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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outlaw honor,
This review is from: Outlaw Star: Complete Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)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 and a satisfying finale.
For money, 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 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.
As the story proceeds, Gene will have to deal with a beautiful, lethal assassin who reluctantly joins up, killer robots the beastlike Ctarl-Ctarl, the terrifying Anten Seven, a prison planet, giant carnivore shrimps, and a familiar ship that might carry his father's murderers. They travel from planet to planet and even get into a space race, before setting off to find the Galactic Leyline.
Imagine "Outlaw Star" as a sort of "Cowboy Bebop," but not nearly as sad, and with more emphasis on comedy, money, and fast-paced space battles. Ithas a sort of spaghetti western atmosphere, since our heroes live on a rough-hewn frontier where it's every man for himself, and you're constantly threatened by pirates.
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. The only problem is some of the action scenes with Suzuka, where she looks kind of half-drawn. But 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, deadly Suzuka, and smart preteen Jim make a nice backing cast. The supporting cast is mostly colourful and well-rounded, from space frogs to grizzled old outlaws 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 series "Outlaw Star" is a solid, entertaining sci-fi anime, with plenty of action, comedy and a well-rounded futuristic setting. Definitely worth checking out.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best animé, you will ever see,
This review is from: Outlaw Star: Complete Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)I first caught a glimpse of Outlaw Star on digital television when I was
about 12 and it immediately caught my eye.
Although heavily edited the series captivated me with a mix of action
and mild violence.
When I bought the collection and saw the uncut versions, the series
was even better, adult jokes I didnt get to hear as a teenager kept me
laughing for ages after watching some of the best episodes and the action
still captivated me.
This show really is for adult blokes, its full of lewd humour (the main character is basically a lovable rogue/letch) and just blatantly funny expressions.
The main plot is similar to cowboy bebop, a guy aqquires a ship and after
a time (and a number of hilarious events, aqquires a crew of loveable misfits.
It really does put me in mind of cowboy bebop and also joss wheedons
Now as with most animé series the animation of "OS"isnt as good as an
OVA, but it is still of a superb standard, action is well detailed
and suitably paced.
The dubbing of "OS" is extremely good, the voice actors hit their mark every
time, from humour to passion, to anger and sadness every emotion is spot on
and this is one of those animé that if you do watch it in english it is
just as enjoyable as watching it in its native language.
The actual picture of the set is amazingly good, each dvd is in a suitably
high definition and contains hardly and debris from the editing process
of the original film.
The box set itself is pretty good, 6 disks (originally from seperate sets),
are brought together with a range of special features from character galleries
,and mecha galleries to behind the scenes videos and story boards.
The actual box that the dvd's are contained in is ok, its of a good quality
and suitably designed to fit all of the six disks in a space
as big as only 3 dvds, the only downside is the fact that the dvd clips
are annoyingly hard to unclip the disks from, resulting in you having
to actually wedge your fingers under the disks, which obviously wont
help them to last very long.
But all in all this is a quality series and a quality box set.
I must stress though that this eries is not for kids as it does contain,
as I said a number of lewd jokes but also it contains some infrequent but
strong nudity and sexual references.
A great animé, which without no collection would be complete.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My most favourite anime of all time!!,
Ever since discovering Outlaw Star on tv as a kid i was straight away hooked on the show and wanted to watch it everytime it would come on tv. Outlaw Star is really something special. There are loads of other sci-fi animes out there but Outlaw Star has its own unique style. If your an anime fan or a sci-fi fan or both. Like I am. Them I highly recommended this show you won't regret it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outlaw Star - an under-the-radar classic,
Space won't know what hit it when a rag-tag bunch of misfits including the lecherous, hard-drinking outlaw Gene Starwind and his long-suffering little mechanic pal Jim, a fierce female samurai named Suzuka, and a disgraced officer from a race of cat-like aliens named Aisha are forced together as a mysterious briefcase containing a beautiful young woman named Melfina, and a spaceship with a mysterious connection to her, The Outlaw Star, falls into their hands.
Like its big brother Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star balances an episodic format with a deeper overarching plot; the episodes waver between the crew searching for answers about who or what Melfina really is, and the various misadventures they get into along the path to finding out. The writers know when to tickle you and when to play it serious, and Outlaw Star is filled with both drama and humour and never fails to deliver either. It has some incredibly poignant moments presented so memorably and beautifully they will stay with you forever...and it also has 'Hot Springs Planet Tenrei'. When I first saw that episode I think it was the hardest I'd laughed, ever. It rivals Full Metal Panic Fumoffu for exactly how much side-splitting slapstick you can pack into 23 minutes.
This is a show of the rare variety where even the supporting characters are well-developed and incredibly fun to either love or hate; the ones who stick in my mind the most are the downright terrifying Mcdougal Brothers, and of course the poor, lovable, heartsick Fred, who loans the crew money and help many a time and sports a massive crush on Gene...much to the very heterosexual Gene's abject terror.
I recommend Outlaw Star to anyone who likes their action served with a healthy dose of humour and pathos. The animation looks a little dated by today's standards but is still excellent, the dub is note-perfect for every single character, and the music is a real cracker. If you enjoyed the aforementioned Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Getbackers, you will feel right at home on the Outlaw Star alongside Gene, Jim and the others. Enjoy the ride.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but...,
Just a heads up.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun!,
This review is from: Outlaw Star: Complete Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)This is a fun series. It's fast paced with an engaging story arc and yet, thankfully, it never takes itself too seriously.
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