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Oban Star-Racers, Vol. 2: The Oban Cycle (2008)

Oban Star Racers , Oban Star Racer  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Oban Star Racers
  • Directors: Oban Star Racer
  • 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: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015LPS28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The satellite tournament on Always has been completed, and Molly and the crew of the Whizzing Arrow have qualified to compete on Oban for the mysterious Ultimate Prize. Can young Molly outrun the competition, save Earth and win the power to bring her mother back to life?

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My seven-year-old son and I faithfully watched this series when it aired on Jetix, and I waited a long time for the series to be released on DVD. Here's what makes it so good:

The animation is first-rate, as is the voice-acting. The characterizations are believable, consistent, and complex. The good guys face choices that aren't clear-cut or necessarily heroic, and the antagonists, with the exception of one or two 100% evil characters, have their own issues that can make them more sympathetic, if not exactly rootable.

This plot arc, more than that of the Alwas cycle, is suspenseful and almost never cliched. The surprises are thought-provoking and emotional. Even my son, who is not usually big on female protagonists, was moved. I bought this series on dvd, because my son and I like to rewatch it regularly, because the plot is deep and complex enough to offer new information to him as he gets old enough to catch it, and because the story is poignant and on-message for how I want my son to see the world someday.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Keonyn
Format:DVD
The series maintains its consistency for the second half in pretty much every way. The field is smaller this time as we change venues to Oban itself, and the nature of the races change along with it. This works pretty well as it gives the series some diversity. Each race in this volume also takes place in a different region, so the courses change quite a bit. Pitting all the racers against one another in each race made it quite interesting, and the venues introduced in this volume is really quite unique.

A number of story elements from the last volume become more significant in this one, including the reasoning behind the sabotage and the dark forces Rick discovered near the end of the last volume. The story certainly certainly takes some more dramatic and darker turns in this volume as well, but it still stays in the family friendly territory. The series doesn't try to mask pain and loss, but it does present it in a way that isn't going to heavily impact younger viewers.

This volume presented a few twists that I didn't see coming, and I particularly liked that. Generally shows of this nature have a certain predictability to them, and while this is still sometimes the case, this series still is able to avoid that trap pretty well. Heck, the ending itself didn't follow any of the paths I thought it would take, and that's the kind of surprise I like.

The artwork retains the style and feel presented in the first volume, and keeps the quality up as well. This is particularly impressive due to the large number of changes in scenery in this volume, which was undoubtedly a lot more demanding of the animation team. Since the finalists consist of a smaller field of only a handful of racers, there's also a bit more emphasis put towards developing them as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in animation April 8, 2009
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Oban Star Racers is one of those TV shows that once you catch an episode you're immediately drawn into the story and have to see more. After seeing almost all of the series in syndication, I knew this is one of the few shows I had to own. It's more than just an action-packed racing story, it's also a sweeping drama about the pain and struggle of a broken family and the longing for redemption and love. Oh, and the fate of the universe too, if that's important to you.

But you came for the review of volume 2, didn't you? The first volume of Oban Star Racers was a great start to the story, setting up the characters, problems, stakes, and mysteries of the series. The preliminaries are finished on the planet Alwas, and in volume 2 of Oban Star Racers, the race finally moves onto the series' namesake - The planet Oban, where the true races begin. Not only do the races heat up with the Earth team facing the greatest racers in the galaxy, but the drama does as well, as Don Wei starts to suspect that Molly is not truly who she says she is.

The animation is top notch as always in the second volume. The japanese style of character animation is visually pleasing and does it's job well, and is expertly combined with the 3D cell shaded animation of the racers and environments during the races. I don't think there has been a series or movie that has combined these two elements as seamlessly as Oban has, and the diversity of locales in this volume is even greater than the first. The races will engross you, dragging you down when the Earth team takes their losses, and making you want to cheer when they experience their victories! And as the mysterious threat only hinted at earlier in the series looms it's dark head, the drama only increases as you devour every episode.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great animation December 15, 2012
By Marie
Format:DVD
Semi-warning: Okay the characters have no noses, a lot of people were freak out about it. It's not a big deal, after two episodes you'll get use to it.

Six years ago I was in middle school and obsessed about this show.
It's very rare to see animation like this. It's not action pack with explosions and violence or other stuff. Oban holds a certain charm to it, like the movie Spirited Away. Yes this animination is about intergalactic racing and whoever wins the final race will get a prize, their one wish granted. Even though that's too good to be true and there seems to be more to this 'wish' then what's being said. Either way, the competitors are optimistic and determine to be the winner. Like Eva who actually tells the crew members of the Earth team her name is Molly (an attempt to hide her identity from her mean father whose the manager of the team).
She does everything she can to win every race so she can get her wish granted; to bring her deceased mother back to life.

Would I watch the whole series again? Yes. This a show any age can watch too.
Did I cry like a big baby at the end of the last episode? You betcha. It's was bittersweet in so many ways but I'm glad it ended in that kind of direction.
Even though it's been almost a decade, yhis show will always have a spot in my heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This show is honestly absolutely amazing. I love it so much and have...
This show is honestly absolutely amazing. I love it so much and have still been waiting for a sequel since it ended. You will fall in love with the story and every side character.
Published 14 hours ago by Zurai Hechavarria
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Thank You SSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOO Much!!!!!!!! I Love it, & it is great!!!!!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Goddess_Maker
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Good show for little kids to watch when growing up. On a saturday morning or after school this is a
Published 3 months ago by Brannen Bishop
3.0 out of 5 stars Season 2
It was not a bad series. A show my kids can watch without worry. I liked the balance of power the Avatar wielded.
Published 4 months ago by Vanessa
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall its Good
This is a pretty interesting anime. For the most part it is harmless, but there are very dark moments - where there is this Crow looking Demon thingy... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jae trini
5.0 out of 5 stars Product Review
I liked this series. I like the music and little Molly's optimism up until almost the end. I wish they had noses.
Published 5 months ago by Kierstin
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
A mix of speed racer and other hit anime/cartoons of the 90's or even before. If you like some action, esp. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kam Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it
What can I say. It's a good continue on the series. There is not really anything that makes me at least dislike it.
Published 5 months ago by Håkan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line.
Exciting and Inspiring. The chemistry between the characters was amazing. The show was also funny when determining how the characters feel about their leader. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kamino
5.0 out of 5 stars a little more than i was exepecting
i didn't realize that this was uncut till i saw scenes that i never saw before. otherwise i feel in love with the series all over again.
Published 8 months ago by Tomeka
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