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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I was really excited going into this show. I was told that it is a lot like Cowboy Bebop, and I loved Cowboy Bebop. After watching it, I can say that it is a lot like it. Just imagine Cowboy Bebop more light hearted. Some might call OS a rip off of Bebop, but remember that Outlaw Star did air before Cowboy Bebop (though it only started three months before).The story was really fun, and enjoyable. The show was pretty episodic, but each episode tied in to the main story in some way. Some episodes were directly related to the previous episode. This made it really fun to watch. When I started watching the show, I watched the first ten episodes in one night. It was hard to stop. I basically stopped when I realized, that it was 4 AM, and I probably should sleep. The overal plot was pretty good, but I found that I was more interested in the sub plots in each episode. Some people may wonder if they could skip certain episodes, and the answer is "kind of." Even the most random episode has something that connects to the big story. One of my favorite things about the show was the characters. They all had strong, and very different personalities. They all had their roll. They were all fun, and they worked well with each other. The main problem I had was character development. Some characters had a lot of backstory revealed, while others had very little. I just wished that they could have dedicated a little time into letting us know more about some of the characters.The animation was good, but then it was bad. Each episode looked a little different. Maybe they drew hats to see who drew the characters in each episode. One episode, the characters were drawn great, next time the characters looked kind of bad. Even the ships varied. One episode the ship, the Outlaw Star, will look kind of plain, and simple looking. Next episode will have the ship with all these shadows, and nice lighting. Even so, when it was "bad" it was still appealing.I had the choice of watching the dub or sub, so I decided to give the English dub a chance. It was surprisingly good. I was really surprised. The acting wasn't amazing, but it was casted well. The voices fit the characters, and they were likable. A few characters were plain bad though. Melfina's voice was the main problem. It was very unatural. It just sounded like the actress was doing a voice. It was too too high. Sometimes though her voices sounded too old for the character. I was still able to overlook that. Cowboy Bebop fans who watched the dub might be glad to hear Jet's and Faye's voices in the cast.I liked the show so much that it got into my top ten list. So if you haven't seen it yet, check it out. Fans of Bebop's style, might enjoy it.
Disclaimer: This is a spoiler-free review to help you guys decide whether or not you want to give Outlaw Star a go!Outlaw Star is a well-thought anime, with good actions scenes, some character development and that typical 90's anime design many of us love. That being said, let's get to more specific details! Plot and characters The plot is very meaningful and can stand up for itself without needing all the fanservice we get nowadays. It has 26 episodes and a good 10 or more are fillers, which may seem like a pain, I know, but hear me out! I see fillers as a subterfuge to get away from the plot. Ahh, that is not the case here! My advice is to just sit back and relax, enjoy the fillers, they're funny and sometimes silly, plus they carry a great deal of character development. Now, we have a wide range of personalities going on here: rebel Gene always picking up a fight, rational Jim who acts as the reason, strong Aisha and skilled Suzuka, their "loyal" sidekicks, Mel is a mystery ;)... A substancial plot with a strong set of characters, both heroes and villains will get on your nerves, make you feel sympathy for them... it's as I said, the plot is a solid network that won't break until the very end, when we get to know what's this big secret and the characters that live in this world will ceratinly leave an impact on you! Made with a good pacing, you won't have a dull moment while watching this and a very important aspect that I have to highlight is: you truly understand the burocracies that come along, many times left in the shadow. Owning a ship, needing money, dealing with the law... they'll adress all those aspects in an efficient way that makes us feel closer to that reality without loosing the good pace of the story. Animation and Sound I absolutely love this opening! It's climbed all the way up my favourite openings XD As a matter of fact, the music on this show is top notch... just as we have the badass opening that always leaves me pumped and ready to let off steam, there's also a beautiful song that accompanies the sadder and deeper scenes. Music should work as building block, a support, and that's just what happens; neither it overlaps the plot and animation, nor it falls under their light. Now, the animation is no big deal. If you come in here not liking the 90's visuals then you won't do well, logically we get broad shoulders, tiny waists and massive breasts, just as some strange lines that leave us wondering what they're supposed to be. But I don't need to say that, it's the 90's magic! I love it, I love the thick linning and cartoony look of this. Fits in perfectly with the genre and goes beyond- the attention to detail is worthy of praise, especially in the Galactic Leyline and all the ships. Meaning this all adds up to... A solid 8/10: Outlaw Star has left a positive mark on me as it's been my first experience with a sci-fi anime. Stand alone plot and characters with the 90's touch, a big thumbs-up to this world of Outlaws and Pirates!
This anime is fun. Period. I missed it when growing up and decided I needed to go back and see what all the fuss was about. Turns out this anime is great. It captures that sense of heroic glory every kid wants growing up. The story is basically a man comes into possession of a ship and is for searching goes on a huge treasure hunt. The animation is kinda old (it is currently 2012) but it still looks good and gets a little better after episode 13. The music is a lot of. It fits the feel of the anime very well. The english voices are actually pretty enjoyable and I love when Melfina sings the opening in English even though it is pretty flat. There are a lot of characters that they meet and never see again. Kinda sad. All that work and then gone. The majority of the crew is likable, I'll leave it at that. This anime is a lot of fun. Watch it.
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