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Fave Five: Space Dandy – Season 1
I officially declare that I think March 3rd should be a national holiday, baby! As many of you might know, the first season of Space Dandy dropped on DVD/Blu-Ray on March 3rd, and being a huge fan of the series, I thought it’d be fun to do a quick run-down of my favorite episodes from Season 1 of the show about the Dandy guy in space.
5. “A Merry Companion is a Wagon in Space, Baby”
First up is episode number five! In this Episode, our heroes (as usual,) are on the lookout for an extremely rare alien, the Gentooan. As luck would have it, Dandy does just that, in capturing an orphaned, young Gentooan named Adelie. Unfortunately, as so often is the case, a bit of misfortune stops Dandy from cashing in his prize right away and as such, a journey across the planet with his alien companion finds her touching Dandy’s heart. After dealing with a pair of Hunters after Adelie, Dandy is able to find the young creature a home with her remaining family, and in turn, Adelie decides that when she’s older she’ll join Dandy and his crew.
This is arguably the first episode of the series that offers a view at the softer side of Dandy. I suppose after a couple of deaths and inadvertently causing a couple of deaths, a bit of empathy is something you develop. It’s a side of Dandy, and early on, this was a pretty substantial turn for Space Dandy as a series as this was one of the first episodes that wasn’t purely mostly humor-based, but followed a deeper storyline, and that shift lands it the number five spot on the list.
4. “Even Vacuum Cleaners Fall in Love, Baby”
Coming in at number four, we have the episode 13, the final episode of season one. If you didn’t already develop feels from earlier episodes, this is the one that will do it for you, and if not, you’re probably not even a robot. I don’t know what you are, but I feel bad for you.
This episode focuses on Q.T. as he deals with what could possibly be the beginning of something unknown to him, and that is the concept of “love,” as he falls for a coffeemaker named Maker. A tale of star-crossed lovers follows as Maker is ripped away from Q.T.’s extendable grip, and our favorite little vacuum travels the planet until he comes across a robotic uprising that threatens to destroy the people of the planet. Through the “power of love” Q.T. engages in battle with the other robots attempting their coup and narrowly grasps victory from the jaws of defeat, only to have his heart broken as he realizes Maker’s robotic heart belongs to another, (haven’t we all been there?) Accepting the pain of this reality, Q.T. leaves the planet with the rest of the crew, taking a drink of a coffee made for him by Maker. Not the brightest move on his part, but he’s going through an emotional time. (Seriously, haven’t we all been there!?)
3. “The Search for the Phantom Space Ramen, Baby”
Episode number two takes the number three position! The search for a delicious meal is something we can all relate to, whether we’re dandy, in space, or just putting together that bowl of ramen in our dorm room. Also relatable, is the task of sharing what you’re eating and where you’re eating with the internet. It’s just fun, baby. And so this story follows Meow, as he takes the crew of the Aloha Oe on a ramen-tasting adventure the likes of which would make Naruto Uzumaki jealous, in search of a special ramen made by a rare alien. Of course, it wouldn’t be fun (or Space Dandy) if it was that easy now would it?
Let’s just say, Meow’s penchant for sharing what he’s doing and where he’s doing it gets the crew in a bit of hot water, though on the plus side, I think it was probably the first time I realized my One True Pairing (OTP) for the series.
2. “Live with the Flow, Baby”
The episode that started it all, makes it to the number two spot on the countdown! Partially because of the very scene you see here, (and not at all because it vibes with my tastes and sensibilities.) You only get one chance to make a first impression. That’s a lesson Space Dandy took to heart quite well, as it’s series premiere hit you with just about everything you need to know about, Dandy, Boobies, and that whole space war thing that was going on. That’s not important right now, though.
The introduction to Dandy, Q.T., Honey, and Meow served as a precursor to something special in my opinion. Something so special, they felt the need to blow it all up! Seriously, you just gotta watch the episode. It’s Essential Dandy Material, baby!
1. “A Race in Space Is Dangerous, Baby”
Last, but certainly not least, my all-time top episode of Space Dandy from season 1! Episode, number 7! In a season of hilarious and awesome episodes, it might shock some of you, but it wasn’t a terribly difficult decision. Because this episode was just that good. To see Dandy and the Aloha Oe crew meeting their betters in every sense of the word, to Dandy’s multiple last resorts, the episode was brilliant, culminating in scenes that will not let you rewatch this episode with a straight face. If you liked my last Throwback Thursday’s featured anime, you’ll probably love this episode.
And it all comes to a head with the image you see before you, which is arguably even more foreshadowing for much later events down the line, in season 2. Minus the first episode, if you have to pick just one episode, I highly recommend this one!
And that, ladies and gentledudes, brings us to the end of my list. For all the Space Dandy fans out there, I’m curious to hear what some of your favorite episodes from season 1 are? What moments stood out most to you? Any plans to get the Blu-Ray/DVD combo? Care to barter for said combo? Anywho, see ya soon, Space Cowboys/Cowgirls!