Space Dandy to Run on TV in Japan, N. America, Asia in January
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The official blog for the Space Dandy anime series announced on Friday that the anime will run on television in Japan, North America, and Asia nearly simultaneously in January. It will run on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim in North America and on Animax Asia in Asia (except Korea). In Japan, it will run on Tokyo MX TV, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, and BS Fuji.
North American anime distributor Funimation is charge of the home video release and is producing an English dub for the television release. Singapore's Odex is responsible for licensing in Asia and cooperating with Animax Asia on the publicity. Madman is preparing business prospects for Oceania, while licensing is going forward for Korea and Europe.
The anime's official website also announced additional cast members:
Kosuke Hatakeyama as Bee, Dr. Geru's assistant from the planet Pylori. At first glance, he looks like a cucumber, but he is a person.
Banjou Ginga as Commodore Perry (not pictured)
Yurin as Honey, a waitress with a nice body and dim wits at the Boobies restaurant
Houko Kuwashima as Scarlett, a beautiful inspector at the space alien registration center
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. The rest of the main cast includes:
Junichi Suwabe plays Dandy, a human male who works as an alien hunter. His age is unclear, but he is most likely in his late 20s. He does not care about little things, and believes that his dream is somewhere in the world. He frequents "Boobies," a restaurant known for its voluptuous waitresses. (As Bones producer Masahiko Minami observes, Boobies is not to be confused with the Hooters chain.)
Fashion model and 9nine idol group member Uki Satake plays QT, a vacuum cleaner robot. QT says that she is high-powered, but she's actually just a bucket of bolts. (Minami: "It's a Roomba.") She's very serious and her pride is a little big. She likes tidiness.
Hiroyuki Yoshino plays Meow, a dimwit alien. Contrary to expectations, he's not a genetically advanced cat, but he's actually an alien that lives on the star Betelgeuse. Meow is very carefree, as if he were raised with no constraints. He already knows how to use a cellphone.
Finally, Masaaki Yajima will be the narrator.
The story revolves around Dandy, 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 and the dimwit alien Meow he picked up along the way, he comes into contact with new planets and their inhabitants.
Staff members include:
- General Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
- Director: Shingo Natsume
- Scriptwriters: Dai Sato, Keiko Nobumoto, and Kimiko Ueno
- Character Design: Yoshiyuki Ito
- Spaceship Design: Thomas Romain
- Theme Song: Yasuyuki Okamura
- Animation Production: BONES
Yasuyuki Okamura (City Hunter 2) is performing the theme song "Viva Namida" and another song, "Healthy Merci."
Watanabe officially revealed the series at Otakon on August 10. The series will premiere in January.
Images © 2014 Bones/Project Space Dandy
Update: Bandai Visual confirmed that Funimation has acquired the home entertainment, digital, theatrical, and merchandise rights to the series. Madman confirmed that it acquired the series and will premiere it simultaneously online in Australia and New Zealand as it airs on Japanese television in January. It will also release the anime in home and further digital formats in 2015. Thanks, WTK
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