Name: Space Dandy
Studio: Bones (Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist)
I wouldn’t say there was a lot of hype around Space Dandy as much as there was curiosity. First off, Shinichiro Watanabe’s attached and every time this guy does something the anime fandom collectively loses its mind because we are always looking for a second Cowboy Bebop. It wasn’t too far fetched to compare Space Dandy to Cowboy Bebop. Dandy is a slick hero that has space adventures while looking for rare aliens with his crew, Spike was a slick hero that had space adventures with his crew while nabbing criminals, but other than that, the shows are two totally different animals. Besides, Watanabe was pretty hands off with this show, only working on a few episodes, presumably because he was busy with Zankyou no Terror.
Secondly, Space Dandy aired in the US first on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in English before airing in Japan. Simuldubs aren’t unheard of, but they rarely happen, even for shows everyone knows will do well, so naturally fans were wondering how good Space Dandy would be. I mean, it must be some pretty mind-blowing stuff to be dubbed already without knowing how the English-speaking audience will receive it right? Right?