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Every 10,000 years, the greatest star-pilots in the universe face off on mythical planet Oban. It is said that the outcome of the race, "The Ultimate Prize", will determine the balance of power within the Galaxy for the millenniums to come...
For Earth, threatened by their powerful neighbor, the Crog Imperium, victory is vital. Built and maintained by racing legend Don Wei, the Whizzing Arrow has become the Earth's only hope against annihilation. There is only one problem: once he arrives on the distant planet Alwas, first stage of the competition, Wei's top pilot crashes, victim of a terrible sabotage. With no other pilot available, the controls of the Whizzing Arrow are placed into the hands of "Molly," a rebellious 15-year-old racing prodigy! The Race for the Ultimate Prize Has Begun!

BONUS FEATURES
Interview With Creator Savin Yeatman-Eiffel
Star-Racer Profiles
Trailers
Sneak Peek at Oban Star-Racers Volume Two
Galleries of exclusive production images


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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012Q3SZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keonyn on June 1, 2008
Format: DVD
Well this was a bit of a surprise, and a pleasant surprise at that. I was looking for a more fun anime series, as it has been awhile since I've taken on a series like that.

There's no mistaking that this is a series that is a bit more family friendly than others, but it manages this without giving it that saturday morning cartoon feel. The story itself still has quite a bit of depth to it, and it runs the full range of emotions, both negative and positive. It explores major issues like danger, and death, in a way that works for a show like this without having a negative effect on its impact.

The characters face death and injury, encounter personal conflicts amongst each other, feel the highs of victory and sting of defeat and so on; the story doesn't suffer from the lack of certain "mature" components. It's a family friendly cartoon, but manages to do so without feeling overly kiddy. Sex, blood and violence are obviously missing, which is fine since this series really wouldn't benefit from any of those. Aside from that though, it still manages to develop the characters well and provide a story with enough depth, something many series aimed at family audiences just can't pull off.

The art style might take a bit of getting used to. It's a collaboration between a Japanese studio and a French studio, so while the anime element is obviously there, it does have a different feel to it. The most notable unique element of the art style is the lack of defined noses on the characters, but it works once you get adjusted to it. The color palette used and how well the colors blend makes the series really quite impressive visually.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MG on April 22, 2008
Format: DVD
I watched the first volume not knowing what to expect, and ended up really liking it. The animation and character design has a really cute, solid style, and the backgrounds are absolutely beautiful (especially during race scenes with shots soaring over the landscape). I really enjoyed seeing all the different alien races and their ships, as well; they were creatively designed. The main character Eva (AKA Molly) was a refreshing alternative to most young female characters one finds these days - smart, strong, but with all the imperfections of her youth.

One thing I liked a lot was the fact that Rick Thunderbolt, who seemed at first like a token jock and a plot device thrown in to simply create an obstacle (he was even taken out by a convenient accident), comes back to become a mentor figure for Molly.

Even as an (nearly) 18 year old, I liked this show a lot and am eager to see the second volume.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Omahony on May 14, 2008
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This series is really exceptional - creative concept from Europe blended with an original and mostly unseen before now anime style. There's very little culture shock associated with the film - no overt Japanese or American sensibilities catered to - it's basically a show anyone anywhere can watch. It's a fun series, not offensive but not childish either. Recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Steiner on January 11, 2011
This TV show is great and i really recommend it (5 stars), just not from here (at least not till the download version is better). The download version is poor, and i hope they fix it soon. (2.5 stars) I've watched movies from amazon demand before and they worked great, why this one is the exception, i have no idea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bryan L. Smith on January 19, 2013
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Hi. I purchased this set of DVD's because I liked the series when it was broadcast on the Disney channel.
It is a story of a broken family. The mother that was a racer, died in a racing accident. The father despondent puts his daughter in a boarding school and disappears, but later forms a racing team and forgets about his past.
The daughter leaves the school with the help of a scooter and searches out to re-bond with her father, but her father does not recognize her, so she changes her name to be close to him.
Worlds are selected across the galaxy to race once every 10,000 years to determine the next Galactic Avatar to rule over all races of people. There is danger, flying cars, interstellar travel, a re-bonding of father and daughter and in the end peace.
The computer animated CGI is quite note worthy when the racer is racing around the obstacles on the various planets!
Rated "G" for all audiences.
I highly recommend this Anime for old and young kids alike.
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I personally love the series, but because it's somewhat a matter of opinion, I'm not going to try to persuade you to buy this based solely on the plot material. The story revolves around Eva, a young girl who sets out to meet her father, Don Wei (who dumped her off at a boarding school when she was young), who is a famous professional star racing manager. Meanwhile, Don is tasked with leading a small crew to victory in the race of Oban on a planet far away. Earlier, a hostile race of aliens known as the Krogs attacked Earth. It was only because The Avatar, host of the Race of Oban, and a godlike being, called for a temporary ceasefire, so that all racers of the galaxy could prepare for the race in peace, that the Krogs made a quick retreat, handing mankind a narrow victory. Now that the race is fast approaching, the treaty will no longer be in effect, allowing the Krogs to once again attack. Only by winning the race can Earth save itself.

So Don gathers a small group of people, including top grade racer Rick, and the two mechanics Stan and Koji, before making the journey to Alwas, where the race preliminaries begin. Eva meets him before he goes, but he doesn't recognize her. Frustrated, she changes her name to Molly and stows away with the rest of the crew.

The only series I can think of that compares to this one is IGPX. If you liked IGPX, I suspect you will like the action in this as well, though I think IGPX is a more mature series.

The DVD itself was a little disappointing. You get two discs containing the first half the series. The thing that disappointed me was that you could only see one of the openings. This series has two openings; the "Never Say Never" one people who saw this on Jetix will be familiar with, and the Japanese opening.
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FINALLY!!
I watched it on TV, and it is simply amazing. It has to be the best anime I've ever seen. Great story, beautiful character desgins, and just overall goodness. It's defintely worth a watch.

Savin (the creator) promised us fans to get the DVDs out ages ago, and I SO glad the first cycle is... Read More
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