Space Dandy, an anime made by Shinichiro Watanabe, the guy who worked on Cowboy Bebop. When they asked Watanabe what Space Dandy is about he said “the dandiest guy in the universe” (if I remember correctly, not going to search for the quote). At this moment I felt it is going to be bad. This answer translates to “Whatever, the protagonist is going to be cool, do you really need anything else?”.
Now before I go into details, a couple words about the anime. It is about a guy called Space Dandy who hunts down rare alien species and gets paid if he manages to register them. The movie takes place in space. In the first episode Dandy spends time in a, pardon me for the quote, “breastaurant”. He causes some havoc there trying to catch an alien (the affair is a total fail). Then he proceeds to prove that he has no brains in other ways, being reckless and getting into trouble. By the end of the episode he supposedly died in a planetary explosion.
I believe the whole deal with Space Dandy is that they are expecting the show to be popular in the West. In US, at least. Cowboy Bebop was popular there, right? And now the same guy is making a show with the same basic plot, so it’s got to be a hit again… or not. Point is, Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy are as similar as Mazinkaiser and Evangelion. To put it down bluntly, they are similar as long as you read the script and don’t actually watch them.
Now why Cowboy Bebop was popular? It didn’t have a plot to speak of, it was episodic, didn’t have tons of fanservice, so what was this thing that caught people? Style. Music. Classic sci-fi story lines. Good animation. Characters. Now what does Space Dandy has to offer. The protagonist looks like a typical high school delinquent from those thousands shows that feature them. I have no idea why Watanabe thinks people in the West are going to find this “dandy”. Then there are tons of fanservice. I am not going to say it is a good or bad thing. Or maybe I should say. Well, frankly, this show starts with the word oppai and proceeds to talk about the subject for good few minutes. That enough for me to drop anime right there. Not because I have something against fanservice itself, but I know where such shows go. No where usually.
By the way did I mention that there is a narrator and he reminds me of Senyuu? Should I say that it is not a compliment?
The major plus point of the show is its animation and art style. I am pretty sure blue ray versions of the show are going to sell well, just because this is something you should watch in this quality. Too bad there isn’t much besides that. I expect it to be a huge fail. But we will see. Till the next time. (^_^)/
By the way, if you want to see my Cowboy Bebop posts – even thought it has nothing to do with Space Dandy – here is the list of all my Cowboy Bebop posts, link.