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Cowboy Bebop Netflix Renewal Petition Passes 100K Signatures


A petition to bring back Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop surpasses 100,000 signatures online.

A prominent petition asking for the renewal of Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop has passed 100,000 signatures online.

At the time of writing, a Change.org titled “Save the live action cowboy bebop” is sitting just shy of 120,000 signatures. According to the creator, the petition is for “people who want a second (or more) [series] of the live action Cowboy Bebop.” Comments on the petition acknowledge that, while the show isn’t perfect and makes some changes to the source material, express support for Cowboy Bebop. Still, despite the initiative’s growing popularity, Change.org petitions generally have little measurable effect in situations like this.


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Released in November, Cowboy Bebop met with relatively negative reviews. At the time of writing, the adaptation’s critical score on Rotten Tomatoes is sitting at 47 percent, though the project’s audience score is marginally higher at 59 percent. A few short weeks after the series’ debut, Netflix announced Cowboy Bebop would not return for Season 2. Netflix has not given an official reason for the show’s cancellation, but it’s likely a combination of those negative reviews and a reported 59 percent drop in viewership in the week following the show’s premiere.


As for what might have happened in Season 2, the cliffhanger ending for Cowboy Bebop Season 1 introduced Radical Ed, who recruited Spike to help catch Vincent Volaju/Butterfly Man, the antagonist of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. John Cho, who played Spike Spiegel in the series, said prior to cancellation that he wanted the show to “get weirder and darker,” though he hoped his character would have “a moment of happiness.”

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Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop is the live-action adaptation of the anime of the 1998 anime of the same name. Created by Hajime Yatate, Cowboy Bebop is set in 2071 and follows the bounty hunters of the titular spaceship — Spike, Jet Black and Faye Valentine — as they attempt to make their way through the universe. While the original anime ended after only one season, Cowboy Bebop became a cult classic and is generally considered one of the most beloved anime ever.


There have been numerous attempts to create a live-action Cowboy Bebop series since the original’s ending, including one featuring Keanu Reeves as Spike. However, Netflix’s series was the first project to actually complete production. Filming on the project was delayed several times due to on-set injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cowboy Bebop Season 1 is available to stream now on Netflix.

KEEP READING: John Cho Issues Brief Statement on Cowboy Bebop Cancellation

Source: Change.org

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