Next "classic" space western anime or will there be one?
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So, I am currently re-watching Outlaw Star and a sudden thought occurred to me. In my personal opinion there were a few "classic" or extremely good anime that could all be easily categorized as space western. Specifically, the anime shows I am thinking of are Cowboy Bepop, Outlaw Star, and Trigun. While thinking of these, I couldn't think of a more recent space western show that was as good as these. So my question for everyone out there is, when do you think they will come out with the next great "space western" anime or do you think it was just a fad of the times they were made and there won't be any more anime like these?

(This is probably geared more towards big mange readers since you might know of one that is out in manga but hasn't been turned into an anime)
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I'd love to find an answer to this question too

Almost forgot about Outlaw Star


Maybe we'll lucky out and monkey Punch will through Lupin and the gang in space for a comeback
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Oh man I miss Outlaw Star!

The "Space Western" is a kind of hard genre to approach... Maybe we'll see one if a Light Novel comes out with that setting, seeing as how everything is a Light Novel adaptation these days...
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I miss Outlaw Star too.

According to Wikipedia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Western ), these anime count as Space Westerns:
- Captain Harlock - Leiji Matsumoto combines elements from space opera, western, and samurai genres
- Combat Mecha Xabungle - Real robot anime set in a wild West-style far-future Earth
- Cowboy Bebop
- Galaxy Express 999
- Gun Frontier
- Gun X Sword
- Outlaw Star
- Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs
- Trigun
- Wild Arms

Gun X Sword is the most recent (2005). So, it has been quite some time since the last Space Western anime has been made. I think there are even fewer manga that fall into this category. It just doesn't seem to be a popular subgenre, which is unfortunate, imo.
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Definitely one of my most favoritest of genres. I like it so much I had to give it two superlatives. Yeah, the last one I can think of is Gun X Sword from back in 2005. Not old in my mind but still way too many years without another "classic space western." I hope they come up with another one soon, either an original series (imagine that!) or an adaptation. I always thought the Vampire Hunter D books and movies have a sci-fi western feel although they're set on a post-apocalyptic Earth rather than outer space with just vague references to outer space themes, so it's not the same. Same with the manga Madness, postapocalyptic sci-fi westernish but I don't think it has a space theme at all.

Well, if they turned Supernatural into an anime then maybe they can do the same for Firefly, for those of us who can never get enough of space westerns or Firefly!
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forsakenmage wrote:

Well, if they turned Supernatural into an anime then maybe they can do the same for Firefly, for those of us who can never get enough of space westerns or Firefly!


They've made an anime from Mass Effect, so you never know, right?
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deadpanditto wrote:

I miss Outlaw Star too.

According to Wikipedia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Western ), these anime count as Space Westerns:
- Captain Harlock - Leiji Matsumoto combines elements from space opera, western, and samurai genres
- Combat Mecha Xabungle - Real robot anime set in a wild West-style far-future Earth
- Cowboy Bebop
- Galaxy Express 999
- Gun Frontier
- Gun X Sword
- Outlaw Star
- Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs
- Trigun
- Wild Arms

Gun X Sword is the most recent (2005). So, it has been quite some time since the last Space Western anime has been made. I think there are even fewer manga that fall into this category. It just doesn't seem to be a popular subgenre, which is unfortunate, imo.


I had forgotten/didn't realize that about some of those or that they fell under the space western category. Although, even though I watched Gun X Sword, I didn't think it was of the caliber of the ones I originally mentioned. I am glad you posted this though.

On another note, I was just reminded to re-watch firefly, haha
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deadpanditto wrote:


forsakenmage wrote:

Well, if they turned Supernatural into an anime then maybe they can do the same for Firefly, for those of us who can never get enough of space westerns or Firefly!


They've made an anime from Mass Effect, so you never know, right? :)


No, you never quite can tell where the whimsy of anime creators will lead, can you? I think Captain Mal and crew wouldn't look half bad done anime-style. Gene Starwind and his pack might get jealous.
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