Oban Star-Racers

Common Sense Media says

Anime series for tweens is filled with thrills.





What parents need to know

Educational value

The show's intent is to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

While the show sometimes touches on heavy themes for a kids' series -- including family dysfunction and the death of a parent -- overall it promotes teamwork and strong family relationships.

Positive role models

The main characters generally show respect for one another and work as a team. The series' heroine is a strong female who takes a leadership role and makes decisions that could affect the future of the human race.

Violence & scariness

Frequent animated fantasy violence: aliens attack humans, space vehicles crash in a ball of flames, etc. Injury or death is implied but not shown.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fun, engaging series occasionally deals with serious themes, such as the death of a parent, a teen's dysfunctional relationship with a parent, and taking dangerous risks for the sake of winning a competition. But the show also presents the main characters as three-dimensional and human (which makes them very approachable and sympathetic), and it focuses on the characters, their emotions, and their relationships almost as much as it does on the entertaining sci-fi action.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

OBAN STAR-RACERS, an exciting anime series, follows a team of star-racers from Earth as they compete in the interplanetary Race of Oban, a momentous event that occurs once every 10,000 years. Rebellious teen Molly (voiced by Chiara Zanni) is a pilot prodigy who joins the Earth Team as its mechanic. But when the team reaches the planet Oban and the race begins, an injury to the team's pilot opens up an opportunity for Molly to take the pilot's seat and lead the team to victory. With young gunner Jordan (Sam Vincent) as her race partner, Molly faces many powerful opponents, but none as intense as the Crogs, an aggressive alien race that threatens the Earth. The survival of humankind now depends on the Earth Team's victory in the competition. As a subplot, enchanting alien warrior Prince Aika (Kirby Morrow), a contender in the race, develops an immediate bond with Molly.

Is it any good?


Oban Star-Racers combines engaging plotlines and thrilling sci-fi action -- and the pace is moderate enough to make the story easy to follow. The interesting combination of Japanese anime and Western sci-fi helps draw in the viewer.

According to Disney, the target audience is ages 6 to 11, but the show is better suited for ages 8 and up (one episode deals with a parent's death, and some of the violence -- a space vehicle crash resulting in injuries and deaths, for example -- may be slightly disturbing to younger viewers. That aside, as anime series go, this one is decidedly palatable (even for viewers who aren't huge anime fans), with a nice balance of thrilling action and characters you grow to care about. Kids will surely be rooting for the young heroine as she fights to win the big race -- and save the human race.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the heroine's motives and how she deals with the challenges and obstacles she faces. How does Molly react when she first encounters her dad? Why does she conceal her real identity from him and the team?

  • What makes Molly so rebellious, and what motivates her to flirt with danger? Is she just concerned about helping save the Earth, or is there something more she's trying to prove? How does her rebellious attitude affect her relationships?

  • How does Molly deal with danger and obstacles during the races? Do you think she handles them well? Why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Chiara Zanni, Ron Halder, Sam Vincent
Networks:ABC Family, Toon Disney
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMizuki-Chan April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

It's Fun To watch

This Show is probly one of the best animed shows i have ever seen! It Is Good with dealing with actual problems. My friends and I all love watching this show because of the action races, the little love triangle, and the intensity of the father/daughter relationship between the main character Molly and her big headed father Don Wei. I would recommend this show to anyone who loves a good race and alittle drama here and there. I Give this show a 5 Star rating.
Teen, 15 years old Written byMangareader101 August 25, 2011

Flash back

Wow, this is a flash back. I used to watch it every time I could. But then it was taken of Tv(if I'm not mistaken). I'm 15, and I would watch it again if it were back on tv.
Teen, 13 years old Written byedy2006 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

i laughed



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