For the first time, Adult Swim will broadcast an anime series simultaneously as it is being broadcast on television in Japan. Space Dandy will premiere in English on Adult Swim Toonami block at 11:30pm that same day, and will be simulcast in Japan and throughout Asia hours later.
FUNimation will present the first episode of the highly anticipated new anime Space Dandy in a special launch event at Otakon Vegas on Saturday, January 4, 2014, featuring the US voice of Space Dandy, Ian Sinclair, as well as ADR director Zach Bolton. For anime fans planning to attend Otakon Vegas, this is a must see event.
Space Dandy, the new anime from the entire creative team behind Cowboy Bebop, was announced at Otakon this past August by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo), who serves as general director for the series. Also on board are director Shingo Natsume (Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos); screenwriters including Kimiko Ueno (Crayon Shin-chan), Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Eureka Seven), and Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain); character designer Yoshiyuki Ito (Star Driver), spaceship designer Thomas Romain (Basquash!); and featuring a theme song by Yasuyuki Okamura. Animation production by Bones, Inc. (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Soul Eater, Eureka Seven AO).
Ian Sinclair performs the title role of Space Dandy. A professional actor based in Dallas, Texas, Ian’s best known for his roles as Brook in One Piece, Toriko in Toriko, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Bardroy in Black Butler, and as Romano in Hetalia, as well as various roles in the Borderlands video games. He’s also worked as a voice director on Initial D, Spice and Wolf II, Black Butler, and the Shana movie.
Zach Bolton directs the ambitious simultaneous English dub release. Drawing on eight years of experience with Funimation, Zach’s credits include Soul Eater, Shin chan, Darker Than Black, Trigun: Badlands Rumble, Future Diary, Dragon Ball Z, and One Piece. He’s also lent his voice to Hero in Soul Eater, Pluto in Black Butler, Droy in Fairy Tail, and many more.
Otakon Vegas is the first annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture in Las Vegas, Nevada. Otakon Vegas celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture and will be held January 3-5, 2014, at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.