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Shinichiro Watanabe’s “Space Dandy” Debuts January In Both U.S. and Japan

Space Dandy, the eagerly-awaited anime series from the creative team behind Cowboy Bebop, will debut on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in January 2014. It marks the first time that Cartoon Network will broadcast an English dub simultaneous with a show’s debut in Japan.

The American teaser looks like fun:

But it’s the Japanese one that has me really excited:

Anime auteur Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) heads up the direction of Space Dandy which is produced by Japanese animation studio Bones, and written by Keiko Nobumoto (Wolf’s Rain, Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus), Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eureka 7, Ergo Proxy) and Kimiko Ueno (Crayon Shin-chan movie).

English-dub preparer FUNimation offers the following description of the show:

Space Dandy is a dandy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!

  • el syd

    So why can’t we have the option of seeing the Japanese version w/ subtitles instead of the crapped up Americanized dub? They almost look like two different shows.

    • Crystal

      It’s not “Americanized”–it’s from FUNimation and adult swim, so it should be uncut. And this isn’t the 90s, dubbing in anime has a lot more effort now put into it. Also, it airing first on adult swim is a good thing because it’ll probably get a ratings spike, and it’s nice to see a show on adult swim that has better production values perform well (it’s semi frustrating to see a show like Squidbillies out-perform something like Durarara, which is supposedly popular).

      And trailers are just edited differently by country sometimes, like Brave or How to Train Your Dragon.

      I’m really excited for this on adult swim, I’m hoping if it does well, we could see more anime premiering on Toonami and thus higher ratings for the block.

    • Crystal

      Oh, and I believe FUNimation will stream the anime in Japanese shortly after it airs there. I still want it to do well on Toonami though . . .

    • Moriah Davis

      So many people who watch anime share that same bias on subs vs. dubs. It’s all really similar though, both the Japanese and the English audio are recorded after everything’s been animated, so it’s not like the Japanese version is more authentic or anything.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        And arguably this is a show that is made for “us” from what I’ve heard about it, so I would say however it’s presented, it shouldn’t matter either way.

    • Heather Breckel

      How spoiled and entitled can fans be? Anime fans wanted anime on TV at the same time as Japan and we get it and it’s still not good enough. The dub vs. sub debate should have died with the invention of the DVD. Yeah you’ll have to watch it dubbed once, the option to see it in Japanese will happen later. Just appreciate us anime fans getting something nice for once. I don’t care what language it’s in, this is awesome.

  • HalSolo

    Way more interested in this now that I know what its actually about. A foppish space adventurer seeking out new alien life forms? THAT’S a show I’ll watch. Also, American trailer’s music sounds like something from the Streamline era of anime. Into that. Now cautiously optimistic… can we get Cam Clarke to voice the lead and just make this a full on throwback?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Lord knows I’d love that!

  • Watanabe certainly loves mashups and retro throw back styles. Cowboy Bebob was heavily inspired by the original ‘Green Jacker’ Lupin III series with a bit of western and film noir influences. Samurai Champloo was a hodgepodge of Edo Period Japan and modern culture (i.e. hip hop). This reminds a bit of the late ’70s- early ’80s anime space operas with a bit of a quirky twist.

  • Leslie

    (Sigh) I wish Samurai Champloo lasted longer than it did; the show ended so abruptly.

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  • kero

    I’m going to watch this as “The adventures of young Zap Brannigan”.

  • arigato

    The voice actors chosen for anime these days are hardly B-list. If you think the likes of Troy Baker and others of his caliber are B-list then God save you.

    A lot of it depends on the writer. A bad writer can mess up a lot. And as one of the comment says it’s not the 90s anymore. Anime is big business, especially for Funimation which means they get quite a lot of direction.