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 ›
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.
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.
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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I can't believe that this was only shown once on T.V. It had a good story and made you feel for the characters.Published 3 days ago by Katie Fertig
It was an awesome series, i only wish that there was more than 2 seasons.Published 1 month ago by Hipnos
I loved this show went it was on tv and I am glad it is in my movie collection but the only thing I have a problem with is the theme song it is not the English one the was on tv I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by kathleen
Having found part two of this Japanese Animation it did not take long for me to search out the first part to better understand the story. The wait was well worth it.Published 4 months ago by Retired Coastie
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 8 months ago by susan sanchez
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 12 months ago by Z-girl