Outlaw Star / Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Space Western
First Aired: Winter 1998, 26 episodes
Summary: Out on the backwater planet of Sentinel III, Gene Starwind and his partner Jim Hawking are in the business of doing whatever job will make them money. Everything changes when Hilda hires them for a bodyguard job. The mystery begins as the job turns out to be more complex than what they signed up for. Their journey will take them across the galaxy, encountering all manner of shady characters, including the MacDougall bounty hunters. Luckily for Gene and Jim they possess the galaxy’s most advanced ship, the Outlaw Star.
Outlaw Star is a fun and upbeat anime that progresses while appearing episodic at the same time. Most of the episodes are self-contained even though each one ends with “To Be Continued”. The pacing of the show is somewhat spotty. The season begins with a lot of excitement, the middle seems to drag on, and it finished strong. The character design in the series is fantastic, more specifically the outfits. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, look no further than the big shoulders. At first I hated them, but they grew on me. The high intensity music was another positive aspect of the series for me. It’s not often that I look forward to watching the opening title sequence, but Outlaw Star really did it for me. The last bit I’ll mention is how much I enjoyed the first 60 seconds of every episode, which is where the Outlaw Star universe was explained in detail. If you’re going to watch this anime, make sure not to skip this part.
You might enjoy this if: Cowboys in space sounds appealing to you. If you like Cowboy Bebop and Firefly, Outlaw Star will be right up your alley.
You might not like it if: You get hung up on animation. Outlaw Star has a classic 90s style animation that is good at times and bad at others.
Note to the Viewer: Outlaw Star aired on Toonami and Adult Swim in the U.S. Due to the amount of fanservice, episode 23 was the only episode not to air on the networks.
AMV – Won’t Back Down by spyderdan43
(I recommend starting from the beginning of the AMV but it you want to get right to the music skip ahead to 1:00)