Netflix cancels ‘Cowboy Bebop’ less than a month after its premiere

Netflix just cancel the ambitious, highly publicized and ultimately very disappointing ‘Cowboy Bebop’, as published ‘The Hollywood Reporter‘. The space western about three bounty hunters based on the cult anime of Shinichiro Watanabe It had premiered with great fanfare on the streaming platform on November 19.

According to the North American specialized publication, the 10-episode series has had a poor reception. It only got a 46% rating among the review aggregator’s critics Rotten Tomatoes. Another fact that points to failure is that, according to Netflix’s Top 10 site, the series accumulated almost 74 million hours of viewing worldwide since its debut, but plummeted 59% during the week of November 29. The series thus becomes Netflix’s new big failure of the year after ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’, which has not worked this year either.

Experts point out that the rate for a series to renew a season on Netflix must exceed 60%. In this case, the decision has been made considering the audience of the series and its high cost.

The project was the last attempt to reinvent Japanese anime as a live action series that has failed to attract viewers after titles such as ‘Dragon Ball Evolution’ (2009), ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (2017) and ‘Death Note’ (2017).


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The director of the original anime, Shinichir & omacr; Watanabe, is a consultant on the series, and the original composer, Yoko Kanno, has put music to this adaptation with live actors.

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