News Etsuko Yakushimaru, Yoko Kanno Make Space Dandy's Ending Song
posted on 2013-12-13 13:00 EST
Etsuko Yakushimaru (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Penguindrum, The Tatami Galaxy) is contributing her new single "X Jigen e Yōkoso" (Welcome to the X Dimension) as the ending theme song for the Space Dandy television anime series. Yakushimaru herself wrote the lyrics and composed the music under the pen name "Tika Alpha," while Yoko Kanno arranged the music.
"X Jigen e Yōkoso/Zettai Musshu Sei" (Absolute Musshu Rule), Yakushimaru's first new single in 15 months, will go on sale on January 29. Yakushimaru is not only contributing the ending theme for Space Dandy, but also contributing to the alien character designs and illustrations in the anime itself and the ending sequence.
Space Dandy is the upcoming science-fiction comedy series from director Shinichiro Watanabe (Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Kids on the Slope) and studio BONES. Yakushimaru and Kanno are just two of the many artists and creators who are contributing to the anime.
The story revolves around Dandy (Junichi Suwabe/Ian Sinclair), an alien-hunter. His job is to seek out new aliens never seen before, and receives a reward whenever he finds a new species. His mission is to find those new species faster than anyone else as he travels the galaxy. Together with the bucket-of-bolts robot QT (Uki Satake (9nine)/Alison Viktorin) and the dimwit alien Meow (Hiroyuki Yoshino/Joel McDonald) he picked up along the way, he comes into contact with new planets and their inhabitants.
Otakon Vegas will show the first episode of the series before it airs on Adult Swim's Toonami block at 11:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, January 4. The series will premiere in Japan on January 5 at 11:00 p.m. Funimation will also stream the series online with Japanese audio, and the company also has home video rights for the series.