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    Comparisons to Outlaw Star

    I was talking to Mister Karma today and he told me about how Tales of Vesperia reminded him of Outlaw Star. (Specifically the main character Yuri and Gene Starwind.) It reminded me a post I made ages ago about similarities I found in Final Fantasy VII. I may as well repost that, and I'll add any necessary (unless minor) spoiler tags. Be sure to reply with anything else you've noticed in other (can be games or video) media*.

    Final Fantasy VII

    • A main character who is initially hired to aid a fight against villains
    • Main character has insecurities and he tries to hide a bad past
    • He embarks on a quest thanks to what seemed to be a simple job, which ultimately allows him to face his insecurities and recover
    • What seemed to be pretty powerful foes at the start of the quest end up being total sissies in comparison to an extremely powerful villain
    • For much of his quest, the character is surrounded by three attractive ladies, yet somehow manages to restrain himself
    • One of these ladies behaves very badly, and will try to acquire treasure through any means necessary
    • She also had a pleasant upbringing, yet turns out to be a real brat sometimes, and complains about trivial matters
    • Some weapons can essentially have magic loaded into them
    • Magic is featured in the quest, both in powerful and weak forms
    • Two powerful men constantly bump into the protagonists, which they battle with but never end up killing each other, and these men make attempts to capture a female protagonist


    • The hero acquires the most advanced ship there is anywhere
    • At one point in the quest, the hero becomes incapacitated, and ends up going down into turquoise water with a woman he's very close to who helps him face his fears, and he ends up making a full recovery


    *If you must you can list the Firefly comparisons, but we've probably heard them all already
    **Mention Cowboy Bebop and you get banned for life

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    Man, it's crazy how many similarities there are in hindsight. Despite playing through FFVII within the last couple of years, it never seemed apparant until now. I think it's because Cloud is a much more subdued protaganist compared to Gene. Gene is loud and brash, he's the one leading the show-- whereas Cloud is more passive and just kind of goes along with everyone else. The tone is very different in general I think, but when you lay it all out like this the similarities become clear as day.

    Outlaw Star does have a '90s JRPG-esque feel about it, mostly because of how vibrant the universe is and how each of the main cast have their own functions and abilities within the crew. They each have their own niche to fill; Gene is the leader and general all-rounder, Jim is the brains/support, Aisha is the brawler with a transformation ability, Suzuka is the mysterious one who joins and departs your party as she pleases, and Melfina... well, she's the reason you set out on this journey in the first place! A lot of Ito's illustrations and designs remind me of Grandia or some obscure JRPG from the 16-bit era, not really sure how else to describe it but I really like it.

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    Outlaw Star always had that used up yet stylized future that was in a lot of animes back in the 80s and 90s as well as in some videogames. It was a common style. You could say Outlaw Star was sort of the last of it's kind since most depictions of the future in a lot of animes afterwards had a more sleek depiction of th future.

    Getting on topic, I've been rewatching an anime called Lost Universe that does have some similarities, though most of it is superficial at best. It features a read headed hero who inherits a ship (Gene from Hilda, Kain Blueriver, the lead of Lost Universe, from his grandmother) that uses a woman that is intergal to the ship running (The chief difference is that Canal, said girl running the ship, is really a holographic projection of the ship's systems). With that, the leads go on various odd jobs and missions. The lead has a rare weapon (Gene a caster, Kain a lightsaber-ish psi-blade) that they use. The leads run into a character that thinks highly of themselves (Outlaw Star, Aisha ClanClan, Lost Universe, Millie Nocturne) and ends up indirectly making the character lose their job/position. Said characters have grandiose claims (Aisha wants to claim the galactic leyline for the CtarlCtarl empire, Millie just wants to be the best in the universe), and ends up joining the leads much to their dismay. And there also is some magic users that will go up against them, not unlike the anten 7. Lost Universe doesn't hold up to well thanks to some iffy animation and some really dated digital effects, but it's still a pretty fun show to check out.

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    I just remembered this doujin I discovered a while ago called 'Wanted', it was created by Hiroyuki Imaishi who is best known as the director of Gurren Lagann. Anyway, the similarities here are mostly at a basic stylistic level, but have a look: http://sushiobunny.tumblr.com/post/8...an-got-me-this



    I'm finding it difficult not to think of Gene when I look at this guy, he looks like he could be his uncle or something. He has a similar hairstyle, carries around a couple of guns at all times, has a scar on his cheek, and even has a similar outfit with the shirtless vest/cloak he has going on. This is probably more to do with basic anime tropes of the '90s, but I thought someone might find it interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobra View Post
    Blast from the past! A friend of mind used to watch Serenity and Outlaw and pointed this out. At the time, I was like 15 or something so I did not think anything of it and now looking at the video comparison there, it is very similar. I am glad you posted this cause I would have not thought to mention it otherwise.

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    You forgot about both the heroes having to cross-dress at some point.

    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    Blast from the past! A friend of mind used to watch Serenity and Outlaw and pointed this out. At the time, I was like 15 or something so I did not think anything of it and now looking at the video comparison there, it is very similar. I am glad you posted this cause I would have not thought to mention it otherwise.
    I actually got into Firefly thanks to Outlaw Star.

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