I think it’s time to blow this scene. Get everybody and their stuff together. Okay, three, two, one let’s jam.
Over the weekend, Cowboy Bebop creator Shinichiro Watanabe attended this year’s Madman Anime Festival as a guest. Watanabe hosted a “Director Insights” panel earlier today. Crunchyroll reports that Watanabe announced that he’s working on a new anime project that focuses on music.
As of press time, no further details are known.
Madman Anime Festival (“MadFest” for short) is currently being held at Melbourne, Australia’s Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is the second MadFest to be held in Melbourne. Confirmed guests include Shinichirō Watanabe, Kana Ueda, Atsuhiro Iwakami Bryce Papenbrook, Ladybeard, and AGS102.
Shinichiro Watanabe made his directorial début in 1994, when he co-directed Macross Plus with Shoji Kawamori. His first solo directorial project came in 1998, when Watanabe helmed Cowboy Bebop. He has since taken the lead on several fan-favorite titles, including Samurai Champloo, Kids on the Slope, and Space Dandy.
Most recently, Watanabe served as director on Blade Runner Black Out 2022.
Editor’s Note: Though we trust Crunchyroll’s reporting, we have been unable to find a corroborating source on either side of the Pacific. We’re tagging this as a “rumor” for the moment.