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    Sometimes licensing shows is a gamble, especially when they haven’t even aired yet. Usually companies wait for the show to finish a series run, or at least air a few episodes, but with the fans’ desire to get the show as quickly as possible, that period of grace has been shrinking in recent years, to the point where companies license a show on the strength of pre-release buzz alone. It can be a risky endeavour, but when the show is Space Dandy, directed by the man behind Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, Shinichiro Watanabe, then it’s really no risk at all. You can bet that fans were doing the happy dance when Anime Limited announced that they had picked up Space Dandy for UK release, first streaming in sub and dub versions through Wakanim, and then eventual DVDs and Blu-rays.

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