Gene Starwind has always dreamed of piloting his own ship out into the vast sea of stars. Unfortunately, not all dreams come true, as he spends his days working odd jobs alongside his partner, James Hawking, on the small planet Sentinel III instead. However, this all takes a turn when the duo takes on a job from Rachel Sweet who, unbeknownst to them, is actually a treasure-hunting outlaw. Tasked with protecting a mysterious girl known as Melfina, the meeting irrevocably changes the pair’s lives as they are sent out into the great unknown aboard the highly advanced ship, Outlaw Star. Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star follows Gene and his ragtag crew as they brave the final frontier, navigating the stars in search of answers to the mysteries surrounding Melfina. Encountering dangerous bounty hunters, space pirates, Taoist mages, and even catgirls, there is sure to be an exhilarating adventure around every corner. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
For being an anime in the late 90’s, there is surely a stigma about the less vibrant choices, but the series actually holds up pretty strong to today’s anime series. The space travel and ship fights are fast paced with dazzling colors and each character feels as if the shine individually by thankfully avoiding some of the generic designs for characters today. On top of that, this marvelous Funimation Blu-ray re-release (that I wasn’t sure if we would ever be blessed with) the series is better than ever and remastered to its best ability. When you take all of the perks into consideration, Outlaw Star is a rare anime gem that has stood the test of time in storytelling, characters, animation and overall entertainment. Don’t miss a chance to check out the series now from Funimation and if you have already witnessed its perfection, this new release is a collectors set that every anime fan needs to obtain.
The Nihon Review
To be quite blunt, Outlaw Star is a great show. If you are just finishing up the Dragonball Z series and are looking for your next favorite anime series, or if you are an old vet just looking for some fond memories, look no further. Outlaw Star won’t disappoint.
If you are looking for a cool action comedy that is not overly complicated or just plain weird, then Outlaw Star is the one for you. It is a must see for any Anime and/or Science fiction fanatic.
For those who love anime Outlaw Star is not to be missed. I have been watching anime for over a decade now, and this anime made a mark on the US by being one of the first to be shown on the Toonami block on Cartoon Network. Its the story about Gene Starwing, and his partner Jim Hawking who are regular bounty hunters. One time they take a mission and suddenly they are being chased by every space police, and pirate in space. Everyone wants this female android named Melfina, and his ship the XGP. Its a space and mecha type anime with an amazing plot line. I really loved watching this anime, and watching this insane group getting in and out of crazy situations, and staying together as a rag tag family of misfits. While they are trying to figure out what the Galatic Leyline is they are bouncing around space in the XGP or Outlaw Star as they called it. The characters are extremely well developed, and a very interesting plot line which shouldnt be missed. The action is fantastic and the music fits the bill. This is one anime that has been dubbed well, and I loved watching it.
Outlaw Star is nearly 20 years old (if you include the pilot it is) but it is definitely still a show worth watching. The main cast hold the show well and whilst the villains and side cast don’t engage as well as I hoped, it makes up for it with sheer charm, humour and surprising development when it comes to the main two heroes. The way to get to the Layline is told gradually but smartly, and the characters all get their moments (some more than others) to the point that whilst some is rushed, it isn’t done terribly. And any show that makes a fanservice episode plot-worthy gets an OK in my book…
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For all that Outlaw Star does right and in spite of the things it doesn’t, perhaps its strict adherence to its era is the show’s biggest liability. As a rollicking late night 90’s anime, it’s distinctly above-average, but it doesn’t seem to have much resonance beyond just being fun. There are no grand thematic challenges or experimentation in single-episode storytelling like in Cowboy Bebop, just exciting space adventure plots for 26 episodes. There are some interesting structural choices now and again, such as the staggered flashbacks leading into “Mortal Combat with the El Dorado”, as well as an ending that gets somewhat existential in a way that seemed almost obligatory for anime of this era. But for the most part, Outlaw Star is just a romp. Those who grew up with it will not be betrayed by their nostalgia, because even if only for fun factor alone, this is a show worth remembering. For those who are new to it, this series is certainly entertaining enough to check out just to see what all the hype is about, and you’ll probably at least have a good time. Even if it never affects you on a deeper level, you’ll at least remember the ride.
The Forgotten Lair
A fun adventure with plenty of cool fights and eye candy for everyone.
Roman’s Movie Reviews And Musings
If you want a series that delivers action and adventure in traditional space opera format, you can’t go wrong here. While the characters and their arcs are pretty familiar, the whole story is very entertaining. The first and last third of the series has amazing momentum, with top-notch storytelling and editing. But the middle portion does slow down a bit with some goofy side stories. The final result is a treasure hunt filled with action, adventure and fun characters.
Still Outlaw Star is fun to watch, and it’s made with a broad audience appeal, a refreshing lack of clichés, and a rough and ready style that you just don’t see in anime these days. I have a lot of time for anime of this vintage, and it makes a welcome change from the mainstream otaku fan-service deluge that we usually get.
No show is without it’s faults, but Outlaw Star comes pretty close to not having any. There are a few times where certain characters become a bit annoying, but that appears to be their purpose. The only other issue I had with the series was the final battle. It was a bit confusing and hard to follow at times. It was difficult to comprehend the scale of certain ships and transformations.
Road Rash Reviews
Outlaw Star is a very enjoyable series. It’s great to have some proper sci-fi to get your teeth into, and Outlaw Star is a good story, colourful and well animated, which soon draws you in. There is also plenty of comedy and fun interactions between the characters.
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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.
In my opinion, Outlaw Star is one of the greatest anime series that have ever been made. While I have seen only the English dubbed version, I hear nothing but rave reviews of the original (which is for mature audiences only due to language and sexual innuendo.) The characters are wonderful and unique, and the plot has a purpose, not to mention above average animation. What more can you ask for?
Writing this review has made me realise how my own tastes and the wider anime industry have changed since this series first appeared. Outlaw Star is a good example of the sort of anime that was popular in the 90’s, a mix of action, comedy, fantasy, science fiction and some unusual girls in the cast. It’s got a lot of charm for that very reason, but it’s often unremarkable and forgettable. These flaws aside, there is something fundamentally enjoyable about series which features a scarred letch with a magic pistol, a weapons grade catgirl, an assassin with a wooden sword, a child genius acting as the voice of reason, and a navigator who has to get naked in order to guide the ship. In fact, how could anyone fail to enjoy that?
A solid if not wildly original production.
The Null Set
For a show about interstellar travel, Outlaw Star never felt like it was going anywhere – each story arc would reset the show with nothing to show for the time and trouble, characters were not interesting or engaging and the weak characterization never made them likeable, ending felt really rushed and tacked on and it relied too heavily on deus ex machina to resolve things