Yoko Kanno will contribute to some extent to the new Watanabe project Space☆Dandy.
This new anime (katakanized スペース☆ダンディ) will tell the story of an alien hunter named Space Dandy. Remind you something?
A Worldwide simultaneous broadcast began on January 5, 2014 in Japan, USA, Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Makau, India and Korea! This is probably the first time it happens!
On the music side, it looks like a bit of a mess. 22 musicians are contributing to the project, and among them lies Yoko Kanno (and also Taro Umebayashi who also works for the label Piano). Everything is managed by the music producer Keisuke “Tommy” Tominaga who also works for Piano Inc.
The music is labeled by Flying Dog who created a dedicated website.
Yoko Kanno is not involved in the opening theme but arranged the ending theme entitled「X次元へようこそ」(X jigen e yōkoso [trans: Welcome to the X Dimension]).
It is performed by Yakushimaru Etsuko and will be released as a single in January 29, 2014:
Single「X次元へようこそ/絶対ムッシュ制」(X jigen e yōkoso/Zettai MUSSHU-sei)
01. X次元へようこそ (X jigen e yōkoso [trans: Welcome to the X Dimension])
Music and lyrics : ティカ・α Arrangement : Yoko Kanno
Music and lyrics: ティカ・α Arrangement : Etsuko Yakushimaru, Jimanica
03. X次元へようこそ（off vocal）
04. 絶対ムッシュ制（off vocal）
05. X次元へようこそ（TV size）
So far we don’t know if she wrote some background music too.