Type: TV Series
Episode Count: 26
Genre: Sci-Fi / Adventure
Version reviewed: Japanese Subtitled
Date of Review: 30 Dec 2007
A reckless outlaw, a boy genius, a bio-android, a female ninja, and a catgirl, all in one series? Believe it or not, it works.
Gene Starwind is out to make a name for himself with the help of his business partner, the young Jim Hawking. In their search for glory, they get caught up with a mysterious woman named Hilda. She hires them as bodyguards for a secret mission, as she needs extra protection from space pirates. She is after a treasure of sorts… a strange bio-android girl, and after that a secret ship of some sort. Let the adventure begin!
Outlaw Star is a fun show. It’s full of many kinds of characters, and though it seems to throw everything into the story, somehow it manages to work and be quite entertaining in the process.
The story is your standard shonen sci-fi ‘go get ’em!’ type, though with many more elements than are typically expected out of a series of this kind. Even after all of the character types described above, they manage to toss in some Asian mysticism on top of it! Then there are the spaceships in the series, which are called Grappler Ships. They have giant arms, which are quite nimble. It defies all logic and probably more than a few laws of physics, too. Once more though, it doesn’t seem to matter for this series. For something that seems to have so many apparent flaws, Outlaw Star remains a solid and very entertaining series. The characters are fun, the story isn’t incredibly deep, and the action is plentiful.
Most importantly, perhaps, is that the series isn’t meant to be taken seriously. In some ways, and only superficially, it could be argued that Outlaw Star is a kind of Cowboy Bebop Lite. The two series share a few surface similarities, but that’s about it. With this series, it’s not so much about reaching the destination as it is about the ride. If you are looking for a fun sci-fi adventure to enjoy without having to do any heavy analyzing, Outlaw Star is for you.