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Outlaw Star

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Gene Starwind and Jim Hawkins make a living on various jobs and bounties. While waiting for their ticket to hit it big time, a mysterious woman named Hilda leaves them with a key to the puzzle of finding a starship of great power, known only as the Outlaw Star. What are these long lost spaceships and what is the Galactic Leyline?

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Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?

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Like Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop focuses on a group of mercenary-like characters travelling the galaxy in search of opportunities, and both series have an overall story arch that concludes nicely in the end. Cowboy Bebop is the more "down to Earth" of the two, dealing a bit more with character and plot development in each episode, where Outlaw Star has a bit more flair and spectacular scenes. They are quite similar in theme, and if you liked one, you're sure to like the other.


Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop are both about space bounty hunters with great space action and a great plot. The music in Cowboy Bebop is wonderful, but not similar of course to the music in Outlaw Star.

space bountyhunters and women who cause trouble though its a tad more serious than outlaw star
Very similar show. A lot of fighting scenes in space in both if them. And in CB is some stunning artwork and awesome music.
Cowboy Bebop really reminds me of Outlaw start,.. or maybe it's the other way. Well anyway those series are really alike. Both handles the story of outlaws that lives their lifes as bonty hunters. Though Outlaw start got abit more action to it than Cowboy Bebop, I think. And it feels abit more futeristic than CB too.The arte is reeeeaaally good, very detailed and nice drawn chars. This is something I absolutely redommend you to watch. A great series.
Aside from the fact that they're bounty hunters instead of outlaws, and the setting is less fantasy-ish, these series are identical. You'll love the humor, the fights, the characters, and the stories, if you liked Outlaw Star at all.
Bounty hunters getting into trouble. Lots of colorful characters in a variety of settings. Kind of a realistic prediction of what the future will be like.
Both feature bounty hunters, though while in Outlaw star the fight between the Pirates, the Police and the Outlaws (Could be read as Bounty Hunters) is much more appearant.

Cowboy Bebop is the superior to Outlaw Star in every way, and both are space operas, so if you liked Outlaw Star you will really like Cowboy Bebop.

While Cowboy bebop might be better than Outlaw star in many ways, it's doesn't mean that Outlaw star isn't a great anime. Bounty hunters in space is the general idea of them both, and they both have great, deep plots, good feel and truly funny moments. Both have a great set of characters that makes these animes great even in the fillers. Itäs very much recommended to watch them both.
Both series are about bounty hunters in space that find that they have more similarities than differences that keeps them together as a team.
Both Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop start the same, 2 men, picking up a few other people to board their ship, head out in the galaxy as bounty hunters. Outlaw Star is more focused to one point, while Bebop doesn't have the same underlying story.
Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star have basically the same idea going about bounty hunting for living expenses. They both have a bit odd character too, Bebop has Ed, a strange girl that acts she is constantly hammered, and Outlaw Star has Aisha, a ctarl-ctarl that cant seem to get things right. I enjoyed both of these series because of these characters, somewhat the comic-relief at times :)
Forget that both are space epics. I think that "team" anime is underated, and the togetherness of a space crew tends to make anime memorable. Just as long as its not fudged like in Nadesico. Either way, you will likely enjoy Outlaw Star if you liked Cowboy Bebop, and vice/versa. Caveat, Outlaw Star is not as "quality" as CB, but enjoyable none the less.
The similarites between these two series are many. Space fights, gun fights, bounty hunting. You'll love them both, although you'll definately have a favourite out of the two.
Though spike surely has a cooler style than gene, they both go through similar adventures, fighting off the mob and scrimping to get by. The gritty animation gives them a similar visual feel, but the audio (jazz for bebop and jpop in OS) serves to give them each a slightly different edge which is refreshing
If you're interested in something a bit lighter, and with its own unique take on the idea of a varied cast of characters thrust together in space, I recommend Outlaw Star.

If you like space, adventure, funny jokes and bounty hunters then both Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star should please you. Although the animation quality differs because of the years in which they were made, if you are watching these for plot you won't feel the difference. Both of these anime have a main plot but are mostly a series of stories that tell about the small adventures the main characters are in.


Both Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star deal with space and a group of people on a spaceship who are trying to make it through life and survive. There is also a romance aspect in both series and a sense of adventure.


The similarities between Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star are undeniable. They both take place in space and start out following two main characters but the cast quickly widens as both Spike and Gene start to gain new companions along their travels. While Spike's a bounty hunter and Gene is just an outlaw they are very similar: both are skilled gunman and martial artists who you find yourself constantly rooting for. Jet and Jim are also surprisingly alike in the fact that they are the ones with the common sense and are almost babysitting some of the cast at times. So if you like either of these series you have to check out the other as it's an almost guaranteed good watch.


Both Bebop and Outlaw Star have the same feeling about the construction and feel of spaceships that look like they are made of old steel, bolts and grease. Also both series have a cowboy/western feel.


Both 'Cowboy Bebop' and 'Outlaw Star' deal with cruising through space and kicking ass -- which to me, are really good draw points.

Whereas 'Outlaw Star' is more concerned with the characters working closely together to chase after the fabled Galactic Leyline, the crew from 'Cowboy Bebop' focuses more on their marks as bounty hunters. It's interesting to see the characters not only work under the same roof but strive for their individual agendas.

Either way, I recommend 'Cowboy Bebop' if you liked 'Outlaw Star.' It's not only the next logical step, it's a mature one.


Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop are really quite similar. Both have to deal with working outside of the law to reach goals. If you enjoy space battles with a good complex story for each character you will enjoy this.


Like bounty hunters in a space-like environment? Who do you think made the big bucks first? Gene Starwind or Spike?


Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star feature a motley crew with a knack for antagonizing others, but also a bit of bounty hunting here and there. Though the two crews have two different goals, the viewer is sure to enjoy every minute of their adventures.


Both Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star have a space theme, are action-packed like you crave for every day, and have an interesting plot. These are must-see anime for any fan.


Both series are futuristic and set primarily in space, contain likeable characters such as Spike from Bebop and Gene from Outlaw, have a fair amount of space and ground-based action, and have good plots. I found that both shared a sort of similar feel due to all that they blend together.


Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star have a similar feel and the fighting in both is so cool. The stories are very similar, as well.


Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star both involve a team of bounty hunters. Each series has comedy, crazy action, and lots of space travel.  


Released only 9 months apart, Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw eerily share a lot with one another. They both have bounty hunters in space fairing civilizations trying to earn enough money to survive, who end up with more on their plate than they bargained for. But the similarties pretty much stop there.

If you dig either one, you will probably enjoy the other.

While Outlaw Star tends to stick with a more slapstick comedy and cartoon laws of physics in order to maintain a fun atmosphere in the meshed Mecha-Spaceship fights and various situations/character mannerisms; Cowboy Bebop seems to try to stay more true to reality and keep some of the laws of physics in order to create more tense situations during it's ship-to-ship battles and the ever impending responsibilities and necesseties of life driving the characters to do what they need to.

Cowboy Bebop is my favored of the two but Outlaw Star is a lot of fun, and a nice change of pace. If you like Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop should be right up your alley, since it is more of a low key / low profile take on space fairing bounty hunters. And if you like Cowboy Bebop, unless you hate cartoon comedy and look down on slightly less mature content, OS should definitley be watched.


The fact that Outlaw Star has a outer space type setting and is about mercenaries is a good reason to watch Cowboy Bebop. Like Outlaw Start, Cowboy Bebop has a good mixture of comedy and action with a dash of a love story. Both are pleasing to the eye and characters are more defined thought out the series.


Outlaw Star could almost be considered a Bebop clone, but there are enough elements to set the two series apart. Outlaw Star is an incrediblely fun series to watch, and Bebop is very much the same. If you like one, you'll most likely like the other as well.


Who knew being a bounty hunter could land you in a heap of trouble? In both of these series you follow the characters as they try to make it big, while narrowly dodging the proverbial bullet. Each series with their own unique crew of misfits makes for a colorful combination. Guranteed that if you liked one, you'll like the other.


Both of these shows follow their own ragtag group of space adventurers. At the same time the look and feel of the shows are very similar, and most importantly, they both have that same feel to them, which I can best describe as Wild West in Space? If you liked one, you'll definitely like the other as well!


These series both have intergalactic adventures featuring characters that develop emotionally throughout. Giving them a meaningful plot along with great interaction amoung the characters.


Both series revolve around two perpetual "space cowboys." While Cowboy Bebop may be a bit darker, Outlaw Star certainly makes up for it with it's awesome grappler fight scenes and unique characters.


I found Outlaw star to be very thin, but if you like to "outlaw" attitude, with the spacr junkey adveture, then Cowboy Bebop is definately for the rest of us. I believe that the Cowbot Bebop story line is far more developed and eeper, so this should be enjoyed more than outlaw Star.


In both scenario's you have a hero who is less than perfect, with personal issues he is attemting to work around or run away from. They both incorporate space travel as an everyday event and through it manage to come upon jobs to help repair the ship, refuel, buy ammunition and eat. Through the accomplishment of the jobs, the plot develops, showing the watcher a deeper portrait of the charachters lives. Another similarity is that the music in each anime is also very well thought, even though it is a different type of music.

Cowboy Bebop incorporates only actual weapons and fists in the non-space fighting scenes, whereas Outlaw Star uses more sci-fi type mechanical weaponry in the battles. Nevertheless, the anime's has many similarities between them that would make a lover of 1, definately a lover for the other.


Both shows are set in a future of space pirates and bounty hunters. Both are undeniably awesome anime.


both animes involve people in space in their own ship fighting, doing their jobs as they have adventures in space


With space fights and outlaw/bounty hunters both trying to make a name for themselves, Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop are 2 peas in a pod.  With that old-style vibe and classic plot, both these anime can't be overlooked.  If one assembled crazy team and space adventure/space fight wasn't enough, then the other must be watched. 


Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop are like siblings; CB being the older sibling. Outlaw Star may not be childish, but it is not as mature as CB. They share tons of elements including a few of the character, a bounty hunter plot line, and bouts of comedic relief. IF you enjoyed one, you should enjoy the other.


Both Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star are mainly a small group of bounty hunters/mercenaries who go around in their spaceship looking for ways to earn money.  While most of the fighting in the Cowboy Bebop tends to deal in gunfights with only some spaceship fighting and Outlaw Star is about equal in spaceship and gunfights they both pull of any of the fighting in the series very well.  One of the major differences is that Spike of Cowboy Bebop tends to be much more cool headed and Gene of Outlaw Star is pretty much the opposite of that both characters are extremely likable.


These series each follow stud bounty hunters flying around between planets and often getting into space and gun fights. While mixing together action and comedy, there is still enough mystery behind some of the main characters to give them depth and allow them to progress.


Both of these animes share the obvious characteristics: space, outlaws, tainted pasts, haunted characters, etc. all while maintaining a light atmosphere for much of the show.  Once again, they have an old school feel to them.  There is just something about older animes like this that have such fantastic plot lines and characters to them that you can't help but fall in love.  These animes are like that.  They both leave plenty of room for character devolpment by following individual character lines and all the while following one big plot.


These are actually very different animes but they both follow a similar theme (out in space trying to make a living/ being awesome and doing what is right). Both are enjoyable but outlaw star is much more simple in terms of character development, symbolism etc...


Similar animation as well as similar lead character. Gene and Vash share some "moments" where they act in a puzzling manner but they always seem to come through at the end.


Both shows are about a crew traveling through the cosmos in their spaceship, trying to make ends meet. There is lots of action and comedy to be had in both, but also more character-centred episodes, and neither is wholly episodic. Fans of either should definitely check the other one out.


Both are great space westerns with great characters who develop overtime.  Great actions sequences, mystery, and music, though Bebop is by far way better for music and style.


Space, lovable (punk ass) characters, great story... Space! Animation style is also very similer.



“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are tasked with preventing any potential damage that this Vash can cause. But with 60 billion on his head, Vash is not an easy man to find.

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A modern cowboy and a space ship, what could they have to do with each other? Well, Gene Starwind and Vash the Stampede are my 2 heros, they are just way cooler and beyond any other anime hero i know. The shows themselves have the same build up, loose eps with some fights and comedy, ending up in a final clash. Both great shows !
Both animes are about bounty hunters that make friends with people that will change their lives forever; Melfina in Outlaw Star and Vash the Stampede in Trigun.
Trigun on speed. Less quality, more action and magic. The same lighthearted feel in the lighthearted episodes, a tad more so in some. I dont feel Outlaw Star ever gets to the height of drama that is on the end of Trigun, but I still think the series as a whole is a bit similar.

Trigun and Outlaw Star have different themes but have very similar awe-inspiring gunfights. The connection between these two is mainly the science fiction-like look on space and different planets, as well as the life on those planets.


Trigun and Outlaw Star have the same feel to it. Both take place in a sci-fi context with plenty of gun-fights and whacky moments thrown in for good measure. The hero is a somewhat devil-may-care sort of person and these series cater to the same mood more often than not. However, Outlaw Star is mostly tongue in cheek while Trigun becomes increasingly darker and more serious in its later episodes.


Outlaw Star and Trigun, while significantly different in terms of plot, setting, and characters (excepting the Anten 7 / Gung-Ho Guns), seem to share the same type of enthusiastic charm.  In both, the heroes are repeatedly dragged haphazardly into various situations, with a more consequential overarching plot moving forward in bits and pieces, primarily after the mid-point of both series.  So, in terms of mood and structure, Outlaw Star and Trigun seem quite similar.  If you enjoyed one, the other might be worth a shot.


both animes involve a guy who fights for what he believes is right, as they have many adventures and overcome difficulties


I feels like Outlaw star is more action packed Trigun. They have simmilar animation, kind of humor and ar somehow placed in a distant sci-fi future...


Both while different in that Outlaw Star deals a lot more with space ships and just general Sci-fi things and Trigun gives off a lot more western feel to it they are similar in that they both have guns fights, similar styles of humor, and generally take place on a foreign planet or planets.  Also in both cases the main antagonists have some connection to one or more members of the groups past.


These series are extremely simlar in many aspects. The art style, the story, the main character, and the western type themes bring these series very close to one another.


Trigun and Outlaw Star share many commonalities; mostly in the character department.  They focus around a main character who is an "undercover good guy", so to speak.  Someone who is rough around the edges.  They both have that old school-like anime feel to them that makes them so worthwhile and the plot lines, while differing, are both remarkable.  Even though they're different, it almost feels the same.


Both of these 90's anime series take place in outer space and include lots of action and similar humour. I personally enjoyed Outlaw Star more, but if you like one, you should find the other appealing as well.


I love both of these shows! Triguin being my favorite of all anime and outlaw star iin the top 10. The stories on both are really good. If your a fan of futuristic unknown worlds then these are the shows to watch.


Both anime have a gunslinging happy-go-lucky protagonist with hidden depths traveling in a futuristc Western society (Outlaw Star more so). They both have a similar mood, focusing mainly on action and comedy along with more introspective segments. Based on these similarities, I think anyone that liked the either would like the other.

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Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.

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Out of the frying pan and into the fire; both series follow the protagonist as he gets caught up in the crazy world of an outlaw. With trouble at every turn they do what they can to make a buck and not get killed in the process. Wide variety of gun battles and sword fights abound!


Both titles have great meandering story lines and nice (and frequent) action sequencies. The main protagonists are a disfuctional bunch that just seems to work.


These series are both centered around a group of people that occasionally "have a scrape with the law so they can eat," has a main cast of mixed and matched characters, and are somewhat dark. Furthermore, both of these series are action packed and somewhat centered around the main cast taking different jobs from various people, sometimes getting betrayed.


both animes involve people who use guns, they are wanted by law and they have fun and many adventures


Outlaw Star and Black Lagoon are both similar in that they both involve a group of characters that run a delivery/odd job business.  Outlaw Star is more light-hearted, while Black Lagoon is more action packed.  But the misfit group of characters coming together for a single purpose is what really makes these shows really similar.  I definitely feel that if you enjoyed one, the other would be worth your while.


A great crew of characters that have compexity ot their backggrounds and personalities and develop over time.  Great action sequences.  

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Some years into the future, a strange, unexplainable natural disaster has broken off a piece of the Japanese mainland. Known as the Lost Ground, it is now inhabited by people with Alters -- machine-like extensions of their own will. In order to keep the peace on the Lost Ground, the HOLY organization uses its own Alter capabilists to police the region. In the midst of the chaos is a young man named Kazuma, whose life will soon change forever as he discovers his hidden abilities, and how to wield them.

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I've noticed that Scryed and Outlaw Star often appeal to the same people. Maybe it's the somewhat similar main characters, but it could also be the story progression: adventure and fighting is the focus, and only later does the story become clear. If you liked one, you'd like the other as well.


Frankly I found Outlaw Star a little thin. It took forever to get to the point, and when it did it was heavy, fast, and anti-climatic, with little explaination. But if you liked this in the least, I think you would appreciate S-cry-ed! Based on unknown happenings to individuals that want to know the "why" of their lives. The story is richer and captivating, from the loner hero stand point.

Have fun with S-cry_ed I did.


both animes involve some people who have some powers, and they fight to survive as they adventure


If you liked one then you'll like the other because both feature the kind of heroe who doesn't think things over before going into a fight and while in the beginning the heroe only wants to try to get by in life by doing whatever odd jobs come their way they in the end end up playing a much larger role in the final fight.

Martian Successor Nadesico

Martian Successor Nadesico

When Akito Tenkawa went looking for answers about his parents' deaths, he had no idea that he'd be indoctrinated into the spaceship Nadesico not only as a cook, but also as a mecha pilot – a job he wants nothing to do with! Alongside his childhood friend Yurika, stoic Ruri, otaku Gai and other misfit crewmates, Akito and the Nadesico crew find themselves in the middle of a brutal war against both the dreaded Jovian Lizards, and the military itself, who wants the civilian ship under their control...

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Nadesico also tells us the story of a crew of a big space ship. Though Nadesico is less serious than Outlaw star and abit more of a comedy. But it still got some emotional moments and the crew figthing for their ship.
Although the cast of Nadesico is larger, and the relations between the characters more complex, it shares the theme of "group of space travellers with a mission" with Outlaw Star. Action, drama, humour, both series have a dash of everything.

Outlaw star and Nadesico are both set on a ship where the crew fights in space, with an awkward girl piloting the ship. Outlaw star doesn't incorporate mecha fighting as a primary battle method, instead it is more one on one gunfighting type, but if you liked either of the two then you are sure to like the other.