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Oban Star-Racers, Vol. 2: The Oban Cycle
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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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 5 months ago by DARRELL MADDOX
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 6 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
love those movie !! one thing missed what don't have close captor ...Published 15 months ago by Tom Warner II
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 17 months ago by Zurai Hechavarria