YMMV / Outlaw Star

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Since Hanmyo was a child and a cute little girl besides, she never came across as an actual villain. Which made her death scene heartbreaking... and tragic.
  • Awesome Music: The OP is pretty catchy, especially:
  • 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: 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 McDougal puts the swag in villainy, whether wearing his longcoat, or a snazzy three-piece suit and shades. And he's got the demeanor to sell the image, by being the calm collected one, with good business sense to boot.
  • 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 Mobile Suit 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: Stardust Memory.
    • 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 strings 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.
  • JerkassWoobie: Harry McDougal.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Ron was clearly the "brain" behind the McDougal Brothers' operations, by knowing who to team up with and when it was to their advantage to switch allegiances. He also came the closest to capturing the XGP by arranging a meeting with Gene, to lure him away from the ship, so Harry could highjack it while it was being rearmed and repaired at the space port.
  • Moe:
    • Melfina is shy, trusting, and vulnerable on several fronts. She knows nothing about her past, or why she was created, which Harry McDougal and Hazanko both try to take advantage of. And she's the only member of the crew who doesn't know how to fight, as seen when Harry got her alone in episode 17.
    • Hanmyo was a straighter example, due to her age and appearance, along with being accompanied by her two pet cats, Kemi and Matta.
  • 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.
  • Woolseyism: Crossed with Bowdlerization with Hilda's death. In the uncut version, she activates a micro-explosive hidden in her tooth, taking herself out, along with Soi Lin. In the version aired on Toonami, the bomb is omitted, and Hilda drifting into the star is somehow more poignant — and more realistic than what appears to be a tiny nuclear device in her molars.

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