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Oban Star-Racers Vol 1: The Alwas Cycle (2008)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012Q3SZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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!

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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Keonyn
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
5.0 out of 5 stars really fun series April 22, 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent original series May 14, 2008
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show, Sucky download 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Oban no one nose! January 19, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Racing all the way to the top! December 3, 2013
By Nazzar
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Awesome show, loved the characters, the ship designs, and how you find out why everyone is racing. The story isn't shallow and it keeps on moving, no filler episodes! Five stars all the way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Show October 18, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Show is very fun to watch with good pacing and not a lot of extraneous situations. I would definitely recommend OBAN star racers to any fan of anime or cartoons in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple fun, great to watch with my daughter. January 8, 2013
By Nick
I began watching this series with my daughter and had a lot of fun. She got bored with it after a while but I finished both seasons and really enjoyed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love those movie !! one thing missed what don't have close captor ...
Published 6 days ago by Tom Warner II
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome series a true classic.
Published 14 days ago by carrie kawa
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
Thank You SSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOO Much!!!!!!!! I Love it, & it is great!!!!!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Goddess_Maker
5.0 out of 5 stars The battle between good and evil continues
This story line takes a turn back to the Speed Racer days of win the race to save the world. I never tire of the "struggle" that happens when "Right" means fight... Read more
Published 4 months ago by richard dent
3.0 out of 5 stars Season 1
It was not a bad series. A show my kids can watch without worry. I liked the balance of power the Avatar wielded.
Published 5 months ago by Vanessa
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay show.
The show did have an interesting storyline, but started to get long and drawn out. At that point, the started to become predictable that you could almost skip an episode and not... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good series
This is a really good choice for you that want a good 'space anime'. The series is filled with emotions and it makes you feel with the characters.
Published 7 months ago by Håkan
3.0 out of 5 stars Growing up
It was a Fun little show funny in parts and a it cerise in other It is a tell of a young girl trying to to get her father to to see her for her self not just another person all... Read more
Published 8 months ago by joe Pinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than star wars pod racer
This is a great show. a compound of various shows in one such as Star Wars pod Racing and fantasy plus other alien elements. i wish they would continue the saga.
Published 8 months ago by Lucio
1.0 out of 5 stars No sub?!
Need subs for Hearing Impairment and Hard of Hearing. I am deaf and can not watch this show without a subs.
Published 9 months ago by Manny80
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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
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