“Space Dandy” Gets Worldwide Broadcasts, World TV Premiere Set For Toonami on Adult Swim in January 2014 (Updated)
A newly released press release from Bandai Visual and a post at the official Toonami tumblr have revealed that Studio BONES’ upcoming sci-fi comedy Space Dandy has been picked up for distribution and television broadcast in many areas around the world. The series, which reunites director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) with many creative staff associated with Cowboy Bebop, tells the story of an adventurous space explorer with “no worries” and his two sidekicks as they seek out unexplored alien worlds for profit. FUNimation Entertainment has acquired home video, digital, theatrical and merchandising rights to Space Dandy for North America, while Madman Entertainment has acquired the license for Australia and New Zealand.
Additionally, in an unprecedented development, Space Dandy will receive a televised broadcast in “numerous countries” concurrent with its run in Japan. Adult Swim’s Toonami block on Cartoon Network will broadcast the world premiere for Space Dandy in English in January at 11:30 PM Eastern Time, prior to the series’ debut in Japan. The English dub for Space Dandy is being produced by FUNimation Entertainment. The series has also been confirmed for broadcast on Animax Asia except for Japan and Korea, with details to be announced at a later time. Negotiations are ongoing for the broadcast in Australia and New Zealand, while Bandai Visual’s press release also confirms that negotiations for the distribution of Space Dandy in European countries and in Korea are underway.
At Otakon 2013 this past summer Space Dandy was first announced for a 13 episode broadcast starting in January 2014. Bandai Visual’s official upload of the Space Dandy teaser trailer and its full press release follows below. Click here for more coverage of Space Dandy here at Toonzone.
Update, 1:50 PM: A report at Anime News Network notes that FUNimation has confirmed that in addition to the TV broadcast, it will stream Space Dandy online in Japanese with English subtitles. Additionally, this article previously stated that Space Dandy was announced for a 26 episode run. This was sourced to the Toonami tumblr announcement, but that text has since been removed from the post.
Update #2, 2:39 PM: Toonami’s reference to the premiere date of January 4th, 2014 for Space Dandy has also been removed. However, mention of the airtime of 11:30 PM and the fact of the world premiere remains.
Tokyo, Japan, October 25, 2013 – Bandai Visual Co., Ltd., a leader in the development and production of Japanese animation, announced the simultaneous TV broadcast of “Space Dandy” in Japan, North America and Asia, starting January 2014! This marks the first time that a Japanese TV anime series will be televised simultaneously in numerous countries.
English production will be handled by FUNimation Entertainment, a Group 1200 Media Company, in association with the Space Dandy Production Committee in Japan, and the series will be aired on Adult Swim in North America in English. FUNimation has acquired the home entertainment, digital, theatrical, and merchandise rights to the series.
The series will be aired on Animax Asia in various countries in Asia except for Japan and Korea. The countries which Animax Asia’s service covers will be announced soon. ODEX is the Asian licensee of the series. ODEX and Animax Asia also announced the appearance of two voice cast from “Space Dandy” at AFA Singapore, which will be held from November 8th to 10th at Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Junichi Suwabe (voice of Dandy) and Yurin (voice of Honey) will hold a stage event as well as autograph sessions at the AFA booths of ODEX and Animax Asia.
It was also announced that Madman Entertainment acquired the license of “Space Dandy” for Australia and New Zealand, and the series will premiere simultaneously online in these countries as it airs on Japanese TV. TV broadcast plans in Oceania are currently under negotiation. Bandai Visual is currently in discussion with companies in Europe and Korea. Announcements for these countries will be made soon.
Get ready to blast off with Space Dandy, a dazzling new anime from the entire creative team behind “Cowboy Bebop”! General Director: Shinichiro Watanabe (“Cowboy Bebop”, and “Samurai Champloo”), Director: Shingo Natsume (“Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos”), Screenplay: Kimiko Ueno (Movie “Crayon Shin-chan”), Dai Sato (“Cowboy Bebop”, “Eureka Seven”), Keiko Nobumoto (“Cowboy Bebop”, “Wolf ’s Rain”) and many others, Character Design: Yoshiyuki Ito (“Star Driver”), Spaceship Design: Thomas Romain (Satelight) (“Basquash!”), Theme Song: Yasuyuki Okamura, Animation Production: Bones Inc. (“Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood”, “Soul Eater”, “Eureka Seven AO”). Visit official website for more information about the series (Japanese): http://space-dandy.com/
Space Dandy is a dandy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!
About Bandai Visual Co., Ltd.
Bandai Visual Co., Ltd., founded in August 1983, is a Japanese company that develops, produces and distributes film, TV and home entertainment media. As a pioneer of the Japanese animation scene Bandai Visual has constantly held the top-class market share in the genre and continues to lead the market. Bandai Visual has also proven its expertise in creating and delivering quality home entertainment media packaging in Japan. Using such key strategies, Bandai Visual hopes to expand and emulate its success in North American and other international markets. Bandai Visual Co., Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings.