Space Dandy: Season 2

| October 27, 2015

Shinichiro Watanabe’s Space Dandy is a brilliant melange of comedy, animation and a certain amount of cool, that all anime lovers are bound to enjoy aspects of. If the raunchy comedy doesn’t do it for you, then the animation might. If the characters are too one dimensional, then maybe the fantastic episodic nature of the series might just do the trick. Either way, Space Dandy has been one hell of a wild ride and its second season is no exception. While the very nature of the series is just following the characters around from tale to tale, there are but a few stellar episodes, that manage to explore a bit of depth, as well as culminating into an epic, two part finale that makes Space Dandy an unforgettable ride!

From the very first episode of the season, Space Dandy wastes no time to get back into all the fun. Hopping through multiple dimensions, to ending up in a musical high school setting, a la Glee, the second season of Space Dandy remains as high energy and entertaining as season one. Where the first season had episodes focusing on both QT and Meow, Dandy gets a bit more of the spotlight, including a fantastic date episode with Scarlet. Two of the most visually impressive episodes are the ones handled by Masaaki Yuasa and Kiyotaka Oshiyama. Yuasa’s known for having some mind blowing animation, with works like MindGame and Ping Pong to his credits, so its no doubt that his episode is a wacky one about a walking and talking fish, that’s trying to get home to his girlfriend. The other episode, which is also oddly about a fish, brings Dandy and the crew to a planet where they’re trying to capture a fish worth 50 million Wulongs. Oshiyama’s work includes the Fullmetal Alchemist movies and TV shows like Gurren Lagann and Denno Coil, but its nice to see that not only can he animate and direct a great episode like this, but even write one as well.

The discs from Funimation doesn’t include as many great things as the first boxed set, but it does have the typical amount of things for a release from them. The video contained on the Blu-Ray discs are AVC encoded, 1080p transfer, with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. This second season retains many of the strengths of the first one, in that the series makes it a point to visually daring at any given point. From its amazing aesthetics, to its plethora of color palettes, Space Dandy season 2 does not dissappoint from the video side of things. The audio comes in two forms, the English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track and the Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 stereo track. The English track gets a lot of help from the additional channels included. There’s more range for the mix to be both exciting and engaging through the surround channels, as well as provide more power in its LFE sub channel. That’s not to say that the Japanese track is lacking, for its only in two channels, it still provides enough immersion, just not as much. Also on the discs are a few commercials for the Japanese Blu-Ray releases, episode commentaries, trailers, as well as a neat reversible cover with the Aloha Le crew.

If you loved the colorful antics of the Dandy and the Aloha Le crew, you’re bound to love the second season of Space Dandy. Full of energy and entertainment, this anime is a kaleidoscope of boundless energy and a whole lot of fun. Highly Recommended! 

About the Author:

is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He's an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.
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