The live-action Cowboy Bebop series is now streaming on Netflix. After the first season, which consisted of 10 episodes, premiered on November 19, 2021, fans are wondering if the show based on the genre-defying anime series will be renewed for a second season following Season 1's cliffhanger ending.
Currently, fans can stream both the live-action adaptation and the original anime series on Netflix. The anime series, which was originally released in 1999 by Sunrise Inc., has a total of 26 episodes, but of course, many fans can't get enough of the cult classic neo-noir franchise. If you've already watched all 10 episodes of the live-action series, it's clear that several plotlines are still not resolved, and fans are hoping that a sophomore season would wrap them up.
Will Netflix release Cowboy Bebop season 2?
Sadly, on Dec. 9, Netflix announced that it had cancelled Cowboy Bebop just less than month since the first season was released. The reason for the cancellation seems to be attributed to the decline of viewing figures after the show's debut in November 2021.
The finale of Cowboy Bebop's first season also introduced Ed, played by actor Eden Perkins, the eccentric young hacker who helps Spike capture the villain from the original Cowboy Bebop film, Knocking on Heaven's Door. Unfortunately, this plot line among many others won't be delved further.
Despite the open plot threads the finale of Season 1 left viewers, Season 2 is not officially happening. Hopefully, Netflix will revive the anime franchise, and that upcoming live-action anime projects like Yu Yu Hakusho, One Piece, and Avatar: The Last Airbender won't suffer the same fate after they debut on the streaming platform.