Originally published on siriuswrites.com.
Welcome to the Planet Chienne Stella where I, Will Sirius, will be introducing to you guys an anime you haven’t heard about.
Of course, now the you entered my realm and this entry, it’s quite clear you guys know the title of the anime. Yes it is Starship Operators.
I admit, I am not a die die die hard fan of the genre, Space anime, but I do adore it very much and is fascinated by how vast the setting of the stories. To be honest, I always wanted to watch them, but due to my forgetfulness and untimely mood swings I can’t seem to do so.
So believe me when I say I haven’t watched (or finished watching) the mainstream space animes like Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw star, Space Dandy, Legend of the Galactic Heroes and etc. Though, I did watch few Gundam animes, but that’s beside the point. Still, I was able to stumble across this piece of gem that had been hidden and not mentioned by many.
For the 73rd class of cadets of the Defense University of the small planet Kibi, a shakedown cruise on the fleet’s new starship “Amaterasu” is a fitting lead-up to graduation. As they are returning to their home planet, however, they are shocked to hear news of a declaration of war by the aggressive Kingdom against Kibi. When their planetary government surrenders without a struggle, the cadets decide to launch their own war, aboard the “Amaterasu”. To gain funding, they make a deal with a galactic news network – and find themselves the “stars” of their own “reality show”. Unfortunately, this is the kind of reality show that can get you killed…
Starship Operators is a space opera anime I didn’t expect I needed. Pretty much the anime is about graduating students going on a war against an empire with only a high end battleship and a funding from a news network. From its premise, it’s quite clear that I was in for a ride.
Still, I don’t consider this premise new. It may look new on the outside, but its premise reminds me a lot of political mecha animes before (ehem Gundam, ehem). However, it does have something totally unique compared to its peers, and that would be the lack of authoritiesaboard the ship and the presence of media.
Yep, it’s legit. Military Students, with no to nothing combat experience, were on a war against Veteran Military Ensemble. Who do you think won?
Watch the anime to know.
I really don’t want to spoil much you know, so I’ll try to dance around the spoiler territory.
One of the best qualities of this anime would be its battles. Believe me, compared to Gundam mecha animes, Starship Operators’ battles were definitely not impressive to look at. But it was how the plans and counterattacks were executed that made the battles amazing and intriguing to watch. The tactics the protagonist came up with were both daring and exciting, even her fellow peers were bewildered by her own plans. It’s really fascinating.
Another thing that I liked about this anime would be its politics. As much as I am not a fan of this genre, it was well used in this series. The twists and turns of the story sure made me shocked, but they were a bit predictable. Well, its inevitable as the politicians are humans too and their attributes are quite predictable on certain moments.
The major positive points of this anime would be the main character and the use of media. Shinon, the main character, was so cool and so smart. She’s not you typical damsel in distress type of MC, she’s actually badass in her own way. I mean, even though, she’s only the Deputy Captain of their Battleship, Shes pretty much the Mind and Brain of their Operations, and also, the reason as to why all of them are still alive until the very end.
Okay, maybe just maybe, one of the reasons as to why I love her is her personality would be as it’s similar to mine… but that’s beside the point. Shes awesome. PERIOD.
Now for the 2nd positive point of the series, the use of Media. Let me tell you, I have encountered a lot of interesting premise but then they fell of short cause of execution of the story. One of the things that made me stay and continue to watch this series would be the addition of the use of media. In the anime, the students needs funding for their war so they asked the help of a TV network in return, their war journey was documented live for the whole galaxy to see. For me, THATS HELLA INTERESTING!
They pretty much become like a space reality tv show. This story point definitely added alot of impact and tension on the decisioning and planning of the military students as their plans would be known to everyone, especially the enemies. It also made the series alot more entertaining and intriguing.
And that’s the end of good points now it’s time for the bad ones.
First up would be the music. Both the opening and ending didn’t left any impact to me. Especially the ending, it’s so…boring. For the overall soundtrack of the anime, I actually enjoyed it. Its grand orchestra sound definitely elevate my viewing experience of the series. My only problem with it was the wrong timing of some tracks. Yes, the bgm during the battles were epic and grand, but the normal scenes got the opposite treatment. It was messy as hell. If it were consistent then there would be no problem.
Next problem would be the lack of character development of the supporting cast. Believe me, I do understand the lack of it, but I really hate the fact that even the important supporting characters were taken for granted. It would be nice if we got a bit more of them before they were cut off from the anime.
Lastly, I hate the fact that this anime was really short. For a space opera anime, alot of potential story arcs were cut short because of the limited air time. They did try to add as much as they can, but most of the arcs became meh or were left in the air and forgotten.
Overall, Starship Operators was a good watch. It wasn’t the best, but it’s not bad either. At least, it was enjoyable until the very end. I could never put this anime on the same level as the mainstream space animes, but this series is a good space opera to watch at least.
Space is the Place
I’m now finished.
As the 3rd stop of this blog tour, I was very nervous. This was my first ever anime blog project ever since I started blogging, and I am greatly honored to be part of this.
I’m also happy to be able to share my thoughts about this anime, Starship Operators, as I felt that I got lucky to be able to discover this gem.
Now, as my entry is coming to an end, let me share to you a pathway to the next stop. Believe me, there’s still a lot of amazing entries coming for you guys so buckle up and enjoy the ride.
The next stop will be at the My Fujoshi Life led by Crimson.
Again, thank you for having some time and read my entry. Also, I wanna thank Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews for letting me be part of this tour.
This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading!!