Anime Review – Space Dandy

Space-Dandy-Review-Series-ImageIf Space Dandy were a human they’d be that perverted person in their mid 40’s who’s eternally going through a mid-life crisis. Just in case you had your doubts; here’s why.

Just like the despondent 40-year-old who doesn’t quite know what do with himself – neither does Space Dandy. There’s no story progression with the anime coming across as directionless as a broken sign. It’s also strange because it has a decent overarching theme – alien space hunters. Yet it does nothing with it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy who conceptualised space dandy had one post-it note that laid out this overarching theme and nothing else. But unfortunately it just isn’t quite enough.

While some series do well without a designated plot they usually offer something of equal value to the viewer. Comedy, insights, or an ability to relate. All Space Dandy does is attempt to bring you comedy but ultimately fail at it. You may give off a slight chuckle here and there but it’s nothing to pee your pants over.

The main characters of Space Dandy. They look interesting. But uhh, looks can be deceiving (they're not that interesting). Source: Bones
The main characters of Space Dandy. They look interesting. But uhh, looks can be deceiving (they’re not that interesting).   Source: Bones

And this isn’t the only correlation. Space Dandy brings you extraordinary animation and nifty art to boot. I must give it props here. But it’s akin to when people in the midst of their mid-life crisis buy flashy cars or expensive jewellery. It’s pristine, fancy, and alludes to the idea of quality, but there’s nothing to back it up. While it’s undoubtedly a great thing that this anime at least nails the animation and art it’s a shame there’s not much else going for it. Nope, no biscuit. It’s like having an awesome dance floor with no music. I know right. Ludicrous. That being said the sound in this anime was actually really well done. So maybe it’s more accurate to say it had the perfect party music but no dance floor.

Turning a junkyard into the perfect mix of cool and scary. Source: Bones
Turning a junkyard into the perfect mix of cool and scary.   Source: Bones

Looking at the characters themselves. Whilst mildly entertaining they’re also rather annoying. Overly perverted and obnoxiously stupid. I understand it’s meant to be the selling point of the anime, but…well…it’s sales pitch is on par with someone who’d try to sell a snazzy raincoat with holes in it (added style I tell you). But these characters didn’t even have much style. They were stock standard, set in their pervy ways and just about as dumb as a jet-lagged goldfish. This applies to two of the three main characters – Dandy and Meow. But I did quite like QT to be honest, as far as robots go he’s as cute as they come…maybe even cuter, if that’s possible.

Yet unfortunately QT isn’t enough to save this anime from its troubles. While the animation, art and sound all stand out, these superficial elements are offset by the sub-par humour and lack of any storyline. If you feel compelled to give the anime a shot you can always try the first episode – it’s a pretty good indication of what’s to come. If you’re a fan; awesome! If you’re not then feel free to move on – it’s not going to get better.

Thank you for reading my review!

Rating: 5/10

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