Banner of the Stars

Alt title: Seikai no Senki

TV (13 eps)
3.805 out of 5 from 3,310 votes
Rank #2,216

Three years have passed since the Four Nations Alliance declared war on the Abh Empire. With both sides decimated by the first encounter, the lull in violence has provided enough time to build fleets massive enough to span the entire galaxy. Just before the Abh complete preparations for their conquest, however, the Alliance launches a pre-emptive strike, forcing them to take the defensive. Now in command of her own ship, Lafiel is assigned to the fleet as a destroyer captain, and eagerly awaits the opportunity to prove herself as a true Abriel. But when a new class of enemy ship appears on the front lines, the tides quickly turn for the worse. With her vessel now little more than cannon fodder, her dreams are turned into a desperate race for survival - can she and her crew survive amidst a battlefield of endless death and destruction?

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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.

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