We made it! The dredges of Mahouka are behind us, and all that's left beyond it is ever-expanding space! Space, the final frontier, a metaphor for the possibilities that exist in artistic thought, where we're never truly out of ideas. For me there was one particular series that encapsulated that ideal, that space is the place where concepts can run wild and break barriers. One particular series which, for me, was my favorite anime of 2014 and what I consider the most influential anime of the year, and in fact of several other recent years.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am so pleased you have followed along on my journey back through 2014; there was laughter, disappointment, joy, and just pure hatred. It was a year of many ups and downs. I hope you have enjoyed this year's Retrospective and will continue to support my reviews. I do them for myself and for those who take the time to read them. Even if you don't like my reviews or don't agree with them, I thank you for reading them at all. That's all I need. Regular reviews will resume as soon as I can get off my butt to write them - already I have a few contenders in mind that just finished up. Happy New Year, welcome to 2015, and without further ado, I give you Space Dandy.
One last thing. In a later section of this review, I discuss what could be considered spoilers, but they are out-of-context conceptual bits of information as relating to the character of Space Dandy and his thematic purpose - I don't directly give away events from the show, but those who have watched it in full will know what I'm referencing. Unfortunately, it is impossible for me to give my complete analysis of his character without making this particular reference, so I have marked the place in the review if you wish to skip it. I highly suggest you read it anyway because I put a lot of thought into the analysis and find it meaningful. It is at your discretion whether you skip it or not.