Madman Entertainment Acquires Space Dandy

posted on by Jon Hayward
New series from the team behind Cowboy Bebop to be simulcast in Australia and New Zealand.

The news was announced on Friday night at 6pm AEST via Madman's Facebook page and website. Madman Entertainment will stream the series in simulcast with the Japanese broadcast when it starts in January 2014. A home video release will happen at some stage in 2015.

Space Dandy

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 Japanese version will star Junichi Suwabe as Dandy, Uki Satake as QT, and Hiroyuki Yoshino as Meow. Other cast members include Unshou Ishizuka as Dr. Geru, Kosuke Hatakeyama as Bee, Banjou Ginga as Commodore Perry, Yurin as Honey, and Houko Kuwashima as Scarlett. Masaaki Yajima will narrate the series.

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."

Space Dandy has also been licensed by Funimation in North America and that they plan to screen Space Dandy on Adult Swim's Toonami block before the show premieres in Japan.

You can view Madman's press release on Space Dandy here.

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