Starship Operators - Recommendations

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Banner of the Stars

Banner of the Stars

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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sothis sothis says...

Banner of the Stars and Starship Operators are both filled with political turmoil and detailed spaceship battles to the extreme, in addition to a mature sci fi feel with little humor. If you liked one, try out the other.

Yenya Yenya says...

Do you like non-comedy space operas? Starship Operators and Banner of the Stars are space operas with a female captain of the spaceship. Both series are concentrated on space battles, and on characters aboard the spaceship.

cerberus38 cerberus38 says...

Both of these shows are follow the crews of space warships through their battles and interactions with each other along with the political twists and turns that a war entails.

Whilst both are serious space operas, Banner Of The Stars concentrates a lot more on character development but both series are entertaining to watch.

Fireaxe Fireaxe says...

Both series are space-operas that revolve around an outer-space political conflict, and how the crew of a particular spaceship is dealing with the conflict. Both portray the ups and downs in the life of a young female spaceship captain and her crew. While Banner of the Stars is the most epic of the two (mainly due to its predecessor, Crest of the Stars), you will find SSO surprisingly emotionnal.

Both series also have their share of (you guessed it) space-battles, so if you're a fan of the genre, I'm sure you'll find those two shows equally enjoyable.

Infinite Ryvius

Infinite Ryvius

In 2137 AD, the sun released a massive flare across the solar system, creating the Geduld, a dense field of plasma and debris. In the midst of a routine descent into the Geduld's upper layers, the training ship Liebe Delta is crippled by a terrorist attack, killing the trainers and command crew - and exposing the vessel’s military secrets, which may hold the survivors’ only hope. With nowhere to hide from their darkest fears, the young trainees must work together to navigate the ravages of a solar system filled with mysterious, powerful foes. Yet, as the ship is forced into greater isolation and its inhabitants become increasingly desperate, they must struggle to survive against not only the forces that pursue them relentlessly... but also each other.

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sothis sothis says...

Though Infinite Ryvius is more of a Lord of the Flies scenario and Starship Operators is more of a kids against the world scenario, both have a great deal of character development and show a mature and fairly dark look at what young people will do to survive.

Thiel Thiel says...

Despit their different approache, both shows have a similar setup. A group of students gains control of a high-tech warship due to some unforseen event and now they have to deal with it.

hayavuk hayavuk says...

Although the story is quite different, both Starship Operators and Infinite Ryvius share one common theme: a large group of students trapped in an unreasonable situation gettnig involved in adult affairs and trying to make sense of it. You will definitely want to watch both and compare the different takes on this topic.

Gunbuster

Gunbuster

In the early 21st century, insectoid organisms are invading the galaxy, searching for new stars to house their young. Mankind's only defense lies with space cadets such as Takaya Noriko, daughter of a celebrated admiral killed in battle, and Amano Kazumi, the top of her class. With their skill and the power of the mecha known as GunBuster, the girls must help fight to protect the galaxy from total annihilation...

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sothis sothis says...

Though Gunbuster is full of mecha and Starship Operators is set on a traditional spaceship, both become beautiful emotional tragedies that complement their plots nicely. This is a recommendation pair that I just think you'd like.

redfire389 redfire389 says...

Both animes are about people fighting in spaceships and robots against their rivals in order to protect humanity. The feeling of losing loves ones and friends is always common in both animes.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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Cetonis Cetonis says...

Starship Operators doesn't have the kind of depth that Code Geass does, but they still have quite a bit in common. For one, combat in both is largely tactics-oriented, with the focus being on outdoing the opponent more mentally than physically. In addition to that, both anime take a good look at politics, including the power of the media. If these are some of the things you liked about one of these shows, consider giving the other a try.

2007digitalboy 2007digitalboy says...

It's rare for me to make a reccommendation that's already been done, but this one really needs to be said again. If you've ever picked up a tactics game and fought on for hours with nothing but your brain for support, you will likely appreciate the sort of combat featured in these two anime. Starship Operators is all about stratgizing a plan beforehand and then putting things into action like a turn-based strategy game while Code Geass is more like an RTS, having the action play out while the strategy is worked around it. Both make for some high-tension battles that are both eye-opening and a joy to watch unfold.

Stellvia of the Universe

Stellvia of the Universe

It is the year 2356 AD, 189 years after a shockwave from a distant supernova decimated the Earth. Since that fateful day, humanity has begun training for a final mission to protect the planet from the inevitable oncoming 2nd shockwave - a mission whose failure means the annihilation of mankind. For Katase and her friends, their training at the foundation Stellvia is just the beginning of an adventure that could lead to saving the world, or seeing its end...

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sothis sothis says...

Stellvia is a lot more light hearted than Starship Operators, but both are interesting sci fi stories with a lot in common. Besides the plot similarities, this is just a recommendation pair that came to mind easily. Try it on for size.

Martian Successor Nadesico

Martian Successor Nadesico

When Akito Tenkawa went looking for answers about his parents' deaths, he had no idea that he'd be indoctrinated into the spaceship Nadesico not only as a cook, but also as a mecha pilot – a job he wants nothing to do with! Alongside his childhood friend Yurika, stoic Ruri, otaku Gai and other misfit crewmates, Akito and the Nadesico crew find themselves in the middle of a brutal war against both the dreaded Jovian Lizards, and the military itself, who wants the civilian ship under their control...

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Yenya Yenya says...

Both Nadesico and Starship operators are space operas, with the plot being set around group of young people piloting a military starship. S.O. has their \"reality show\" on the Starship Channel, Nadesico has Dr. Inez\' \"Naze Nani Nadesico\". Nadesico tends to be more funny sometimes, while Starship Operators is usually dead serious. So the mood in these shows is pretty different - maybe S.O. is closer to the Nadesico movie \"Prince of Darkness\" wrt. the mood of the series.

Odin: Starlight Mutiny

Odin: Starlight Mutiny

It is the year 2099, and laser-driven photon ships roam the galaxy in search of intrigue and wonder. On a search for discoveries, the newly-built Starlight set out on its maiden voyage, only to run across a mysterious young woman and a strange alien message which only she can decipher. Following intricate clues which hint at the origins of civilization as we know it, the crew of the Starlight now set off for a distant galaxy where their destiny, as well as the future of humankind, lies in wait...

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Cythraul Cythraul says...

Both series have a lone spaceship manned by a young, fresh out of the academy crew. Odin lacks the political aspect of Starship Operators, but if you liked the "life on a spaceship" and action scenes of either, you'll probably like the other as well.

Last Exile

Last Exile

In the world of Prestal, Noble men perform noble deeds for noble purposes. All of this is performed under the careful gaze of the Guild, a race apart who live in cities in the sky. We see this world through the eyes of Claus Valca and Lavi Head, as their travels take us above, beyond and through Prestal, and their actions cause ripples that shall never fade.

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Cetonis Cetonis says...

While Starship Operators' generic sci-fi style doesn't even hold a candle to Last Exile's artistic fantasy world, they do have some common traits. Both are about a crew of a rogue battleship that finds itself having to navigate the currents of politics en route to its goal. As one might expect, this also means quite a few strategic ship-to-ship battles, a strong point for both series. If this style of plot development and combat appealed to you in one of these anime, you may very well find yourself enjoying the other as well.

Crest of the Stars

Crest of the Stars

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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Sheex Sheex says...

Crest of the Stars has everything Starship Operators lacked - mainly an epic, believable storyline and fleshed out, human characters. Don't get me wrong, Starship Operators is decent in its own right, but it lacks the polish and finesse CotS possesses. Both, however, are relatively serious, mature space dramas, and given the scarcity of such series, if you enjoyed one be sure to check out the other.

Kiddy Grade

Kiddy Grade

In the distant future many things have changed. Worlds are colonized and people travel the stars freely. The GOTT (Galactic Organization of Trades and Tarifs) exists to maintain order and peace along the galaxies. Enter two ES members. Eclair and Lumiere. They are sent on missions to keep the universal peace, under the flag of GOTT. But soon they come to realize that there is more going on behind the scenes than they previously imagined...

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Betelgeuse Betelgeuse says...

Well, if you enjoyed this scifi anime with plot twists and space flight also because you enjoyed the high amount of fine dressed girls in the main cast, then this anime is another one for you.

The main difference between the series is that Kiddy Grade starts a little comically and shows superpowers whereas Starship Operators handles the physics more realistic.