Posted by psgels on 15 January 2010 with categories: Seikai no Monshou

So this episode is a more formal introduction of the characters, while the previous episode showed more what the history of the setting was. Again, it has a lot of ingredients that you see in other anime as well, which mostly centred around Lafiel: she’s a young, cute girl of an exotic race that everyone hates.

But the characterization is done so well!

At first this episode took its time to show how Jinto has grown up after the previous episode, and how he kept his nobility secret from the friends that he grew up with. It already added a lot of depth to the guy by showing him close off his childhood, and his anxieties for his future. He’s already someone with his own identity, and who doesn’t have to rely on cheap stereotypes in order to stand out.

And then Lafiel. I really like how direct her questions are. This episode did an excellent job in showing the cultural differences between the humans and the Abh: Jinto has never met one of the Abh, since they hardly ever bother to show themselves among the humans, and at the same time Lafiel has grown up, never meeting a human. This episode portrayed the Abh as a very direct race: it’s common with them to be to the point, to the point where they’ve developed a culture that’s completely void of human laziness.

And again: Lafiel is not just a caricature of this culture. While this episode showed the general traits of the Abh, Lafiel also had her own personality.

It’s also interesting that this series was produced, right at the time where CG became actually possible to include in anime. You can see that there are no 3D models, but the creators do make use of the smaller stuff, like lighting, shadows and some computer screens. It was before companies got too confident and started to overuse it. Turn A Gundam which was produced around the same time as this series showed this as well: it was mostly CG free, though the eye-catch in the middle of each episode experimented with it.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

15 Responses

  1. specracer says:

    You’ll like this show it’s a lot like Spice and Wolf but set in a space opera.

  2. Camario says:

    I think you’ll see a little more CG or at least digital effects by the time the other two series in this franchise come up, but in the meanwhile…yes, Lafiel and Jinto have a pretty interesting relationship but something I always liked from this show was all the insight into the Abh and their culture.

    Now, I would say that the comparison to Spice and Wolf isn’t entirely accurate, their personalities are a bit different for a start, but I can see why the description would make sense.

  3. namaiki says:

    Very interesting about the inclusion of CG. I didn’t even notice it.

  4. John Kickass says:

    Yeah, it’s a great show, and so are Banner of the Stars. I actually only started and finished the whole series like 4 months ago. Watched it straight through for 3 days. While the story is good, the great thing about this series is the relationship between the two main characters.

  5. Greenthy says:

    star series is pretty nice
    although i still felt something missing at the end of it

  6. Greenthy says:

    star series is pretty nice
    although i still felt like something was missing at the end of it

  7. cris says:

    My only complaint about this show is that only the story of the Abh is presented. I was waiting the whole time for them to show the other side of the story, i.e. why the rest of the universe hates the Abh. It could have been as epic as Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

  8. Camario says:

    @cris: Keep in mind that all the Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels were animated, as far as I know, while the Crest/Banner of the Stars novels aren’t even done yet.

  9. jho says:

    this series is epic, i loved it.

  10. kun says:

    As the story reach its (epic) conclusion, more and more reasons of why there was war will be explained. It will be spoilers, so I will refrain myself from talking about it.

    Seikai no Senki series is more of a drama than action (legend of galactic heroes), and its pace and characters are the main attraction. It is way more humane and personal than Legend of the galactic heroes, which is why I like it better. Slow, refreshing,romantic, and very clever.

  11. Sywen says:

    This show is amazing, there is one scene in the last episode of the 3rd season i consider the best scene of anime i ever watched, (over 600 ;))
    so full of emotion and tension. the best part is that it is a scene where nothing happens. but you’ll have to see for yourself ;)

  12. Sywen says:

    this is not true. this is a show that doesnt spoonfeed you all the facts though, you have to think for yourself to figure some parts out.

  13. You should watch this dubbed, Jinto. It’s very good, Jinto. I like dubbs, Jinto.

  14. softie says:

    Seikai no xxxxxx is my favorite anime series of all time. The pace of the story and the mix of action is perfect. The Abh history is facinating. But I would definitely recommend people to watch it subbed just like any other anime.

  15. Sacket says:

    I loved this series, I even ordered the books to read them.

    However, I felt that all the series after Crest, while still very good, didn’t have the completeness I felt in Crest.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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