Posted by psgels on 8 February 2010 with categories: Seikai no Monshou



One feature of anime that I’m glad has mostly disappeared over the past ten years is the obligatory summary of the previous episode. This episode was one of those examples in which this got taken too far as it spent its first five minutes recapping what happened in the previous episode.

The rest of the episode however more than made up for it. In this episode we get our first taste of the space battles in this series, and the creators have really shown that they know how to write one. It takes the approach of the unidentified enemy: we know that there are a bunch of enemies out there, we just have no idea who they are. If you can make these enemies still behave like real people, even though you never show them, you can get some amazing effects. Later, series as Starship Operators and Bokura no would improve even more on this formula. And in a way, I feel that the former took its inspiration from this series: taking the very technical style of space-battles, and making them even more realistic and believable, rather than just have a bunch of spaceships fire at each other.

The destruction of the Gosroth also is extra bad for Lafiel, since her mother just died. It turns out that one of the reason why the captain was so harsh on Lafiel was because she was partially trying to raise the girl she “provided her genes for”. She tells Jinto this in their escape. Even though they’re travelling together again, just like a few episodes ago, the mood between the two is completely different and gloomy, and yet you can see that they’ve gotten already more used to each other.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. kriyn says:

    I loved the script in this show. The old anime has its flaws but it’s also hard to find flashes of the same brilliance in modern anime.

  2. karry says:

    “the creators have really shown that they know how to write one.”

    Then you better skip the sequel series, because all that knowledge goes out of the window, second series is about 60% space combat, which is basically ships and lasers flashing across the screen in every imaginable manner possible, and its unlikely for anyone to even recognise which ship belongs to which side, its all just a garbled mash of bright colors.

  3. Theowne says:

    Then again, the 2nd sequel returns to excellence with brilliant character development.

  4. Sacket says:

    The sequel “Banner of The Star” struggles because it’s focused around a single massive battle between Armadas, and Lafiel has a very small bit part in the battle. In truth her success or failure is completely irrelevant to the outcome.

    But this is not unrealistic. In fact the problem is it is too realistic. Chaos and confusion is part of battle. Especially when you throw in mistakes by the commander based on past experiences, and new technologies being used which confuses things even more. Banner of the Stars I is actually probably the most realistic space combat I’ve seen… well in just about any show.

    So while agree Banner of the Stars has a weaker development to a proper climax, this is due to being realistic, not because it is unrealistic.

  5. karry says:

    “the problem is it is too realistic. Chaos and confusion is part of battle.”

    That may very well be, but as a viewer – i have zero desire to sit and watch psychodelic and senseless laser show for 20 minutes.

  6. tzuge says:

    I have to disagree. The battle in this particular episode might be one of the best in the entire series, but the battles in Banner of the Stars are not weak. This particular battle is very tactical, and there’s a lot of dramatic tension because: the enemy is unknown, and the Gosroth is making a last stand.

    Banner of the Stars focuses more on fleet actions, and deals with decisions of admirals. The main characters are involved in more tactical engagements, but their primary goal is survival. It’s incredibly interesting how their ordeals in battle related to very high level decisions (such as the make up of the fleet, and the category of ships fielded). Lafiel role is the war also speaks volumes about the Ahb. Only other series that does this that I can think of is 08th MS Team, but I think this series goes even further. It’s really at the absolute opposite end of the spectrum from something like Gundam Wing, where frankly I can’t understand why they bother fielding regular units at all since the elite angst-filled teen super pilots dictate the outcome.

  7. alex says:

    What’s the Japan’s map that’s blinking on right of screen for during epi 46 FMA:brotherhoob?

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    Oh, the priest? Yeah, definitely an awesome touch. Wonder how he feels about Amon’s death…
    Juuzou? I’d complain about Arima more, the guy is hax beyond belief. Juuzou was just a nutcase who was skilled with knives – and has pretty good development in the manga.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:21 AM)
    @Emma: I think the pacing thing isn’t a problem if read as a whole – that’s a bit like complaining about slow chapters in books if you read them week-by-week. For a story like Tokyo Ghoul week-by-week just isn’t a good way to read it, I don’t think.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:21 AM)
    Gah, Juuzou is one of those irksome shounen-esque characters that never sat all that well with me.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:17 AM)
    @Raggers: The part with that locked up ghoul who Amon went to meet up with who he had history with, that was a great moment for Amon’s character and it had a kind of silence of the lambs feel to it.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Raggers: I found it generally unevenly paced.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Raggers: The whole thing had its ups and downs for me, I loved the first four volumes,after the stuff with gourmet and mado was done with I found myself tiring of it but then got into it again after Kaneki broke down and snapped, then somewhere after the kanou reveal it started losing me again and the ending threw me off.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 03:31 AM)
    Out of interest, where do you feel the first manga went wrong? I may have missed its flaws since I marathoned it in ~8 hours.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 03:28 AM)
    @Emma: I’ll throw in the “now you match” line to Juuzo, the Clowns reveal, and Akira drunk. The supporting cast was really well developed IMO.
    Oh, and Kanekipede. He better go full-kakuja at some point.

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