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Crest of the Stars

Alt titles: Seikai no Monshou

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In the distant future, mankind has mastered space and spread empires across the galaxy. While many choose to colonize distant planets, others choose to remain amidst the stars, ultimately giving rise to a new brand of humanity known as the Abh. Both genetically and culturally different from their Earth-dwelling peers, the Abh soon find themselves engaged in a bloody war that rages across hundreds of planets and set out to restore peace by means of conquest. Enter Jinto, a nobleman and ambassador of the recently acquired Hyde system whose duty is to represent his peoples' interests and rule on the Abh's behalf. In order to be officially coronated to this position, a cold-but-beautiful Abh princess named Lafiel arrives at Hyde to escort him back to the empire's capital. When they are suddenly attacked by an anti-Abh liberation front, however, the festivities are cut short, and the two must flee for their lives against all odds.

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Banner of the Stars TV 2000 TBD
Crest of the Stars: Birth TV Special 2000 TBD
Crest of the Stars Movie Movie 2000 TBD
Banner of the Stars II TV 2001 TBD
Banner of the Stars Movie Movie 2001 TBD
Banner of the Stars III OVA 2005 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Seikai no Senki (Light Novel) 1996 TBD
Seikai Trilogy 1999 TBD
Name Role
Keisuke WATABE Character Design
Yasuchika NAGAOKA Director
Katsuhisa HATTORI Music

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Crest of the Stars SmugDude 8.5/10 Jun 13, 2007
Seikai no Monshou SmugDude 8.5/10 Jun 13, 2007

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Crest of the Stars SoryouRei 6/10 Dec 23, 2012
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Crest of the Stars spicedwolf 9/10 Jun 21, 2012
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Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.

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Crest of the Stars and Spice and Wolf are strangely similar, despite the great difference in genre, plot, and setting.  However, in terms of character interaction and wit therein, they share a common thread.  In terms of rapport between male and female leads in dramatic, story-driven environments, these two series are a cut above almost all others.  Additionally, both series are unusually intelligent without being obtuse.


For some reason, i was perusing the recommendations for Spice and Wolf, and saw the above user have a recommendation for Crest of the Stars, and completely agreed with it.

Both have totally different settings, though with both's settings incredibly detailed and diverse.

The character interactions of the two, however are very similar. Horo and Lawrence are on a journey up north, with Jinto and Lafiel simiarly heading to Lafiel's homeplanet.  Whilst that is the plot, the largest driving force of both series is the strong willed female, and the strong yet 'weaker' male that still manages to hold enough with the female so that they both develop along the way.


Really, it seems there's no relation between theese two series. But wen you look closer, you see one important link: characters. In both films there are interesting characters, and, even more, both series are built around them. Lafiel with Jinto and Horo with Lawrence create unforgettable duets, absolutely self-sufficient.  Even without middle-ages in SaW and futuristic detailed universe in CoS, those guys would make you all the attention. But there is a world around them! And it is interesting too - in each case in own direction, but, anyway, alike.


While both series settings are immensely different the methods of story telling and ways in which the characters interact are inherently similar. If you enjoyed either series don't hesitate to take a chance on the other.


Both series have a strong focus on the relationship between the two leading protagonists and the character development and interactions between them. Despite the vastly different settings, the two series are remarkably similar. If you liked one you will like the other.


The interaction between the 2 main characters, coming closer together while coming from very different worlds make these 2 anime both a joy for the adult viewer


It wasn't till long after watching spice and wolf that I noticed the relationship between these two animes and perhaps why they are both so great.  They both feature great characters and most of the fun of the shows are the character interactions and not the action happening around them.


Both series main point is the interaction between the male and female lead as well as some of the interaction they have with other people in the world.  While set in completely different time eras they both have similar somewhat similar plots and will at times have some action and it usually is nicely done and very interesting.  Each series also has a male and female lead who are completely different from one another in Spice Wolf it's a human and a wolf deity and in Crest of the Stars its a human and and alien.  So if you like one of these series then you'll probably like the other.

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Eureka Seven

Eureka Seven

Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!

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Both Crest of the Stars and Eureka Seven involve a boy and a girl from different backgrounds falling in love with each other in a sci-fi and war setting.


The lovestory in both anime is a very touching "coming of age"-story embedded in a well laid out sci-fi-war-plot with lots of action-scenes.


If you liked one then you'll probably like the other because each series has a two people of somewhat different species developing a romance of sorts between the two over a period of time.  Both series are also a series with fighting between two groups though in Eureka Seven it's a type of mercenary groups fighting the government while in Crest of the Stars it's an empire fighting another political body.  If you liked one of these series then you'll probably like the other.

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

The war between the monarchical Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance has raged ceaselessly across the galaxy for over a century, with the fleets of both powers having fought countless battles. Currently the conflict revolves around the strategic Iserlohn Corridor, one of only two passages of space through which the two forces can access each other. Here the Empire has built the nigh-impregnable Iserlohn Fortress, whose deadly weaponry has thwarted repeated efforts by the Alliance to capture her. Phezzan, a neutral mercantile state, controls the other corridor. The long war has resulted in an indecisive stalemate, but there are two men from the two worlds who will change everything: Wen-Li Yang, a gifted strategist from the Alliance who wants nothing more than to retire and be a historian; and Reinhard von Lohengramm, a man from the Empire whose ambition knows no bounds. Their loves, struggles, triumphs and failures play across an interstellar stage of intrigue, war and death.

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LotGH and the CotS series are both Science Fiction anime of the Space Epic variant. You have your sprawling intergalactic empires, massive space fleets, equally massive space battles and a storytelling scope that is truly, well, *epic* in both these shows.

Both Legend of Galactic Heroes and Seikai no Monshou are great shows. If you like one, you should give the other a look. Legend is a bit more mature and political. Seikai is a little more for the dreamers.


What could be better than Crest of the Stars? Legend of the Galactic Heroes, of course! Not only is the world concept highly involving, with lots of strategic battling, the politics of LOTGH is just stupendous. Moreover, like Crest, the characterisation is out-of-this-world excellent. You thought Jinto and Lafiel were the best sci-fi could offer? Then wait till you see Yang Wenli and Reinhard von Lohengramm (amongst others). LOTGH is simply an epic, intelligent, gripping political sci-fi with a intriguing vintage world concept. If you really liked Crest of the Stars, you'll regret not watching LOTGH.

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?

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Both series are set in well-developed space. While Crest of Stars is more epic in scope (like Star Wars) BeBop focuses more on the characters. You should like them if you like realistic space flight (to some degree) and appreciate a good storyline.


Both series is set in space and follow around a small group of people.  In Crest of the Stars it's mainly about a boy and a girl and in Cowboy Bebop it's about a small crew of 2 men and 2 girls.  Both series have some pretty good space battles but the main point of each is story that revolves around the main characters.  While Cowboy Bebop is more of a bounty hunter type of thing it does weave in a backstory for the characters that makes the characters interesting and then in Crest of the Stars it's politics of things one of the major driving forces of the the story but the characters backgrounds adds to the depth of the characters.



In the future, babies are no longer born - they're grown. The crew of the newly developed spaceship Bilkis has been sent to investigate a mysterious "ring" that has shown up in Earth's orbit. Hand-picked through careful gene selection, the crew covers the area of skills needed to complete the mission. Except for ensign Mika Seido, whose gene-type is "white" - undefined.

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Also a space science-fiction series, this one is more focused on individual battles each episode.. Faster plot, interesting premise, sehr gut! Lots of chicks in skintight clothing, to boot.
Both telling the story of a space crew or crew to be, both quite serious, with good story and good action