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The Outlaw Star anime is the adaptation of the manga series of the same name by Takehiko Ito. The plot follows the protagonist Gene and his crew in their outerspace adventures onboard their advanced spacecraft named the Outlaw Star.

The anime, which was produced by Sunrise and directed by Mitsuru Hongo, aired on Japan's TV Tokyo from January 8, 1998 to June 25, 1998 for a total of 26 episodes. The anime was later licensed for English language distribution in North America by Bandai Entertainment. The series originally aired on Cartoon Network's popular Toonami block from January 15, 2001 to February 16, 2001.[1] Episode 23 was not aired due to nudity and suggestive themes.[2]

Bandai released the series on DVD in Japan in two halves with the first 13 episodes released on August 25, 1999 and the remaining 13 episodes released on November 25, 1999.[3][4] A Japanese "remastered" DVD boxset containing the entire series was published by Bandai on September 22, 2006.[5] Bandai also released the series in North America in three DVD collections on October 3, 2000, December 5, 2000, and April 6, 2001.[6][7][8] The Outlaw Star Perfect Collection Box Set, a DVD compilation of the entire series, was released on September 10, 2002.[9] The series was again re-released on March 28, 2006 as the Outlaw Star: Anime Legends Complete Collection.[10] Outlaw Star additionally received a Region 4 DVD release in Australia by Madman Entertainment on June 23, 2004.[11]

The music for Outlaw Star was composed by Kō Ōtani. The series has three pieces of vocal music, one opening and two endings. The opening theme is "Through the Night" performed by Masahiko Arimachi. The two endings themes are "Hiru no Tsuki", used in the first 13 episodes, and "Tsuki no Ie", used in the remaining 13 episodes. Both endings are sung by Arai Akino.


# Title Japanese airdate US airdate
1 "Outlaw World"
"Muhō no Hoshi" (無法の星) 
January 8, 1998 January 15, 2001
Gene and Jim are hired by a woman named Rachel to protect and escort her as she services farm equipment. When they are attacked by Guild pirates, they learn Rachel is really Hilda, an outlaw in search of treasure. After the pursuing pirates are defeated, Hilda shoots Gene and forces Jim to fetch a large container. The container is opened, revealing a naked girl inside. 
2 "World of Desire"
"Yokubō no Hoshi" (欲望の星) 
January 15, 1998 January 16, 2001
The girl in the container is Melfina, who wakes up from suspended animation. Escaping from the Guild pirates in a dropship, Gene, Jim, Hilda, and Melfina go into space. They then take Hilda's spaceship Horus to Blue Heaven, an outlaw hangout. A Corbonite named Swanzo is enlisted to repair and resupply Horus. Jim takes Melfina shopping while Gene and Hilda go to a bar and get into an altercation with McCoy and his lackeys. As a result, they are attacked that night in their bedroom. 
3 "Into Burning Space"
"Moeru Uchū e" (燃える宇宙へ) 
January 22, 1998 January 17, 2001
Gene and Hilda defeat McCoy and the protagonists then escape into space ahead of his men. They get into a game of chicken with a Ctarl Ctarl ship lead by Aisha Clanclan, who ends up destroying their pursuers in a fit of rage after losing. Aisha is demoted after letting the Hourus escape and is left behind on Blue Heaven. When the Horus reaches an agreed upon rendezvous point Hilda finds that the Guild pirates have killed all her friends. The crew of the Horus escapes the guild and they set a course for Farfallus. 
4 "When the Hot Ice Melts"
"Atsuki Kōri no Tokeru Toki" (熱き氷の溶けるとき) 
January 29, 1998 January 18, 2001
The Horus arrives at Farfallus and docks on an asteroid containing the XGP15A-II, an advanced spaceship. Hilda turns on Gilliam II, the XGP15A-II's computer, and informs it that she, Gene, Jim and Melfina are its crew. Melfina displays her ability to link her mind with the ship while the Guild pirates arrive and attempt to gain control of the XGP15A-II. They are thwarted by the MacDougall brothers who are on a mission to destroy the XGP15A-II. Gene recognizes their ship as the one that attacked his father's ship six years ago. Gene, Jim and Melfina escape the star's gravity well, by breaking out of the asteroid, while Hilda sacrifices herself to protect them from the Guild. Gene names the ship the "Outlaw Star" in Hilda's honor. 
5 "The Beast Girl, Ready to Pounce!"
"Machibuseru Kemono Musume" (待ち伏せる獣娘) 
February 5, 1998 January 19, 2001
The crew of the Outlaw Star travels back to Blue Heaven and Swanzo agrees to paint and outfit the ship with a registration ID in order to pay a past debt to Hilda. Ashia, now broke and homeless, shows up and demands the coordinates of the Galactic Layline, which Gene is unable to provide. The crew takes Aisha out to dinner, seemingly out of pity, but Gene ends up shooting her and leaving her with the restaurant bill. 
6 "The Beautiful Assassin"
"Uruwashiki Ansatsusha" (麗しき暗殺者) 
February 12, 1998 January 22, 2001
Gene and Jim meet up with an old friend, a wealthy businessman named Fred Luo, who has become the target of a female assassin named "Twilight" Suzuka. Gene agrees to protect Fred in exchange for munitions, and ends up beating Suzuka in a duel. Suzuka agrees to leave Fred alone as long as Gene is alive, and vows to kill him instead. 
7 "Creeping Evil"
"Shinobiyoru Mashu" (忍び寄る魔手) 
February 19, 1998 January 23, 2001
Gillliam runs simulations to try and teach Gene how to take off in the Outlaw Star, but Gene repeatedly crashes. Jim gets his car out of impound and goes to work as mechanic while Melfina learns to cook and Gene works on the ship. A Kei pirate attacks Melfina but Suzuka intervenes, killing him. Meanwhile, Gene's fight with another Kei pirate leaves him poisoned, bleeding, and unconscious. The crew then meets up on the Outlaw Star and Suzuka asks to help out because of her dislike towards the Kei pirates. 
8 "Forced Departure"
"Udezuku no Hasshin" (腕ずくの発進) 
February 26, 1998 January 24, 2001
Gene is poisoned and left unconscious from his previous battle with a Kei pirate, who offers an antidote in exchange for their ship. Gene wakes up and declines the offer and Melfina purges the poison by taking Gene into the ship's navigator's booth. The Kei pirate and his robots then attack the Outlaw Star, and Gene and Suzuka defeat them, only to be confronted by three more Kei pirate grappler ships. 
9 "A Journey of Adventure! Huh?"
"Bōken no Tabi...e?" (冒険の旅...え?) 
March 5, 1998 January 25, 2001
Gene and Jim take on a contract to find and kill a man named Zomba in exchange for 10,000 wong, but the man they find is actually a cyborg duplicate of the man they're looking for, and they are awarded 2,000 wong instead. They resolve to find the real Zomba and collect the full reward, but find out that the real Zomba has already been killed by Suzuka. 
10 "Gathering for the Space Race"
"Uchū Rēsu ni Tsudou" (宇宙レースに集う) 
March 12, 1998 January 26, 2001
The Outlaw Star reaches Heifong and the crew enters the 13th Heifong Space Race, with some financial help by a sponsorhip from Fred Luo's company, in an attempt to promote Gene and Jim's business, and for Gene to gain more information about the El Dorado, the ship of the MacDougall brothers. 
11 "Adrift in Subspace"
"Akūkan Hyōryū" (亜空間漂流) 
March 19, 1998 January 29, 2001
Gene makes a daring dive into the first checkpoint and avoids the space wave. Aisha abandons her ship and is brought on board, and after finally being convinced that Gene knows nothing about the Galactic Leyline, she decides to stay on the Outlaw Star. The crew finishes the race in fourth place, but first in the privateer class, and they break even in their deal with Fred Luo. 
12 "Mortal Combat with the El Dorado"
"Eru Dorado-gō to no Shitō" (エルドラド号との死闘) 
March 26, 1998 January 30, 2001
After the race is over, Gene contacts Harry MacDougall, who challenges him to a duel between the Outlaw Star and the El Dorado in an asteroid field. 
13 "Advance Guard from Another World"
"Isei Yori no Senpei" (異星よりの尖兵) 
April 2, 1998 January 31, 2001
Gene and Jim set up a business on Heifong, and the crew members take on various jobs around the city, which all come together in a confrontation with a mind-controlling cactus and its giant insect servant. 
14 "Final Countdown"
"Fainaru Kauntodaun" (ファイナルカウントダウン) 
April 9, 1998 February 1, 2001
The Outlaw Star is performing a transport job, when the advertising ship they're pushing latches onto them and takes control of their computer. The culprit turns out to be a terrorist named Crackerjack, who threatens to blow up a bomb he's placed on the ship unless Heifong is given independence. 
15 "The Seven Emerge"
"Shichininshū Arawaru" (七人衆現わる) 
April 16, 1998 February 2, 2001
Hazanko gathers six of the Anten Seven together and explains that they will have to kill Gene Starwind, While the seventh member, Shimi, arrives at Starwind and Hawkings enterprises and challenges Gene to a duel. 
16 "Demon of the Water Planet"
"Umi no Hoshi no Akuma" (海の星の悪魔) 
Not aired February 5, 2001
Gene, Jim and Melfina are contracted by an old man to recover a shipment of dragonite ore from a ship that crashed on the water planet Heifong VII, which leads to a battle with the creature guarding the ship and its ore. 
17 "Between Life and Machine"
"Seimei to Kikai no Hazamade" (生命と機械の間で) 
April 23, 1998 February 6, 2001
An unknown client (actually Ronald MacDougall) contacts the crew of the Outlaw star and asks Gene to meet him at a restaurant to discuss the Galactic Leyline. At the restaurant, Ron reveals to Gene some information about Melfina, the Outlaw Star and the Galactic Layline while Harry MacDougall attempts to seduce Melfina and steal the Outlaw Star. 
18 "The Strongest Woman in the Universe"
"Uchū Saikyō no Onna" (宇宙最強の女) 
April 30, 1998 February 7, 2001
In exchange for a substantial loan of money from Fred Luo, the Outlaw Star crew enters the annual Strongest Woman in the Universe tournament to stop Fred's fiancee, Reiko Ando, from winning, and thus prevent a marriage between the two. Aisha is forbidden from competing on the basis that she is a Ctarl Ctarl, so the rest of the crew dresses up Gene as a woman and enters him in the tournament under the name "Jenny" while Aisha also enters the tournament under the guise of a masked wrestler named "Firecat". 
19 "Law and Lawlessness"
"Hō to Muhō" (法と無法) 
May 7, 1998 February 8, 2001
The Outlaw Star and its crew is captured by private security forces and Gene confronts their leader, a Saurian named Dooze. The security forces attempt to help an injured civilian ship, but it turns out to be Trojan horse. The Outlaw Star and its crew save the security forces and are rewarded with dragonite. 
20 "Cats and Girls and Spaceships"
"Neko to Shōjo to Uchūsen" (猫と少女と宇宙船) 
May 14, 1998 February 9, 2001
The Outlaw Star battles a mysterious ship and retreats, docking at a nearby outpost for repairs. Jim encounters a pair of cats in a park and follows them to their owner, a girl named (Hanmyo), and he goes on a date with her. What Jim does not realise is that the girl is the pilot of the ship that attacked them, and the cats are her co-pilots. 
21 "Grave of the Dragon"
"Ryū no Bohyō" (龍の墓標) 
May 21, 1998 February 12, 2001
The crew searches for information about the Galactic Layline in some ruins on a deserted planet. Harry and Ronald try to kidnap Melfina, but they are rebuffed. Later at an outpost, Professor Khan puts Melfina to sleep with code words and tells Gene to go to a prison for information on the Leyline. 
22 "Gravity Jailbreak"
"Jūryoku Datsugoku" (重力脱獄) 
May 28, 1998 February 13, 2001
Gene goes to prison. Saiyo Wong, who has the coordinates for the Galactic Leyline is also there. They escape and the man gives Gene a device which he says contains the coordinates. Professor Khan wakes Melfina up, and Gene then kicks Khan off the ship. 
23 "Hot Springs of Planet Tenrei"
"Onsen Wakusei Tenrei" (温泉惑星天鈴) 
Not aired Not aired
The group goes to the vacation world Tenrei so Gene can look for Caster shells to prepare for their trip to the Galactic Leyline. The crew relax in the hot springs and Gene meets with two priests. They give him the Caster shells in exchange for lewd footage of a third female priest named Urt. Due to the amount of fanservice and nudity, this was the only episode not to be aired on Toonami or Adult Swim in the US. 
24 "Cutting the Galactic Leyline"
"Ryūmyaku Totsunyū" (龍脈突入) 
June 11, 1998 February 14, 2001
The Outlaw Star, the MacDougall brothers with Gwen Kahn, and Hazanko and his crew enter the Galactic Leyline, a giant black and gold cylinder. A disembodied voice asks them questions and teleports Melfina away from them. 
25 "Maze of Despair"
"Zetsubō e no Meikyū" (絶望への迷宮) 
June 18, 1998 February 15, 2001
Each crewmember takes on and beats a member of the Anten Seven. Hazanko, Ronald MacDougall, and Gene get close to Melfina, as Jim, Aisha and Suzuka head back to the ship. Harry helps Gene get past a gate, then dies from wounds caused by Hazanko. 
26 "Return to Space"
"Sora e Kaeru" (空へ還る) 
June 25, 1998 February 16, 2001
Gene and Hazanko kill each other in battle. The Leyline takes them to cyberspace and revives them, granting their wishes. Gene gets Melfina, and Hazanko gets ultimate power. They defeat Hazanko with the Leyline's powers and each crew member goes their separate ways. At the very end, the group is reunited as the Outlaw Star needs a repair job, and the group (including Suzuka and Aisha) is set to head out to another section of space. Their fate is unknown. During an epilogue after the credits, Aisha and Suzuka can be seen joining Gene, Melfina and Jim on another adventure. 


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