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''Outlanders'' (アウトランダーズ, Autorandāzu) is a {{Manga}} written by JohjiManabe, best described as a SpaceOpera with a strong dose of ScienceFantasy, an ActionGirlfriend and a whole heaping load of FanService. It tells the story of the alien Princess Kahm and [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo News Photographer]] Tetsuya Wakatsuki as they try to save the earth from the invading forces of the interstellar [[TheEmpire Santovasku Empire.]] [[LoveObstructingParents Oh, and Kahm's father is the emperor.]] The Santovasku (referred to as Saint Evascureze in the [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]]) use giant techno-organic spaceships, or "Biomechs," and they utilize both their [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens advanced technology]] as well as their [[MagicKnight mastery of sorcery]] in their assault on Earth.

The manga was distributed by Creator/DarkHorseComics in the United States prior to the expiration of their license on the property. The Dark Horse version was translated by Toren Smith of Studio Proteus. There is also an ''Outlanders'' [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]], produced by {{AIC}} on behalf of Creator/TatsunokoProduction and is not listed on Tatsunoko's web site. In 2005, CentralParkMedia released a remastered version of the [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] with new voice actors. A poll was conducted to select said actors, with fans selecting who they wished to voice the characters.

Manabe would later revisit the ''Outlanders'' universe with the one-shot manga, ''The Key of Graciale''. Although it is not a direct prequel to his earlier ''Outlanders'' manga in terms of plot, Princess Kahm does return as heroine complete with her band of trusted servants in tow.

The OVA [[AdaptationDistillation condenses roughly the first half of the series into a single self-contained episode less than an hour in length; all but the main story elements, in addition to most of the non-essential characters, are subsequently dispensed with.]]

[[IThoughtItMeant This should not be confused with]] the ''Outlanders'' novel series by Mark Ellis, spun off from the ''Literature/{{Deathlands}}'' series of post-apocalyptic novels.
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!!''Outlanders'' provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Kahm and her best friend, Battia.
* ActionGirlfriend: Both the above.
* TheAlcoholic: Geobaldi has a big jug of... [[GargleBlaster something]] he takes a swig from almost every time he's seen.
* ArrangedMarriage: Kahm is fleeing one of these.
* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter: ''Quintuplets'', even!]] (manga spoiler)
* {{Badass}}: Battia and Geobaldi qualify, though Kahm suffers some BadAssDecay after her capture.
* BetaCouple: Battia and Geobaldi.
* BizarreAlienBiology: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with Kahm and Battia. Possibly played straight with Geobaldi, but is not made clear.
* BleachedUnderpants: Manabe publishes both erotic doujinshi and original hentai manga to this day. He also publishes some doujinshi based on his own work, as ''Ura Outlanders''.
* BoisterousBruiser: Geobaldi, toned down from his BloodKnight introduction in the manga.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In the manga, the Emperor resorts to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind-wiping Kahm]] to stop her [[strike:rebellion]] relationship with Tetsuya. [[spoiler: Tetsuya succeeds in regaining her memories.]]
* ButtMonkey: Tetsuya
* CatGirl: Battia has cat ears.
* ChainmailBikini: Kahm and Battia's attire of choice.
* CrashIntoHello: More of a Charging Attack into Hello, but you get the idea. However, rather then the associated awkwardness, the two are instantly attracted to one another.
* CreatorCameo
** JohjiManabe himself voiced a background character in the Japanese dub of the OVA.
** He also drew chibi versions of himself as extras in the manga.
* CurbStompBattle: Sick of Geobaldi calling him a monkey, Tetsuya uses Kahm's sword to attack him, only to be slashed to ribbons. Kahm is forced to employ a secret healing technique to save him afterwards. The incident is not mentioned again.
* DistressedDamsel: Kahm briefly becomes one of these after bringing Tetsuya to meet her father. It didn't go well.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Tetsuya quickly succumbs to this.
* [[spoiler:DwindlingParty: Battia, Gerobaldi and Raika all die in that order when trying to rescue Kahm, after Earth's Destruction.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: In the manga. [[spoiler:[[RocksFallEveryoneDies Considering]] [[DwindlingParty what]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom happened]] [[LastOfHisKind it]] [[KillEmAll may be]] [[EveryoneComesBackFantasyPartyEnding somewhat]] [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]].]]
* [[spoiler:EarthShatteringKaboom: Ironically this is not applied to the Earth's Destruction. This however applies to the Destruction of the Santovasku Empire.]]
* [[spoiler:EveryoneComesBackFantasyPartyEnding:]] The special epilogue to the manga.
* ExactWords: Used for a throwaway gag in Central Park Media's dub.
--> '''Progress''': Say "good-bye", Geobaldi!
--> '''Soldier''': "Good-bye, Geobaldi", sir!
* {{Expy}}: A green-haired alien princess with horns and a bikini comes to Earth with her father's invasion fleet, and then decides on a whim to marry a Japanese boy after he sees her topless. If that's not familiar enough, she's named Kaamu (instead of Ramu) in Japanese. The major difference is ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' plays the whole alien invasion angle for comedy, and it's all but forgotten by the [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot end of chapter two]].
* {{Fanservice}}: ''Rampant''.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: Tetsuya is the first human male Kahm meets that isn't ugly and trying to kill her.
* FishPeople: Nao and the entire Nuba tribe. They're not aquatic, but still.
* FiveRoundsRapid: Early in the OVA, Kahm lands her ship on Earth while being attacked by the military, presumably the {{JSDF}}. Her ship wipes the floor with them. After personally slaughtering a whole squad with only her sword and ChainMailBikini, she bumps into Tetsuya taking pictures of the action. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Cue plot and no further mention of the destruction.]]
* FunnyAnimal: Geobaldi, a starship captain and MasterSwordsman implied to be from a world enthralled by TheEmpire.
* FuroScene: Sort of, as the scene is an actual bath as opposed to a soaking bit.
* GagDub: Central Park Media's dub, released in 2005, wasn't afraid of tossing in some groan-worthy one-liners for the heck of it. Memorable lines include Tetsuya begging for one final chance at sleeping with Kahm as he's dragged away by guards, a soldier asking for permission to die, and the line "banana-eating retard".
* [[spoiler:GladToBeAliveSex: Tetsuya gets his happy ending.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: In the theme song.
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Green-Haired Space Babe:]] Kahm
* GreyAndGreyMorality: [[UpToEleven More like the]] BlueAndOrangeMorality of the [[TheEmpire Santovasku Empire]] vs. the FantasticRacism [[HumansAreBastards of Humanity]]. Even among the rebels, [[spoiler:Geobaldi]] has no problems [[spoiler:destroying New York City and Washington D.C.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: The implied result of Kahm and Tetsuya's relationship. [[spoiler:Not just ''implied'' in the manga.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Battia has elements of this.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Geobaldi after being convinced by Tetsuya and DoubleSubverted with]] Raika. [[spoiler:See ShipperOnDeck.]]
* HornedHumanoid: All of the Santovasku royals, but Kahm's horns are much cuter than her father's.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet
* InterSpeciesRomance: Well, duh. As Tetsuya discovers first-hand after accidentally depriving her of her ModestyTowel, and in subsequent encounters, he and Kahm are not only [[MaleToFemaleUniversalAdaptor anatomically compatible]], but also [[HalfHumanHybrid biologically.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Geobaldi
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: The only characters to survive the entire series are Kahm, Tetsuya, and the main crew of the Rha Ledaruba.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Princess Kahm briefly forgets Tetsuya and tries to kill him (again)]], due to the magic of the Santrov Emperor.
* [[spoiler:LastOfHisKind: Tetsuya by the end of the entire series is the last human alive.]]
* LoadBearingBoss: The Emperor is a particularly egregious example, causing the collapse of an entire planet.
* LoveAtFirstSight: More or less what happens between Kahm and Tetsuya, at least in the anime. (The manga is somewhere between BestHerToBedHer and FireForgedFriends.)
* LoveObstructingParents: The Emperor frowns upon his daughter's shenanigans.
* MagicKiss: Kahm gives Tetsuya the ability to understand her alien language with a kiss, which she says is a simple spell. Though later they cast an area-effect version of the spell, probably so Kahm didn't have kiss the entire [[FishPeople Nuba tribe]].
* MeaningfulName: Geobaldi, is [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous named after]] Italian folk hero and revolutionary warrior '''Giu'''seppe Gari'''baldi'''. Guess who he ends up fighting for? His NumberTwo is Gari, of course.
* OneHeadTaller: [[AvertedTrope averted]], interestingly enough. Kahm and Tetsuya are roughly the same height. Played straight with Battia and Geobaldi. Battia's no shrimp, but Geobaldi is [[TheBigGuy massive.]]
* OrganicTechnology: Santovasku tech seems to be equal parts this and {{Magitek}}.
* OverlyLongGag: Everyone keeps calling poor Tetsuya a monkey.
* PlanetSpaceship: Earth's moon is revealed to be a millennia-old ship, the superweapon called "Dola".
* ReadyForLovemaking: Kahm is an eager woman indeed. Her outfit facilitates this.
* RebelliousPrincess: Kahm again.
* RescueSex: Almost happens, but is [[MomentKiller stopped]] by Battia and Geobaldi reminding them that they still have a nigh-impossible escape to execute.
* TheRival: Battia's intial appearance leads to a SwordFight with her friend Kahm, but we quickly discover she's more of TheLancer.
* [[spoiler:RocksFallEveryoneDies: Literally, more like [[UpToEleven The Moon Falls, Humanity Dies]]. Also happens to the Santrovasku Imperial Planet.]]
* RubberForeheadAliens: Mostly. Kahm only has a pair of horns that wrap around her hair, and Battia has [[CatGirl cat ears.]] Then there's [[FunnyAnimal Geobaldi.]] [[spoiler:Justified in that they originally came from Earth.]]
* ShamelessFanServiceGirl: Kham, of course.
* ShipperOnDeck: Raika, the German girl from the manga. [[spoiler:She sneaks aboard Kahm's flagship to try to kill her, and ends up coming out of hiding after listening to the Emperor offer to leave Earth alone if Tetsuya leaves Kahm -- just to deliver a ShutUpHannibal. She immediately starts working on arranging the wedding ceremonies.]]
* SlapSlapKiss: How Kahm and Tetsuya meet. The kiss confers Kahm's language to Tetsuya.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Kahm's personal staff includes two [[StarWars Yoda-sized]] frog-creatures and their three children. [[TheMatchMaker the woman offers Kahm advice]] on how to court Tetsuya during the FuroScene. The couple's catchphrase is "Leave them alone", in reference to our favorite green-haired space princess and her squeeze.
* {{Squee}}: Kahm's reaction to Tetsuya coming to her rescue. Almost results in RescueSex.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Tetsuya's old boss Aki once the AncientConspiracy turns her into the BlackMagicianGirl Jilehr.
* SwordFight: Several.
* ThatsNoMoon: In the manga, [[spoiler:Earth's moon]] is revealed to be an ancient space battleship.
* ThrowAwayCountry: Subverted in the manga; Japan is completely destroyed by the end of the first storyline (although all significant characters escaped). [[spoiler:[[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet Earth]] is destroyed about two-thirds through the series.]]
* TreacherousAdvisor: Court advisor and fleet commander Progress is implied to be this by Kahm, but never gets a chance to enact whatever scheme he had in mind. [[spoiler:Neo is revealed to be one as well.]]
* TwerpSweating: The Emperor doesn't even bother ''trying'' to intimidate Tetsuya. He's got that part down pat. He just skips straight to the [[DisproportionateRetribution execution by being fed to nasty giant alien worms.]] Cue Battia pulling a [[StarWars Lando Calrissian]] to save Tetsuya from the aforementioned horrible fate.
* [[MarsNeedsWomen Venus Needs Men]]: Part of the reason Kahm comes to our planet in the first place. She also genuinely cares about us and would rather her father not wipe us out.
* WaterfallShower: While Kahm is having a bath, she goes over to the portion of her bathing pond where the waterfall is and has a waterfall shower to rinse off the shampoo that she had in her hair.
* YouSexyBeast: Battia, to Geobaldi.
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