Anime Spotlight #10: Space Dandy

Space Dandy

Name: Space Dandy

Year: 2014

Episodes: 26

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?

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2014: The year in j-dramas

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I wasn’t sure if I was going to manage a j-drama year-end review before February, especially since there were a few dramas I was still scrambling to finish, but I managed to do it (though just barely). While there weren’t any juggernauts like last year’s Amachan or Hanzawa Naoki and there were definitely a number of disappointments, I left 2014 feeling pretty optimistic about the j-drama scene. My list is rather long (how did I even watch this many dramas?), so let’s get down to it.

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Looking Back: K-Dramas of 2014

2014 was a very odd year for k-dramas. The general sentiment among the international community is that there was nothing on. One only needs to look at the ratings to see how the domestic audience felt; forget cracking 20%, a drama was lucky if it managed 10%. Still, I don’t think this year was too bad. Sure there were more duds than usual, but there were quite a few standouts as well. Continue reading Looking Back: K-Dramas of 2014