Name: Space Dandy
MAL Score: 7.89/10
Episodes: 13 + 13
Genres: Space, Sci-fi, Comedy
Warning: Light Spoilers Ahead
With a new anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe coming this spring, Carole & Tuesday, I thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of his previous works. One of these of course, being Space Dandy.
Space Dandy, similar to both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, is mostly episodic story-wise. But unlike these two, there really isn’t an overarching plot that the show follows. We just watch Dandy and his crew of a cat-like alien, Meow, and an outdated robot, QT, as they embark on crazy adventures in their ship, the Aloha-Oe.
From the get-go, it’s obvious that this show cares more about comedy than telling a serious and emotional story. However this really isn’t a bad thing, as the comedy works really well most of the time. Whether it be episode seven with a ridiculous and hilarious race being the focus, or episode one with a crazy sequence of giant space monsters appearing before the crew, it’s almost always a blast to watch the crew of the Aloha-Oe. There are some weaker episodes however, for example I personally didn’t find episode four to be very entertaining. These episodes are few and far in-between though.
This isn’t to say that Space Dandy can’t ever tell a serious story though, as episode five in particular tells a particularly touching story about Dandy and his interactions with an alien he captured.
Comedy isn’t all Dandy has to offer though. Bursts of fantastic animation accompany the wildly fun plot and characters. A few specific scenes still stick in my mind as being masterfully animated, like the aforementioned scene with the monsters in episode one. Accompanied by a decent soundtrack and solid voice acting, it’s safe to say the presentation is pretty well done.
Overall, Space Dandy is a blast to watch, and deserving of an 8/10. It’s not without its flaws, and you probably shouldn’t go into it expecting deep themes and purpose, but it’s a nice change of pace from those types of shows. You don’t have to think about Space Dandy too much, you just sit back and enjoy the ride.