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More Bounty Hunter Fun In New Show From Creators of Cowboy Bebop [VIDEO]


Rejoice, fans of Cowboy Bebop!  Series creator Shinichiro Watanabe has brand new show called Space Dandy debuting tonight on Adult Swim. As an added bonus, the animation studio behind Fullmetal Alchemist worked on the show, and the animation looks slick and gorgeous. Obsession with breasts in the trailer aside, if this series is anything like Bebop or Watanabe’s other great show, Samurai Champloo, we can probably look forward to some interesting ladies in the cast. Also, check out that awesome cat sidekick!

(via io9)

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  • Sabrina

    “Obsession with breasts…”
    Yeah, that makes me go //not sure if want….// O_o

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    Okay, I LOVE Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and even enjoy Soul Eater in manga (has that been animated? Sorry, I’ve been a bit out of it with anime), but I’m a bit skeptical about this one. Cowboy Bebop was so divinely awesome and Samurai Champloo made a good case for Watanabe and his distinct style, but I suppose I do prefer the cynical and/or gritty tone of CB and SC. This one just–doesn’t seem as inspiring to me.

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    Yeah, that’s a kinda of a killer…

  • Anonymous

    It does look like a fun show, and I like the wacky alien designs, but what made Bebop a breakout hit was how un-cartoony it usually was. It had really solid animation in a fairly realistic style. As the flagship series for Adult Swim, it brought in a lot of people who weren’t typically interested in animé. It was coolness incarnate.

    This show is clearly… um, not that. I like that Watanabe is not rehashing Bebop (that was my initial concern when reading this headline), but I think the fact that this is 180° from that is going to prevent it from having any sort of impact on the level that Bebop did.

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  • Marion

    At least it looks like there is gonna be a lot of women in the show ? (*cough*)
    I know Watanabe likes it retro, but retro-sexist is not my favorite sort, even wrapped in cool aliens and surf culture references. Unless the stories are brilliant, I don’t think I’ll watch “Retro Dandy”.

  • Samantha

    I’ve heard it described as “Mushroom Samba: The series,” which I’m down with. I’m also down with flipping the humor/drama dynamic from Bebop, so pleeeaase please don’t let me down, Watanabe.

  • Jake Mertz

    I don’t know. After how they ended Cowboy Bepop, I’m not sure I’d want to watch anything else from that guy. I mean, that’s one of my favorite Anime’s, especially the soundtracks, but I never watch the last two episodes.

    Still, looks like this show is a bit more up beat, but then Bepop was pretty up beat too, until it wasn’t.

  • Adele Quested

    Really torn about this one.

    On the one hand
    1) Love Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, have been waiting for Watanabe’s new project for ages
    2) He’s never been above catering to the male gaze, but so far his track record with female characters is comparatively good
    3) I’m reasonably confident all the retro sexism is going to be ironic, with Space Dandy himself as the butt of the joke.

    On the other hand
    1) Ironic sexism is still tiresome to me, jokey or not. It lacks a certain unpredictability usually necessary to tickle my funnybone.
    2) If we have to do fanservice, where’s my eyecandy? I didn’t mind Faye’s outfits, because I was too busy salviating over Spike. Mugen and Jin brought the pretty as well. Space Dandy’s just not doing it for me.
    3) Not to crazy about the flipped humour/drama dynamic. I loved the glimpses of humour that occasionally punctured the generally more elegaic/bittersweet vibe of his other shows, but I always thought the _purely_ humouristic filler episodes were the weakest element of Watanabe’s previous projects. Maybe because humour is more likely to get lost in translation?

    At this point, the only thing that might make me watch this after all is a kick-ass soundtrack. Is Yoko Kanno involved again?

  • Adele Quested

    Nah, I’m pretty sure the risk of heartbreak with this one is low enough. Which is a pity to me, because I found Watanabe did the heartbreak so exceedingly well.

  • Anonymous

    For the record, they did do a crotch shot of Dandy and had him running around in his underwear. His name is also Dandy so… That combined with the the self-aware “ironic” sexism makes me forgive the boobie obsession. It sounds like this show was created for American audiences (which tend to be more feminist), it’s not a show that was popular in Japan so we imported it. I could be wrong, but given the creator’s existing body of work, I think it’s going to avoid “WTF misogyny” territory. I’m STOKED!

  • Glitchy

    I’m DVRing it so I can watch it in the morning, but I am curious and am going to give it a chance.

    BTW: Been following the Soul Eater anime (yes it has been animated) and really enjoying it. Have not read the manga so I can’t say how close it is, but I do recommend it.

  • http://ptwor.com/ Jay Salinas

    Bebop was upbeat until the end of the first episode, which pretty much set the tone for the series. The are very few upbeat episodes, Mushroom Samba, Cowboy Funk, Stray Dog Strut. But then we have Ballad of Fallen Angels, Black Dog Serenade, Jupiter Jazz, My Funny Valentine. And then you have your bittersweet episodes, Hard Luck Woman, Waltz for Venus, Speak Like A Child, and my favorite, Ganymede Elegy.

    TL;DR, Bebop ran its episode through the emotional spectrum which made it so invigorating for animephiles and newcomers alike. It’s not a show you can restrain to any one genre. It simply told incredibly intimate, but concise stories that stuck with you for years to come. and IMO, I think the woman trying to make it off Earth, from the first episode, only to be gunned down in space is much more tragic than Spike’s ambiguous ending.

  • http://ptwor.com/ Jay Salinas

    Bebop was upbeat until the end of the first episode, which pretty much set the tone for the series. The are very few upbeat episodes, Mushroom Samba, Cowboy Funk, Stray Dog Strut. But then we have Ballad of Fallen Angels, Black Dog Serenade, Jupiter Jazz, My Funny Valentine. And then you have your bittersweet episodes, Hard Luck Woman, Waltz for Venus, Speak Like A Child, and my favorite, Ganymede Elegy.

    TL;DR, Bebop ran its episode through the emotional spectrum which made it so invigorating for animephiles and newcomers alike. It’s not a show you can restrain to any one genre. It simply told incredibly intimate, but concise stories that stuck with you for years to come. and IMO, I think the woman trying to make it off Earth, from the first episode, only to be gunned down in space is much more tragic than Spike’s ambiguous ending.

  • Lien

    For the sake Of Watanabe, i shall watch this show. For the sake of the “ironic sexism”, i shall frown at the direction. When Dandy will get in trouble and will try to pull a “Cowboy bebop” maneuver to get out of trouble, i’ll laugh my heart out. When he’ll get inside the “boobies” bar and there will be plenty of male gaze shots, i’ll rage at my screen.

    Over all, i am looking forward for the show but that doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the issues it’ll have.

    And side note here, anyone else had a “Red line” vibe? I blame the Hair-do.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t26m_Q6ENo

  • Lien

    *sigh* guess we’ll have to bite our cheeks during some scenes.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    ‘No one out dandy’s space dandy!’

    I wonder how long before that becomes a meme…

  • Stankmike

    Im going to start writing to Shinichirō Watanabe and begging for bebop