Space Dandy is a dandy guy, 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 of 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!
First things first: Watch the show before you even consider reading this, it's better in about every way. I'll be comparing this manga to the show, so hopefully you've watched the show before reading ahead.
I can only recommend this for hardcore Dandy fans, which I'm sure there are very few of.
So 13/16 chapters contain the same plot points as the TV show. Two of the unique "chapters" together are about half the size of the first volume, so keep that in mind. Having seen the show 3 times, I found myself skimming through most of this manga, just seeing how it differs from the
superior show, and some chapters really really stray from the original episode it's based off of. For example, episode 1 of season 2 involves all the other Dandy's from other universes. In the manga they make it so the gang is split up, each going to a different universe. Or for the finale of season 1: the episode where QT falls in love with a coffee maker, in the manga we see Dandy giving him dating advice, and rather than the coffee maker and cashier being sent to that dump island, we see them taken away by police, and QT chases the truck, and we get to see him interact with cashier a bit. It's really neat. Sadly most of the chapters don't differ very much. Many have very minor differences, usually the punchline, like Meow surviving inside of the creatures mouth at the end of episode 3, or Dandy surviving the zombie Apocalypse in episode 4 because "dumb people don't get sick."
Art-wise it looks just like the show, and the new creature designs are pretty great, if only we got to see more of them. It's really disappointing the manga doesn't have more original material, it's a real wasted opportunity. Once again, I only recommend this for those who really want more Dandy material.
Seeing as very people will read through this manga, you could at least appreciate some of the high quality art 👌 https://imgur.com/a/0OR7a
Space Dandy takes viewers on a wacky journey to the furthest reaches of the universe. Along the way, they meet all kinds of odd characters―humans, robots, and aliens of every kind. Let's get to know the intrepid space crew of the Aloha Oe and the space creatures they meet...in space!