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Shout Out: Space Dandy
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Opening Sequence

Ending Sequence

Episode 1: Live With the Flow, Baby

  • Dr. Gel, an intelligent gorilla, has a ship shaped like the Statue of Liberty with a ball gag in its mouth.
  • In the first episode, a large crystalline alien is being swallowed up by an even larger slime alien and gives a thumbs up as he's going down.
  • During Dandy's "live with the flow" rant, one bit has the background as the word "Muda" (useless) repeated endlessly.
  • Perry is possibly named after Admiral Perry, the captain of the American fleet that came to Japan in an event that is credited for starting the modernization of the country.
  • One of the aliens looks just like the cabinet art for the classic arcade game Galaga.
    • Which might have been a hint about Namco releasing a Space Dandy themed Galaga game for mobile, appropriately titled Space Galaga.
  • The year the show takes place in is Space Century 0014, which is very similar to the way the Gundam franchise designates their calendars, particularly their main timeline, the Universal Century.
  • One of the waitresses at Boobies is pretty much the Creature from the Black Lagoon... with two pairs of breasts.
  • The illustrated bestiary that QT holds is similar to these anatomical illustrations of Gamera and its enemies.

Episode 2: The Search for the Phantom Space Ramen, Baby

Episode 3: Occasionally Even the Deceiver Is Deceived, Baby

Episode 4: Sometimes You Can't Live With Dying, Baby

Episode 5: A Merry Companion Is a Wagon in Space, Baby

Episode 6: The War of the Undies and Vests, Baby!
  • Dandy is reading PlayBay Magazine at the start of the episode.
  • Both Dandy and Meow get knocked out and kidnapped by the inhabitants of the moon they land on in the same way that the Tusken Raider knocks out Luke in Star Wars Episode IV.
  • Dandy's Sky Surfing at the end is very similar to another Studio Bones series — Eureka Seven's ref board lifting.
  • The final sequence was also especially reminiscent of how the 1974 film Dark Star ended.

Episode 7: A Race in Space Is Dangerous, Baby

Episode 8: The Lonely Pooch Planet, Baby!
  • Meow goes searching through the EXACT SAME FRIDGE from the Cowboy Bebop episode "Toys in the Attic", which was launched into space at the end of the episode. He even gets attacked by a blue mold inside, then eats it just like Ed did at the end of that episode.

Episode 10: There's Always Tomorrow, Baby!
  • At the beginning of the episode, Meow has what appears to be a McDonalds cup.
    • Other foodstuffs present are Loy's (Lay's chips), Pocky and a can that resembles Pringles.
  • The appearance of the Armed Legendary Equipment Legendary Giant Weapon is based on the Ideon in the Space Runaway Ideon series. This is perhaps no surprise given that veteran mecha designer Kunio Okawara was involved in the episode's production.
    • It also opens up the panels on its chest to reveal a lion's head that looks remarkably like that of either Daltanious or GaoGaiGar.
    • The A.L.E. also has a head and barrels reminiscent of a Guncannon.
  • The crew of the Aloha Oe go through an endless eighth day on the planet Betelgeuse.
  • The scene with Dandy, QT and Meow in an open field taking turns trying to destroy the calendar is very visually similar to the printer scene in Office Space.
  • When the gang think the future echos they're getting mean they've developed special powers, there's a direct homage to this iconic scene from Mobile Suit Gundam.

Episode 11: I'm Never Remembering You, Baby!

Episode 12: Nobody Knows the Chameleon Alien, Baby
  • To Aliens:
    Dandy: "Game over man, game over."
    Meow: "Aliens suck."
  • QT getting hooked on fishing and amassing a bunch of advanced gear and obscure fishing lingo is probably a nod to the protagonist of Tsuribaka Nisshi.
  • Dandy's response of "there is a fourth" when the crew discover someone has come aboard the ship references the Japanese title of They Were Eleven.
  • QT's "Final Dandy" quiz show is a parody of Quiz Millionaire (the Japanese Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?). QT uses both the "is that your final Dandy?" catchphrase and host Mino Monta's famous habit of staring silently at contestants in suspense before announcing the right answer.
  • Dub only: Doctor Gel and the Chameleonian keep asking "Who's the Doctor?" The ADR writer of the episode admitted he added that in for Whovian J. Michael Tatum.
  • Dr. Gel's Hyperdimensional Magic Hand is controlled using what looks like a Wii Remote (or a Playstation Move controller) and resembles Nintendo's Ultra Hand.

Episode 13: Even Vacuum Cleaners Fall in Love, Baby!

Episode 14: I Can't Be the Only One Baby!
  • Dandy, QT, and Meow end up jumping from one universe to another, jumping through various animation styles, character designs, and laws of physics as they go. One of the universes was Attack On Dandy. In another, they're Mobile Suit pilots, with Dandy specifically being a Char Clone... literally.
    • Then there's the one who's a Camille clone, and the Cobra clone, and the Cosmo clone (complete with orange afro). And the one that's head of a science ninja team.
    • Triangle Dandy is almost an exact visual copy of one of the Masters from John Christopher's The Tripods books as illustrated in Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials.
    • Mascot Dandy, a big red thing, looks a lot like mascot character Gachapin's counterpart Mukku.
    • Special mention must be made of the 'shounen manga hero' Dandy, who moves and vocalizes like Michael Jackson note , flies on a magical cloud, and is searching for people with star-shaped birthmarks. And just to top it off, he was pretty clearly designed by the artists of Super Milk Chan.
    • The first alternate Dandy and crew they meet seems to be a Studio Gainax homage, with a physical resemblance to Kamina and all the characters having a heavy black shading style.
    • One alternate Dandy team is a ninja universe. It might be dub-only, but they call their attacks in the style of Naruto: "Ninja Art! Substitution Jutsu!"
    • In the English dub, Ian Sinclair sounds like he's channeling Patrick Warburton as Space Trucker Dandy, which makes sense since Space Trucker Dandy's design looks to be based on Brock Samson.
  • Early in the episode, Dandy appears in his own Imagine Spot clad all in white and holding a lightsaber.

Episode 15: There's Music in Darkness, Baby!
  • Ukeleleman and his photorealistically-textured mansion would not feel out of place in Courage the Cowardly Dog: His character design, his unsettling movements, his behavior stemming from an intense and tragic psychological need, his ethnic-sounding leitmotif, his nonviolent yet creepy powers, his highly delusional behavior, the perpetual calmness of his voice, the attacking of the two characters closest to the protagonist forcing the protagonist to carry them out and flee, a surreal One-Winged Angel mode, and his spiritual fulfillment upon his defeat all parallel Courage.
  • During the space-surfing scene, the Space Battleship Yamato can be seen rising and crushing Dr Gel and Bea as it falls back into the River of Time.

Episode 17: The Transfer Student is Dandy, Baby
  • The music in school premise of the episode is pretty much Glee IN SPACE!.
    • It's given a Shout-Out in the dub after QT explains to Meow what the school is really like: "Oh, the glee he must be feeling".
  • Aliens resembling Slimer and E.T. the Extraterrestrial can be seen in several scenes.
  • The teacher conducting the teleporter experiment is a fly-man.
  • The pre-prom exercise montage is done Rocky-style.
    • Several scenes within this (especially the 'running up a steep staircase wearing geta' bit) are a callback to GunBuster in particular, and comes complete with a gloriously cheesy vocal theme that parodies the kind used in any number of similar montages in 70s and 80s anime.
  • The nerds tell Dandy that in the prom king game "the only way to win is not to play."
  • The fat eagle-like nerd wears a T-shirt with a slightly modified Apple logo (two bites instead of one).
  • Isaac the bully/jock with his "Isaac smash!" and green skin.
  • Meow comments that Baberly Hills would make for a great show about rich kids dating each other.
  • When Dandy is introducing himself in front of the class, they pound their desks and stomp their feet in the rhythm of Queen's "We Will Rock You."
  • One Tumblr user noticed some familiar prom outfits.
  • "All Of Me Is All/Booty Is All" has a chord structure similar to "Take On Me" by a-ha.
  • Right before the start of Freckles and Dandy's final duet, among the students there is one that looks like a cross between Mazinger Z and Darth Vader.

Episode 18: "The Big Fish is Huge, Baby!"

Episode 19: "The Gallant Gentleman In Space, Baby!"
  • Dandy and Meow try to convince a bodyguard that they are both female, and quickly add "Everyone has a fault or two!", referencing Some Like It Hot's closing line ("Well, nobody's perfect!").

Episode 20: "Rock 'n' Roll Dandy, Baby!"
  • The names that Dandy and Johnny propose for their nascent band are all shout-outs to different Japanese musicians and album covers, most notably Tetsuya Rave Factory (TRF for short).
  • Johnny may as well be Johnny Yong Bosch incarnated within the show itself. He even has several features shared by some of his most famous roles.
    • He has red hair like Sasori and Ichigo Kurosaki. He also kicks people a lot like Ichigo, and his wardrobe wouldn't be out of place in Ichigo's closet.
    • He's the commander of the Jaicro Empire and pilots a mech like Lelouch Lamperouge. During one scene, a waiter even mentions that the dish he's brought comes straight from Britannia, and his commander outfit is almost exactly identical to the one Lelouch wears after becoming Emperor in R2.
    • The entire episode's premise is about him forming his own rock band. JYB actually does have his own rock band (Eyeshine).
    • While trying to get inspiration for a new song, there are sudden flashes that show a close-up of his eyes, referencing Lelouch as well as Yu Narukami and Tohru Adachi.
  • Johnny setting his guitar alight with flame breath is of course a shoutout to KISS's Gene Simmons.
  • Dandy's hair catching fire during the concert brings to mind a similar accident to happened to Michael Jackson during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.
  • Johnny's Humongous Mecha resembles the Ideon, and it has a lion-themed chestpiece strongly reminiscent of GaoGaiGar's.

Episode 21: A World Without Sadness, Baby
  • The whole episode could, and I stress the word could, be a reference to the late Robin Williams' 'What Dreams May Come'.
  • The woman holding the talking cat looks exactly like sculptor and conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama.
  • That same cat also makes this exchange:

Episode 22: We're All Fools, So Let's All Dance, Baby!

Episode 23:"Lovers Are Trendy, Baby!"
  • In the beginning of the episode at the Alien Registration Center, Dandy and crew try to register an alien which according to Scarlett is commonly found at Nebula M78. The alien is so big we don't see all of it except for its silver boot.
  • Scarlett's ex-boyfriend is a Mobile Suit pilot wearing a Universal Century Earth Federation Space Force pilot suit and piloting what looks like a cross between a Gundam and a Crossbone Vanguard mobile suit. His name is Dolph, and looks just like Dolph Lundgren.
  • Scarlett and Dandy gush over an action hero named Chuck. Given that his works in-universe are "Missing in Action" and "Karate Kommandos", there's little doubt about whom they speak.
  • The "spider" in Scarlet's bathroom looks quite similar to the head-spider creature from The Thing.
    • Additionally, the upsidedown "head" the alien is created from bears a striking resemblance to Nigel Thornberry. Smashing!
  • Dandy does Spike Spiegel's famous "Bang" from Cowboy Bebop.
  • The train preventing Scarlet and Dandy from seeing each other again parallels one of the final scenes in the film 5 Centimeters per Second, where Tōno and Shinohara miss seeing each other while the cherry blossoms fall. Both scenes will make viewers resent trains forever.

Episode 24: "An Other-Dimensional Tale, Baby!"
  • Dr. Gel and Bea get sucked into the 2D universe. When he engages enemy ships inside the universe, the battle plays out like Galaga.
  • The premise of this episode is basically Flatland.
    • Planet Abbot is named after Edwin Abbott, the author of Flatland.

Episode 25: Dandy's Day in Court, Baby!
  • During the cross-examination of Meow, it's revealed that Dandy once tried to sell Meow at a pet shop, couldn't get a lot of money, and decided to keep him on the crew. This is much like how Ein joined the crew in the second episode of Cowboy Bebop.
  • The prosecutor claims that Dandy was trying to buy a robot like R2-D2 to replace QT.
  • As it turns out, the almost murder was done by trying to kill the pitcher by having the bat break and the wooden shards pierce him.. Looking back at Shinichiro's previous work, it draws inspiration from Mugen's baseball game.
  • The judge looked similar to a Vogon from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • The beginning of the jury deliberation was reminiscent of 12 Angry Men.

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