The box cover

Rating: 2 Rampages

Tetsuya's a photo-journalist just doing his job when an alien princess, Kahm, snatches him up and decides she's going to marry him. Her father, however, isn't too pleased with her choice of husband, especially since he'd ordered her to blow the Earth up, not fraternize with the 'chimpanzees' that live there. Kahm defies her father and soon she and Tetsuya are running for their lives.

Herself the Elf sez: Well, we rented this one by accident, actually--the video store gave us the wrong tape. I decided to review it, but when I saw that what we'd got was one of those horribly cheesy, badly-drawn 80's sci-fi shows, I braced myself for the worst. Surprisingly, it didn't end up as bad as I'd expected. Most of the genre is terribly melodramatic and serious...but Outlanders actually was funny at points, even though the dubbing was horrendous (although there were a few cute puns) and the art was worse. Even more surprising were the very ecchi bits, like Kahm's catgirl compatriot and her big furry pirate lover in bed together, or a naked Kahm jumping Tetsuya...except they all stopped just short of hentai-level. I was left wondering exactly what to call this one. A sci-fi adventure? A romantic comedy? An almost-hentai? It transcends a whole bunch of stereotypes, while still managing to hit numerous clichés along the way. Make no mistake--this show isn't good by any stretch of the imagination, but it isn't unwatchably horrible either.

Available dubbed from some company that no longer exists..