Space Dandy [HOT]
The space opera follows the misadventures of Dandy, an alien bounty hunter who is "a dandy guy in space", in search for undiscovered and rare aliens with his robot assistant QT and his feline friend named Meow. Though he and his crew act with the best intentions, despite being normally dimwitted and next to useless, Dandy is unaware that he is being pursued by Dr. Gel of the Gogol Empire.
It is possibly due to his biological nature that Dandy is the only one who possesses the extremely rare ability to traverse between multiple dimensions and still retain his identity. Dandy's power over space and time are heavily implied to be the reason why he (and possibly the rest of his crew) seemingly died in the explosion from "Live with the Flow, Baby", only to be found alive and well in the next episode. It is also implied that he also has awareness of his alternate selves as well as the dimensions they live in.
Narrator: [English opening credits narration] Space Dandy: he's a dandy guy in space. He combs the galaxy like his pompadour on the hunt for aliens. Planet after planet he searches, discovering bizarre new creatures both friendly and not. These are the spectacular adventures of Space Dandy and his brave space crew in space.
That is, until 16 years later when Space Dandy aired. In episode 8, the crew of the Aloha Oe travels to Planet Machinia, a scrap planet filled with old spaceship parts. Almost immediately upon landing Meow discovers an old fridge, and opens it looking for food.
Carole & Tuesday is pretty different from the other shows I've talked about so far. For one thing, it's barely science fiction. It takes place on Mars, and AI is commonplace, but the story itself could take place in almost any time period and location. Instead of being about a small crew of eccentric heroes travelling through space and struggling to make a living, it's about two young girls attempting to hit it big as musicians.
But here's where it starts to get complicated. When exactly does Carole & Tuesday take place? In episode 3, Gus says it's been almost "50 years since humanity's migration to Mars." In Cowboy Bebop's timeline, the Lunar hyperspace gate exploded in 2021, causing Earth's residents to move underground or flee for the offworld colonies throughout the solar system. If we assume this is what Gus was talking about, that would place Carole & Tuesday at approximately 2071, around the same time that the events of Cowboy Bebop take place.
Veterans and new talents alike were able to create vastly different products from this same initial starting point. The heartstring-pulling story of episode 5, A Merry Companion Is a Wagon in Space, Baby, which featured an alien named Adélie befriending Dandy while he attempted to take her to the Alien Registration Centre, was an episode that stood out as an early highlight by showing the range of what the anime was capable of. At the same time, episodes like A Race in Space Is Dangerous, Baby lived on their high-stakes energy, delivering an action-packed space race reminiscent of Redline.
I enjoy it to a certain extent, The lack of a broader storyline gets me, at times they hint at a more in depth story line with Dr Gel hunting Dandy for whatever reason, but then they never go into it or even take it semi-seriously. Some episodes are great fun and awesome, The space race was one very good ep, but the zombie outbreak episode was down right terrible
The story does explain the reason why Dr Gel is hunting Dandy.. they go over the reason in the first episode: they say that dandy holds the key to the entire universe, and by catching him, they gain ultimate control over the universe.
Dandy is an easygoing and forgetful young man working as an alien hunter whose job is to discover new alien life forms across the galaxy and have them registered with the Space Alien Registration Center. He is the captain of the Aloha Oe (アロハオエ号, Arohaoe-gō), his personal spaceship. He is also shown to have many hidden talents, including being a prodigal surfer capable of surfing on abstract concepts such as time and having a deep understanding of physics, such as figuring that when a person "warps" on ships, they are actually moving their consciousness to a universe that is slightly further ahead in the same timeline rather than moving to a different area of the same universe. 041b061a72