Monday, 17 March 2014

Space☆Dandy - Episode 11

Whether you're the leader of an evil organisation or not, forgetting to return a library book is always a concern.  The goods news is, when you're the leader of said evil organisation, you can just invade and destroy the planet bugging you with reminders to return the book.

This is no ordinary book however, and what's more it's been stolen, which is in no way related to the super-rare alien Dandy is touting to the powers that be - an alien that is worth an absolute fortune, but one that is currently enclosed inside a box as anyone who sees it will instantly forget all about it.  Although this sounds like a great scam, it seems that it's not inaccurate, as opening the box causes a bout of mass amnesia that leaves Dandy and his crew with nothing more than a book and some kind of bookmark which eventually seems to be a free trip (with free food, more importantly) to the library planet of Lagado.

Unfortunately, this also happens to be the planet that Admiral Perry is intent upon destroying, which once again brings Dandy into contact with a rather distracted Dr. Gel - not that it matters too much as a higher life force is at play in the force of The Secrets of the Cosmos For Dummies, which has more than enough of those secrets up its sleeve to repel any invasion and send Dandy and company safely on their way, throwing a little gift their way into the bargain.

In what seems to be a bit of a trend in recent weeks, this was a reasonably enjoyable if far from memorable episode of Space Dandy that seemed more interested in exploring its admittedly interesting visual aesthetic than anything else.  There were a few mildly amusing moments and entertaining ideas on show here, but it didn't quite coalesce in quite as competent a fashion as it perhaps could - or even should - have done, resulting in another episode that passed me pile with a smile and the occasional chuckle, but left me scouring my memory for what happened during segments of the episode mere minutes after watching it.  Throwaway entertainment paired experimental animation and use of colour palettes seems to be the order of the day here, and to fair that isn't necessarily a bad thing at all provided you aren't looking for anything more enduring.

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