Gene Starwind and his partner Jim Hawking run a small business on the backwater planet of Centinel 3. But all that changes the day that Hilda hires them for a bodyguard job. Now, thrust into a mystery they don't fully unde... more »rstand, 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! As seen on Cartoon Network's Toonami! This title from Sunrise, the people behind Cowboy Bebop and Gundam. Genre: Anime Sci-Fi/Action.« less
Well, after going for a second time through the list of the anime collection that I have not bought yet (and I have bought a lot of them) I came over this show. Unfortunately, I did not come across this gold mine sooner. Fortunately, I eventually found it.
The story goes more like this:
The crew of the Outlaw Star, the best (battle) ship in space and a mystery covering it, consists of: Gene, the main protagonist. Starts up as a bounty hunter and gets in all sorts of adventures and troubles. Strong fighter and an expert with guns. Jim, Gene's partner, an 11 old smart boy and a hacker. Melfina, till the final episodes you will not be able to tell what exactly this girl is all about apart from that she is the key for the L-lines. (SPOILER), she will be in love with Gene and Gene with her... you know what it means, don't you? Romance on its way big time, hehehe. Suzuka, a very strong (and beautiful) Samurai woman who also is an assasin. Aisha, half human half tiger a like woman, which can transform to a wild animal when pissed off, and super strong. The space ship computer, Gillian, which has an opinion about everything.
Than we have a nuts professor switching constantly sites.
Hilda, an Outlaw hot bad kick a** female, who `puts' most of the main characters into the beginning of their journey.
Two brothers who are also bounty hunters, the so called Mac Dugle brothers, and create all sorts of problems to the crew.
Gene's male friend, Fred Low, (I have pointed out his gender because this reach guy will be in love with Gene and a muscle woman - 4 times strongest woman of the Universe - will be in love with Fred and wants to marry him) and who will basically constantly borrow a lot of money to the crew of Outlaw Star for repairs etc. (well, if this guy will ever get paid back is another story).
Killers cut loose who are after Gene's life and not only.
And of course pirates who are after the Outlaw Star, Melfina and to kill Gene; and use some kind of Tao magic.
Guns (called Castors) that can penetrate through magic.
And people die.
The main goal of the story: the Galactic L (or K, if you prefer) -lines. I will not tell you what these lines are all about because it would basically give away the entire story (sorry guys).
The music is very good. The opening song is a pop/rock song while the ending one a romantic ballad (both very good songs).
The animation is very good (compare it with the one of Cowboy Bebop and you will get a very good idea).
As for the dub, I don't know why some are complaining but for me the English voices were actually very good.
As for this box series, it has all 6 DVDs in something like a book-form and in order to go to the other DVD it is as if you have to `turn a page'.
It has a few extras (in each DVD), like art works, trailers of other animes and a non credit opening - ending etc.
And it has a very strong storyline and strong character development. Not to mention the fact that from the first episode the story kicks off and moves so fast that it will grasp you immediately (26 episodes long). The story is a mixture of science fiction, adventure, has a great balance between comedy and drama, action non-stop and of course romance (oh, yes).
Last but not least, Outlaw Star can easily be considered to belong to the same (and equal) category/level of Cowboy Bebop, Trigun etc.
Additional to all it, what I liked a lot was that all the main characters of this series are not whiny or whatsoever. They can live with their pros and cons, are able to get their s*** together and are doing some amazing stuff. Even the females of the crew are some kick a** babes who know how to get what they want and are able to beat people up.
To the most logical question: Is the money worth buying it? Definitely Yes...
To sum up, if you want a strong story, which combines action, romance, comedy and drama, strong character development and characters who are ready to rock from episode one, than this show is highly recommended for you. If you prefer a slow story etc. (something like love hentai), than this show is not for you.
To conclude, I highly recommend this show...
PS: click on the star below (please :-P) "
Buy it, buy it now
Some Art Student | Chicago | 09/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I have to warn potential buyers of the new and used sales for this product. Those that state that the collection has different cover art or a different case are selling you a bootleg. Your bootleg could be either a very poor quality foreign sub (tend to have horrible grammar, poor image resolution, and no extras) or what is called an American Rerelease. "American Rereleases" are just bootlegged copies of the real release that have been packaged in bulk quality cases with zeroxed inserts for the cover art. While they are cheaper their sales do not benefit anyone but the bootlegger. The studio that produced and marketed the series is losing out, and buying from bootleggers taxes the legit studios by taking their profits. Profits that would later get put into bringing you new series.
So please, think about it before buying from a reseller and make sure you're getting what you're paying for. Buying from bootleggers will not get you a quality product.
With that being said, Outlaw star is the quintessential post apocalyptic space anime. Seriously. In this series you'll find an amazing cast of characters, a solid story line, and very nice animation that can still hold its own even when compared to more modern anime.
What is so wonderful about these older shows is that they were being produced when the broad audience still loved the extreme anime style and was willing to accept rather far fetched concepts without needing to be told in careful layman's terms what it all meant. The result? A series with good pace, surprises, and lots of action. Not to mention a lovable cast that, while still staying true to their extreme natures and rather stereotypical character types, are full of human emotion and still suffer from some faults.
This series does not disappoint. It's a lovely mix of actions, romance (and not that cheesy, gooey kind), and even surprises you with a few hilarious gags.
Oddly enough, the DVD case for this set reads that it comes with three disks.... But Amazon is correct in listing that it has six. I'm not sure why the official, legit release would have such a strange error on the case but don't panic if you receive yours and notice the mistake.
This release also includes the textless opening and ending, one huge plus for fans who like to watch things in their entirety. "
GREAT OVERLOOKED STORY
KingNipsy | 09/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this show came into my life thanks to cartoon networks toonami a number of years ago. i was glued to the tv every evening because i HAD to know what happend next. We're talking about magic, gun fighting, space pirates, and a story of different people coming together to overcome flaws in themselves and grow as people.
i picked this dvd up a month or so ago, and im on my 3rd time thru it now, the animation is showing its age alittle, but is still done soo well that you might not ever think about it.
if you liked cowboy bebop, trigun, or even tenchi, this story might be right up your ally..."
Great Product, definately approve
Steven Jester | Phoenix, NY, United States of America | 11/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This series is certainly, in my opinion, a staple in anyone's collection. And this collection is certainly the way to own it.
The discs in this collection are the same discs that are packaged in Outlaw Star - Perfect Collection Boxed Set repackaged into one box and cheaper.
Defiantly a good buy."
Actually some logic and realism in it.
G. Prchal | Japanoland | 05/18/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, this will not be a long review. I will tell you the best thing about this show; first off, Gene and Jim do not have a lot of money and what they do get is not kept long. Why? The ship gets damaged and they have to spend money to repair it. Finally a show that addresses the issue of 'How did they fix all that'. Plus the Castor is one of the coolest weapons I've seen in anime/regular T.V. etc. "Hand me a number 9 Jim"."