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Crest of the Stars


a.k.a. Seikai no Monshou

Genre: Action/Drama
Company: Bandai Visual/Sunrise/WOWOW
Format: 13 episodes
Dates: 1/2/1999 to 3/28/1999

The world of Martine laid in peace until the day that the Abh Empire arrived. Jinto’s father, the leader of Martine, sold out his world for a chance at a position in the Abh Empire. Seven years later, Jinto has become a count and is being shipped off to be educated by the Abh to be a proper noble when he meets Lafiel, a princess of the Abh Empire. However, there are others in the galaxy who do not like the Abh, and Jinto and Lafiel are about to be thrown into a long war as a result.

summary by Eek


Reviewed: 12/11/2003 by
Grade: 90% av-Eek

Highs: Complex story and characters never stop being fascinating

Lows: Useless mini-recaps; slightly incomplete

In what appears to be another cult favorite, Crest of the Stars is the beginning of a series of science fiction books written by Morioka Hiroyuki. This anime is largely unknown, but that does not stop it from being a great series.

It is rare in anime to find a series that is hardcore science fiction, yet Crest of the Stars does not let that drag as it tells a story of epic proportions. Much like older space operas, this series starts off being very simple and quickly expands its horizons from there. The pace of the beginning may be a bit slow for some people, yet it is always intensely interesting as it relates how the Abh came, took control of Jinto’s world and how much this event affected his life. By the time Jinto first meets Lafiel, events are further compounded by the introduction of an alien race and its customs, norms and technology, all of which are very fascinating. However, the anime never strays too far from its characters, whom are quite deep and distinguish themselves with their ideals and causes. Although there is still room for expansion, these people never stop being interesting because their mannerisms and backgrounds are able to grab just about anyone’s attention.

Only two beefs come to mind. First, there are two mini-recaps that take place at the beginning of two episodes for several minutes. Although they are meant to remind someone of what has happened, they are useless because they seem to be only filler. Second, this series is incomplete. As I said already, this is just the beginning in a line of anime. Crest of the Stars starts off really well, and while the sequel, Banner of the Stars, takes everything much further, the ending for this part does not stop at a good place. Much like Berserk, the ending will leave many wanting.

If you ever have a hankering for some good sci-fi, Crest of the Stars fits the bill very nicely. Just be warned: once you finish, you will end up watching the sequel.


See also Banner of the Stars II


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