In the distant future, humanity is under attack by the Abh Empire, a race of advanced humanoid beings possessing vastly superior technology. As countless worlds fall to the Abh, mankind establishes the Four Nations Alliance—a resistance faction made up of the United Mankind, the Republic of Greater Alcont, the Federation of Hania, and the People’s Sovereign of Union Planets. Seikai no Monshou tells the story of Jinto Linn. When he was young, his father—the president of Martine—sold their world in exchange for a high position in the empire. Now a young count, Jinto must learn the ways of Abh nobility and live among those who subjugated his people. Helping him is Lafiel Abriel, an austere Abh princess whom Jinto quickly befriends. While traveling to Jinto’s new school in the Abh homeland, their ship is caught in a violent space battle between the fleets of the Alliance and the Abh. Jinto and Abriel are thrust into the conflict, unaware that this skirmish marks the beginning of a full-scale war between the Abh Empire and mankind. – My Anime List
Based on 18 review scores:
The exposition may be too slow for more action-oriented viewers, but those who are patient enough (or interested enough) to go through all the character and universe development will be heavily rewarded. The dub, however, does no favors to this show or any of its viewers – stick to the Japanese track on this one
The Anime Guide
Crest of the Stars is a fantastic Sci-Fi series. Highly Recommended.
This series has great potential, and not just as a gem mine of ideas for role-playing game scenarios. Of course time will only tell whether that potential sees full bloom or it fades into the gloom of anime obscurity. In the meantime there is the collectors edition DVD to enjoy.
My SF Reviews
If you like military science fiction and space opera, Crest of the Stars is a very solid series you will like. Yes, blue-haired elves in space and all that. Get over that, and you’ll enjoy a wonderful adventure with excellent music. I need to watch this series more often.
It’s a really good series to watch and i really like this series. It’s worth watching. Totally makes me want to be an Abh for sure!
Swap A DVD
One thing that I warn people about Crest of the Stars is the english voice overs, or dubs as most call them, are horrible! If this is your first time ever watching Crest of the Stars do not watch it in English first, it’ll kill it for you. May even make you regret purchasing or even watching the show. Watch it in Japanese with English subtitles to truely enjoy it. The English voice actors lack any emotion at all, and I was really disapointed in that, probably the worst english dub ever conceived by man. Not to mention, some of the characters in the show (such as random people that just appear in the show to add atmosphere) don’t even have english voice actors! They just left them in Japanese. Only the main characters have their own voices. You’ll see what I mean in the first or second episodes. But if you watch it in Japanese, you’ll love it. The Japanese actors display a great deal of emotion and even though I can’t understand what they’re saying without the subtitles, it’s obvious they have talent.
The Anime Review
While Crest of the Stars ends well, there’s a lot more story to be told, and I’m looking forward to sticking Banner of the Stars in the Blu-Ray player soon. It’s a treat to return to a show that really is as unique as you once imagined, even if the look has lost a little of its luster. While the elongated middle drags the show down just a little in its letter grade, consider it a full A if you have forgiving eyes toward older animation and a soft spot for sci-fi that’s more cerebral than your average anime.
The Nihon Review
Having been around for around ten years at this point (more, when you consider the novel), it’s a little sad that Crest of the Stars is not getting the recognition it deserves. It may not decay much as it gets older, but it’s at risk of falling into obscurity. This title does not deserve that. While it still has a chance as a relatively young series, Crest of the Stars is all too deserving of being remembered… not to mention treasured as a timeless classic for years to come.
If only all cinematic adaptations of literature were this good (Harry Potter, I’m looking at you!).
Crest of the Stars was a very big series in its own way at the time and it spawned a few more animated works after this. Revisiting the property after so many years was a lot of fun since it was viewed differently than before and it still largely holds up where it counts with the story and characters. While the series spends a good part of time exploring the overall setting, the real focus here is very much on the two lead characters. Their relationship is something that can be more, but it’s starting here as a powerful friendship with some real meaning to it that makes it engaging to watch. It covers a good bit of ground, gives us characters we can connect with and a lot of things to learn, but it provides starship battles, hand to hand battles and more alongside it without ever feeling rushed or like there’s too much going on. If there’s a series I hope gets salvaged again and the additional unreleased material finds its way with it, Crest of the Stars is definitely one of them.
Truthfully, as an anime fan I’m much more interested in good story telling than flashy animation or high production value. Moreover, I tend to give high marks to stories that do a good job of getting me to identify and sympathize with the characters. As a result, I give Crest of the Stars great overall marks despite being a somewhat dated production because it got me to buy into the characters and story from the start. As a result, I give Crest of the Stars an 8.5 as it’s a great story. At its heart, Crest of the Stars is a well-told boy-meets-girl saga; and while boy-meets-girl sagas may be totally over-done in the world of anime, this one’s worth watching.
Crest of the Stars is not a perfect show and its myriad of issues continually undermine its very interesting story and themes. But it’s a series that’s completely unique and for those looking for a more cerebral and thought provoking sci fi series this one comes highly recommended. Especially since all of the issues I mentioned were resolved with the release of the sequel series Banner of the Stars. Admittedly, Crest isn’t the powerhouse that Banner ended up being. But it’s still a very solid space saga and if you have about six and a half hours to spare, than it definitely makes for a good lazy Sunday binge.
My Anime List
Overall, this show is one I recommend to anyone who’d like to watch an intellectual sci-fi space show (with no mechas) that brings together politics and drama well enough to both entertain your adrenalin and give some practice for your brain. A great show that I really enjoyed!
It’s like watching Star Trek based purely on Vulcans. Not to everyone’s taste, but shows some promise.
Crest of the Stars is probably a godsend for sci-fi fans but even regular viewers like me have plenty to enjoy here. As the first in a line of series, it does a good job of getting the viewer immersed in the series and its world. If you absolutely despise space-bound action, you may have trouble getting through parts of it, but you would certainly be missing out on what promises to be a rather memorable lead partnership.