For those that follow the 2013 TMNT, multiverse is confirmed and they used the original 80’s designs but with far more animation frames than any turtle ever had.
Oh Good Grief, Danger Mouse is Making a Comeback…
I’ve been enjoying this series on a week to week basis (with thanks to Madman for local streaming) discussing each episode is second only to Log Horizon and between Paul and myself we’ve been loving the color, designs and weird ass plot.
But the ongoing plot isn’t that weird. As you well know the end of each episode tends to leave Dandy in a untenable position, from dying in a planet wide explosion to turning the narrator into a zombie. Sure the closing credits tends to hint at the multiple realities idea, but I feel Space Dandy is much more simple than that.
Space Dandy is Dandy telling his child bedtime stories about him being the Dandiest man in Space and meeting the kid’s mother.
You heard me, Space Dandy is nothing more than a bedtime story version of "How I Met Your Mother".
Lets look at the major points of that leans towards that reading;
- Space Dandy quite often cannot come back from the end of the episode to continue next week’s adventure.
- Dandy’s companions are a cat called Meow and a robot that looks like a children’s toilet (mind you the most menacing cat and children’s porta potty in the whole galaxy).
- Dandy’s laser gun that looks like a children’s toy (and is just about as effective).
- The Narrator is first introduced in “Live with the Flow, Baby” speaking about the vastness of space but stops halfway into his intro as he’s bored. And then in “Sometimes You Can’t Live with Dying, Baby” even he becomes a zombie at the end.
- The ongoing space enemy, the Gogol Empire ruled by fearsome galaxy destroying flaming skull head Admiral Perry who seeks Dandy for unexplained but galactically important reasons.
- The regular asides into things that are pointless, like examining how the zombified bounty hunter lived his life in “Sometimes You Can’t Live with Dying, Baby” or the sudden sequence with the transforming mecha planes and Honey in “A Race in Space Is Dangerous, Baby”.
The biggest clue that the series is nothing more than bedtime stories is the Gogol Empire, we have never heard much about their opposing empire. Dr. Gel can can never quite capture Dandy and both have absolutely zero implications on the plot or Dandy in general. Implying that the narrator is being forced to insert the characters, talks a little about them and then moves on. Also putting the brilliant Planet of the Apes jokes aside the Gogol Empire controls an army of ships and vehicles that look like toys (damn zaku are everywhere).
Between the Narrator and the many deaths of Dandy and his crew you have many elements of a children’s bedroom involved in the design. The Aloha Oe is constantly a mess much like a kid’s room, the handlebars of the ship also have bike streamers on them. Meow can usually be found in dark closed corners and if quite commonly forced to do things he doesn’t want to do and loves playing with simple things (see: cat) plus he was “captured” using children’s toys (marbles and fishing rod!). QT is constantly berating Dandy to do the right thing (literally Toilet Training) and in “Occasionally Even the Deceiver Is Deceived, Baby” Dandy even break out a transformer of Little Aloha (designed by Thomas Romain, awesome guy behind Code Lyoko and the designs in Oban Star Racers). And then the Gogol Empire have mechs that are a combination of Zakus and Transformers with a giant Macross / Gundam style mech in the background (plus the planet of the apes reference built into Dr. Gel’s ship).
You only have to look at the twin aliens in “A Race in Space Is Dangerous, Baby” with their toyetic design to see what I’m getting at.
And then we have the stories themselves, the first episode is a massive flight of fancy worthy of the best prog rock videos with giant colorful vicious and friendly monsters duking it out with a sudden but unexplained end. We then move onto a simple tale of hunting for the perfect bowl of ramen from a legendary cook, a story about why you don’t follow strangers, a child friendly story about the undead, a cautionary tale on fighting, a fun race across space against a cheating opponent and now a story of a man and his dog.
The one I have missed here is “A Merry Companion Is a Wagon in Space, Baby” where Dandy helps Adélie find her family. Two things stand out, Dandy is constantly a womaniser which I suspect is just his nature as a happily married man who can tell fictional stories about when he was an amazing babe magnet across the galaxy (talking up his own ego). The second is that this story has no womanising, it’s a very heartfelt story of one man doing the right thing for a little girl, what it could actually be is Dandy telling a story of how he met the child’s mother.
That’s the clue that Space Dandy might also be the science fiction anime version of “How I Met your Mother” (quick get NPH for a guest dubbing role). Both Honey and Scarlet are potentials considering how they constantly appear but really who knows, could be other characters in the kid’s life. And besides while I love Space Dandy I definitely don’t need 9 seasons of it ^_^;
So there you have it, Space Dandy is just bedtime stories. I’m more than likely wrong but this has been a fun theory to examine! I guess we’ll see in future weeks.
Also, Dat Fridge…
Goddamnit Space Dandy…
basically what the world is like atm
Guardians of the Galaxy is going to do well. Just check out that crime there, “Illegal Manipulation” heh heh.
zeroodd said: Would you recommend it to any fans of the old Robocop movie?
Hello, you must be new to this blog, it’s nice to meet you. My name is Kelly Turnbull and Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film Robocop is my favourite movie.
barkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarksaid: but did it…
Well spoken, I just personally loved the attention to science and ethics the film wrote in, it’s a decent arc.
Sure, the film’s not perfect. But it’s fun.
And they showed the original film to prison inmates and found it would intimidate 80% of the population ;)