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4.0 out of 5 stars Outlaw Star (Collection 1), 22 Dec. 2003
The series centers on Gene Starwind, an outlaw in search of making it big one day. with the help of his friend and companion jim they go after bounties and do repairs trying to get by. After an encounter with another outlaw he finds a girl in a box and the fastest and most technologically advanced spaceship in the galaxy. The girl in the box is Melfina. She is the navigation system for the outlaw star, but the problem is that she doesn't know who she is and what she was made for. Thus the search for Melfina's memory is on and takes them on some of the greatest adventures they will ever have.
Out of all the anime I have seen, this is in my top 5. The story develops the love Gene and Melfina have for each other in subtle way and shows the turmoil that he has to face trying to find out Melfina's past. The animation is stunning, with beautiful space battles and thrilling fight scenes on the planets they venture to. The character development is great, getting to know the characters is made easier with the prologue at the beginning of each episode. I also love all the characters that join Gene and Melfina along the way. The clash of personalities is great, making for some very funny and memorable moments in the series. Not a lot I can say is wrong with this anime, just that I wish they would have had another season. All in all Outlaw Star is a great anime for veterans or new comers.
THE GOOD: The great battles they have with the grappler ships
THE BAD: Needed one or two more seasons
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outlaws unite, 18 April 2007
EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
There's plenty of sci-fi anime series out there, but "Outlaw Star" is something a bit special, just like the ship in the title. Instead of comedy or pure futuristic adventure, this series strikes a balance of futuristic grittiness and some outright comedy, with some deliciously unexpected twists.

For money, scarred Outlaw Gene Starwind and his preteen pal Jim will do almost anything -- bounty-hunting, bodyguarding, and other odd jobs. But when they agree to guard a strange woman (whose name turns out to be "Hot Ice" Hilda) and her mystery briefcase, they didn't expect to be hunted by pirates -- or that the briefcase contains a cyborg girl, Melfina.

For their own safety, Hilda sweeps Jim and Gene off to the system where she's hiding another ship -- the advanced ship Outlaw Star, which requires Melfina to fly. And when Hilda is killed, Gene suddenly finds himself the owner of a mysterious, ultra-advanced, ultra-powerful grappler ship.

Except everyone else wants it too, and to keep it, Jim will have to deal with more than just pirates and Tao masters -- he'll have to deal with a beautiful, lethal assassin who attacks a weapon-selling pal of Gene's, the beastlike Ctarl-Ctarl, and a familiar ship that might carry his father's murderers. What's more, he and his pals must find out what the mysterious Galactic Leyline.

Imagine "Outlaw Star" as a sort of "Cowboy Bebop," but not nearly as sad, and with more emphasis on comedy, paying the bills, and fast-paced space battles. And it has a sort of spaghetti western atmosphere, since our heroes live on a rough-hewn frontier where it's every man for himself.

In some ways, this is unusually realistic sci-fi, where the heroes have bills to pay, and don't automatically know how to pilot a ship. The first few episodes are pretty straightforward space opera, but it loosens up once the initial storyline is over -- then we get some one-off storylines, an underlying arc full of mysteries about the Leyline.

The animation is detailed, solid and refined, with lots of intricate scenes involving boxing spacecraft and bustling cities, as well as sword fights, killer robots, and gun battles with magic bullets. And the scripts are tightly written, with some nicely snappy dialogue ("So you're... DEAF Rob?" "That's 'DEATH'!").

Gene makes a nice battle-scarred hero, who likes women, wine and having his own ship, although he hates space travel. And the naive, confused Melfina and smart preteen Jim make a nice backing cast. The supporting cast is mostly colourful and well-rounded, from space frogs to Fred Luo, a gay weapons heir who is just a bit too fond of Gene. Aisha Clanclan is too bombastic and crazy for the rest of the cast, though.

The first volume of "Outlaw Star" introduces the cast, lays the groundwork, and sets up the story arcs for the rest of the series. Don't expect any answers, but do expect a solid sci-fi thrillride.
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