I’m Never Remembering You, Baby
Dr. Gel is deep with thought as he contemplates “Pyonium”. Admiral Perry calls only to find that Dr. Gel is distracted. He decides that Bea will be responsible for his assault on planet Lagado. He reason for attack planet Lagado is simple, according to Admiral Perry they keep ” persistently pressuring” him to return a overdue library book.
At the “alien registration center”, Dandy and his crew arrive with a red box. They believe it contains a rare alien, but claim that if it’s open you would forget its content. Scarlet question how Dandy manage to capture it if everyone who open the box forgets. He comically responds “Obviously, I’ve forgotten how”.
Scarlet attempts to open the box and when Dandy tries to stop her she drops it. When the box opens the alarms go off, then the entire environment turns yellow. Within the box is the library book that Admiral Perry check out “Secrets of the Cosmos for Dummies.”, it is revealed that Dandy and his crew stole it.
Within the book Dandy finds a complimentary ticket to Lagado. Dr. Gel’s flee under the command of Bea attack the Aloha Oe, Dandy responds by attacking in return. However, before the Flee can return fire the Aloha Oe is transported to the planets surface. QT explains that planet Lagado is also know as the “Great Library Planet”.
Dandy and his crew are told that they book and ticket are named the “Great Librarian Alethia”, and ” Deputy Librarian Idea”. They are book type aliens, the use the brains of other to think. The can erase and rewrite memories, the book (who is female) wanted to see the world outside. The book used Dr. Gel to figure out the secrets of the cosmos, then stole the knowledge and erased everyone’s memory.
I find Admiral Perry over the top abuse of power, in response to a overdue library book was hilarious. The visual style of this episode was also very pleasing, it almost felt like a soft black charcoal was used. I found the style to be the antithesis to whats common for Space Dandy, due to the fact that very little color was displayed.I think the “book type” alien was a very creative species, but their design was a little too literal.
There’s Always Tomorrow, Baby
Dandy and his crew are being lazy as usual, when their ship Aloha Oe becomes damaged. They decided to head for Meow home planet, much to his dismay. Meow finds his home planet to be rather ordinary, he has siblings, a mother and father. He finds his home planet to be boring.
At night the “Pyonium energy” that resulted from the battle between the Gogol and Jaicro Empires strikes Meow family home’s calendar.The next day they find out the part that’s need to repair the ship will take a day to arrive, leaving Dandy and his crew stranded. Meow gets drunk at a bar and learns his father boast about his space exploration.
The next morning it becomes clear that the “Pyonium energy” had a time loop effect. The narrator explains that it took 88 loops for QT to notice that the days seem to be repeating. However, they fail to understand the time loop until the 108th day. They conclude that they must now “have superpowers”, the narrator breaks the four wall to inform them of the truth.
Dandy steals the space car of Meow friends, but it blows up (presumably killing them). Meow remembers that he though his father was cool, reliving the same day over and over make him appreciate his home planet more. The try and fail to remove the date off the calendar.
They try everything to destroy the calendar, using a chiseler, several guns and chainsaw. Meow’s father finally figures out a way to remove the page using his machine. Afterward, Meow feels apprehension about leaving but his father encourages him to leave.
I really like this episode, even thought the “time loop” has been used over and over it never seems to get old. The time loop made the episode feel a little short, but that seems to be an appropriate result. I thought the relationship between Meow and his family was relate-able, though not really original. Hopefully, Dandy, QT will get some back story and we’ll meet their families.
Plants Are Living Things, Too, Baby
Our lovable crew (Dandy, Meow and QT) continue on their quest to find rare, unidentified aliens. The head to a planet called “Planta”, home of sentient Plants and allegedly the unidentified alien “Code D”. QT beams Meow and Dandy to the surface of Planta, although not without problems. Dandy is quickly “eaten” by a plant like creature.
A large plant like creature that resembles a science in a lab coat attempts to try an experiment on Dandy. Using his convenient translator he converses with the plant and learns that his name is Dr. H and his daughter 033H. The world of Planta has been separated into 18 different states of a republic. In the northern hemisphere live the “Vegims”, they’re intelligent and use tiny microbes for small tasks.
At the south hemisphere (where Meow landed), are the “Movies (pronounced Moe – Vees)” are simpler. Dandy along with 033H travel around the planet and are chased by “Federal Microbes”. Dr. H tells about Code D and how it effects the plants, he tells Dandy that a Human might be unaffected by it. He travels across the planet where he and Dr. H are stopped by a larger plant claiming that it’s against the law.
Meow who has been fattened up by the Movies, assuming they are great host. Dandy and Dr.H are arrested then freed by a plant named Nene, the entire plant appear to be singing, as Meow is about to be eaten. 033H begins to grow in size after being exposed to “Code D”. Dandy attempts to remove “Code D” resulting in a chain reaction, devolving all the plants back to their original forms.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. It lacked its usually humor and sexiness but that’s not a bad thing. I found the colorful visual of this episode to be very appealing, and the designs of the plants to be well done. Space Dandy as a series is starting to show the “heart” of a series that was seemingly shallow. The last few episodes have shown a more in depth view into Dandy as a character and the overall show, I hope this continues.
The Lonely Pooch Planet, Baby
Dr. Gel locates Dandy, he warps to the location after having a comical exchange with Admiral Perry but is fired. Meanwhile, Dandy and his crew are on a deserted planet filled with trash. Dandy finds a dog, he instantly identify’s as a female claiming to have the ability to “always spot a bitch”.
The dog seems afraid of Dandy, and he attempts to help by emulating animals. He begins to “cry” which manages to work. Dandy picks up the dog think it must be an alien. At this point we are introduced to twin brothers laying in the dogs fur. Dandy plays fetch with the dog, both Meow and QT think its an alien. Meow is able to speak with the dog.
With the help of his communicator Dandy speaks to the dog, he names her PUP. Pup claims to be hated by most humans, but she’s happy to have met Dandy she promptly dies. While Meow is crying the twins leap from Pup on to him. Dandy builds a rocket coffin for Pup and sends her body off to space.
The microscopic twins leap off Meow, who along with QT give chance. The twins manage to get to Dandy, one of them reaches his hair only to be killed by a combination of gel and a comb. The remaining twin takes over QT and aims to get revenge. Meow accidentally steps on him, dooming the planet to “collapse on itself and form a black hole”. Dandy and his crew manage to escape but Dr.Gel and his crew are not so lucky.
This episode featured a clear contrast in tone. Starting off with the humorous exchange between Dr.Gel and Bea, we pivot to the rather somber experience with the sad death of the Pup. Then we deal with the comical situation between the twins and Dandy’s crew.
Of course this results in the accidental killing of the twins then we end with more comedy between Dandy, QT and Meow at the end. Overall, I like this episode although it was a little dark. However, a more in depth look at the twins might have made their death more depressing. Then again the death of the Pup might have overshadowed their death.
A Merry Companion Is a Wagon in Space, Baby
Dandy is on the hunt for an alien when he discovers a “kid”. This child is a “Gentooan”, who posses the ability to “transfer others’ minds into puppets”. Dandy is quickly attacked and transferred into a space penguin. He manages to “defeat” and capture the Gentooan while in this state.
The Gentooan’s powers only last for a short time. When Dandy returns he finds his space ship impounded, and has to public transportation. Dandy and the Gentooan (Adelie)strike a deal, if he takes her to a specific location she will willingly go to the registration center.
When they get to the location Adelie finds out that her grandfather has moved. Dandy searches all night a finds her grandfather, she mistakenly assumes he lied to her and uses her powers on him. She begins to cry and is attacked and captured by hunters. Dandy in the penguin puppet rescues Adelie, her grandfather then arrives.
This episode didn’t feature a lot of action, exploration or humor ( Dandy fighting as a penguin was funny though). I did like the change of pace and the softer, less selfish side of Dandy.
Occasionally Even the Deceiver Is Deceived, Baby
Dandy continues to fail in his quest for new alien discoveries. Dandy and his crew are low on money and food. Dandy decides to cash in points on his Boobies point card. However, the points card is about to expire and Dandy rushes to the nearest Boobies. In his haste he presses the warp speed button too many times and ends up on an unknown planet.
While there they meet a beautiful woman named, Mamitas. She being chased by some vicious aliens. Dandy attempts but fails to shoot a single one of these creatures, instead opting to flee. Mamitas explains her situation and how she came to be stranded on the planet. Together the decided that they will use parts of her ship to repair theirs.
It is revealed by the previously mentioned aliens that Mamitas is in fact a Deathgerian. Mamitas transforms and “eats” Meow, Dandy and QT abandon Meow until Dandy realizes that he still has the Boobies point card. Dandy uses his secret weapon a robot named Hawaii Yankee. During the battle Dandy accidentally cracks open his ship and the Deathgerian consumes the expired food from earlier. Dandy captures the Deathgerian and finally get approved though he’s seems to have forgotten all about Meow.
Space Dandy – Episode 2
(The Search for the Phantom Space Ramen, Baby)
This episode begins with Dandy, Meow and QT at the ” Alien Registration Center”. Dandy fails to confirm a new species. He complains about the difficulty in locating a new species. When he searches for a snack he finds his stash has been raided by Meow. Dandy decries how much of a moocher Meow is, Meow offers information on “phantom ramen”. They head to a another “Boobies” where Dandy abandons his previous theory about butts in favor of boobs.
The crew head to the ” Noodle Galaxy”. I think the subtle use of social media and cell phones in Space Dandy is perfect. The mindless posting of Meow gives Dr. Gel the exact location of Dandy. He also seems to be using a universal version of Google earth to help him find Dandy. Meow continues to “check-in” when they head to a restaurant. Dandy comically attempts to hit on Scarlet while using Micheal Jackson dance moves. He fails, but Dr. Gel’s men arrive and begin shooting at him.
Scarlet jumps into action a uses hand to hand combat to defeat the battle squad. Dandy is completely ignorant as to whom is following them, how they find out their location. Dr. Gel sends his entire fleet to find Dandy. It’s discovered how they are being followed and Dandy tosses Meow’s phone into space.
Meow and Dandy discover the Phantom Ramen, and are sucked into a worm hole. They arrive in another dimension where the phantom ramen is made. The meet the chef responsible and he tells them his life story. Dandy offers to let “Pops” join his crew, but he declines.
Space Dandy – Episode 1 (Live With the Flow, Baby)
The first episode of the new anime series, ” Space Dandy” premiered on January 4th. The first thing you’ll notice about this series is the visuals. The anime features a massive pallet of of vivid colors. The episode starts off with Dandy’s monologue about his “deep” theories about the values in valuing a woman’s breast over her ass. Dandy’s stupidity ( in a good way ) is clearly going to be a hallmark of the series. The manner in which he appears to take his silly theories seriously in it self is comical. He claims that ” nothing trumps the rump” and “it’s time to give the ass the respect it deserves”. He decries that it’s a shame that some women are “objectified ONLY for their boobs”.
Space Dandy routinely breaks the “forth wall“, even the breaking of the forth wall is acknowledged by QT. Dandy heads to a intergalactic food chain of brestaurants ( I don’t think I that’s the correct spelling), called Boobies. Boobies restaurants are where “Zero – G meets Double D”, featuring a different set of “girls” at each location and Dandy aims to eat at them all. Dandy attempts to spite game on the generically dumb blonde, he fails. QT reveals that he is a bit out dated, but “determines” that cat like looking species is undiscovered due to strange “markings”.
The cat like creature is a peeping tom, taking discreetly taking pictures of the waitresses at Boobies. I guessing perversion is going to be inter species in this series. The cat like creature makes a run for it when Dandy questions him. Dandy uses a fishing line type weapon to try and capture it. Its unclear whether Dandy is bad at capturing aliens or if he purposely miss his target, and happens to still get them. It’s quickly revealed that the strange markings are in fact a sticker.
As the narrator notes he neglected to mention that there’s and galactic war going on between, the Gogol and Jaicro empires. Dandy and Qt hunt for new species of alien and are paid for new discoveries. When the Cat like creature is asked his name he mumbles something unclear and is dubbed Meow. Apparently, Dandy has pursuers who believe that he is the “key” to the Gogol Empire. While going to sleep Dandy goes into another “stupid rant” about his philosophy on life. While on the new planet Dandy and Meow are attacked by a series of alien creatures. Dandy again “misses” his target’s while claim it was intentional, I’m assuming this with be a part of the series.
Dandy orders QT to use his secret weapon that goes super nova and neglects to figure out how to escape the blast. Dandy seems calm stating that at least ” he dies with a head full of hair”, as the planet blows up. Overall, I enjoyed this series it early but I usually gravitate toward more battle oriented series. The animation of this series is spectacular, I like the visuals, humor and the aliens are creative.
- The Humor
- The Aliens
- The Animation
New Anime Horizon – Space Dandy
“Space Dandy is an upcoming Japanese anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Bones. The series will follow Dandy, an alien hunter who is “a dandy guy in the space”, in search for aliens with his robot assistant QT and a cat alien named Meow. The anime has been licensed by Funimation in North America and by Madman Entertainment in Australia. The series will premiere in the United States before Japan in January 2014 at 11:30pm on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, followed by Japan on Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, and TV Osaka in January 2014. The opening theme will be “Viva Namida” (ビバナミダ Biba Namida ) by Yasuyuki Okamura“.
So far this anime looks promising (at lease from an animation standpoint). If it’s anything like Cowboy Bebop or Samurai Champloo then I’m excited.