To many, the cancellation of Cowboy Bebop on Netflix was the right decision to make, but it would seem that at least one hundred thousand fans believe otherwise. Though it’s been weeks since the live-action adaptation of one of anime’s biggest series got canceled by the streaming service, it seems that a petition to resurrect the show for one more season has been getting some major groundswell. The streaming service hasn’t made any hints that they are looking for a resurgence of the live-action world of the Bebop, though crazier things have happened in the medium of anime.
Cowboy Bebop’s live-action series debuted last year to a very mixed response, and rightfully so considering how beloved the original anime series has become over the years. With the likes of John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, and Daniella Pineda taking on the roles of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, and Faye Valentine, many viewers who were fans of the original series found the changes to the story, and the quality of the series according to them, to not be up to par. On the flip side, there were many fans that felt the live-action series was a worthy addition to Netflix’s library and are dying to see the story of the Bebop given a proper ending.
The petition, which began last year on Change.org, is inching closer to one hundred thousand signatures, and should it receive one hundred and fifty thousand, it would be one of the biggest on the site as it stands. While this doesn’t mean that we can expect Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop to make a comeback, it shows that the series certainly had its fans.
While Cowboy Bebop was canceled by Netflix after one season, the streaming service is still going all-in with several other live-action adaptations, with the likes of Avatar The Last Airbender, Yu Yu Hakusho, and One Piece currently set to join its library. It is yet to be seen whether the Bebop’s fate might affect these other series, it is certainly something to keep in mind as Netflix dives further into the world of anime via different avenues.
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