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Stellvia: V.1 Foundation I (ep.1-4)
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A green universe filled with gas. This is the universe that I know. But I long to see the color of the universe as it appeared to the people of the past when they had gazed upon it. -Shima Katase
In 2167, the Earth was catastrophically damaged by a nearby supernova that had exploded. The explosion sent an electromagnetic wave of radiation that swept over the Earth. It is now 186 years later and "The Second Wave", a more destructive wave of solid matter, will soon be reaching the solar system...
15 year-old computer genius Shima Katase has been dreaming of going up into space longer than she can remember. So when given the chance to enter space piloting school she jumps at the chance. However, piloting is a lot more complicated than programming a computer. But what if she were to combine the two... Genius or troublemaker, Shima is certainly going to be making a name for herself among the faculty as the Second Wave approaches...
1 - Welcome
2 - Hesitation
3 - I'm Sorry
4 - I'll Do My Best
Audio: Japanese, English. Subtitles: English. Rated: 13+
This region 1 dvd version was published by Geneon Entertainment (USA), 2004.
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Stellvia (or Stellvia of the Universe as it is called on some Websites), is similar to the aforementioned classics, but the overall quality of the entire show will be hard to guage until more of the show comes out (as it has been said that it MAJORLY switches into high gear somewhere around episode eight). From what I've seen so far, I don't think I'll be disappointed.
The animation in the show is high quality, and the character designs are clean and attractive, possessing a somewhat cute, yet very sincere appeal. The CGI is quite nice in the space combat scenes, and overall the show is pleasing to the eye (partially due to it's bright color palette). The only downside to the visuals is perhaps the sparse backgrounds of the space stations (no big deal).
The music is of high quality, and only grows on you over time. Everything has a somewhat cheerful, uplifting sweetness to it. The sound effects are up to par, but it's really the voice acting that you'll care about.
I've seen some truly bad English dubs in my time (and especially recently), but some of the best I've ever seen were the ones for Battle Athletes Victory and Martian Successor Nadesico. This show easily matches them in quality thus far. The main characters are played pretty much perfectly, possessing both youthful idealism, playful spirit, and that serious driving force that it's o-so-hard to put your finger on. The voice acting for the adults in the show is...Stellar as well. A VERY pleasant surprise!
The actual show itself starts off a little slow, as the first episode is largely introducing characters, the universe, and the premise of the show. There is a somewhat strange parting between the protagonist and her mother in the first episode that left me scratching my head, but after that the show quickly solidifies.
Really, this show is a nice change from other shows of it's type. Shima is not just a klutz, she is also a genius. And instead of being bratty, she is shy and reserved. Watching her growing confidence you feel yourself getting more and more drawn into her story. Some of the dialog is truly great stuff, as this show has some fun with the very genre it is portraying (the scene where Shima was wearing a bath-towel over her flight suit really cracked me up), and the stereotypes of glasses-wearing wiz-kid and the female stoic (among others) turn end up becoming friends instead of arch-rivals (for now at least).
Overall I found this show to be highly enjoyable thus far, and I look forward to seeing how it is going to progress. After all, the story is just beginning...
Watching the first episode, I thought it was going to be a stupid kiddie anime so I didn't watch the second episode for a very long time. When I finally did, it was a little slow but I gave it a chance and I'm very glad I did.
While it is still geared towards the younger groups of anime watchers, the story was universal. A young girl has a dream to help save the world by going to an exclusive school off-world. She gets there, makes friends, does really well and eventually ends up finding love and self-confidence and a way to save the world. There are times where I'm reminded of the age gap I have over the characters, but there's enough in the plot to interest me in continuing to the next episode.
The competition within the school is a worldwide theme and the games and practices for those games are very interesting. The characters everyone looks up to in the series are very interesting. I love the ninja, he is just too cool.
If you are trying to get someone into anime that is younger, or if you're trying to get into anime and don't like lots of violence or gore I would recommend this series. I also recommend this series to someone who loves the sci-fi "We've gotta save the world!" type of shows. I am a sci-fi and fantasy geek and I liked it.
One of the things I liked about Stellvia was that I could relate to it. The characters are very well defined. Each one is an individual, and it doesn't take long to catch on to what each person's goals are in the context of the story, and begin to understand why they act in certain ways.
The story is set in a school, which is also something that's easy to relate to, but the situations the characters get into are much more exciting and interesting than anything I experienced at school!
Maybe this is typical in Japan, but I was struck by how characters have so many different colors of hair! Besides what I would call "typical" colors from blond through black, there is green, red, violet.... Whatever inspired it, it's a great artistic choice; it helps tell the characters apart (especially if you're not used to watching Anime), and makes them look cool!
Underneath the interesting characters and cool art is a nice sci-fi concept concerning danger to the Earth. It's not too complicated, so it's easy to understand, but it's somewhat original so it's not boring. I only got a chance to watch Foundation I, and I'm so curious about how the story ends!
This anime is really, really good.
"Sora no Stellvia" is about Shima Katase, a new student who is going to enter a high school in space called "Stellvia". Before she leaves, her younger brother gives her a huge jar of rock candy, and says "Don't eat it too fast!" and runs away to meet his parents.
As the ship takes off towards Stellvia, a girl runs on and yells "Wait!" and sits next to Shima. "I over slept", the girl says. They take off and the crowd down below gawks in amazement. Shima later meets the girl. Her name is Arisa, and she's a new student, too. I don't think I'll tell you anymore, cuz I'm really bad at giving away spoilers sometimes. ^_^
The art is fantastic, and the music is phenomenal! I would by the CD if I could, but I don't have any money. ;^^ Anyway, this was a great choice of a DVD, and I can't wait to buy the other 7 (and if you buy this DVD, you can see all the covers of the other 7 DVD's)!
Another reason you may want to buy this DVD is because this anime is produced by the same creative team Xebec, who produced other great titles such as "Martian Successor Nadesico", "D.N.Angel", "Fafnir", and "Bottle Fairy".
This DVD also features 4 episodes.
3.) I'm Sorry
4.) I'll Do My Best
the Extras feature Geneon previews, non-credit opening, and more!
Geneon has done it again! You must buy this immediately.