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?
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!
The anime Outlaw Star screams the perfection of the '90's. The plot in this anime is so substantial and so strong that it's worth sticking through the 15 episodes of worthless filler. The fillers are the reason for the 8 rating in Story. This is a 26 episode anime that could have easily been a 12 episode one. In fact, by cutting out 14 episodes, I believe this anime could have become so much stronger and powerful in it's message. One of my favorite parts of this anime is the fact that it doesn't hesitate to kill of a character that could have become the most loved character in the series. It doesn't have to hold onto the characters to carry out the plot, because the plot can stand for itself. In an era of fanservice anime that relies on giant breasts to bring about it's appeal, the fact that Outlaw Star didn't need this should speak volumes in and of itself. The music is another thing about this anime that I really enjoyed. The opening credit song is one of my favorites of anime to date. And the filler music during emotional scenes always seemed to emphasize said scene instead of taking away from it. Music is a powerful weapon and can often take away from an anime, but the music in Outlaw Star perfectly complemented the scene without either taking away from each other. The animation is very heavily '90's anime, with everything from the men's broad shoulders and thin waists to the strange lines sketched across characters faces. (To this day I have still not figured out why the lines are their - freckles, constant blushing?) However, the animation on the Galactic Leyline and the animation in the ship Outlaw Star itself seemed quite advanced for it's time. The attention to detail was a quality I could appreciate, however the animation as a whole is nothing to brag about. Overall, this anime has become one of my top anime of all time. It would be higher on the list if only the filler episodes did not exist. It can almost seem like a shore, getting through the 10 - 15 episodes of pure filler, however it does serve for some vital character development and, if you can stomach all of it, makes the last 5 episodes so much more worth it.
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