1986 / 51m - Japan
Sci-fi, Adventure - Animation
Outlanders poster


February 06, 2023


Basic but fun sci-fi anime. Outlanders is another one of those short OAVs that deliver a classic (or generic) anime genre mix. There's not much it can do during its short runtime to set itself apart, not when the art style and plot points feel so familiar. And so the film leans into its cliches, settling to be appreciated as mere amusing genre filler.

Princess Kahm is trying to invade Earth when she bumps into Tetsuya and falls in love with the boy. She kidnaps him and wants to marry him as quickly as possible. Tetsuya is a little apprehensive at first, but Kahm is a pretty girl and he swiftly adapts to the new situation. The only problem is Kahm's father, who isn't too happy with his daughter's choices.

The art style is decent (with some cool alien/sci-fi designs), the harem comedy (without an actual harem) is passable and while the plot feels generic, it leaves enough room to have some fun with the genre elements. It's not the most memorable film, but if you have a stray hour to bridge and you like this kind of thing, you could do a lot worse.