English: Outlaw Star
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 1998 to Jun 25, 1998
25 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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SynopsisGene Starwind and his partner Jim Hawking run a small business on the backwater planet of Sentinel III. But all that changes the day that Hilda hires them for a bodyguard job. Now, thrust into a mystery they don't fully understand, they're on the run from the cops, the pirates, an angry alien, and a mysterious assassin. But they've got one thing going in their favor—they have the galaxy's most advanced ship, the Outlaw Star.
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Opening Theme"Through the Night" by Masahiko Arimatsu
Ending Theme#1: "Hiru no Tsuki" (Daytime Moon) by Akino Arai (eps 1-13)
#2: "Tsuki no Ie" (House of the Moon) by Akino Arai (eps 14-26)
This anime is a rare piece of genius, across 26 episodes it ranges from light-hearted humour to dark philosophical questioning, with neither ever seeming out of place. The premise is a young man, Gene Starwind, and his friend and business partner Jim Hawking, who run a business best described as a jack-of-all-trades operation, including bounty hunting, bodyguard work, anything that will pay. At the arrival on their planet of Hilda, a mysterious outlaw who frees Melfina, an amnesiac girl, from the clutches of pirates, they get caught up in events far beyond their understanding, and Gene chooses to follow his dream of freedom as an outlaw, and to solve the mystery of Melfina and the Galactic Leyline that Hilda and the pirates were searching for.
Each of the major charachters were written and portrayed perfectly. Gene, seemingly a selfish and arrogant ass, surprises you again and again with displays of his softer side, especially when it comes to Melfina. Jim, while only 11 often seems more mature than Gene, and tends to be the voice of reason trying to keep Gene's impulsive nature under control, yet despite that still has a lot of growing up to do, and was my favourite charachter in the show. The charachter of Melfina mostly remains undeveloped until the final few episodes, as her lack of knowledge of who she is is essential to the plot, yet it is not a bad thing that for most of the series she remains the nervous and innocent girl who only wants to find out who or what she is, as this brings out a lot of the hidden qualities of Gene and Jim. Finally, Gilliam, the Outlaw Star's computer, who one would expect to just be a functional machine, stands out as a charachter in his own right, showing bonds with Gene, Jim and Melfina that one wouldn't expect from a machine, and sometimes a hint of sarcasm in his voice as he complies with Gene's "brilliant" orders.
The story itself moves at a decent pace, never too fast to keep up, yet in places does have the occaisional filler episode, which either serves to entertain in breaks in the serious plot, or to highlight a certain plot point. While the series would be no worse without them, they were entertaining and enjoyable, and the two that spring to mind both provide background information to the universe that wasn't necessary, but still interesting to know. The universe is a wildly varied setting perfect for such an adventure, with a combination of science fiction technology and ancient eastern mysticism. The technology never gets in the way of the plot, and the mystic powers driving some events keep the show from becoming hardcore science fiction. Combined with Gene's very down to earth way of dealing with the unknown, this mix keeps the plot moving rather than letting it get bogged down in pointless explanation. That's not to say that nothing is explained, everything relevant to the plot is, but in an interesting way that doesn't just becoming a drone of dull facts, technobabble and nonsense that can often be the downfall of science fiction.
Overall, this show is incredibly enjoyable and has something for everyone. It's an adventure of the kind you used to dream of as a kid, yet it also asks what makes us human. It has it's funny moments, and also it's touching moments. It combines human (/alien/bio-mechanoid/machine/etc) drama with awesome space battles and gunfights, and even leaves this fan of explosions and lasers unsure which he enjoyed more. Watch it, you will not be disappointed. read more
I remember awhile back, I use to come home from school and watch this on Toonami. This and DBZ were the highlights of the few hours I spent watching TV before getting to homework.
I just recently found Outlaw again and decided to rewatch the series again, since it had been years since I watched it last.
It was not as good as I had remembered... it was 10x better! I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and I wasn't bored... once. And if your able to keep my attention for 26 episodes straight, then your doing something right.
I'll start with the story. It was very enjoyable, and something that pretty much anyone could jump into, anime fan or not. It has a straight forward story but still manages to be deep and meaningful. If I were trying to get someone into anime, this would be the anime I would hand them.
The art was also very good. The animation (particularly the action scenes) flow very nicely and isn't choppy or glitchy at any point. There were a few times that I noticed that Gene was missing some details, but this is easily forgivable and not very noticeable.
The sound was good. The soundtrack wasn't anything memorable, but wasn't bad by any means. Not much to say other than that.
The characters were extremely fun and diverse, which I like in a cast. You got the main protagonist; Gene Starwind, an outlaw and womanizer. You then have Jim Hawking (kid sidekick), Melfina (a bio-android with an unkown propose), Aisha Clanclan (catgirl and comic relief), Suzuka (badass assassin chick), and the best fictional computer ever, Gilliam II. You can't help but fall in love with all these characters as the show goes on.
The villains were all pretty cool, but I wish we could've seen some more development with them. Like Lord Hazanko and his unit The Anten Seven. You really don't see much of them until the last few episodes. The MacDougall brothers were pretty cool (Ron especially since we share somewhat of a resemblance >_>)
Overall, this is one of the best anime's I've ever seen. There's ton's of fun to be had here, and the rewatch value is very high with this one (which is a major plus on my end). If you enjoy Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Blade Runner, and just Sci Fi in general- no, if you just enjoy fun movies in general, I HIGHLY recommend this series. You won't regret it....
On the technical side of things, Outlaw Star has aged incredibly well. While not a fossil by any means, this show is at least old enough to have hand-painted cels instead of being digitally painted like what new fans are used to, giving it a classic texture. Don’t let the aged appearance fool you, though, because the action sequences in Outlaw Star are caster-tastic. There are zero corners cut in the space battles or hand to hand combat and there are often numerous fights per episode to pop your peepers at.
The music is pretty low-key unless there’s a grappler duel a brewin’, but it’s a fun mix of techno, rock, and a lot of brass to lay down some smack to, though I quickly forgot it in the heated wake of the opening song and a soothing closer written for Melfina to sing throughout the show.
The voicework is nothing real special in either language, I’m afraid, but for a show devoid of serious drama, that’s to be expected. It’s standard typecasting all across the board. Gene is crass, Jim is impetuous, Aisha is manic, Suzuka is femme fatale-ish, the MacDougalls are crazy and evil, and Fred is very very very gay. So you shouldn’t expect the actors to do anything but fill their single notes, and they all do this quite well. The only character that breaks the Toonami-trope barrier into something more complex is actually Hilda, voiced by the cold and commanding Mary McGlynn, and while the outlaw’s role in the story is minimal, her performance is by far one of the most memorable. Okay, her and Fred. But that’s because he’s always preceded by his own theme music. (No, really. He is.)
You know what, I usually deliver the bad news last in these reviews, but forget that, I’m going to start thumbing my nose a few minutes early this time. This is one of the most immature shows you can sit through. I defy you to find an episode that goes five minutes without making a dirty joke or blowing some mutha’s house down.
When I said the characters are all stereotypes, I darn well meant that too. There is a very small attempt made at developing Gene in an episode where he questions the value of his own empty life over that of his passionate assassin’s, and it’s a good one. That is it. Period. Other than that, nobody changes or develops, not counting Melfina because not having a free will and then gaining it isn’t all that exciting. Add to that the story dances about like that game where everyone makes a story by speaking one sentence each and culminates in a deus ex machina so literal that they actually meet god in a machine a la Star Trek V.
So all this clearly detrimental flack ultimately detracts from the show's value a total of ...ZERO. Yeah. None of it matters. Forget all of it.
I once mentioned in a past review that a series can be episodic or stick to a storyline, but it’s a very bad idea for a show to pretend it has a plot and then never get around to it in favor of fun rabbit trails. Okay, I am now nuking those words, addin’ a little ketchup and scarfing them down because this is exactly what Outlaw Star does and it is unbelievably addictive. I wouldn’t recommend this approach most of the time, but this show gets a free pass for being the most wish-fulfilling sci fi title ever. Everything you can love about sci fi is here: space races, space combat, diverse planets, alternate dimensions, weird aliens, hot aliens, aliens of questionable gender, giant robots, bio-androids, human cyborgs, cold sleep beauties, shapeshifting beastmen, lazer gunfights, swordfights, fistfights, paintball, mad scientists, tao magicians, robotic panthers, kung-fu housecats, and a hot springs episode that is actually funny, amongst other episodes featuring a universe’s strongest woman competition, a sunken alien galleon, or a prison where intense gravity is your greatest enemy.
I assure you I have barely scratched the surface.
Here’s the added bonus: it all fits together! Sure, the story is embarrasingly directionless, but the universe of Outlaw Star is immersive with a creative Trek-esque history that is easy to understand through the hokey narration at the top of each episode. Despite being 2-dimensional, every character is lovable and sparks great chemistry with their fellow scoobies. Even Gilliam is a riot throughout. Yes, the computer is fun. Since when was the ship’s computer ever fun?
The villains are silly enough to put Captain Planet’s nemeses to shame, but there are so many of them and they are so deliciously evil that it only ADDS to the already fever-pitched cool factor. Harry MacDougall is by far the most fun for his bipolar attempts at courtship... Simply put, there isn’t one boring millisecond in the entire show, which is tremendously rare and absolutely worth seeing. I can safely say that the most unexciting episode revolves around an evil telepathic cactus who mind controls people into buying bad ice cream. For reasons that should now be obvious, it’s still awesome, and that makes Outlaw Star just plain awesome above all else.
All in all, it does not get much more fun than Outlaw Star. The universe is engrossing, the characters are extreme, and the combo makes for exceptional sci fi that never gets lost in technobabble. That being said, it drops any attempt at plot or development squarely on its rear, but the thrills are so constant that you shouldn’t care much. I highly recommend this to sci fi lovers in particular, but also anyone looking for escapism done right.
*THIS IS A PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF MY VIDEO REVIEW WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE:
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ANIME NOSTALGIA SERIES
Outlaw Star begins as the most awesome sci-fi action adventure ever conceived before it quickly turns to messy mediocrity of stereotypes and random plots. Which is a shame.
The series begins with a setting were the age of exploration repeats in the space of the future, and it accompanied with the usual traits, such as space ships, space pirates, space adventures and … alien catgirls??? Taoist priests??? Geisha swordswomen??? … Ok, this is all a garbled pile of ideas from left and right; no real consistency or uniformity. This is what in effect destroys the setting because it is completely random, without a steady theme, a clear form, or even some sort of balance. One episode can be space races, another can be samurai showdowns, and another a fan service episode in an open bath. I don’t like that. I like my settings to have some sort of constant genres and not random ideas.
So in this… um… setting, our lead hero is your average energetic and edgy teenager with fire in his eyes, ready to take on the entire galaxy and prove his worth. He is not like the stereotype of so many teen adventures, because he is actually a ladies man, scoring some every time he feels like it. He also has a kid partner, a boy genius with computers who analyzes and tells him the weaknesses of his opponents. He also pilots a spaceship with robot arms, which has a naked girl as its power source. Wow, all that sound so exciting! And indeed they are… for four episodes.
As soon as the fifth episode begins, the amazing premise crumbles and it’s replaced by random anime clichés and episodic adventures. Towards the end there is a sort of big finale for the salvation of the universe or something but by now the script is written by a monkey, so it doesn’t mean anything at all. Man, this was one of the worst disappointments I ever experienced in anime.
This crumbling of the plot works as a chain reaction that ruins the cast as well. In order to make myself clear, I will describe how each character begins and how he/she becomes after a few episodes.
Gene: The lead hero. Starts as a cool young man, scoring with each chick he feels like it and laughs at the face of danger. Ends up as an idiot running after girls, being ridiculed all the time, going emo with his father who sacrificed to save him.
Jim: The lead’s partner, a boy genius. He starts as the tactician, logistics supervisor and planner of the team. Ends up being a mascot for girls to go wild over him as he blushes and freezes.
Melfina: The mysterious bioroid. Starts as a artificial human being with an erased past, as well as the spaceship’s power source. Ends up as a platonic relationship for Gene, a typical damsel in distress and fan service as she is always naked while used as a battery.
Suzuka: Powerful swordswoman. Starts as a cold assassin. Ends as fan service for those who like geishas.
Aisha: Powerful alien. Starts as a shape shifting exiled princess. Ends up as fan service for those who like catgirls.
The villains: Numerous Chinese/Japanese themed cyborgs and taoists who aim to use Melfina’s secret powers to rule the galaxy. They start as threatening and imposing. They end up being cannon fodder with zero depth and characterization.
The chain reaction of the crumbling story affects the production values as well. Although the initial episodes have very good production values for their time, along the way you clearly see quality dropping more and more until in the final episodes becomes very flawed, with lazy drawings, jerky motions, and random battle choreography. The episodic nature of the show also made the world to look completely chaotic and random, taking you out of the mood entirely. The only thing I liked somewhat was the opening theme.
If the quality of the show had remained as good as in the first four episodes, this would have been one of the best anime of al times. But since it didn’t and since there is Cowboy Bebop to do right anything this show did wrong, I say there is very little replay value or enjoyment in this show. There are many who like it but I guess that is only for nostalgic reasons and not because it is an actually good series.
On the other hand, if you are looking for braindead entertainment, this will feel a lot better to you than it did for me. After all it is full of nude, violence, guns, nude, swords, spaceships with arms, nude, extreme mission objectives, and… nude. read more
They are both set in space and both deal with crime and adventure. Also the animation style is similar.
Space cowboys anyone? Although at heart these two anime are completely different, they both have themes involving space, bounty hunting and drifting along in life.
Fun to watch, adventurous space headhunters anime . Can't beat Cowboy Bebop , but very entertaining =P
I feel as if these two anime are very simular. Mainly because its about the world in the future. Spaceships etc. The other reason would partically be because there both quite serious anime while having mild humour bits through the series. The main character in both series also have very simular personalitys being very good fighters while having a rather laid-back attituted. If you liked either of these animes i'd recommend watching the other.
Both are in a sense space vigilantees who refuse to coform by the world's standards; but instead find their own way. Both shows also offer the establishment of comfortable life on other planets. Infact, I have never met anyone that saw Cowboy Bebop that didn't like Outlaw Star or vice-versa.
Both share the genre of sci-fi. The comedic appeals are evident in both shows and the characters make the plot and action all lively.
Both of these anime are set in a sci-fi universe and they each have an adventurous feel to them. Although, Cowboy Bebop has a slightly more gritty flavor to it than Outlaw Star does. The two series each have their own memorable characters and in the end most people that enjoy one would probably like the other.
They both have a similar cast of characters such as Gene and Spike being the main characters, Jim and Aisha forming a mixture of Ed while Suzuka resembles the personality of Faye.
Their mech action is alot alike whether it be the characters are using guns and swords or fighting in spacecrafts.
They both originally aired in 1998.
And the two of these shows are seinen, targeted towards the older viewers.
like gun blazing bounty hunters in space? Not many old school animes can hold a candle to something like cowboy bebop but this is very similar and surprisingly very very good as well.
A grand mix of the freelancer attitude, the sense of adventure, the comedy and shear awe of space travel.
same themes (bounty hunters,space).both are about a crew traveling in outer space.the 2 are named after the spaceships.both have one hacker in their crew.
Both series focus on a man who is wondering in space,looking for some quick money ,and kicking some butt.Cowboy bebop is more stylish and Outlaw star is more funny
both are tottaly worth seeing
Both cover a similar topic of a lone bounty-hunter with a small crew iin space, trying to make a buck where ever they can. Both start out this just one episode stories, but soon spread into the main story arc.
Both have stellar bounty hunters, explosive battles, and femme fatales.
Both are about space bounty hunters dealing with space pirates and criminals. Both are very exciting and have great characters. Most people probably already know this but I have to throw it out there. They are both great series.
Both have a ship...hunt bounties...cool intro/outro...outlaw star is like the offspring of cowboybebop
Bounty Hunters, Bounty Hunters, Bounty Hunters! in the future of course!
Both involves bounty hunting to make ends needs and drifting from planet to planet doing odd jobs here and there to get by. Plus, both ships are old and run downed heaps of scrap.
Of course the main similarity is that it's in space :P It also tells a similar story of Outlaws that have a strict moral code. There is a lot of action like Bebop and the storytelling is very similar.
A 'space cowboy' show. Albeit not nearly as mature or profound, Outlaw Star excels in its mastery of numerous genres, switching from comedy to psychological to action within minutes, yet with a skill and flow that few series can match.
Both involve an eclectic cast of characters traversing the galaxy and having misadventures. Both are episodic in structure.
If you're looking for a space adventure with crime and action, then Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star should definitely be something worth taking notice of. For these two series, they both have science fiction themes dealing with criminals in an adventure like setting.
The atmosphere of the shows has intensity and bits of emotions at various points. The style of both series also gives off a similar mood. There's also bits of comedy and humorous dialogue that ensure entertainment.
For the main characters, they are both laid back, straight forward, and takes charge on various situations. With a crew of characters, Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star offers an adventurous ride you'll enjoy.
Both Anime Series are about a group of bounty hunter flying around in space and doing their thing. Of course Outlaw star is not as good as Bebop but if you want something similar to bebop then check out Outlaw star
Both Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop involve a crew and their spaceship
Both Main Characters are Good at handling situations
Both stories involve the crew of the ship and several mini-adventures as they travel
The stories are different, but the level of satisfaction is very good from both
Both animes have Major swag
Outlaw Star is sometimes compared to Cowboy Bebop - they are really very similar.
This is what would be Cowboy Bebop with drama removed...
The space adventure is the main theme of these anime. Also both have include a bit of comedy and drama component.
-Both series take place in the future in outer space
-Both feature a male main protagonist
-Both series have a ship and a crew
-Both series have a good mix of humor and serious moments
both main characters are bounty hunters and make money by collecting bounties and doing jobs
Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star are both space westerns featuring a crew containing bounty hunters that attempt to make a living off their jobs. In both anime, the crews' attempt to "make it big" through high paying bounties or jobs is often foiled. Both are episodic anime that concentrate more on individual stories, while the overall plot is an undercurrent that compliments the series rather than dominating it. Cowboy Bebop's individual stories tend to be deep or compelling, while Outlaw Star's individual stories focus more on comedy instead, but Outlaw Star does not lack in emotion and Cowboy Bebop does not lack in comedy.
They are both sci-fi anime where their protagonists are both bounty hunters who engage themselves in space adventures with lots of action and drama. Outlaw star is not a masterpiece like cowboy bebop but it's certainly good and you will enjoy it.
Both stories center around a crew of bounty hunters travelling the stars on a spaceship, and have many similar elements to how their plot develop... as well as similar antagonists. The major differences between the two shows is that the characters in Outlaw Star tend to be more goofy and cartoony, while in Cowboy Bebop, they generally remain serious and realistic.
In both of these shows, the main characters always end up getting themselves into unfortunate happenings out of sheer bad luck, in the process of trying to do certain things so they can make a living/earn money to fuel their needs of being rich/needing to live.
After watching Outlaw Star, Trigun was the next anime i moved on to. They both have a sense of adventure and comedic attitude throughout. Similarities lie between things like both being set in space, bounty hunting and all the trouble the characters get in and out of.
The characters in both animes have similar personalities and attitudes too.
motifs feel somewhat similar...
art style (not artist style) also feel similar...
Both are science fiction...
both have a western frontier feel to them...
The two shows are 90's action-adventure comedies where a small group travel around, eventually having a cabal of ultra-elite assassins trying to kill them.
Trigun and Outlaw Star brings together a sense of space adventure. They include decent action, drama, and comedy. For both main male protagonists, they often takes charges on the actions they do which often have influence around others.
Both series also contain science fiction theme with a high degree volume of entertainment through its conventional way of humor. However at the same time, there's emotions pouring through in various moments especially with some of the later events.
Both series also takes place in a setting of the distant future.
Both shows involve the adventures of a gunslinging main character as he travels across many different places meeting and helping the locals who live there. They both also have a group of companions that help the main characters many times throughout both series.
Both of these series are space westerns that mix action and zany comedy with occasional drama and thought provoking moments. If you liked one, then you will probably like the other.
Similar character setting, older brother, younger boy, a girl or 2 at the side. They both inherit some universe beating machines and go far and wide throughout the universe for a girl.
- Main characters piloting a red piece of machinery that exceed the potential of all other ships
- A younger guy following around some older guy calling him his aniki
- a soft spoken girl who first appears encased in a box
- a homosexual who handles ship parts
- a vicious furry who tries to kill the main characters but ends up as part of the crew
It's practically the same thing.
Outlaw Star has a similar character structure and epic battles, with a less whiny kid sidekick!
Remarkably similar crisp art styles, camera angles, themes (doing crazy stuff, exceeding expectations, pumping music, melee combat in space, having a unique ship, etc) make it a sure-thing that if you like one, you'll like the other.
In an epic tale, there are epic characters and storytelling. For both TTGL and Outlaw Star, they offer exactly what you hope to get.
The main cast of both series consists of characters who excels in combat and various arts of war. They involve a setting with science fiction themes. There's a lot of humorous dialogues but also the same time tragic moments. From those moments though are memorable events that captures the mood of their perspective settings.
In both series, the characters do own their own weaponry in the battle consisting of their own signature names/brand that allows them to go head to head against various adversaries.
From the very first episode, these two series are very similar. Both have cheeky, reckless protagonists that work as a space/bounty hunter. Both have basically the same setting— a distant future, in galaxy far, far away. Both also have lots of great comedy.
Outlaw Star and Space Dandy tie its themes together with the presentation of a space adventure. The main male protagonist has a partner that travels with them on a journey of discovery.
Along the way, they encounter both allies and foes while making learning about new wonders of the universe. Both series adapts sci-fi themes into its perspective so expect action, drama, and an adventurous tone of delivery.
Both Space Dandy and Outlaw Star have great animation, humor, and characters. Each takes place in a distinct, immense universe where space travel is of the norm and humans and other lifeforms reside among the various worlds within.
But most importantly, both anime have a strong sense identity and purpose, and that purpose is to both enjoy themselves and entertain their audiences in the process. True, the methods can differ from time to time, but in the end, both want the same thing: to just have fun. And while both can get pretty silly, that's not to say they aren't without a somber moment here or there. But even when they do decide to get serious, they're very careful about when to act as such, and never stay that way for longer than absolutely necessary. They do each provide some depth and do possess continuity (once again, each in their own way), but the deeper tones are subtle and neither anime punishes those who don't pick up on those themes or watch the episodes out of order, be they casual viewers or dedicated otaku. If you're a fan of great animation, humor, science fiction, or a combination of all three, both Outlaw Star and Space Dandy are definitely worth checking out.
Space faring, gun toting, womanizing men! Episodic shows where space bounty hunters chase after their fortunes in the vast universe. With their multi-species crews they traverse the galaxy fighting aliens and pirates while hoping to make it big and score some with the ladies.
Both series give off a similar feeling of an epic endless adventure.
Outlaw Star however, was only 26 episodes long.
Charimastic leads building up their crews, great female characters (somewhat rare in today's shounen titles), similar settings (Government, Criminals and Bounty hunters).
MC chasing his dream to wander around the world freely.
The concept of Pirates and Military.
Captain and his crew of unique and interesting bunch of people.
A valuable Treasure which the pirates and outlaws search for.
One Piece(OP) is about the Sea Voyage while Outlaw Star(OS) is about Space Journey.
In OP, the 2 main forces are Pirates and Navy on the Sea while there are 3 main forces drifting in space in OS .
Almost the same setup and story goal. They are both about a crew going through space and looking for a certain location to fulfill a life long goals.
Outlaw star revolves around protagonist Gene Starwind and his crew of an inherited ship dubbed the Outlaw Star, as they search for a legendary treasure called the "Galactic Leyline". The story has space crime syndicate that will do anything to get the treasure and Gene being a bounty hunter / delivery boy / bodyguard and what not with attitude will not take 2nd place. It has a lot of great action and character development that is again one of those anime that slipped under the radar for some people that once discovered will appreciate the gem this series is. Highly recommended.
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