7 Anime From ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Creator That Fans Should Watch

Shinichirou Watanabe is the creator of the acclaimed Cowboy Bebop TV anime and movie. He is known for blending multiple genres and for mixing Western and Japanese sensibilities into his works.

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Basically, Watanabe creates anime that Japanese and International fans have come to adore. Since 1996, he has directed a total of 8 anime projects (including Cowboy Bebop). Here are his other works!


1Macross Plus

Genre: Drama / Mecha / Romance / Science Fiction

Episodes: 4

Quick Pitch: In 2040, humanity has spread to several space colonies and have developed advanced artificial intelligence. In fact, the galaxy’s top idol is an A.I. program named Sharon Apple. While she can sing and perform, she needs a human surrogate named Myung Fang Lone to supply her emotions.

At the same time, fighter pilots Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman battle on planet Eden to become the lead on the “Supernova Project.” When Sharon and Lone arrive on Eden, past feelings begin to surface. Dyson, Bowman, and Lone were childhood friends, but an accident seven years ago shattered their relationships.


2The Animatrix – “Kid’s Story” & “A Detective Story”

Genre: Action / Adventure / Science Fiction

Quick Pitch: “Kid’s Story” – Kid is a teenager who frequents hacker chat rooms and questions reality. One school day, he receives a phone call and is warned that a group of agents is coming for him.

“A Detective Story” – A direct prequel to The Matrix. The short follows Detective Ash, who receives an anonymous phone call to search for a hacker named Trinity.


3Samurai Champloo

Genre: Action / Adventure / Chanbara

Episodes: 26

Quick Pitch: Mugen and Jin view each other as worthy opponents and decide to dual at a teahouse. In the midst of the chaos, the duo accidentally kills the magistrate’s son and face execution. Fuu, a waitress from the teahouse, offers to help them escape, but they must travel with her to search for a samurai that smells of sunflowers.


4Genius Party – “Baby Blue”

Genre: Romance

Quick Pitch: Two young students have the ability to go anywhere and live how they want just for one day.


5Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Genre: Coming-of-Age / Music / Romance

Episodes: 12

Quick Pitch: Kaoru Nishimi has arrived in Kyushu to attend high school, but his constant moving to new towns has killed his hopes of fitting in. Kaoru prepares for another lonely year, but things change after an encounter Sentarou Kawabuchi and class president Ritsuko Mukae. The trio begins to bond over jazz music and they decide to form a band.


6Space Dandy

Genre: Comedy / Science Fiction

Episodes: 26

Quick Pitch: There is a demand for exotic aliens, and Dandy is an alien hunter who will take on any job. His companions QT and Meow accompany him on the ship Aloha Oe. Together, they hunt and register previously unknown alien species and try to evade the Gogol Empire’s forces.


7Terror in Resonance (Zankyou no Terror)

Genre: Mystery / Psychological / Thriller

Episodes: 11

Quick Pitch: A terror attack devastates Tokyo, and the only evidence the police can find is a cryptic video that was uploaded to the internet. Unbeknownst to the police, the terrorists are two teenage boys called Nine and Twelve. These mysterious teens shouldn’t exist, but they plan on “waking up” the world.


How many of Watanabe’s other series have you watched?

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