Born: May 24 1965 Hometown: Kyoto Japan Shinichir Watanabe is a Japanese anime filmmaker screenwriter and producer. He is known for directing the popular anime series Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. Watanabe is noted for blending together multiple genres in his anime. For example in Cowboy Bebop classic cowboy western mixes with 1940s/1950s New York City film noir Jazz music and Hong Kong action movies all while being set in space. In his later work Samurai Champloo Watanabe mixes the cultures of Okinawa hiphop modernday Japan and samurai.