The series follows the crew of the Outlaw Star, a cutting-edge space-ship built by a mysterious criminal organization for unknown purposes, and then stolen by an outlaw (those who are neither outright criminals, but also don't adhere strictly to the law) named Hilda and later given over to Gene Starwind and his friends after her death. Nominally, the series is about trying to find the legendary Galactic Leyline, the nexus point of the galaxy (and possibly the universe), where literally anything is possible. Melfina, the beautiful amnesiac girl who is somehow part and parcel with the Outlaw Star's navigational system, is also somehow connected to the Galactic Leyline and, like the hero he aspires to be, Gene has promised to find this legendary place and solve the mystery of Melfina's past. That is almost immediately pushed aside, however, and doesn't really pick back up until the last few episodes of the series.
I enjoyed OUTLAW STAR quite a lot and it reminded me of simpler times. The characters are delightfully 90s-nostalgic anime stereotypes (the maverick who's often in over his head; the boy-genius; the beautiful-intruder who doesn't have any memories of her own past; the cool beauty who can kick your ass; even a cat-girl), and the individual story-lines range from epic space opera to goofy fan-service. One of the complaints people often have of the series is that there's little originality to it, and that's true - it really doesn't do anything a dozen (or more) other series haven't. But that doesn't mean it isn't a fun time, and really, that's all I was looking for from this series. I'd like to mention, too, that the stunning job (presumably) Funimation did in upscaling the 20-year-old animation to high-def. It just looks gorgeous, especially the space-scapes.
Recommended if it's a series you enjoyed the first time around or if you are simply a fan of 90s anime.