Oban Star-Racers Vol 1: The Alwas Cycle
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Totally worth it. Amazing series watched it on TV when I was younger and had to own it. Great Characters, visuals are excellent. Music is fantastic! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert
A collectible for sure. Like the music and the art style. Think it would make a good live action, if any one is reading...Published 3 months ago by susan sanchez
My childhood thanks you I had been looking for this series for a long time and found it at an affordable price and since I missed the final episodes it was great being able to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by DARRELL MADDOX
so there's absolutely nothing better than finding something you used to love as a child and re-watching everything like the first time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Z-girl
This arrived in brilliant condition. The disc works in my standard DVD player, my computer, and my Blu-Ray. Amazing show, love it lots!Published 7 months ago by Bonnie
GREAT I MISS SHOW! AND Like Ship! :D but........it Sad for me Nope use CC Caption Closed :( Better im DeafPublished 10 months ago by Jorge Realegeno
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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
Mar 1, 2008 by crazyvegimab | See all 2 posts