Space Dandy(スペース☆ダンディ,Supēsu Dandi?) is a Japanese anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Bones. The series follows Dandy, an alien hunter who is "a dandy guy in space", in search for aliens with his robot assistant QT and a space cat named Meow. The anime has been licensed by Funimation in North America, Madman Entertainment in Australia and by Anime Limited in the United Kingdom. The series premiered in the United States before Japan on January 4, 2014 at 11:30pm on Adult Swim's Toonami block. The series began airing in Japan on Tokyo MX at 11:00pm on January 5, 2014, followed by TV Osaka, TV Aichi, BS Fuji and AT-X. The series is also simulcasted in South East Asia at the same time as Japan on Animax Asia. A manga adaptation is currently running in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine since December 20, 2013.
The main character, an easygoing yet forgetful young man working as an alien hunter whose job is to locate and apprehend rare specimens of creatures across the galaxy. He is the captain of the Aloha Oe(アロハオエ号,Arohaoe-gō?), his personal spaceship. The cockpit of the Aloha Oe can split off into an escape pod dubbed the Little Aloha(リトルアロハ,Ritoru Aroha?) and it displays the ability to transform into a robot called the "Hawaiian Yankee" (ハワイアン・ヤンキー,Hawaian Yankī?). Dandy regularly visits an intergalactic Hooters-type restaurant known as "BooBies" (ブービーズ,Būbīzu?) where he indulges in his posterior fetish and dreams of someday buying out the chain.
A member of Dandy's crew, a robot that resembles and also operates as a vacuum cleaner. QT boasts being more intelligent and competent than its fellow crewmates, but its usefulness is stymied by problems caused by its outdated hardware such as memory shortages and battery outages.
A dimwitted cat-like Betelgeusian(ベテルギウス星人,Beterugiusu-seijin?) who is brought aboard the Aloha Oe after Dandy and QT mistake him for a new species of alien. His real name is Me#$%* (pronounced Merowmreowreow), and is called Mew by his friends back at home. His name, "Meow", is given to him by Dandy as neither he nor QT could comprehend his real name. Aside from lounging around the Aloha Oe, he aids Dandy by giving him advice on where to find rare aliens, to varying degrees of success. Meow comes from a family lineage of metal hardware fabricators, and was set to inherit the family company before leaving Betelgeuse to become an alien hunter.
A scientist working for the Gogol Empire (ゴーゴル帝国,Gōgoru Teikoku?), who pursues Dandy for unknown reasons. He resembles a gorilla and wears a G-shaped eye piece over his right eye. His ship has a ball gagged head of the Statue of Liberty on it.
The ruler of the Gogol Empire, which is at war with the Jaicro Empire for control of the universe. He sends Dr. Gel to capture Dandy, claiming he is the key to the future of the universe. His appearance is that of a skull with miniature "planets" orbiting it.
A blonde haired and "blockhead" waitress, or "Breast" (ブレスト,Buresuto?), who works at the BooBies restaurant, or rather "Breastaurant" (ブレストラン,buresutoran?), that Dandy usually frequents. She seems to enjoy Dandy's company since he visits all the time.
A young woman the Aloha Oe crew encounter on a hostile planet, she is actually a Deathgerian (デスゲリア星人,Desugeria-seijin?), a multiple-breasted ravenous monster that assumes a human-like form and turns into its monster form when hungry.
An orphan girl Dandy meets on one of his adventures, she a Gentooan (ジェンツー星人,Jentsū-seijin?) whose kind can momentarily switch the consciousness of another person into the body of a stuffed doll that they keep on their person. Dandy initially tries to hunt her, and the two bicker constantly, but eventually grow attached to each other before leaving her with her granfather.
A handsome, blue haired racer adored by young women throughout the galaxy whom Dandy competes against in the Magellanic Nebula Grand Prix (マゼラン星雲グランプリ,Mazeran Seiun Guranpuri?). He becomes Dandy's rival patron at BooBies, later developing an attraction for Dandy.
He is one the Vegims from the northern hemisphere of Planet Planta, originally a plant before he and his kind underwent a forced evolution by Code D. He works as a scientist for Cocamuka, and later solely for his interests. He has a daughter, 033H.
The anime is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Bones. The anime began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block in North America on January 4, 2014, one day before its Japanese premiere on Tokyo MX on January 5. The anime has been licensed by Funimation in North America, Madman Entertainment in Australia, and by Anime Limited in the United Kingdom. The series' opening theme is "Viva Namida" (ビバナミダ,Biba Namida?, "Viva Tears") performed by Yasuyuki Okamura and the ending theme is "X-Jigen e Yōkoso" (X次元へようこそ,Ekkusu Jigen e Yōkoso?, "Welcome to the Xth Dimension") performed by Etsuko Yakushimaru. The Adult Swim broadcasts use an instrumental track for these sequences, but the eighth episode featured "Viva Namida". The English version is produced by Funimation in Fort Worth, Texas using its local acting talent pool. The series' ADR directors include Zach Bolton and Joel McDonald. The series is also simulcasted at the same time as Japan by Animax Asia in South East Asia with both Japanese and English audio.