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Oban Star-Racers Vol 1: The Alwas Cycle

4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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It's 2082. Ten thousand years have passed since the last great race on the remote planet of Oban. Now the time has come for the pilots of the galaxy to compete in a new race, and Earth is more than ready with its spectacular Whizzing Arrow star-racer. Built and maintained by racing legend Don Wei's team of engineers and mechanics, the Whizzing Arrow has become the Earth's only hope against annihilation by the greatest foe the world has ever seen--the menacing Crog Imperium. There's just one problem: Once he arrives on the distant planet of Alwas for the competition, Wei's top pilot is forced into early retirement, and the controls of the Whizzing Arrow are placed into the inexperienced hands of "Molly," a 15-year-old racing prodigy! The Race for the Ultimate Prize Has Begun! Special Features Include: v 30-min. Behind-the-Scenes Featurette v Interview With Creator Savin Yeatman-Eiffel v Star-Racer Profiles v Rare, Original Concept Art v Trailers v Sneak Peek at Oban Star-Racers Vol. 2

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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.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012Q3SZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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 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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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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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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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 finally see them DVDs work great.
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The first half of the set was incredible. When I was finished, I could not wait for the other one.

When it first started, I was a little uncertain. The style isn't one of my favorites. But once I got used to it, the plot, the characters, and the imagination took over, and I was all but in my own ship with them in the race. What fun!
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By Robert on November 30, 2015
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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! If you are questioning on whether to buy this series or not. Take my advice BUY IT!!!
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