Rating: 4.5/5 – An Absolutely Hilarious Showcase of Talent.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Greg Bretall.
Space Dandy follows the eponymous Space Dandy who is styled as “a dandy guy in space” who travels with his crew (a sentient shop vacuum and a lazy cat person) as they attempt to find new alien species. All the while, Dandy and his crew are being chased by the sinister Gogol Empire for as of yet unknown reasons. http://video.adultswim.com/space-dandy/index.html
What’s Awesome About It?
Space Dandy is a wonderful return to form for veteran anime director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo). The first thirteen episodes are all entirely individual, not really following any sort of plot, with continuity being wiped in grand American cartoon fashion after every episode. The show expertly combines the hilarious and poignant story telling indicative of anything by Shinichiro Watanabe together with the superb animation of Studio Bones. The show also expertly parodies not just the normal anime tropes, but tackles various other genres such as zombie movies and kaiju films as well as various classic sci-fi plots. The dub for the show is also extremely well done, with the dub of the show actually premiering before the Japanese version as part of a special deal with the revived Toonami block on Cartoon Network.
The show also serves as a great showcase of a variety of directorial styles, as each episode has a different director giving their own flare to the show. Because of this, episodes of Space Dandy vary wildly in tone, art direction, and subject to consistently good results.
Overall, I think Space Dandy is an amazing program. Not only is it an exemplary instance of the comedy genre, but it also excels in both parodies and homages to a variety of other genres. I absolutely love Space Dandy and highly recommend the show to everyone unless you are offended by the mild sexual content in the show (the characters frequent a space themed version of Hooters called Boobies).
Reviewed by: Greg Bretall
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