More Cowboy Bebop Anime?

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Not if director Shinichiro Watanabe has his say. But you can read the prequel novel.

Sources: Anime Nation; Official Cowboy Bebop Website

Perhaps one of the questions we get asked the most here at Anime News Network, one which Zac has answered many times with "can't be sure, but there is no word yet," is whether or not there will be a sequel to the hit TV series and movie, Cowboy Bebop.

Well, if it's an Anime sequel that you're looking for, the answer is probably no. In an interview Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe expressed his belief that they should quit while they are ahead, "It's more in keeping with the Bebop spirit."

Furthermore, in another interview, published in Asahi Shinbun (Japanese), with Watanabe and music director Sugano, it was stated that "Watanabe stated that he was not willing to make a new series, because the taste of BeBop lies in the sadness (heart-rending sorrow) that things have to come to an end (Owatte shimau koto no setsunasa). He is afraid that if he continues making new series, the work would be dull. So, he thinks it rather 'kakkoii' (cool) to end the title here."

At Otakon 2001 there was a misunderstanding with character designer, Toshihiro Kawamoto, that lead many to believe that a second season of Cowboy Bebop was in the works. Unfortunately this was all a misunderstanding.

On the other hand, those fans that can make do with a novel do have something to look forward to. If you haven't already checked it out, the first chapter of Ural Terpsichore is available in English on the Cowboy Bebop website.

UT is a prequel to the Anime series written by Dai Sato, one of the principal screenwriters for Cowboy Bebop, and illustrated by Kawamoto.

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