Shinichiro Watanabe
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Shinichirō Watanabe at Japan Expo 2009

Born May 24, 1965 (1965-05-24) (age 53)
Kyoto, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Other names Quentin Taratino of anime

Shinichirou Watanabe

Ethnicity Asian
Citizenship Japan
Occupation Film director and screenwriter animator, producer, actor
Years active 1990–present

Shinichirō Watanabe (渡辺 信一郎 Watanabe Shin'ichirō) (born May 24, 1965 in Kyoto) is a Japanese anime filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer. He directed Cowboy Bebop.


Watanabe joined Sunrise, a Japanese animation studio, and became a co-director on the Macross Plus OVA in 1994. From there he directed the Cowboy Bebop OVA in 1998 and Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door in 2001 as a feature-length movie.

Watanabe is known for incorporating multiple genres into his anime creations. In Cowboy Bebop, for example, Watanabe blends classic cowboy western with 1960s/1970s New York City film noir, jazz/blues music, Hong Kong action movies, and sets the entire series in space. In his later work, Samurai Champloo, Watanabe unites the cultures of Okinawa, hip hop, modern-day Japan and chanbara.

Notable worksEdit

TV productionsEdit

  • Obatarian (1990; episode supervision)
  • Genki Bakuhatsu Ganbaruger (1992; episode supervision)
  • Cowboy Bebop (1998; director)
  • Samurai Champloo (2004; director)
  • Eureka Seven (2005; supervision of third ending theme)
  • Tetsuwan Birdy DECODE (2008; storyboard supervision, episode 12)
  • Michiko to Hatchin (2008; music producer)


  • Armor Hunter Mellowlink (1988-1989; episode supervision)
  • Capricorn (1991; co-supervision of storyboard)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (1991; episode supervision)
  • Macross Plus (1994; director)
  • The Animatrix (2003; episode direction)


  • Macross Plus: Movie Edition (1995; director)
  • Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (2001; director)
  • Mind Game (2004; music producer)
  • Genius Party (omnibus): Baby Blue (2008; director)
  • Cowboy Bebop (2011 film; associate producer)
  • Blade Runner 2049 Blackout (director)