Sci-fi/Drama is probably the oldest genre of Anime. Shows
like Robotech and Gundam
have reigned in the genre for years, offering epic tales and
great character development. It's hard for an Anime fan to
find something fresh and new, and sheds new light on this
genre. But Crest of the Stars is just that - It's an
epic tale that has interesting characters, and a vast world
that is every bit compelling as the shows I've just mentioned.
The first episode introduces you to the young heir to an
intergalactic civilization called Martine. At first we see
him as a young boy, and his planet is being attacked by a
rival civilization known as the "Abh". Jinto's father, Rock
Lin, decides to surrender to this imperial threat. Rock is
put into Abh royalty, so that means Jinto is destined to be
an Abh ruler, although he's just a human being. Since the
attack, humans have been turned into a lower class race, and
they have grown bitter towards the Abh. Jinto has absolutely
no prejudice towards the Abh, but all his close friends have
chips on their shoulders.
After the prologue, we find Jinto in a spaceship docking
station. He is going off to an Abh military school, and his
pilot is a junior Abh pilot named Lafiel. Despite Jinto's
vast knowledge of the Abh and their language, this is the
first Abh he has ever met. While Lafiel doesn't express it
openly, she is, in fact, the daughter of an Abh empress. As
Jinto discovers more about the Abh race, the more respect
he has for them, although some of Lafiel's actions are very
risky and not always smart, he learns to accept the Abh race,
and their noble actions.
Along with the great Romeo & Juliet-esque story, the
animation is very smooth and detailed. The character and environmental
detail help in complimenting the compelling story. While I
don't usually care for English dubbing in my anime, the voice-acting
in Crest of the Stars is topnotch.
This anime is fresh and innovative, and it builds on what
it's forefathers have left behind. The only complaints I have
is with the series' length - it's only 13 episodes long. Fortunately,
the sequel to Crest of the Stars is being released
by Bandai, and is called "Banner of the Stars". I couldn't
recommend this series enough.