ANIME & MANGA - Review
15:00 - 28th February 2015, by NEO Staff

Space Dandy Season 1 (Collector’s Edition)

Given a back catalogue that includes the likes of Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and Kids on the Slope, it’s fair to say that, whatever fans expected next from Shinichiro Watanabe, it probably wasn’t Space Dandy.

Following the Technicolor adventures of the show’s eponymous alien hunter and his rag-tag crew on the Aloha-Oe, it’s a flamboyant inter-galactic series packed with pop culture references covering everything from search engines to nature documentaries. Coming from Watanabe, these are seamlessly blended together to create a fantasy universe that is wryly familiar, and yet ultimately alien, with plenty of sideways jabs at modern culture along the way.

While it’s already staked its claim as one of the more ambitious and visually stunning animes ever produced, the show’s sometimes juvenile sense of humour and flashy, over-the-top visuals can prove jarring. Look beyond the incessant ‘Boobies’ jokes, however, and there still beats the culture-clashing heart of a Watanabe classic.

Of course, with so many different contributors on board, he can’t take all the credit. Each of his collaborating directors and writers approaches the show’s universe differently, giving every episode a refreshing unpredictability, both stylistically and in narrative terms. With the slate wiped clean after every episode, the cosmos is their oyster, and they make the most of it.

It all makes for a viewing experience unlike any other. Whether or not that’s a good thing is probably a matter of taste.

It may be an example of style beating substance, but Space Dandy is too good looking to turn down, baby.
SCORE: 3.5/5
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