Not Seeing this Cowboy Later: Netflix Cancels "Cowboy Bebop"

Netflix has cancelled "Cowboy Bebop" after one season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series - which received mixed reception (including from yours truly) - was designed from the ground up to have multiple seasons.  The end of season one introduced Amazing Edward and hinted at a showdown with Vincent (the main antagonist of "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie").  That showdown will likely not happen now.  According to the article, "Cowboy Bebop" clocked in over 74 million viewing hours in the first week but plummeted 59% the following week. John Cho seemingly reacted to the news on Twitter with the following tweet: Though much buzzed about and able to crack the Top 10 streaming shows on the platform, "Cowboy Bebop" demonstrates the difficulties in expensive shows justifying those costs.  If Netflix had an ad plan, those numbers may have been enough to justify additional seasons, but as part of a buffet it's hard to quantify what 74 million hours of viewing time is worth to Netflix.  Reactions are likely to be mixed on whether a second season of "Cowboy Bebop" would have been a good thing or not, but there is no denying that it may give American streaming services pause before greenlighting future live action anime series (and good luck to Taika Waititi in getting his live action "Akira" movie off the ground now). What about you dear reader?  Are you disappointed by this news, or do you think it better that this cowboy ride off into the sunset?

Your Comic Book Guy - Kevin

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