Glass Fleet Complete Collection (S.A.V.E.)
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Fight for your freedom! In the dark reaches of space, the masses struggle beneath the tyranny of self-proclaimed Holy Emperor, Vetti Sforza. Driven by prophesy, he schemes to unite the heavens under his authority, but the unity Vetti seeks will be hard one - for the fires of revolution have erupted! Led by valiant Michael Volban, the People's Army rises to confront those who would smother freedom. Joining the rebellion is the last descendend of the fallen Royal Family, Cleo Corbeille. Piloting a sleek battleship of rare design, the pirate and his loyal crew take up arms against oppression. Shoulder to shoulder, Michael and Cleo will march against Vetti, and the final battle can end only with victory or death!
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As for myself this was a 3 1/2 star series. To start with it is in a Widescreen format and comes in a thin pak with 2 DVD cases, one on each side of the DVD case.
The story line is about an Emperor who seeks nothing but power. He treats his subjects poorly and rules with an iron fist. Thus setting himself up for a rebellion lead by Micheal though I think it is pronounced Michelle. Micheal is quickly defeated and is drifting when their space ship is rammed and being looted by pirates...enter Cleo. Now the true journey begins...to right what is wrong. To fulfill the long awaited prophecy. "When what was two becomes one".
I will not tell you the whole story but this is not a stand alone series it is continuous. While there are a couple of flash backs there is nothing that takes away from this series. Most voices are nicely done and the quality of animation is good from start to finish. While it does have CG it does not rely on it heavily and it blends excellently together. The storyline moves forward at a steady pace and introduces new characters which keeps you interested.
This was a show I was glad I bought and it has good replay value but 50 bucks is a little spendy. If you can get it around 30-35 bucks it is a solid buy.
Now will you like it.....I do not know but I can tell you the type of series that I enjoy...which are things like..Trinity Blood..Black Blood Brothers..Hellsing..Jyu Oh Sei..Death Note though this is not as intense as those it is still worth watching.
of inspirational words. The best way I can describe it is, a different version of Star Wars plus a few others things placed into the story.
The story takes place in a far off galaxy that is under the religion of the Black Cross, which is a large
cross in the sky that is actually a black hole. The main character Michel Volban is the leader of a rebellious army called, the People's Army. Michel holds a harsh past on his/her [don't want to give out spoilers!] shoulders while he/she fights against the emperor Vetti Sforza and the empire. When all seemed lost to Michel and the people's army, a strong wind comes out from the corner of the galaxy. A space pirate named Cleo Corbeille had seemed to be a savior for the people's army in the eyes of Michel. But it seemed Cleo did not want to have any part of it..
Many people have never heard of the anime since it had gotten many bad reviews from many people. Possibly it's because I'm interested in the universe myself, who knows. The voice acting in this anime was very well done and many people who are fans of the well known "Fullmetal Alchemist" will recognize some of the voices. I give this a five star rating since it is and always will be one of my favorites.
Also, I will be revealing two "spoilers" in the course of this review; one of these, however, is blatantly obvious from the first minute or so of the series, and the second will encapsulate some of my other observations of the series.
First off, Glass Fleet is a space opera that depicts the "galaxy in revolution" against the Holy Emperor, Vetti. Opposing Vetti's tyranny is the People's Army, headed by the enigmatic revolutionary Michelle. Eventually Michelle will seek to enlist the aid of Cleo, captain of a mysteriously powerful glass battleship, and his crew. Throughout the series, the bitter rivalry between Cleo and Vetti becomes increasingly important.
As a programmer, writer, and artist, I watch a fair amount of media in order to glean ideas for my various projects. I will say that Glass Fleet did not disappoint in this regard; the visuals are stunning in places, as the galaxy is populated with vast "Territorial Vessels" or floating landmasses, numerous vessels and fleets of varied and spectacular design, and a black hole in the shape of a cross that is worshiped by a religious sect even as it pulls the entire galaxy towards imminent destruction. Whatever else one may say about Glass Fleet, it is an entertaining view.
However, there was a lot that I did not like about this series. The three main characters (Vetti, Cleo, and Michelle) are all completely self-absorbed, though they may try to justify this to themselves. It becomes readily apparent in the first episode that Michelle is in fact a woman, and when we later learn the reason for this deception, it boils down to little else besides a "big brother complex." (That was spoiler number one, there.) Cleo's only goal in life is to conquer the galaxy, though for what purpose we never really find out. At numerous points in the series, he tells other characters that he really doesn't care whether they follow him or not, and intones that his "wind of destiny" is carrying him to a final outcome. In reality, he is an arrogant, stubborn fool who would be totally lost without the skills of his crew to support him. And Vetti, a really nasty piece of work, seems to care for no one, casting aside or eliminating anything that stands between himself and his goal of immortality.
Other characters are imbalanced and eccentric to the point of annoyance as well. Noe, the encryption genius, is a whiny little boy who becomes completely useless when he loses his glasses, which is often and annoying. The weapons specialist whose name I forget at the moment has the ferocity and testosterone-pumped aggression of a grizzly bear, and the mental capacity of a five-year-old. Towards the middle of the series, one character is thrown into a prison cell with a dozen perverted "lifers" who initially try to do some nasty stuff to her, but then somehow become her best buddies later on in the series.
This is also a series without moral compass or honor, as the final outcome demonstrates all too admirably. (Here comes the second spoiler.) Vetti seduces his foster mother, coerces her into killing her husband, and then Vetti himself murders her. Throughout the series, Vetti has an intimate (sexuality is implied) relationship with Ralph, Vetti's consort and bodyguard, who is a young boy. Vetti is flagrantly promiscuous and manipulative, obsessing over and then casting aside his "love" interests, including at one point Michelle. After his numerous atrocities, murders, and sins, (including the killing of Cleo) Vetti becomes the one to unite and rule the galaxy. To top it all off, the very people that Vetti manipulated and abused seem to unanimously come to support him, including Michelle and the People's Army, despite the numerous losses of their loved ones and comrades at his hands. What a great ending (sarcasm, that).
If you like happy endings, this series is not for you. If you believe that evil should be punished and good should triumph, this series is not for you. If you're looking for some ideas for a creative enterprise and don't really expect too much else of value, this might be for you. I can't say I'm glad I watched it (about halfway through I just wanted it to end, and had to alternate episodes with another anime to maintain my sanity), but there are some interesting designs in this series, so I'll keep it as a reference.
The story isn't anything really new - the brave Michael Volban leads the People's Army against the tyrant and self-proclaimed Holy Emperor, Vetti Sforza, and then Cleo Corbeille, the last of the royal family, shows up unexpectedly to join the rebellion. But this all takes place in- outer space.
The setting was undoubtedly my favorite part of this series. The beautifully colored, star strewn backgrounds to elegant spaceships, while characters fought duels in the void of space. Without oxygen. Apparently their version of space is very different from ours. At times it felt more like a navel story with a cooler background.
Thing that surprised me about this series is the ending. I thought it was unexpected and well done. It played a big part in my appreciation of this series. A bad ending can ruin a great series and inversely a solid ending can make an ok show good. While I enjoyed Glass Fleet, it was the ending that really made this series for me.
However, a warning. There is one episode that I strongly recommend skipping. After watching episode 11 I almost stopped watching the series all together. It was the background story for the evil Emperor character and it was seriously twisted. I had never seen this sort of thing in anime before and certainly hadn't expected it in this sort of series. It is good for the story in a way, but I felt tainted after watching it and if I ever go back and watch the series again, I will be skipping that episode as fast as I can.
But other than that, I recommend this series for good renaissance space fun.