YMMV: Outlaw Star

  • Complete Monster: Lord Hazanko is a high-ranking member of the Kei Pirates, right behind their two supreme rulers in terms of power and authority. Not satisfied, Hazanko schemes to overthrow his masters and rule over the Galaxy. Hazanko governs the assassin squad, the Anten Seven, and routinely uses them to slaughter whoever he deems a potential threat, with little care to collateral damage. When he encounters the heroes, Hazanko gruesomely kills Harry MacDougal, one of the rivals of the Outlaw Star crew and proceeds to mentally torture Gene Starwind and his beloved Melfina. After an initial defeat, Hazanko merges with his own ship, gaining power by devouring his crew and becomes an incredibly powerful being with Omnicidal Maniac inclinations, planning to aim far higher than his erstwhile masters in whom he intends to slaughter and conquer.
  • Crowning Ear Worm of Awesome: Semenai de! Kesanai de! Makenai de! Dare datte motteru hazu yuzurenai mono!!
    • Even moreso, the first ending theme is beautiful. Melfina actually sings it in a couple of the later episodes.
    • Ear Worm: "Pagua sanfa, pagua sanfa, pagua sanfa, pagua sanfa..."
  • Cult Classic: To about five people in Japan. In America, however... well, see below.
  • Die for Our Ship: If you ship Mel/Gene, then Harry's an irredeemable villain. If you ship Mel/Harry, then Gene is a unrepentant and sexist womanizer who doesn't deserve her.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: You'd be surprised how many Harry fans there are out there.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Gene attempting to touch Melfina between her legs when she's sleeping, considering how innocent and trusting she is.
    • But then Laser-Guided Karma kicks in in the form of Jim smacking Gene upside the head with a frying pan and it is VERY funny.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Shimi is pretty popular for being in only one episode.
    • Among the regular cast, Aisha is generally the most popular, for a lot of different reasons; from her looks, her attitude, her badass fighting skill, her fun and childish personality, all the way to being something of a role model for dark skinned anime fan girls.
  • Evil Is Cool: Ron MacDougal, a calm, collected, tough and super Badass outlaw, who is also a murderer with so many victims he no longer remembers or cares about them all, and who openly supports the most psychotic whims of his deranged little brother.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Barely anyone in Japan recognizes Outlaw Star because it tanked in its homeland (ratings and merchandise sales were pathetically low). However, it was a smash-hit in America and is still viewed extremely fondly to this day. In fact, American anime fans consider it to be one of the greatest series of the early-2000's, often mentioning it in the same breath as Cowboy Bebop and Trigun. The show is credited, along with DBZ and Gundam Wing, as one of the major shows that defined the Toonami block on Cartoon Network. When [adult swim] re-aired the Toonami edit (much to the disappointment to those who were expecting it to be uncensored and include the banned episode "Hot Springs Planet Tenrei"), it actually outperformed Mobile Suit Gundam 0083.
    • To put this in perspective, the man in charge of Bandai Entertainment stated that, prior to the company's shutdown, Outlaw Star ranked up there with Haruhi Suzumiya and Cowboy Bebop as one of the most successful series they ever released in North America. To put this in further perspective, when Funimation announced in early 2014 that they'd rescued this show from its years-long limbo, North American anime fans considered it a Very Big Deal.
    • Most recently, Toonami held a poll to see which previously aired anime fans would like to see on the block again. Outlaw Star came in a close second to YuYu Hakusho, and beat out such anime heavyweights as Samurai Champloo and the aforementioned Trigun.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Hilda being a blue-haired cyborg action girl gets to be this considering Mary Elizabeth McGlynn's later major voice acting gig.
  • Iron Woobie: Oneshot character Reiko Ando, who is shown to be sincerely and passionately in love with Fred Luo, even though they are under an Arranged Marriage, but totally unaware of Fred Luo's sexuality meaning he finds her inherently unappealing. To prove herself worthy of his love, she willingly undertakes his challenge to win five consecutive women's fighting tournament championships, in the process bulking up with so many muscles it's clear she's very unlikely to find another guy interested in her even if she does accept Fred will never return her feelings. When she comes close to finally winning, Fred pulls some string to have the Outlaw Star crew cheat and ensure Reiko loses. And at the episode's end, all she does is give Fred a heartfelt apology for "failing him" and sincerely promise she'll win another five tournaments for him. It really makes you feel sorry for her, knowing she's never going to win Fred's love in return.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Ron MacDougal.
  • Moe: Melfina fits the archetype perfectly.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Harry is psychotic, possessive, and just an outright Card-Carrying Villain. He likes to demonstrate these things in ways that frighten Melfina and make the viewer cringe. especially Episode 17. His behavior their descends from a cartoonish Villainous Crush to acting like an abusive stalker..
    • Near the end of the series Hazanko's mind and body fuse with his spaceship, the result of which is creepy.
  • Too Cool to Live: Hot Ice Hilda. She's one of the most badass characters in the series, and on the good guys side. Of course she dies four episodes in.
  • The Power of Love: Harry's fangirls love to claim that his feelings for Melfina are not only genuine but was what ultimately diminished his tendency to go totally ax-crazy. Others argue that his obsession with her just led him to become even more detached from reality until death staring him in the face finally gave him a much needed reality check.
  • Uncanny Valley: The start of the ED is very creepy because of this, with a still drawing of a girl drawn realistically, but with almost BESM proportions. She's staring right at you.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The anime is based on a Seinen manga, and yet it ended up airing in a kid-friendly timeslot on Cartoon Network's old Toonami block (the one that aired during the day, not the Saturday late-night line-up that has its anime more-or-less uncut). This is why it was so heavily censored. As you can see here, notable examples included toning down the violence, the language, the smoking, the sexual references (including banning a plot-important Hot Springs Episode that was wall-to-wall female fanservice and toning down Fred Luo's homosexual crush on Gene), as well as changing guns into blasters. Those who watched the Toonami broadcast must have had something of a shock when they saw the DVD's which are, as stated before, completely uncut.