If Steins;Gate uses the distortion of temporal continuity to augment the flavor of its plot, Space Dandy uses space-time distortion to elude the plot. Space Dandy is what happens when you put together the industry’s most talented animators – spearheaded by Shinichirō Watanabe who brought us Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo– to create something with no boundaries. This is why Space Dandy can be colorful, exciting, touching, hilarious, crass, beautiful, mysterious, genre-bending, trivial, and ultimately free.
This show will often compel you to perceive it as a profound commentary, but it will actively dissuade you from taking it seriously. You will try to give it a label, or try to place it in a neat category, but it will passionately fight your attempt to do so. So my advice: don’t fight it. Just sit back and enjoy the ride, for zombies, specters, stardust, and dandies lie ahead.