’s right: In a curious way, the failure of the Netflix adaptation certainly helped more people engage with the original. After all, one heard again and again in the context of the criticism of the Netflix series “Don’t watch the adaptation, but the original”. The legendary anime has always exemplified the absolute heights of the genre. And now he’s also a vivid example of how certain visuals, storytelling, and atmosphere don’t work in live-action. A concern that anime fans also have regarding the upcoming Netflix adaptation of One Piece.