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Outlaw Star (SeihÅ BukyÅ AutorÅ SutÄ is a , lit. "Starward Warrior Knight Outlaw Star")seinen manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko ItÅ and his affiliated Morning Star Studio. The series is a science fiction Space Western that takes place in the distant future, 150 years after the development of spacecraft capable of traveling faster than the speed of light. The plot follows protagonist Gene Starwind and his motley crew of an inherited ship dubbed the "Outlaw Star", as they search for a legendary, outerspace treasure trove called the "Galatic Leyline"
Outlaw Star was originally serialized in the Shueisha magazine Ultra Jump between 1996 and 1999 for a total of 21 chapters. Three volumes of collected chapters were published in Japan between August 1997 and January 1999. Although no official English language version of the manga exists, it has been published in German and Italian by Planet Manga. In early 1998, Sunrise Studios produced a 26-episode anime adaptation that was directed by Mitsuru Hongo and aired on the Japanese station TV Tokyo. The animated series has since been translated and broadcast worldwide, including an English version from Bandai Entertainment broadcast in North America on the Cartoon Network blocks Toonami and Adult Swim starting in early 2001, and in the United Kingdom on CNX. Outlaw Star has been licensed for release in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment and in Europe by Beez Entertainment. A few Japanese-exclusive audio CDs and light novels have been spawned since the start of the franchise.
Critical reception for Outlaw Star has been mostly positive. Many reviewers praised the anime series, particularly its animation style and its balance of dramatic and comedic elements, while some believe that the storyline quality begins to wane after the first few episodes. A spin-off anime titled Angel Links (SeihÅ Tenshi Enjeru Rinkusu was aired in Japan in 1999. Morning Star Studio made preliminary plans to create a direct sequel , lit. "Angels of the Stars: Angel Links")original video animation (OVA) series to Outlaw Star, but production never began.