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    Outlaw Star - The Hook

    Hello all!

    I'm sure there's another thread like this one, but I thought it would be worthwhile to bring about a new one in light of the site's rebirth.

    What was it about Outlaw Star that first hooked you?
    What was it that made you come back after that first experience?
    What was it about the show that captured your imagination?




    For me, it's been a while, but I think it really was the Caster Gun that had me hooked.

    Just something about the never-ending quest for magic shells of mysterious power and origin was just so darn cool.

    That and the show barely scratches on the deeper story behind the weapon.

    Fans will note that the caster does get a deeper explanation in the infamous (and obligatory) hot springs episode.
    Still, we never really get the full picture.

    That's just a cool narrative device for the show, and it's what got me first hooked on the series.



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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    Nice idea. The first time I saw Outlaw Star I was seventeen years old and at college (so, nine years ago), and I didn't really know anything about anime then. Sure, I saw a couple of series like Pokémon, Digimon and Zoids, but I didn't care much of them being Japanese animation. A friend dragged me to an "anime club" which I didn't give a rat's ass about at first, and I only caught the second half of the first Outlaw Star episode before heading home. I thought it looked pretty cool, but I forgot about it.



    Fast-forward two years. In that time I'd had three girlfriends, two of which had a small anime interest and I ended up watching Saikano (or She, the Ultimate Weapon) and a couple of Studio Ghibli films. A friend of one of these girlfriends talked about a show that sounded a little familiar. I remembered the awesome car chase and that was the part that piqued my curiosity. After some investigation I downloaded (since at that point there wasn't a UK boxset) Outlaw Star, and to say I was impressed is an understatement. Never before had I been that obsessed with an animation. Less than a year later I noticed that the only large community around was in a shambles and I strived to change that, getting in touch with the owner of OutlawStar.co.uk. I did a couple of small jobs for him and set up an advertising deal. In return, he gave me the domain and hosting.

    What was it that pulled me in, though? Well, Outlaw Star really has everything you could ask for...

    Magic guns, an android girl, a sexy assassin, space pirates, bizarre ships, catgirls and a perverted, sleazy scumbag with a genius to keep him in check. (Lots of images below, hence the tag.)










    I'd also like to add that the music is a brilliant part of the show that's often unfairly ignored in favour of the OP/ED songs. One or two times a week I put the Outlaw Star soundtracks on because they're so awesome. I think that Outlaw Star doesn't go as "deep" as shows like Cowboy Bebop, and that's because it keeps it simple and optimistic, with a heavy focus on chasing your dreams. It gives a really positive vibe and that has kept me returning to it, as well as the variety of unexplained lore.
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    For me, I started watching anime around 1999/2000 because that's when Toonami was on prime time TV in the US. All my friends in school were into Dragon Ball Z so I started watching that along with the other shows on Toonami. That's when I got to see Outlaw Star. Outlaw Star is a very colorful show with action and sci-fi; both genres I really like. The characters are fun and engaging. I loved the intensity of the show, which to this day, I feel most sci-fi shows have a hard time reaching. Also like Mantis said, there was a positivity with the show to follow your dreams/personal adventures through adversity. When you're in school, you definitely need motivation. :p Shows like Cowboy Bebop on the other hand basically show you that you can follow your dreams and still end up dead on the street afterward. So not quite as motivational.

    The artwork and music probably made me come back the most. The style of Outlaw Star is very striking and sharp with lots of pointed edges on things. The ship is pretty cool too and what it can do in space. The OST is catchy and reflects the themes and emotions of the show. Of course, the characters and plot brought me back as well.

    I've always had a fascination with space since I was young and shows like Star Trek and Outlaw Star gave us that glimpse of what it might be like to explore the universe rather than just fight in it or feel like you're stuck in it with shows like Star Wars or Cowboy Bebop. I'm not saying I don't like those shows. I just appreciate the fun aspect along with the dramatic aspect. Also sci-fi meets magic? That doesn't happen in too many shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottran7 View Post
    Also like Mantis said, there was a positivity with the show to follow your dreams/personal adventures through adversity. When you're in school, you definitely need motivation. :p Shows like Cowboy Bebop on the other hand basically show you that you can follow your dreams and still end up dead on the street afterward. So not quite as motivational.
    You know I never thought about comparing the two shows' themes like that.
    That's a pretty nifty insight actually, so nicely put.

    It's hard not to love a show that makes you feel free to dream, and dream big.
    Glory or bust, feast or famine, leyline or no leyline, the important part is to go for it all the same.
    That's a truly valuable lesson.

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    @Mantis - you know, for all the time I've played around on this site [including its predecessor], I don't think I ever caught this story.
    That a pretty cool narrative you've got going on there. Funny how much relationships push us into directions that we later fully incorporate into our lives.

    And of course, I'm proud of your use of gifs.
    Well done.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    I got hooked on OLS back when it first aired on Toonami back in 2001. During the height of DBZ and Gundam Wing craze and I was really into the Tenchi Muyo series. What got me intially was the fact the show hit the ground running with Gene's bar fight in the first episode and by episode three I was hook because of Aisha Clan Clan. Outlaw Star had what few anime had back then, a positive tone throughout the series and a happy end. A lot of anime then ended with often times on a dour tone like Cowboy Bebop.
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    I don't really know what got me initially hooked on Outlaw Star. Maybe it was just a good show, or maybe because it had catgirls. What really got me hooked was episode 18 where Aisha showed off her beast form for the first time. Maybe because it was my obsession for tigers, or maybe it was just a fascination of tiger catpeople. Whatever the reason, I was really hooked after that; everything else about the show became awesome.

    What captures my imagination--or perhaps more accurately what I liked most--about the show itself is how it explores a deep subject: "why do I exist and for what purpose?" Stuff like that. I always thought their frequent environment (the void of space) was a medium that best represents such questions, and fittingly the resolution literally takes place at the heart of the middle of nowhere (the infinite unknown.)
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    Outlaw Star was the gateway anime to start getting into anime so it holds a special place in my heart and will always be my favorite show ever made. I found it randomly when I first got Cartoon Network in my area and I stayed up late. I use to record episodes on VHS lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutlawFantasy View Post
    I use to record episodes on VHS lol
    I'm still looking for somebody who has the Cartoon Network episodes. I'd totally transfer the differences onto the Blu-ray version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    I'm still looking for somebody who has the Cartoon Network episodes. I'd totally transfer the differences onto the Blu-ray version.
    I think I have episode 18 recorded on VHS still. Not sure how much I caught, though. Unfortunately there's no way to check as my VHS player is broken :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by SethClanclan View Post
    I think I have episode 18 recorded on VHS still. Not sure how much I caught, though. Unfortunately there's no way to check as my VHS player is broken :/
    I might pick up one for cheap. I got this USB device years ago called the EZ Cap. I can just connect the VHS player to that and record to my computer. Well, this is going a bit off-topic, but I might poke around the Toonami communities and ask if anybody has them recorded.
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