Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Crest of the Stars - Anime Legends Complete Collection|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Jinto Lin's life changes forever when the Humankind Empire Abh takes over his home planet of Martine without firing a single shot. Sent off to study the bah language and culture, Jinto must prepare himself for his future a... more »
Anime sci-fi at its finest
faster | Football Town, USA | 09/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm surprised at how often this classic anime is overlooked by even the most dedicated anime fans. Crest of the Stars is the first installment of the Stars collection (Banner of the Stars, and Banner of the Stars II being the other two). This anime mainly focuses on the building of the relationship between the Abh princess Lafiel and the up and coming human, turned Abh, Count Jinto and the events leading up to the intergalactic war between the Abh Empire and the United Mankind.
This is a wonderfully told story filled with many dramatic moments ,some good laughs, and a nice score that help add to the epic feeling of the series. The relationship between Lafiel and Jinto is developed beautifully and found myself being pulled into their world almost completely absorbed in what was happening.
Even you're not into sci-fi at all I'd say there's still a good chance you will enjoy this anime.
There is also Banner of the Stars 1 and 2 which focus mainly on the war itself, and the first novel in the series is set to be released 9/30/06."
Perfection that simple
The Anime Adict | St. Cloud Mn USA | 09/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally a truly perfect series. Yes Crest of the Stars is perfection. The only flaw if you can call it that is the somewhat slow story progression. I personally prefer the pace as it gives you time just to get to know the characters. This series nearly perfectly balances plot and character development. The technology is believable and the cause for the resent of the rest of mankind towards the ahb is somewhat understandable. The music is incredible with the exception of the opening theme which just seems out of place. The ending theme in particular deserves note, I honestly didn't realize that a male human voice in any language could sound so torn up. The story is interesting and is constantly changing course. Character development is where this series truly shines, both main characters are so believable that you could easily walking up to them on the street and carrying out a conversation. All in all you do not have an excuse not to buy this series."
Quality of Product
Anil Katheappa | Australia | 10/11/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
""YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR" axiom rings true for this purchase! Very dissapointed with these new cheap flimsy plastic one box with multiple discs packaging. Sub-standard image and translation (english sub-titles) quality on the discs when compared to the original versions I once borrowed long ago from my local DVD rental outlet. On the first disc, there is no proper english translations in the first 5 minutes of the film, whilst the remainder of the episodes reminded me of the poor sub-titles in Chinese movies that take up half the screen. Very dissapointed in this purchase. Advise that customers buy the individual OVA discs rather than these cheap boxsets. This Anime Legends Collection did not even come with any content booklets, etc (unlike the originals)."
A series that I simply fell in love with and could not stop
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 08/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For years, I've read and heard of how awesome the "Crest of the Stars" and "Banner of the Stars" series are and while I take a break from my "watch every Gundam series" marathon, I decided to purchase "Crest of the Stars" and "Banner of the Stars" and find out for myself why people enjoy this series.
This series could have been the sci-fi cliche of aliens go to planet, aliens threaten inhabitants of planet, inhabitants fight back and war ensues.
But fortunately, "Crest of the Stars" doesn't go there.
"Crest of the Stars" is the first part of a trilogy based on the manga written back in 1996 by Morioka Hiroyuki. The manga was adapted to 13-episodes and featured on WOWOW back in 1999.
The anime was released in the US by Bandai Entertainment in 2001 and later aired on television on TechTV in 2002.
The story primarily focuses on two characters, terrran Jinto Lin and an Abh named Lafiel.
The first episode starts off when Jinto was a young child. His home planet, Martine, has been invaded by the Abh Empire. The inhabitants wants Martine to defend its planet over any takeover and fight but unknown to them, Jinto's father, Rock Lyn, the governor of Martine secretly strikes a deal with the Abh.
The deal, he will surrender the Planet Martine to the Abh if he and his family are given a noble position within the Abh. Suffice to say, the Martine's can not believe that their governor is a traitor and surrendered them to the Abh so easily.
Not knowing what is truly going on, since he was young child, the story flash forwards seven years later as Jinto is now a teenager and prepares for the military academy. He is treated as royalty by the Abh and is a Count and while waiting for his space escort, he meets an Abh girl named Lafiel (who turns out to be an Abh princess) and the two who are similar in age, start to get to know about each other and the differences and similarties between their two cultures.
The main storyline focuses on these two characters as the Abh transport ship they are traveling in, is attacked by the United Mankind (a collaboration between four anti-Abh nations).
Because Jinto is not in the military and Lafiel has not yet completed her full military training, Lafiel is ordered to escape with Jinto to another planet and to contact the empire that they are being attacked by United Mankind.
And the adventure of Lafiel and Jinto begins as they meet many obstacles on their way to another planet/outpost and the storyline focuses on how the two work together to survive, how the learn from each other and grow with each other.
The obstacles include the two needing to refuel and encountering a baron who seems to have plans of what he wants to do with Lafiel and Jinto and another obstacle that includes the two landing in planet that has been captured by the United Mankind and are literally wanted fugitives.
And that is the charm of this series is to watch these two progress and succeed when it seems all is lost. Also, where most of the sci-fi series that feature an occupying force and a clear antagonist and protagonist of the storyline is obviously clear, "Crest of the Stars" features Jinto as a person who really doesn't have any allegiance to his home planet. All he knows is that he wants to protect Lafiel and be with her.
I just found this whole series to be enchanting, action-packed, beautiful and so original that I fell in love with the series."