Lately I’ve been trying to remember an anime I think was on Cartoon Network. It was definitely a space anime.

I remember the protagonist had a weird looking ship and he also had a rival with a similar, slightly better ship maybe?

I also remember somehow they knew how many hits it would take destroy a ship.

What I remember from the only scene I can remember is that maybe they were one persons ships but I remember a ship with more than one person stating it would take a certain amount of hits to destroy one. But I could be wrong.

Also I’m pretty sure the ships looked weird but it’s such an old memory.

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    Okay, that helps. How long ago did you see this show? Can you describe the shapes of the ships or say what the characters looked like? Any detail you can think of, no matter how minor it seems, could be the key.
    – Gaultheria
    Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 6:51
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    I think the show you are describing is SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron.. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWAT_Kats:_The_Radical_Squadron Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 7:02
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    Do you know if any mech were involved? Could this possibly be part of the Gundam Wing series? CN aired those during their Toonami programming slots during the late-90s/early-00s. Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 15:51
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    Do you happen to know if it was during the daytime Toonami block or the Adult Swim block?
    – Clavaat
    Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 15:51

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I think the show you are describing is SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron.

Using discarded military parts and weapons from the salvage yard, Jake and Chance built themselves a three-engine jet fighter called the Turbokat, which resembled several different jet fighters, most notably the Grumman F-14 and the Saab Draken, along with a handful of other vehicles such as the Cyclotron (a motorcycle built into the jet's seating, deployed from the bomb bay of the Turbokat like a missile), the TurboMole (a subterranean vehicle used to drill underground), the HoverKat (a militarized hovercraft), and the Thunder Truck (a militarized Jeep modified from their tow truck). All these vehicles were stored, along with a training area and other equipment, in a secret hangar below the yard. Razor and T-Bone now patrol Megakat City as the SWAT Kats, defending it against any kind of menace that threatens the city. Their enemies include the criminal mastermind Dark Kat, the undead sorcerer Pastmaster, the mutant evil genius Doctor Viper, and the robotic gangsters the Metallikats. The SWAT Kats also face many villains-of-the-week, such as Madkat and Volcanus.

SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron poster

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    The OP is asking specifically for a show based in space. I believe SWAT kats don't really fit the description.
    – Stark07
    Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 9:01
  • @Stark07 there was an episode where they were fighting aliens who were trying to steal the water from the planet, and the Turbo Cat had to achieve "speed of heat" to make it into space. But agreed, this wouldn't fit overall.
    – Russhiro
    Commented Mar 13, 2020 at 0:09
  • Was this cartoon done in anime style, or was it a Western toon? If it was an anime, it possibly could be one of the Gundam series
    – Russhiro
    Commented Mar 13, 2020 at 0:09
  • If it was an anime I bet you a dollar it was Outlaw Star. One of the odd conceits of the show is that spaceships engage in hand-to-hand combat and look very strange. The rival has a similarly odd ship.
    – Adam Wise
    Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 0:15

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