So, a few episodes of Space Dandy have made their world premieres on Toonami. Despite consistently strong ratings each week, viewer reactions seem divided. For some people, the show leaves the sour taste of Tenchi Muyo! GXP in their mouths for the simple fact that it’s a comedy set in space with lots of perverted humor. For others, Dandy is GXP done right thanks to the involvement of the Cowboy Bebop crew. I won’t take a side on this issue, but it seems that space fiction in anime seems to fare better with regard to audience perceptions – at least in the States – when it takes a more serious approach. The three default mainstream examples that come to mind are Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and of course, Outlaw Star.
No, you’re not seeing things. And no, it has not been 9 months since the last one. CabooseJr made us a new intro and he and Paul wouldn’t quit bugging me about being on one of these podcasts. We kick off with a discussion of Black Lagoon joining the block, followed by a talkback for the first four episodes of Space Dandy. We also discuss how Space Dandy is doing so far (SPOILER: it is doing Dandy). We deviate a little here and there – that’s how you know it’s 100% Absolution Session. Then we take a long time to sign off and get way off-topic at the end. You know what you came for by now.