Entertaining and fun series
spejic | San Francisco, CA | 04/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While it might not be one of the classics of anime, "Stratos 4" is a very well made and written series that is certainly worth the very low price for the collection. Clearly more thought went into this than the girl-mecha-pilots-save-the-world average. A very life-positive theme is part of the plot of the series, which certainly fits the peppy stars and the brain-sticking music.
And don't miss the extras. Each disk has a couple minute "interview" with a serious fellow that offers musings both factual and bizzare on the air and spacecraft in the series."
Believing In Yourself & Following Your Dreams!!
Jurai's Heir | Denham Springs, LA, USA | 10/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This series "Stratos 4" is all about following your dreams. The DVDs are in: Japanese Stereo. English Stereo. English Dolby Digital 5.1. and contains only English Subtitles. For the rest of the story on the show read below.
In Vol. 1: Mikaze is a pilot trainee at he Shimoji Island Base in Okinawa. Like the others there, she is enlisted as part of the Meteor Sweepers, a group of ultra-high altitude intercepter pilots who destroy meteor fragments that enter the Earth's atmosphere before they can hit the Earth. The base also serves as the training facility for the Comet Blasters, the elite comet interceptor force. Many of the trainees on the base have set their sights on joining their ranks. But Mikaze is different, although she comes from a family of excellent pilots, she's depressed and unmotivated. She skips class, blows off assignments, and keeps to herself. She starts to believe that her goal of becoming a Comet Blaster was never hers at all. The other members if her group who's also her best friends, Ayamo,Shizuha, and Karin, all try their best to cheer her up and help her through. But in the midst of all this, disaster strikes and finally Mikaze's group is ordered to launch in space & destroy the meteors.
Episodes on disc 1:
1. Initial Point.
2. Fox One.
3. Decision Height.
4. Tally Ho!.
Special Features on disc 1:
Voice Actress Vacation - Island Day 1.
Vocie Cast Filmography.
In Vol. 2: Mikaze has been summoned to a board of inquiry for her insubordination. When Ayamo and Shizuha are called in as witnesses, it seems their world will never be the same. In the depths of despair, the girls have a chance encounter with their role models, the Comet Blasters. But the meeting takes an unexpected turn... When the girls return home. they find admiral, the resident fat cat, has gone missing with a important data chip, and the base goes on alert to find her. The girls then come across the unfinished "Stratos Zero" that Sako has been working on for several years now. With the promise of piloting it when it is completed. the girls help Sako build and test the prototype.
Episodes on disc 2:
5. Go Around.
6. Checking Six.
7. Mach Speed.
Special Features on disc 2:
Voice Actress Vacation - Island Day 2.
Cast Filmography 2.
In Vol. 3: When the yearly festival arrives, so do the parents, and the girls find it hard to deal with the fact that the parents sometimes don't know when to let them be themselves. The girls then take a vacation to a hot spring, where their relaxation is interrupted by some crazy conspiracy nuts. Upon their return, it is time to study for the Comet Blaster qualification exam. While studying, a state of emergency is issued to destroy incoming comets using only ground-based interceptors.
Episodes on disc 3:
8. Go Gate.
9. Vapor Trail.
10. Mission Abort.
Special Features on disc 3:
Voice Actress Vacation - Island Day 3.
SAC-1B Mecha Design.
US Crew Filmography.
In Vol. 4: Mysterious men have taken Karin away after she collapes, but on her celluar phone she has written "Help Me!", so Mikaze and Shizuha head to Tokyo to rescue her. Karin was never admitted to the hospital she was supposedly taken to. When it turns out Karin has been taken to Orbital Station 7, Mikaze, Shizuha, and Ayamo board a supply shuttle to the space station. Upon arrival, they find that a few members of the station crew have managed to avoid being infected by a alien virus. They work with the crew to help overpower the infected members of the crew and save Karin. But a huge meteor, Nigel is coming closer to earth. Most of the Comet Blasters are out of commission because of the virus, leaving no pilots except for Mikage, Shizuha, Ayamo and Karin!.
Episodes on disc 4:
11. Target Merge.
13. Final Approach.
Special Features on disc 4:
Rainbow Kind Of Feeling Music Video.
"Stratos 4" OVA Preview.
4 Character Music Videos."
Meteor sweepers and Comet Blasters
CutenessAhoy!! | Missouri | 07/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At first i was a little turned off by the show when i first started watching it because of all the fan boy service. But then it gets really good and the last disc was my favorite, very action packed and entertaining. And on the box cover the clothes that the characters are wearing are the clothes that the voice actresses who played them are wearing in one of the extras featured on the disc. I didnt realize that until i clicked to review this and i was like... i recognize that shirt.... Whoa... Pretty neat.
Overall Great series and i hope i can get a hold of the OVA somehow cuz when this show ended i was sad... i wanted more because it is such a good show, and the Admiral (Alice) is one of my favorite characters!"