With his last role as the ramen shop owner from the second episode of Space Dandy, Ichiro Nagai passed away today. Found collapsed in his hotel, he was taken to a hospital where he died. He was eighty-two years old.
I was most familiar with Ichiro Nagai’s work from his roles as Karin, from Dragon Ball, 006, from Cyborg 009, Netero, from Hunter x Hunter, and D’s Left Hand, from Vampire Hunter D. These roles are but a fraction of his enermous and highly successful career.
I can not help but compare his passing to that of Marlin Brando who, upon deaths door, took up a small voice acting role as an old lady for a Western cartoon. I am glad we were able to hear Ichiro Nagai perform one last time.
This was an exciting week both for the site and for anime. This will have been the first full week I have covered. I am very happy with the number of views I am getting. While lower than I had hoped, I have managed to accumulate two-hundred and forty. What I am more excited about, however, is finally reaching ten followers. In the last couple of days, though, that number has increased to sixteen. While still rather low, it is both exciting and nerve-wracking knowing that sixteen people are following Animation Anonymous.
On another note, you might have noticed that my posts these last couple of days have been rather poor. I must apologize. I have been busy these last couple of days and my posts have suffered because of it. Normally, after writing a post I will go back to it an hour later and make revisions. Unfortunately, I just have not had the time to do so as of late. When I finally find the time, I tend to value releasing new posts over revising older ones. For this, again, I apologize. I will be making the revisions after I publish this weekend report.
Best Episode of the Week: Noragami
I have seen some things, man.
It was very difficult deciding between Noragami and Space Dandy. In the end, though, I had to go with Noragami as it had more substance. While Space Dandy had me laughing hysterically, Noragami had me on the edge of my seat in anticipation chuckling. Noragami has planted the seeds of intrigue with this weeks showing. I can not wait to see what they grow into.
Worst Episode of the Week: Kill la Kill
“This may be our first screentime, but we are a big deal and our loss is a huge blow to the Kill la Kill universe.”
In the span of just two episodes, TRIGGER managed to bring the entire show to a full circle. While some might say that the loss of Nudist Beach is a huge development in the Kill la Kill universe, I disagree. It is much like learning that your great aunt Sally finally succumbed to old age. Who is this great aunt Sally? This is the first time I have ever heard of her. I understand that her loss is tragic, but how am I supposed to feel having never met her before? How are we supposed to feel when this is the first time we have ever seen the Nudist Beach organization?
Most Entertaining Episode of the Week: Space Dandy
Forget orally, this bad-boy can be transmitted digitally!
I rarely, if ever, laugh at comedies. I will understand that something is funny, perhaps acknowledge that it is funny with a smirk, but rarely will I ever laugh. There were several times throughout episode four that I found myself laughing hysterically. From now on whenever I try to get a friend into anime I will show them Space Dandy episode four. They will succumb. They must…
Best Ending of the Week: Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
Benio roofies Kobeni.
For a love comedy, Mikakunin de Shinkoukei really knows how to grab your attention. The cat is out of the bag this week as Kobeni learns of her accident. I am very excited to see how her relationship with Hakuya will evolve from this revelation. If my theory is correct, we can expect to see Kobeni be a lot more dere around Hakuya next week.
Biggest Surprise of the Week: Nobunagun
“Watch as I laugh derisively.”
I really had given up on Nobunagun. It was fun to watch, but once the credits began to roll you quickly forgot about it. I was really left with no lasting impressions week after week besides the fact that Ogura was olev. With this weeks episode I can firmly say that I am excited to see how this series will pan out. I hope this week was not just a fluke and that we continue to get entertaining episodes like this one more often.
Biggest Disappointment of the Week: Buddy Complex
Coincidently, Aoba engages in battle with Hina.
Whoa there, Sunrise, thanks for ruining any semblance of a dramatic reunion. Heaven forbid Hina is actually an exciting part of the Buddy Complex cast instead of just a foot-soldier who will occassionally bump heads with Aoba. I was really hoping that she would not show up for at least seven episodes. I wanted her to be out of Aoba’s mind and then just shatter his new world with her entrance. Instead we get this. I really have no expectations when it comes to the future of this series.
In what has quickly become my favorite episode of the decade, Space Dandy soars through the stars and straight into our hearts, or rather brains, this week with an episode chalk full of zombie shenanigans. If you are not watching Space Dandy, have stopped watching Space Dandy, accidentally found this page while looking to fulfill your aspirations to travel to space, you need to watch episode four of Space Dandy. I am not asking you to pick up the series. Just watch episode four.
Oops. Wrong door.
This move by Bones was simply amazing. They threw the rules out the door this week by having our cast die (again). Too many shows are hung up on being serious, on the third-rate story they are trying to tell. It seems as if only one show every other season has a half decent story. Most of the time we get bogged down with idealistic nonsense that the writers could have submitted as a paper in High School for a B-. We need more shows like Space Dandy that just try to entertain. There is some overarching agenda, but each episode is our cast just living out the universe.
I love zombies. Zombies would no doubt love me. I am one great hunk of meat. Read into that as you will, I am prime zombie eating. Getting back on point, as I love zombies it was only natural that an episode dedicated to zombies would keep my eyes focused to the screen and then maybe pressed against it a little too. What I did not expect, and really is just Bones throwing the rule book out the door, is that we did not just have a zombie episode. We had a zombie episode.
In recent memory, Panty and Stocking is the last show to have an honest to goodness zombie episode. However, that was a zombie survival episode. It was a great laugh, mind you, but the humor revolved around our angelic pair trying to get through the zombie apocalypse, not on the zombies themselves. Let me explain, the jokes were not about the zombies, but rather played off the fact that there were zombies. We were laughing at Panty and Stocking surviving (and ultimately dying) in a zombie apocalypse. It is in that way that this weeks episode separates itself even more so, in my mind anyways, from anything we have seen done with zombies in anime. The zombies were the humor.
Forget orally, this bad-boy can be transmitted digitally!
Now, I really do not see any reason to talk about why it was funny because I am sure you found this episode hilarious without me having to explain anything, so let me tell you what I loved most about this episode. It solidifies the zaniness of this series. This episode really puts away any worries I might have had over the future of this show. Now, some might say that this show is just stupid that it is not going anywhere and is a complete waste of time to watch. These are the same people who something something implication of lacking humor something something. You know what I mean? We have had far too many comedies that were just slice of life comedies.
It was almost as if Japan had become allergic to the idea of a comedy taking place outside of a school. I can not take anything seriously in Space Dandy, nor am I supposed to. The entire universe from this star to the other are just one big joke. I can not think of any recent shows that have taken this liberty. It seems like shows today have to be serious, that they have to have some semblance of a plot or drama. It is almost as if they are afraid of relying solely on their humor. This is something that Space Dandy is doing that I am just so excited over and relieved for.
Am I kawaii? uguu~
I know my thoughts were all over the place, but so has Space Dandy these last couple of weeks. I am sure I am repeating myself here, but that is something I have come to love from this series. I have no idea where it is heading and I can not have any idea. It is wonderful. Space Dandy has earned a special place in my heart if not solely for this episode. I am more excited than ever for what the future holds for this truly special and memorable series.
Once again we gather behind our monitors to enjoy the spectacle that is a dandy guy in space. You can expect much of the same wacky hyjinks that we have come to love from the show that killed off its main cast on the first episode.
Dandy being dandy in space.
Now, in hindsight we are all geniuses, but let me tell you the moment Mamitas popped up on the screen I knew she was trouble. When she first introduced herself my immediate thought was mammaries. I assumed her name was a joke playing off of her voluptuous breasts. While it may not have been intentional, almost certainly considering this is a Japanese show, her transformation does little to rain on my theory.
I am still a little confused over how the Ragians manage to survive on the planet without hunting down Mamitas. For starters, considering QT’s scan showed no living organisms, were they supposed to be some kind of mineral species? Other than the Alien-esk mouths inside their… mouths they appear somewhat rock-like. Considering they knew of Mamitas past victims they must live on the planet or at least nearby.
Either way, when we ran into Mamitas the Ragians had her on the run, literally. I find it hard to believe that they never managed to kill her. There was practically an army of them chasing her down. They very well could have lay on-top of her and simply suffocated her with those numbers.
We come in peace. Also from inside that mouth there.
Maybe it is just because I am a dog person, but I am very glad Meow was left behind. Mind you, Bones will have “forgotten” that he was forgotten next episode when he makes his return, all but unaware of his digestion, but I will take some small satisfaction in knowing that in one universe Meow is gone. I really just do not like the guy… cat… alien… whatever. I will admit he is starting to grow on me, but that is not to say I particularly care when the screen pans to him and he opens his mouth. Maybe it was just unfair having QT as part of the Dandy crew. The guy… I mean, robot is just so great. Everyone else pales in comparison.
Now, I went a little off tangent there. What I wanted to say was how glad I am Space Dandy is just fucking around. I really do not know if we will ever figure out how or why characters are just coming back to life. In all honesty, I would be fine with it never being explained. Each episode could just be its own universe. Besides Meow’s addition to the crew, nothing has really changed from episode to episode. I might have said this last week, but I am sure next week we will have a better idea of what is happening with the Dandy crew. Some kind of pattern will form.
Even to QT’s surprise, Mecha Dandy appears on the scene.
As it stands, Space Dandy is following in Cowboy Bebops footsteps, albeit a little less seriously. Each universe, or episode, has Doctor Gel pursuing Dandy. I doubt that will continue unresolved. While I am sure we are a ways from any kind of resolution, I eagerly await to see just what has the Gogol Empire in such a tizzy over a single dandy guy in space, though, it may not be Dandy they are after…
Space Dandy is certainly a dandy guy in space, but before we go any further, do you know what dandy means? Up until a little while ago I thought the word dandy solely meant “something good”. I was convinced that it was simply an exclamation of ones wellness, albeit in a colloquial manner. What I did not realize, that was until a little while ago, is that dandy can also refer to a man who cares too much about his clothing and personal appearance. Now, you are probably wondering why I brought this up. The reason for that is quite simple. No reason at all.
Doctor Gel of the Gogol Empire searches tirelessly for Space Dandy via “Gogol” Galaxy Street View.
I can not think of a better way to start than with dropping a couple of truth bombs. Hopefully to no-ones surprise, the Gogol Empire is a parody of the United States. To those special few who are scratching their heads right now, let me tell you why. Starting with the obvious, Doctor Gel’s ship is the Lady Liberty’s head. Doctor Gel himself wears a colonial wig and, more importantly, Uncle Sam’s hat. If you have no idea who I am talking about, firstly, feel bad, secondly, Google Uncle Sam. Now, coupled with the fact that the name of the domineering skeletal Admiral breathing down Gel’s neck is Perry, it is safe to assume that the Gogol Empire is a parody of the United States. In fact, I would not be surprised if in future episodes the Japanese obsession with President Obama manifests itself as some Gologian politician, general, ect, going around chanting, “Yes we can!”
Well, that is enough blowing of your mind for the time being. I am sure this “crazy” revelation coupled with finding the Dandy crew unharmed has already left you partly, if not entirely, brain-dead. Personally, I am glad there was no explanation for their survival. I do not understand why so many people are complaining that things just “lazily” turned out fine. It was a design choice, plain and simple. Who is to say that we will not get our explanation in next weeks episode. People need to be more patient. I have heard it is a virtue of some sorts.
Personally, I have always had a soft spot for anticlimacticism. I would actually prefer if Bones never explained how they survived. It would be hilarious if Doctor Gel finally caught up to Space Dandy, the decider of the fate of the galaxy, and everything turned out just to have been a giant misunderstanding. Dandy could be of no real consequence to anyone, let alone the entire galaxy. While I am sure that would upset a great number of people, I would love it.
Eat or be dissolved inside of.
Moving beyond my terrible hopes and theories, I really want to make a point of how much I am loving the Dandy world. The creative staff has left me thoroughly impressed. Going through episode one and two, the same alien does not seem to appear twice. I imagine it is not easy to design twenty or so aliens every week without them starting to look like bunk. Of course, this could change with future episodes, but where did pessimism ever get someone?
Now, if I had to complain about something in the alien compartment, it would be that we have yet to meet any Space Dandy women. Now, I am not talking about no meat-sack humans, I am talking about Space women for Dandy, ie. aliens. I have high hopes that the creative staff behind Space Dandy can storm up an attractive non-humanoid extraterrestrial creature.
A tragic, unavoidable accident.
When all is said and done, this episode has really left me excited for more. It has gotten me this way because I have no idea what to expect. It seems like all of the shows that have come out recently have followed a linear path. While this is not necessarily something to complain about, it is refreshing to see a show that is just what it is with no overbearing overarching plot. There are no strings attached, except for the one soaring through the stars in a gagged head of Lady Liberty.