The middle DVD of the three in Banner of the Stars II continues the increasingly personalized story in this character-driven, intelligent science fiction. The results are satisfying and enjoyable, but leave the viewer anxious for the next disc and the conclusion of the story. It's been interesting to see how the anime has developed over the long arc since the beginning of Crest of the Stars. The drama has narrowed in scope and sweep but has increasingly focussed on characters. Faced with crisis on the prison planet, Lafiel, Jinto, and even Admiral Spoor, who gets some quality screen time, all wrestle with issues of Abh honor, duty, battles and personal feelings. DVD extras again include notes from the original novel's author. This series seems more enjoyable as it goes on; one can only hope that we'll someday see "Battle of the Stars III" or that the novels get translated into English.