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An incredible rollercoaster
on 13 May 2008
Though Oban Star Racers is a multi-episode animated series, thanks to the strong storyline it feels more like a film when you're watching it - a nine hour rollercoaster of a film. The story revolves around Molly who from the outset is trying to win her father back (who she hasn't seen for ten years after he dumped her in a boarding school) and to have a family again. As the story progresses she becomes the Earth team's pilot in the Great Race of Oban so she has to simultaneously deal with conflict against the other competitors and her father.
The animation is a mix of traditional (characters, backgrounds etc) and 3D (the racers etc) and is visually stunning. Often you can't tell if something is traditionally painted or 3D unless it moves (it's obvious they had a big budget when watching this). The races themselves are both exciting and hectic and are integral parts of the storyline. They're not tacked-on episodes within the plot. The story is an emotional rollercoaster, going from touching or very sad moments to incredibly intense heart-in-mouth moments.
Overall I'd say Oban Star Racers is a ground-breaking, top-quality, very well written series that blurs the dividing line between series and film.