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Cowboy Bebop’s Shinichiro Watanabe Joins MAPPA for LAZARUS Anime


An exciting new project was revealed ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, with Variety reporting that Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe is teaming up with MAPPA and John Wick director Chad Stahelski on a new anime titled LAZARUS. The series is bound for Cartoon Network’s Toonami block at some point in the future, with Watanabe directing, MAPPA producing and Stahelski designing action sequences.

Shinichiro Watanabe will be on hand during Saturday’s Toonami panel to present the preview, so stay tuned for more very soon.

In true Watanabe fashion, music will play a big part in the production, and some of the artists announced to perform include saxophonist Kamasi Washington, as well as Floating Points and Bonobo. Here’s how Adult Swim describes the series:

The year is 2052 – an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity prevails across the globe. The reason for this: mankind has been freed from sickness and pain. Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Dr. Skinner has developed a miracle cure-all drug with no apparent drawbacks called Hapuna. Hapuna soon becomes ubiquitous… and essential. However, soon after Hapuna is officially introduced, Dr. Skinner vanishes.

Three years later, the world has moved on. But Dr. Skinner has returned – this time, as a harbinger of doom. Skinner announces that Hapuna has a short half-life. Everyone who has taken it will die approximately three years later. Death is coming for this sinful world – and coming soon.

As a response to this threat, a special task force of 5 agents is gathered from across the world to save humanity from Skinner’s plan. This group is called “Lazarus.” Can they find Skinner and develop a vaccine before time runs out?

Source: Variety