I fail to comprehend the difference in treatment that Space Dandy enjoys compared to other anime this season. It’s times like these that I feel that the community is more interested in praising a well-renowned anime personality for his mere existence rather than the output he presents.
Space Dandy is not original, and I don’t think it tries to be. It’s obviously aimed at a more “western” taste, and the art style and type of humor reflects this choice, however misinformed it may be. None of the jokes here were anything special, or even remotely funny, as I’ve heard every single one of them before – self-referential humor, dirty jokes, fake character deaths, boke/tsukkomi routines, everything. Hell, even the visual gags are nothing new.
I see how this anime might appeal to its target audience, and I have no complaints about what it’s trying to achieve. I just find it hard to swallow that this show gets “a mixed reaction” from the community while the very, very similar Seitokai Yakuindomo gets nothing but flak, to the point of writers being incredibly anal about it. Both shows rely on mostly the same type of comedy and mostly the same type of delivery: tasteless and shallow. Apparently, being directed by the same guy who did Cowboy Bebop automatically makes an anime better than everything else created by the hands of Man, and being a 4-koma adaptation automatically means it’s the scourge of humanity. Good job.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the first episode for what it is, with the animation as my main source of enjoyment. But when comparing this with any other anime this season has to offer, Space Dandy stands out only in terms of animation, and even then, it still loses to KyoAni. As for the other things, it’s simply not living up to the hype. And before anyone asks: No, the stylistic choices are nothing special either, and people who obsess over it are idiots who pretend to know art. I’ll keep watching Space Dandy for now, but I don’t think my opinion of it would change anyway, so take this as a premature series review.
Aside: Many people say that the Japanese have crappy taste in anime. This is true. But if Space Dandy (simultaneously broadcast on Adult Swim) is anything to go by, I’d say “western” taste is a lot, lot worse.