Posted by psgels on 20 February 2010 with categories: Seikai no Monshou



Blogging this series has shown me that I’m very selectively punctual. While I promised that I’d blog this series weekly, this entry has had more than a week delay, apologies for that. Blogging this series has been an interesting experiment, but in the end I don’t think that I can blog a series that has already been fully released consistently and at this point, I think I’ll just end up marathoning the two Banner of the Stars, instead of blogging them weekly. I know it’s something that’s completely in my head, but still.

In any case, a great episode. It was very intriguing. This episode showed a completely different side of the Abh: the elitist and racist one. This episode rocked in the way that it slowly revealed the exact stance of the Baron that Jinto and Lafiel ended up at. This episode showed how great this series is at building up: that final shot of Lafiel smiling was a very powerful one.

And the emotions: anime is often a medium of overacting, but this show is different. The subtle emotions of the characters show exactly how they feel, and yet no attempt is made to make them over the top, apart from perhaps those nameless maids.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. Philrider7 says:

    Since you said this serie had your attention to blog it, I had watch it in marathon. Do it!

  2. Sywen says:

    The Abh are definatly not racist, that baron is the only one. On the other hand, every Abh is indeed very elitist.

  3. Chris says:

    It’s probably better to marathon and just do a series review. Seems like trying to blog the series is a chore and bores ya a bit. You may have more to say in a series review rather than a weekly blogging.

  4. Michael says:

    Yeah, I marathoned this series a few months ago, and it was a viewing pleasure. There were some problems with it, especially when you get into the sequels, but I think its best watched at 3-4 episodes a time.

  5. Sarynn says:

    I also agree that a marathon would be better for this series, if only because of its length.

    But one suggestion… review each of the “seasons” on its own. They’re given different titles for a reason: they are totally separate series. They may have the same characters, but their individual stories and focuses (and so pesonal enjoyment) will be different for each.

    Crest: The initial meeting and journey of Lafiel and Jinto
    Banner I: The focus turns more towards strategy and warfare, and basically how they must win an impossible battle
    Banner II: Focuses on their mission on the prison planet
    Banner III OVA: Focuses on Jinto’s return to his homeplanet, and wraps-up the Stars Chronicles.

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  • SuperMario
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 07:04 AM)
    @Kaiser: I don’t see anything wrong of watching more arthouse films. And yes please watch more anime so we have something more to talk about. I found the first part of Enter the Void so brilliant, but after the MC died things get more and more repetitive. I remembered myself was like “I get the f*cking point already, move on”
  • reaLjustified
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 06:59 AM)
    @K-Off… Yeah that’s true. But the humor is well done mainly because the characters are always interesting.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 06:58 AM)
    @Mario: While I loved enter the void and was hit like an emotional sledgehammer by it…the flashing lights really really hurt my oversensitive eyes.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 06:54 AM)
    @Real I don’t see that happening with this writer. Gekkan Shojo is quite literally a clutter of jokes filling up every single frame. It doesn’t know subtley.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 06:52 AM)
    I need to go back to frequenting anime more instead and action films for a little bit now for a change of pace.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 06:48 AM)
    @Mario: I think I’ve spent a year and half overindulging on these alternative films, they’ve become a norm for me, to where it feels odd when I try to watch blockbusters. I don’t think I’ve balanced out what I was watching lately.
  • reaLjustified
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 06:47 AM)
    @Mike I guess that means I need to catch up on Oresama Teacher then. It turned a little too angsty between chapters 50-70 but I don’t have an issue with the repetitive humor as long as it happens at the right moments.
  • SuperMario
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 06:41 AM)
    @Kaiser: Well I need to watch Innocence then. It’s on my watchlist for so long but I’m too burnt out to give it a chance
  • SuperMario
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 06:40 AM)
    @Kaiser: Digestible hey? It’s very likely will be on my top 10 of the year (not that I watch much movie anymore). I find her more “digestible” than Gaspar Noe, he often goes such extreme that out me off more often than not. With her I feel the whole thing more composed but still unfreindly as hell
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 06:36 AM)
    @Mario: I liked the ambiguity of evolution and innocence and she is on my list of directors to pay attention to.

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