Fragglepuss Anime Review 197: Space☆Dandy

SpaceDandy

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Space, Alien Registration

First Aired: Winter 2014, 13 episodes

Summary: Space Dandy is a dandy guy, in space. He combs the galaxy like his pompadour, on the hunt for aliens. Planet after planet he searches, discovering bizarre new creatures, both friendly and not. These are the spectacular adventures of Space Dandy and his brave space crew, in space.

Space Dandy travels the galaxy searching for unclassified aliens, hoping to capture them and receive a handsome reward from the alien registration division. His journeys take him all over the universe, whether he’s encountering zombies or a mystical ramen chef.

The series reunited several creators of the Cowboy Bebop crew, including producer Masahiko Minami and director Shinichiro Watanabe. The similarities are apparent throughout the series, from the space setting to the humor and the use of woolong currency. It even has a catchy opening song!

You might enjoy this if: You love the Cowboy Bebop universe and have been waiting for more content with a lighthearted and sometimes nonsensical tone. Something I enjoyed with this show is the ability to watch an episode here and there without the worry of forgetting the story. The episodic format allows for viewing of a single episode when you need a quick laugh. That said, the individual episodes are well written and fun to watch.

You might not like it if: You want a consistent storyline that doesn’t do a soft reset after several episodes. It should also be mentioned that Space Dandy’s favorite eating establishment is “Boobies”, an intergalactic chain restaurant shaped like the name. It pops up in most episodes, so if that sounds offensive, this probably isn’t the series for you.

Similar Series: Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Redline, Highschool of the Dead, Konosuba – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World

Note to the Viewer: Space Dandy premiered in the United States before Japan! It first aired at 11:30pm on January 4th, 2014 on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in the U.S. It then aired in Japan at 11:00pm on January 5th, 2014 on Tokyo MX.

AMV – Just Funkin’ Dandy by Shin AMV and Pixel Blended Studios

(Warning, the AMV contains butts and boobies. It’s a good representation of the show)

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