[[caption-width-right:240:[[Anime/CowboyBebop "Bang."]]]]

Shinichiro Watanabe (born May 24, 1965 ) is a well-known Japanese anime director. He likes to mix different opposing styles into his works to create something new--for example, ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is cowboy space opera mixed with film noir, martial arts, and jazz. ''Anime/{{Samurai Champloo}}'' fuses traditional samurai with hip-hop music and culture. ''[[Anime/SpaceDandy Space Dandy]]'' fuses RaygunGothic and {{Zeerust}} with disco music.

Not to be confused with Creator/ShinichiWatanabe, the director of ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.

He has directed the following full-length works:
* ''Anime/MacrossPlus''
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop''
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''
* ''Manga/KidsOnTheSlope''
* ''Anime/SpaceDandy''
* ''Anime/TerrorInResonance''

He has also worked on shorter works for the following:
* ''[[Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Armor Hunter Mellowlink]]''
* ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'': Directed ''The Kid'' and ''A Detective Story''.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': Third ending animation.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'': Unit director (6 out of 13 episodes).
* ''Anime/StarDriver'': First opening animation.
* ''Anime/GeniusParty'': Directed the last short, ''Baby Blue''.
* ''[[Film/BladeRunnerShorts Blade Runner: Black Out 2022]]'': Tie-in short to ''Film/BladeRunner2049''.

He's also the music producer for ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'' and ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine''

[[AC: Tropes found in his work:]]

* AnachronismStew: Used exceedingly well.
* AuthorAppeal: [[AwesomeMusic MUSIC]]. Every one of his directed works had some genre (or genres) of music as a major part of the storyline and/or general theme of the series. And among the works where he's credited but isn't directing, he's usually in charge of the music production for the show.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Taken UpToEleven in ''Anime/SpaceDandy'', where every bad guy and alien race is designed by a different artist.
* CreatorThumbprint: Likes to have a focus on a character's eye.
* DoingItForTheArt: As above, ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' uses different art styles, moods and directing styles for each episode, plus having every bad guy and alien race designed by a different artist.
* GenreRoulette: Watanabe is well-known for taking many genres and hitting "puree".
* ProductionPosse: With composer Music/YokoKanno, who has to date composed the soundtrack for four of his directorial works.
%%* GoOutWithASmile
%%* TheRival
* ShortRunInPeru: ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' yet again. Its U.S. premiere in January 2014 was on Creator/{{Toonami}} at 11:30, coming a half-hour before its premiere in Japan.
%%* TakingYouWithMe
* TallDarkAndHandsome: A tendency with his male protagonists, noticeably with his leads in his biggest three animes [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike]], [[Anime/SamuraiChamploo Mugen and Jin]] and [[Anime/SpaceDandy Dandy]].
%%* YouKilledMyFather[=/=]RevengeBeforeReason