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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Melfina, Aisha Clan Clan, Gene Starwind, Twilight Suzuka and Jim Hawking. ]]

->''"Outlaws. This was the name given to those who travelled space with only his freedom as his guide."''

Based on a popular manga by Takehito Ito, the first show in Creator/{{Sunrise}}'s ''Toward Stars'' universe, ''Outlaw Star'' is an old-fashioned SpaceOpera writ large.

There are three major powers: the [[SpacePolice Space Forces]] who enforce the law, the {{Space Pirate}}s who defy it and the "outlaws" who owe allegiance to neither side. Gene Starwind, a big fish in the small pond of his home planet, dreams of going to the stars. One day, a simple bodyguard job quickly spirals out of control and ends with him coming into possession of the most advanced spaceship in the galaxy (which he dubs the ''Outlaw Star'') and the biological navigation system that controls it, an ArtificialHuman named Melfina.

This is only the beginning of his problems, as between trying to scrape together enough cash to pay for his new ship's upkeep, he has to contend with both the Space Forces and {{pirate}}s trying to get the ship back as they all race against each other to reach the mysterious "Galactic Leyline". Helping Gene are his young partner Jim Hawking, the exotic but hot-tempered CatFolk alien Aisha Clan-Clan, the sword-wielding assassin Twilight Suzuka, the somewhat incoherent shipboard AI Gilliam, and others who come and go from the plot. If you like "pulp"-era science fiction, you'll like this show.

''Outlaw Star'' was available uncut on VHS and DVD from Creator/BandaiEntertainment in North America until Bandai went out of business. It remained out of print for a few years until Creator/{{Funimation}} rescued the series in 2013. Most of the series has been shown – in edited form – on both Creator/{{Toonami}} and Creator/AdultSwim. The show is available in Australia and New Zealand from Creator/MadmanEntertainment, and in the UK from Anime Limited.

See also ''Anime/AngelLinks'', also a part of the ''Towards Stars'' universe.
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!!Tropes:

* OneHundredAndEight: The {{Big Bad}}'s pirate faction is the "One Hundred and Eight Stars."
* TheAbridgedSeries: As seen [[http://www.youtube.com/user/OLSAbridged#p/c/E753E8B1AE9AE1EF/0/0KUgZVMnwqg here]].
* AdultFear: Harry's stalking of Melfina gradually moves in frightening resemblance of the two being in an abusive relationship.
* AkashicRecords: [[spoiler:Kahn comes to the Leyline theorizing that it is such. It states that it can be that and much more.]]
* TheAlcatraz[=/=]PenalColony[=/=]DeathWorld: Hecatonchires. A ShoutOut to Creator/HalClement's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesklin Mesklin]], with three gravities at the the location of the prison and ten at the poles (the punishment zone).
* AlwaysCamp [[CampGay Gay]]: Fred Luo.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:The final scene is the crew blasting off to a new adventure in a new sector of space.]]
* AnimalThemeNaming: All members of the Anten Seven are named after Japanese beetles.
* AnimationBump: The first episode and last episodes have the most fluid animation of the entire series, with episode 21 being the runner up. The other episodes, have a hit and miss, for example episode 13 has very OffModel and static animation, while the following episodes 14 and 15, are much higher quality.
* AntiClimax: A lot was made of the Anten 7's abilities, but the fights against them were all very short, especially Tobigara.
** Somewhat subverted, since Shimi and Hamnyo nearly kill Gene on their first encounter.
* AsteroidThicket: Several, one of which is passed through during the race, and is later the site of a duel between [[spoiler:the Outlaw Star and the El Dorado.]]
* BattleChant: Ctarl-Ctarl SpaceMarines do this all the time.
* BlackBox: Technology from SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, which was put into [[MacGuffinGirl Melfina]] to make it work.
* BigOlEyebrows: Just about everybody; it's a common trait of Takehito Ito's character designs.
* BountyHunter: Deconstructed. Gene Starwind and his kid partner Jim are technically odd-job men rather than bounty hunters, not least because [[PerpetualPoverty bounties occur far too infrequently for them to make a living on hunting alone]]. And in the rare case where a bounty is put out, the reward they get is usually far less than the trouble they spent on it. In the end, most of their time is spent on unrelated activities like treasure-hunting and squaring off against the pirate clans.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Gene suspects the McDougals killed his father, and asks the elder brother point blank if he did it. His response: "I suppose it's possible. It's been so long, I can't be expected to remember every little job."
* ClimacticBattleResurrection: Happens during [[spoiler:the final battle at the Galactic Leyline]].
* ColorCodedCharacters:
** Red: Gene
** Orange: Fred
** Yellow: Jim
** Green: Aisha
** Blue: Melfina
** Violet: Suzuka
* [[AdvertisingTropes Commercials]]: Isn't [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKKQQZcl4K8#t=00m45s this]] a slogan that just screams, "We'll do anything, please pay us!"
-->'''Jim Hawking''': ''Hello! You've reached Hawking, from Starwind and Hawking Repairs! We fix everything from tractors to relationships, so how can we help you today?''
* CoordinateConfusion. Every range and bearing used is about 180 degrees from a standard one.
* CoolStarship: If its name is given, it's this. The titular ship, [[CityOfGold El Dorado]], [[TheShangriLa Shangri-La]], and Geomancer.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Subverted with Harry [=MacDougal=]. The more that his body is converted into cyborg parts, the calmer and more peaceful he becomes. When he's in his final state as basically just a machine body to house his head and organs, he's practically serene.
* DeadlyUpgrade: The three rare Caster Shells, numbered [[FourIsDeath 4]], 9, and [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13]], are so powerful that when one is fired it also takes away part of Gene's life. Furthermore, all the numbers are synonymous with death or misfortune in different cultures[[note]]In addition to the linked tropes for 4 and 13, 9 is synonymous with "torture" in Japanese kanji[[/note]].
** A slight inversion in the fact that these shells weren't originally designed to be harmful. It's just that there's so little mana left in the universe, that taking away lifeforce is the only thing powerful enough left.
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Caster shells are rare shells containing just enough mana to activate the spell on/in them. Think of a caster gun as a gun that casts [[FinalFantasy Ultima]] and that's the reasonable explanation for Gene preferring them so much.
* DoAndroidsDream: [[spoiler:Melfina certainly seems to.]]
* DoingInTheScientist: Gene's caster looks like futuristic super science but its actually a really old model that was formerly used by mages. It can counter Tao magic because the two are based on a similar principle. That's why its called a ''Cast''-er.
* DragonsUpTheYinYang
* EpicRace: One episode is like this.
* {{Expy}}: The Outlaw Star itself is an expy of the RealLife pseudo-spaceship the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_X-15 X-15A-2]]. In the first few episodes the Outlaw Star even has a strikingly similar color scheme and its designation of ''XGP-15A2'' is no coincidence either.
** "GP" is thrown into the designation to indicate it's [[FormulaOne really, really fast]] and just to be [[RuleOfCool cool]]. The real X-15's were coated with asbestos to keep from melting because that was just about the only material we had which could actually handle the temperatures caused by the speeds the X-15 could reach.
* FacialMarkings: Aisha has a little blue triangle on her left cheek. It stays with her even when she morphs.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: C'mon, did anyone believe they'd ''really'' strike it rich, ever?
* FantasyKitchenSink: [-[[RecycledInSPACE In SPACE]]-]!. For one thing, there's magic.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Gene – TheCaptain of the ship.
** TheLancer: Jim – Gene's partner who is shorter, scrawnier and supports him from the rear.
** TheBigGuy: Aisha – an aggressive ProudWarriorRaceGirl whose beast form is even stronger than her base form.
** TheSmartGuy: Gilliam – the Outlaw Star's AI.
** TheChick: Melfina – The gentle one whose tries to make everyone get along.
** TheSixthRanger: Suzuka – She's the last to formally join and the least connected to the group.
* ForgottenSuperweapon: The Caster pistol. {{Justified|Trope}} by the difficulty of getting ammunition.
* FreezeFrameBonus: There's one in the first episode when Jim is examining the profile data on the client who's hired them to escort her. Among the basic info is a line that lists her "3 sizes" as "dynamite".
* FullFrontalAssault: Melfina, ''on the first page of the entire manga''.
* GetIntoJailFree: Gene arranges himself to be sent to an [[InSpace outer-space]] [[TheAlcatraz Alcatraz]] in order to get the information that an inmate has regarding the MacGuffin.
** As an interesting note, if you pay attention to his doctored criminal record, Gene did technically do over the course of the series the majority of the things it says he did (aside from the rape charge, which he only ''almost'' did to Melfina). Being the charismatic hero, the audience just doesn't notice as quickly.
* GirlInABox: End of the first and second episodes. In fact, this series is one of the prime examples.
* HandCannon: Gene describes Duuz's blaster like this.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Gene has one, with a [[StandardFPSGuns Standard FPS]] "line-up of [[KnifeFight melee]], [[{{Handguns}} pistol]], [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]](one loaded with paintballs), SawedOffShotgun, GrenadeLauncher, [[AwesomeButImpractical overpowered exotic thing that he rarely has ammo for and only uses in boss fights anyway]]..."
** But strangely, no [[MoreDakka machine gun]].
* HotterAndSexier: The Manga compared to the Anime. While the Anime did have some nudity and fanservice, the Manga definitely has more. In particular, the Anime (initially) portrays a certain scene between Gene and Hilda as a [[DidTheyOrDidntThey Did They or Didn't They]] scenario. In the Manga, that same scene [[spoiler:very explicitly shows Gene and Hilda having sex… as in borderline but just not quite Hentai explicit]].
* HotSpringsEpisode: Episode 23, "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hot Springs Planet Tenrei]]". However, "Tenrei" is different from most other examples of this trope because, even though it's something of a BreatherEpisode placed smack dab in the middle of the climactic plot arc, it is '''''not''''' {{filler}} – Gene obtains four exceedingly rare Caster shells here (in fact, it's why he went to the planet in the first place). Unfortunately, because editing out the absurd amounts of {{fanservice}} would have been cost-prohibitive (and resulted in a ''much'' shorter episode), "Tenrei" was dropped from both US broadcast runs, resulting in a big DubInducedPlothole for those who never bothered to check out the uncut DVD's.
** This episode also shows us Tobigera, one of the [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Anten Seven]], who is named in the group's introduction, but only seen in this episode. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe4lEAIX_Zk reason]] he's never seen afterward is just [[RapidFireComedy part]] of why this episode is also known for being ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny funny as hell]]''. [[spoiler: He makes a brief scene later when he's left behind on the Geomancer, but is quickly made part of the ship when Hazanko combines with it.]]
* HowWeGotHere: Episode 14 opens with a scene situated in the latter half of the episode.
* ImageSong: The first soundtrack has two; ''Edge'' for Gene, and ''Another Day'' for Aisha. The second soundtrack CD brings two more; ''A Date'' for Melfina, and ''Setsuna'' for Suzuka.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The titular ship, and others like it, is called a Grappler ship. Meaning it has arms. And uses knives and handguns.
* IndyPloy: All of Gene's plans seem to degrade into this. It's a common theme for the series.
* InstantOracleJustAddWater
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: The titular ship is full of little canister-shaped robots that do repairs and minor labor, and which act as extensions of the ship's AI. The crew paints faces on them.
* LadyLand: Mount Nyotai, from the Hot Springs Planet Tenrei, complete with a sign that warns, "No Men Allowed!" Justified as a women-only bathing area on a [[HotSpringsEpisode hot springs planet]] with the added BilingualBonus of "nyotai" meaning "female body."
* LayingOnAHillside
* LargeHam: '''Lord Hazanko! The mightiest Tao Master in the universe! Caster Shells will not work on him!'''
* LeyLine: The Galactic, uh, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Leyline]].
* MacGuffinLocation: The Galactic Leyline.
* MadScientist: Gwen Kahn, the designer of the Outlaw Star and Melfina. Just one conversation with him is enough to show that he's a bit ''off''.
* {{Magitek}}: Space pirates use magic on their ships.
** There's also the magic guns known as "Casters" which get their names from the spellcasters that would imbue its ammo with magic.
* MirthlessLaughter: Jim suffers a bout of nervous laughter, in the midst of a panic attack, during the 14th episode.
* NGOSuperpower: Pirates, particularly the Kei Pirates. Explained as being because the Space Force doesn't patrol out near where most of the events in the series take place, so nothing's stopping pirates and outlaws from doing whatever they want.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Fred Luo, who is unwillingly engaged to [[AmazonianBeauty Reiko]] [[StatuesqueStunner Ando]], the [[WorldsStrongestMan "Strongest Woman in the Universe"]]. Of course, Fred [[CampGay doesn't swing that way]] in the first place.
* NoodleIncident: How the crew came into possession of caster shells #4, #9, and #13 if the viewer doesn't see the HotSpringsEpisode omitted from the Western broadcast.[[note]]The episode in question is on the [=DVD=]s, which are completely uncut.[[/note]] Which was explained as a noodle incident in the following episode. The episode, of course, is the kind of thing you get when someone ''does'' explain a Noodle Incident, every bit as weird as your imagination would make it out to be.
* OffModel: As mentioned in the "Animation Bump" entry. Since there were seven teams of animators[[note]] Studio Giants (episodes 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13 & 22), Creator/NakamuraProductions (episodes 5, 7, 11, 12, 17, 18, 20, 21 & 23), ProductionIG (episodes 4 & 25), Ad Cosmo (episodes 15, 16, 19 & 24), Creator/StudioMu (episodes 17 & 23. Also directed episodes 5 & 12), Creator/StudioMark (episode 5) and Creator/{{Sunrise}} themselves (episodes 8, 12, 14, 17, 20, 23, 25 & 26) [[/note]], every episode had wildly varying quality.
* OnlySaneMan: Jim Hawking when he attempts to weather the storms of Gene's IndyPloy.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: The Ctarl Ctarl are a race of CatFolk aliens who can shapeshift into big alien feline beasts. [[spoiler:And of the Anten Seven can change into a two-tailed wolf.]]
* PerpetualPoverty: Starwind and Hawking Enterprises. Profit, you ask? Never heard the word before!
* PlanetTerra: Humans are mostly referred to as just that, but some characters refer to them as Terrans. Notably Aisha, and usually with a note of derision.
* PocketProtector: Jim's PDA saves Gene's life this way in the first episode.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The cast meets two secondary characters from ''Anime/AngelLinks'', a series in the same [[TheVerse 'Verse]].
* RealityEnsues: The crew never gets out of BrokeEpisode territory and in the epilogue for the final episode, [[spoiler:Gene ends up having to serve time for the crimes he committed escaping pirates at the beginning of the series.]]
* TheRestShallPass: The fights inside [[spoiler:the Galactic Leyline]] proceed this way.
* RiseFromYourGrave: Shimi at the end of episode 15.
* SapientShip:
** The titular ship has a sentient onboard AI called Gilliam, but must also be connected to the WetWareCPU, Melfina, in order to function properly.
** Hilda's ship, Horus, seems to have a similar AI system.
* ScrewDestiny
* {{Seinen}}
* ShoutOut: Jim Hawking == [[TreasureIsland Jim Hawkins]]?
** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Gene and Jim?]]
* SolemnEndingTheme: [[http://youtu.be/d5yjcPHEhIk This]] for the first thirteen episodes, and [[http://youtu.be/EYh-dCFb4Sg this]] slightly less solemn (but still far more solemn than the opening theme) song for the remainder of the anime.
* SpaceFriction: Used inconsistently. The ships visibly use fore thrusters to slow down when docking, and in grappler fights oven pull insane 180 degree turns without banking or changing direction, though sometimes they bank in long dramatic turns anyway. Though the maneuvers they tend to take while in grappler combat would probably pull enough G's to turn the Outlaw Star's crew into toothpaste. But then again, the XGP was built to withstand just about anything.
* {{Space Is an Ocean}}: A major theme given by the opening narration at the beginning of each episode. Also physics.
* {{Space Is Noisy}}: In almost any space scene in the anime. Most likely related to the fact that space is also an ocean.
* SpaceOpera
* SpacePirates: As a rather interesting variation, they are Chinese and use Tao-magic. They seem to be modeled after the Triads. It's also interesting to note that the space pirates in this series were the pioneers of warp speed travel and it was their creation of grappler ships that changed the nature of space warfare.
* SpaceWestern
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Nguyen Khan is actually the scientist's official name. Most people spell his name as the pronunciation Gwen (which is how it's both spelled and pronounced in the dub). This is correct pronunciation of Nguyen (for North Vietnamese anyway).
* SpoilerOpening: There's a reason Hilda doesn't appear in the opening's TeamShot. Though she does often appear in other official art, like posters.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Let's face it, the [=MacDougal=] Brothers pretty much stole the BigBad role from the Kei Pirates once they were properly introduced.
** You could also make a case for Aisha, as she doesn't join until near the halfway point in the anime.
* StarfishAliens: That psychic cactus thing.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: [[spoiler:The Galactic Leyline]] is an artifact from these.
* SwissArmyGun: The Caster
* TeamShot
* TheTeaser
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** "Through the Night" plays from the ad ship the Outlaw Star is hired to tow in episode 14.
** Then in episode 21, Melfina sings one of the ending themes.
* TranslationConvention: This universe is basically Hong Kong InSpace. Chinese regularly appears on signs (especially in Blue Heaven), and it's stated that Chinese pirates colonized space first. Also the Triad-like pirate clan, the names of several planets and some minor characters, and some of the readouts on the XGP. BUT, on the other hand, many of the ''major'' characters have English names – Gene Starwind, Jim Hawking, Rod & Harry [=MacDougal=], "Hot Ice" Hilda, Gilliam, Fred Luo[[labelnote:†]] (well, his ''given'' name is English, even if his surname is Chinese)[[/labelnote]] – and the sign for Gene & Jim's business is quite blatantly in English. Also, many names in this world contain sound clusters that just flat-out don't exist in Chinese. SO... it's probably safe to assume that most characters we see are speaking English to each other, but also know enough Chinese to get by if they have to deal with officials.
* TriggerPhrase
* {{Troperiffic}}: As anime critic WebVideo/JesuOtaku [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKKQQZcl4K8#t=06m39s puts it]]:
-->"This show gets a free pass for being the most wish-fulfilling sci-fi title '''''ever'''''. Everything you can love about sci-fi is here: [[WackyRacing space races]], [[ExplosionsInSpace space combat]], [[SingleBiomePlanet diverse planets]], [[AnotherDimension alternate dimensions]], [[StarfishAliens weird aliens]], [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe hot aliens]], [[BizarreAlienBiology aliens of questionable gender]] (seriously, what is [[http://www.absoluteanime.com/outlaw_star/thumbs/_swanzo.jpg that?]]), [[HumongousMecha giant robots]], [[ArtificialHuman bio-androids]], [[HollywoodCyborg human cyborgs]], [[GirlInABox cold-sleep]] [[MysteriousWaif beauties]], [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent shapeshifting]] [[CatFolk beast men]], [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms laser]]-[[GunsAndGunplayTropes gun fights]], [[SingleStrokeBattle sword fights]], [[GoodOldFisticuffs fistfights]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking paintball]], {{Mad Scientist}}s, [[MagicPoweredPseudoscience Tao magicians]], [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robotic panthers, kung-fu housecats]], ''and'' a HotSpringsEpisode that is actually ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny funny]]''.
* TruceZone: Blue Heaven.
* UnitedSpaceOfAmerica: Thoroughly averted. The galaxy in the TS timeline is Chinese in culture if not in government (or most of the names). Complete with Hong Kong-style {{Truce Zone}}s such as [[WretchedHive Blue Heaven]].
** The currency is also called 'wong' (both singular and plural), which may be related to the Korean 'won' (though much more valuable).
* {{Unobtainium}}: Dragonite, apparently one of the rarest substances in the universe. Luckily, it's just a catalyst and not a fuel, otherwise burning it in stardrives would have ended star travel centuries earlier.
* TheUnseen: The Tendo King, enigmatic ManBehindTheMan with Tao magic ability implied by [[BigBad Hazanko]] to be god-like. The Tenpa Emperor takes this UpToEleven with [[InformedAbility implied]] power far exceeding that.
* UsedFuture
* VisualPun: In ''Law & Lawlessness'', the heroes have been captured and disarmed by private security forces. As they make their way back to their ship, they are confronted by a pair of pirates - Suzuka charges forward and strikes both down, SingleStrokeBattle style;
-->'''Suzuka:''' ''"That's one way to get them to pipe down."''
-->The camera pans away from her face... revealing she used a [[PipePain length of pipe]] in place of her sword.
* WagonTrainToTheStars
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Doubles as FridgeHorror. One episode features Aisha entering a fighting tournament. Because Ctarl-Ctarl aren't allowed in the tournament, she poses as a professional wrestler named Firecat, locking the ''real'' Firecat in a locker and stealing her uniform. At the end of the episode the entire building is set on fire, and the main characters are shown to have escaped. But what happened to the real Firecat, [[OffscreenInertia last shown still being stuck in the locker]]?
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: A significant source of Melfina's angst.
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Suzuka seems to be able to cut anything with her wooden sword, up to and including oncoming trucks. This seems to be because she mostly uses it to make [[RazorWind cutting]] [[SwordBeam shockwaves]].
** Her first episode reveals her main reason for using a sword made of wood: a metal detector can't detect it.
* TheWorfBarrage: Gene's bazooka
** Also the [[MacrossMissileMassacre missiles]] used in ship to ship combat; thanks to a massive inversion of PointDefenseless, missiles never hit their targets.
*** Considering the primary form of fighting for the XGP is to rush in and fight in melee, it stands to reason that the missiles primarily exist as a distraction.
*** Another reason is that they keep buying ''cheap'' missiles with crap guidance. About the only decent weapons they can afford are anchors.
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