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Director of Cowboy Bebop Teams Up with Studio Mappa for New Anime

(Last Updated On: July 21, 2023)

Shinichirou Watanabe, the acclaimed director behind anime classics like ‘Cowboy Bebop’ and ‘Samurai Champloo,’ is making a highly anticipated comeback after an extended break from directing. The excitement is palpable as he reveals his new project titled ‘Lazarus.’

Produced by Adult Swim in collaboration with the renowned studio Mappa, ‘Lazarus’ promises to be a thrilling action-packed anime set in a futuristic sci-fi world. Fans are eager to witness Watanabe’s trademark diverse storytelling and character writing once again.

The story revolves around a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist, Dr. Skinner, who develops a revolutionary drug called Hapuna, seemingly free of any side effects. However, the joy is short-lived as Dr. Skinner suddenly disappears, and three years later, he reemerges with a shocking revelation. Hapuna has a short half-life, and everyone who has taken it will die in approximately three years. As the world faces this impending doom, a special task force called “Lazarus” is assembled to find Dr. Skinner and develop a vaccine before it’s too late.

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What adds to the excitement is the stellar team working on ‘Lazarus.’ The action sequences will be directed by Chad Stahelski, known for his work on the John Wick series, while the music composition will be handled by the renowned saxophonist Kamasi Washington, along with other DJs and musicians.

Watanabe’s previous collaborations with Mappa in ‘Kids on The Slope’ and ‘Terror in Resonance’ have been well-received by audiences, raising expectations for ‘Lazarus.’ With Mappa’s animation prowess and Watanabe’s creative vision, fans are hopeful for another masterpiece.

Though a release date for the anime hasn’t been announced yet, the excitement is expected to reach its peak during Toonami’s major event on July 22, 2023. As the news unfolds, fans eagerly await any updates regarding the release date and additional details about the anime.

Looking back at Watanabe’s previous works, it’s evident why his return to directing is celebrated with such enthusiasm. From the action-packed adventures of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ and ‘Samurai Champloo’ to the musical delights of ‘Carole and Tuesday,’ Watanabe has consistently delivered captivating and memorable stories.


Source: Anime Senpai

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Amit Kumar
Amit is an entertainment content writer. He is currently pursuing graduation with Bachelor in Commerce. He loves to watch anime and play games like Minecraft, Clash Royale, and Pokemon Go in his free time.
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