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Checking Back on SPACE DANDY and... He's Cleaned Up His Act?

Episode #19. Special review. It's turned upside-down!

I always figured that Watanabe would eventually get around to clarifying his… attitudes here, but nevertheless, SPACE DANDY #1 will always stand out as one of the most unintentionally hilarious moments in anime for me.

FUNi and Adult Swim strike this ambitious simulcast deal, very likely hoping that they’ve got the second coming of COWBOY BEBOP on their hands. What they got was a pilot which opens with a monologue about T&A, and ends with enough up-skirt shots to confirm plenty of creepy anime stereotypes.

So, with that in mind, there’s a bit more unintentional humor here. I’m checking back in a few months later, and I'm finding Dandy not only trying to clean up his act, but is also trying to settle down for love...?

The show always struck me as having a bit of a FUTURAMA vibe, and that continues here. Granted, the 'gag gun' hasn’t been set to rapid fire, but it still projects contemporary life into the far-flung future in about the same fashion. The set-up of lonely career girls going to a singles mixer in outer space is exactly the sort of shenanigan Planet Express’ crew would get mixed up in during some cold opening.

More relevant to my point, though, the perspective in those scenes at the mixer offer a necessary counterpoint to Dandy’s chauvinism. It looks more like a comedic foible (and less like a viewpoint of the protagonist's which aligns too much with the overall show’s). Maybe there’s a point to be raised about not judging a show by its first couple episodes, but… eh. That’s the price of serializing a story. And if Watanabe had planned to get at this all along, it really makes that pilot look even more hilariously bungled.

Watch "the Gallant Space Gentleman, Baby" and decide for yourself.

YotaruVegetaon Aug. 28, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.

The pilot of Space Dandyeds wth Dandy and his crew dying. What pilot were you watching?

No, Space Dandy is intentionally hilarious, and if people weren't so alarmist about anime representing them, they'd realize that Dandy is not another in the list of My Boyfriend Can't be This Related to Me and Oh No, I Fell into Senpai's Boobs Again!

Destinyheroknighton Aug. 28, 2014 at 5:47 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta:

That only happen in the end, the first half have Dandy going to space hooters. Were he met Meow taking ecchi pictures

Anyway, glad you give it another shot Tom. Space Dandy sometimes a hit or miss, but overall it a very good comedy anime

takashichea moderator on Aug. 29, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.

I really need to catch up on Space Dandy 2. The way they ended Space Dandy 1 left me wanting more.

YotaruVegetaon Aug. 31, 2014 at 3:15 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight:

"What they got was a pilot which opens with a monologue about T&A, and ends with enough up-skirt shots to confirm plenty of creepy anime stereotypes."

Destinyheroknighton Aug. 31, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta:

Oh, didn't see that part

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