Posted by psgels on 1 March 2010 with categories: Seikai no Monshou

Well, so this is why, at the start of this contest, I only limited the series that you could force me to blog to 14 episodes: so that I wouldn’t be stuck with 60 unblogged episodes of Monster, in the case that it turned out to be a bad idea. I really apologize: with my current schedule, I just can’t watch and blog older series at a consistent pace, like I do with the currently airing series. Because of that, I just ended up marathoning the rest of this series, and here are my impressions on the entire series.

Seikai no Monshou is yet another one of the series that reinforces my beliefs that the Sunrise of around ten years ago rocked beyond belief: they consistently brought out interesting, daring, exciting and innovative science-fiction mecha series with great premises. Seikai no Monshou at first sight is another science fiction series, but it sets itself apart by its imaginative and especially very detailed execution.

The central focus is the chemistry between the two lead characters. Coming from two completely different backgrounds, this series shows both of their backgrounds, and tells in great detail about the history of the universe they’re set in, especially on the race called the Abh. The gem of this series lies in its dialogue: the dialogue between the two lead characters is direct, straight to the point it forces you to confront difficult issues, rather than jumping around them. The difference in their upbringing is shown subtly but powerfully throughout this dialogue.

The battles in this series are also often very down to earth, and focused more at skill rather than just going over the top with explosions. Unfortunately, there are times at which this series does forget that and turns into an action flick. The final episode, instead of closing off with a powerful climax instead just opts for the kind of battle in which the enemy soldiers (both well-trained police and military officers) conveniently miss every shot they fire, yet get killed off instantly when the lead characters shoot at them.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t ruin the rest of the series that leads up to it, which is an exceptionally written science fiction story that puts a lot of emphasis on the characterization and dialogue between the two lead characters.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Realistic, down to earth and yet powerful, though the final arc isn’t the best.
Characters: 9/10 –
Production-Values: 8/10 – Solid, but surprisingly dated at this point.
Setting: 9/10 – Well detailed, realistic and imaginative back-stories, both for the characters and the world that this series is set in.

10 Responses

  1. Camario says:

    I’m just wondering if you plan to watch the sequels at some point in the near future.

    Sunrise just needs to make more good novel adaptations, since that’s where this entire franchise came from.

    It’s not anime original. They didn’t come up with the premise or any of the main characters, though I would give them credit for a great execution overall. That much is fair.

    That said, I mostly agree with your review. It’s true that the final episode was underwhelming, but I’m generally a pretty forgiving guy and the excellent characterization more than made up for it.

  2. karry says:

    Yeah, yeah, all that praise, and he still slapped his neverchanging 85/100 on it. Well, it was to be expected, i guess.

    Why do you even bother to put the numbers ? We already know what they are, and will be for pretty much any and every anime that was, is, and will be.

  3. AKI says:

    You still haven’t tried DT Eightron, psgels. The art was crappy but the story and the characters more than make up for it. I doubt, though, that you can download it anywhere.

  4. Mr. 85/100 says:

    Don’t blame psgels. It is I, Mr. 85/100, who is 85% responsible for the score. I’ve got this blog haxx0red, and 85% of the times psgels enters a different score, my v.85.100 r0b0ts change it to 85/100, the perfect score for 85% of the anime out there.

  5. Kia says:

    Yea I can’t really offer a suggestion or anything, and I’m really not trying to get on your back or bag on you or anything but the 85 is starting to seem quite tedious now.

  6. San says:

    I’m glad that you really liked this series. I love this series.

    Maybe one day my wish comes true that you start to blogging Legend of Galactic Heroes.

  7. Sywen says:

    another space opera you might like alot is Infinite Ryvius, the emphasis is totally on the characters and interactions there aswell.

    seikai no monshou/senki, Starship operators and Infinite Ryvius are my top 3 Sci-fi anime.

  8. watashi says:

    A fun comment Mr. 85/100. Good that you, psgels, enjoyed the series. I haven’t really thought the rating here but 85/100 sounds suitable score for this series.

  9. Chris says:

    What! Only 85/100?! Definitely a 100/100. ^__^

  10. Moondark says:

    I liked this series, but for god sake, blog Legend of Galactic Heroes, I would love to hear your thoughts about this show…

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  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:43 PM)
    Anyway seriously though, I’d say it does actually make sense in context xD Since none of monsters are actually that threatening.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:42 PM)
    .-. I have no words, mainly because whenever anyone uses word “Realism” in context of video game, I want to say rude words xD
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:40 PM)
    I think he gave it a passing glance and felt it wasn’t his thing, I remember he also felt that he thought the idea of sparing the monsters wasn’t believable or realistic given that he felt if you were realistically placed in that situation yourself, the real thing to do would be to fight back out of fear.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:37 PM)
    Did he actually play the game though? I mean, did he actually discover it himself or did he just heard the spoilers?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:35 PM)
    I had a talk with a friend about undertale and he wasn’t a fan, he prefers other types of rpgs, the choice element also made him uncomfortable and that he felt the game was too punishing.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:34 PM)
    @Kaiser: Puzzle elements, outside of sparing everyone, seem to be mainly just parodying video game puzzles. Like, only place where you actually have to solve actual puzzles is in Hotland, before that pretty much every puzzle is automatically solved, really easy or has some silly twist to it. Like the puzzle you can skip by pressing a switch in tree trunk. Can’t say I’m too fond of puzzles either, but I liked how game was making fun of them
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:32 PM)
    Speaking of awful sense of humor and things that dorks like, just wanted to say that turns out I was right about Jitsu wa watashi wa in that main couple does get together before chapter 100(forgot what exactly, some where in 80-90 range I think). But they are such huge dorks that they do everything ridiculously slowly because they are that embarrassed, so they have had like just one date(in chapter 100). Not that I expect anyone to remember what the heck I’m talking about xD
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:32 PM)
    The battle system grew on me a bit, but I didn’t like the puzzle elements it offered, the actual gameplay looked kind of dull also. Some of the characters were likeable enough, Papyrus, Asogore, the flower guy being my favourite though the plot didn’t really get interesting until the end.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:27 PM)
    I think any emotional response from undertale for melargely came from that it gave me this great sense of nostalgia bomb, but I’m okay with that totes =)
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:27 PM)
    And as a dork, I can say its to me personally funniest crap I have played in long time because it appeals to my sense of humor so well that I realized things about my sense of humor that I hadn’t noticed before while playing the game <_< I mean, its really darn silly game, even with the emotional moments.

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