Can I say.
About Space Dandy?
Much like previous works from its creator, Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo), this show is trendy. And when I say 'trendy', I don't mean, "of, or in accordance with, the latest fashion trends". No, when I say 'trendy', I guess I'm saying that this show knows what it wants to be and accomplishes that very well. With Cowboy Bebop, it was a jazz/blues space western. With Samurai Champloo it was a hip-hop retelling of feudal Japanese history.
And Space Dandy...well, Space Dandy is a disco inferno comedy that serves as both space odyssey and parody with apparent antagonists Satan and the villain from Planet of the Apes.
So anyways, how was Space Dandy? It was everything I expected it to be and more.
This show was a colorful acid trip through ridiculous pretense and occasional fourth-wall-breaking commentary, with a colorful array of characters (a space hero whose incompetence is rivaled only by the style at which he achieves it, a perverted cat-creature whose real name can only be articulated as a set of squiggly lines, and a criminally adorable robot), gorgeous visuals, and a really smooth animation style that you wouldn't see in your ordinary B-show.
|It takes a real friend to laugh at you while you're drowning.|
What I'm trying to say is that Space Dandy is a trippy A-show that tries to be a B-show, which is part of what makes it an A-show.
What I love about Space Dandy is the how it serves as its own parody without constantly breaking the fourth wall. It uses tropes from different anime but presents them in such a way that it shows just how ridiculous those things can be. Like the arbitrary 'manly-tears-in-the-opening' trend.
Needless to say, I will be keeping up with this show on a weekly basis and I have high, high hopes for this one. If you haven't watched it, you should. You can catch it in English on Toonami, with Hulu, and I think on Amazon Instant Video. As for the Japanese. Well...that's not hard if you know where to look.
You stay classy, Space Dandy