Cowboy Bebop cancelled by Netflix There was every indication that Netflix’s live-action version of the iconic anime Cowboy Bebop was going to be a big hit.
Some Reason For Cancellation of Cowboy Bebop
The program, which has been in production since 2017, was created to pay tribute to Sunrise Animation’s 1998 sci-fi neo noir masterpiece while also exposing its universe to a new generation of fans. Prior to the debut of Cowboy Bebop, Netflix released a video that depicted how the program will closely match the dynamic aesthetic of the original anime series.
Now it seems that all of those lofty expectations were for nought. Netflix has reportedly canceled Cowboy Bebop only a few weeks after the show’s release on Nov. 19, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A bounty hunter (also known as a cowboy) in the year 2171 who is attempting to earn a livelihood in a corrupt Solar System was played by John Cho. Mustafa Shakir played Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda played Faye Valentine were both featured in the episode as well. The first season of the program concludes with a setup for a second season that has since been cancelled.
Any time a high-profile streaming series with a well-known IP gets canceled, it is likely to spark a flurry of post-mortems throughout the internet, all of which attempt to understand why it occurred and what it all means (like this very article you find yourself reading right now). However, in the case of Cowboy Bebop, the causes seem to be the two most obvious suspects: the film’s overall quality and its overall budget.
Simply told, Cowboy Bebop did not get a warm reception from audiences. The program has a 46 percent critics’ approval rating and a 55 percent audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. An RT score is never a foolproof criterion for objective quality, but it’s a great place to start when determining if a television show or movie is worth watching or watching again. Meanwhile, here at Den of Geek, we deemed the program to be a general failure, with Joe Matar stating that the show was:
‘It’s only logical to compare a remake to the original, but even if I tried to separate them and evaluate them separately, it would still be a tonally ambiguous, low-quality program.’ This is a piece of Netflix chaff. This is the kind of series that gets shoved onto the web en bulk and then silently vanishes into the folds of their impossibly huge show library, as is the case with this one. Unfortunately, it’s Netflix garbage that just happens to share its title with one of the greatest anime series ever produced,” says the author.
Cowboy Bebop, maybe as a result of its low quality, failed to attract a large enough following to justify the show’s prolonged existence and financial burden on Netflix. Cowboy Bebop’s budget has not been disclosed yet, but the production’s reliance on CGI spaceships, lavish sets, and sophisticated combat choreography makes it far more costly than a standard Netflix drama. For the purpose of comparison, Altered Carbon (another science-fiction Netflix series) is said to have cost $7 million each episode. Cowboy Bebop was most likely somewhere in that range as well.
Despite the fact that it may not always seem like it, we are still in the early stages of the streaming era. When Netflix’s marketing staff determines that one of its shows is worthy of a strong push to the general audience, the series’ failure might come as a particularly startling surprise. However, despite an increase in resources and goals, even the streaming world functions in much the same way that the old television business did in the past. All of your desire and money in the world will be for nothing if your program isn’t a hit with the general people.
For this blooper film of Ein strolling into and destroying shots, it was all worth it, if for nothing more than that.
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