essential information first. #1: This really isn't a show about war. Yes, a war is happening, but the main focus is on the relationships of the characters, and some character development. #2: Episode 6 is mostly filler. Skip to 17 minutes to get past that. #3: You don't need to watch the earlier entry in the series to watch this one.
The story is simple, and is basically a backdrop for character development. Not particularly original plot, but a solid choice. The pacing is slow, but that just serves to build more suspence.
The animation is old and sort of looks like it, but the style of story telling is also old, so it fits well. Except for Lafiel's cheek bones. Those are hideous.
Characters are mostly likeable, and the new sides shown of each of them as the show progresses are fun and interesting to see. Some parts made me giggle, and others left a stupid smile on my face.
Overall really good. I'll watch this again in a few years.
Also the music sounds like a cross between Star Wars and Star Trek. Very thematic...
Taking some years after the first season "Crest of the Stars". The story once again follows the young pair of Lafiel, who is now a captian of a ship, and Jinto is an officer on that same ship. Things take up a fairly quick pace right from the beginning as the main plot for the series mainly centers around Lafiel, Shinto and the crew of the ship as they desperately try to survive the choatic battle that occurs throughout the series. The animation has begun to show its age and while it may not always look all that great it isn't distracting enough to actually take anything from the series. The opening and ending didn't really leave all that much of an impression with the opening being nothing more than some generic sounding orchestra piece and the ending not leaving much of an impression either. The soundtrack throughout the series was actually fairly good. It wasn't distracting enough to take you away from what was going on, but it had enough of an presence that it helped to setup a good atmosphere. The voice actors did there jobs good and had the tone to make the characters believable. As for the characters the primary ones that the story tends to focus on is the development between Lafiel and Shinto. And while the story never comes right out had have Lafiel and Shinto declare there feelings for each other by the end it becomes fairly obvious that the two have grown closer to each other. Though still not quite to the level of pure romantic feelings. As for the rest of the characters they all offer up something at will make certain aspects of them likeable, but they all seem to take a back set to the main two characters. Overall "Banner of the Stars" offers up a nice viewing experience that will satisfied anyone who has an itch for a good space opera.
Looking for a storyline that sounds and feel plausible and realistic? As a fan of space opera i find the storyline that make this short but lenghy story more belivable and breath taking in how the sort unveils as it prograsses.
The characters themself not only fit into the plot nicely but they are what make the plot itself. From the the beginning of the first episode to the ended viewers act witness to the character development of each character namely Lafiel ABRIEL and Jinto LIN as they grow closer while trying thier best not only to stay alive in a desparate battle while learning what it takes to be in command of a ship but also keep the rest of the crew alive. while the story forcuses of the two main characters, other character are by no means plot driving. Most character mentioned or subjected to little screen time more the plot in thier own way.
The Sound and Animation although not the best out there, I was captivated by how the composures and animator managed to combine the two into a work of art rarely seen or heard in Anime.
Overall, I found the Story, Animation, Sound and Character excellent but only when the each of those elements are viewed together.