Preview: “Space Dandy is a dandy in space”

Story

The series follows Dandy, a space hunter that searches for exotic aliens. He is followed by his companions QT–a robot Dandy thought would be like R2D2–and a furry creature named Meow.

Production Staff

General Director Shinichiro Watanabe
Director Shingo Natsume
Producer Motoki Mukaichi
Scriptwriters Dai Sato
Keiko Nobumoto
Kimiko Ueno
Ichiro Okouchi
Character design Yoshiyuki Ito
Spaceship design Thomas Romain
Theme song Yasuyuki Okamura

Right off the bat, we see there are two “directors.” To be honest, I have no clue what the difference is between “General Director” and “Director” nor do I know the difference in responsibilities. I would imagine that Shinichiro Watanabe will be heavily involved in this project.

Shinichiro Watanabe is, naturally, the reason why everyone is excited about this series. He is a popular director. His most famous series is Cowboy Bebop, a show everyone and their grandmother has seen. I thought it was OK (come on, food coming alive and terrorizing the crew? Please). This will be his first comedy. He says that Space Dandy will not be serious at all.

Shingo Natsume is an experienced animator, but he has only directed one series before, Hori-san to Miyamura-kun. I have not seen it. He will be directing the first episode, while Watanabe will be writing the script. Therefore, I think the first episode will be different from the rest of the series, as it usually the case.

The writers Dai Sato and Keiko Nobumoto both worked on certain episodes for Cowboy Bebop, while Kimiko Ueno and Ichiro Okouchi did not. I am honestly not a fan of Dai Sato at all; his works include Ergo Proxy—one of the worst shows ever written—and Eureka Seven, which I did not like for reasons that are beyond the script (robots surfing on the wind? Really? How lame). Keiko Nobumoto has also worked on the script for Cowboy Bebop, but she also worked on several other good productions. For instance, she wrote the screenplay for Tokyo Godfathers, which shows that she is familiar with humor. The next writer, Kimiko Ueno, has not worked on Cowboy Bebop, but she is a writer for the highly successful comedy TV series Shin chan. If I were to guess, she will provide most of the humor. Ichiro Okouchi, the last writer, interestingly, is the man responsible for developing the Code Geass story. Go figure. (Will the writing be like Code Geass?!)

Yoshiyuki Ito worked on Cowboy Bebop as an animator. Ito has an extensive career as an animator and has worked on productions such as Jin-roh: The Wolf Brigade, Giant Robo, and Summer Wars. Ito will provide the character designs. Ito also provided the character designs for Fullmetal Alchemist.

The spaceship design is done by Thomas Romain. If you noticed his non-Japanese name, that is because he is from France. His career started in France, but he moved to Japan and debuted as a director with the TV series Oban Star Racers.

All in all, a diverse set of people. Some of them have worked on Cowboy Bebop, but we have a veteran writer from Shin chan to provide the humor. I do wonder why Ichiro Okouchi is involved, though.

I have also heard rumors that Masaaki Yuasa will be involved somehow. He also has a sense of humor, as shown in The Tatami Galaxy and Kickheart. I wonder if he is involved? Who knows…

Will this show be any good?

Maybe. It all depends on the humor. This is intended to be a comedy, non-serious and funny series. If the humor is cliche and unfunny, then the show stinks.

I watched both PVs released by Bandai Visual on their YouTube page. I must say, the second Space Dandy PV was lackluster and made me seriously question the animation quality. I then watched the first Space Dandy PV and was quite impressed.

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