What is the Premise?
This anime is set in a mystical sci-fi setting with lots of tech and magic to be had. Our story starts when a Jack-of-All-Trades Business man, Gene Starwind and his partner Jim Hawking is approched by rebel pirate Hot Ice Hilda. Meeting of Malfina, an life like android that is part of the advance ship able to find the Galactic Leyline. That ship of course was stolen and given to Gene by Hilda, which soon became known as Outlaw Star. Not long later they are being chased byBefore too long they are being chased by Pirates using Taoist magic, MacDougall Brothers who are a pair of ruthless mercenaries, and a Ctarl-Ctarl battle cruiser. The Ctarl-Ctarl are a race of super strong cat people that love war.
What type of show is it?
Action driven show that is just fun to watch! The characters being great is a understatement! We find light-hearted humour to dark philosophical questioning, all in the same show. I do want to point out that while shown on tv on Toonami that was a very much strip down and less mature version of what Outlaw Star had to offer.
Is it a Hidden Gem?
Gene’s very down to earth way of dealing with the unknown keep the plot moving quick instead of stopping to explain every little thing. The animation was ahead of it’s time, although it is starting to feel a bit dated to some. For it’s age it has age well. How could such a great show stay so hidden? Well it didn’t stay hidden on first release. It just so happen to be released at the same time as Cowboy Bepop. Cowboy Bepop is a great show with a less fantasy future setting that scratch the same itch as Outlaw Star would. Causing Outlaw Star to be a Hidden Gem, and in my thoughts, bit better then Cowboy Bepop
Rating : A True Gem!
An Anime Worth going out of your way for, even likely to be enjoyed by some who isn’t normally into the setting.
How much of it is there?
A Single 26 Episode season. Although it did have a Spin-off show called Angel Links