Netflix cancels anime series ‘Cowboy Bebop’

Screenshot: John Mezrich The end of an era has come for one of Netflix’s most popular programs. Chief Creative Officer Ted Sarandos says “Cowboy Bebop” will cease production after this year’s remaining episodes. (The…

Netflix cancels anime series 'Cowboy Bebop'

Screenshot: John Mezrich

The end of an era has come for one of Netflix’s most popular programs. Chief Creative Officer Ted Sarandos says “Cowboy Bebop” will cease production after this year’s remaining episodes. (The tenth, and final, season of the sci-fi anime series is due in 2019).

The cancellation wasn’t the surprising move Sarandos described when the news first broke in mid-October, but it still stings when you’re used to Netflix thinking out of the box.

The streaming service has done it again. After the surprising cancellation of “The Get Down” earlier this year, its latest cancellation comes as the service makes less of a push for content devoted to adult audiences.

Sarandos explained that cancelling “Cowboy Bebop” means the company can focus on more serialized, high-end series — including Marvel’s “The Defenders” and its live-action adaptation of BBC’s “Iron Fist.”

“It is a legacy program that really defines the current wave of anime and futurism that’s at the core of the content,” Sarandos said.

The series gave Netflix access to an older property, and the company is now sure it can sustain a more ambitious, adult-orientated show around it.

The cultural impact of Netflix continues, as the popular manga “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” has recently been released on the platform.

Update, 5:27 p.m. PDT: Adds comment from Ted Sarandos.

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