Just finished watching “Stellvia of the Universe” a 26 (about 23 minute) episode action, adventure, comedy, drama, romance, scifi anime. Here are a couple reviews:http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/stellvia/dvd-8http://www.themanime.org/viewreview.php?id=505
As one review says don’t let the cutesy character design or the fact that it’s a “high school” anime in space detract you into thinking this isn’t a good science fiction story. IMO it’s strongest point is that it’s character driven and with all the characters being likable the show just sort of draws you in.
The PQ is good especially the CGI stuff and the bright colours of the cell animation which both make this a pleasure to look at. Only drawback is the 1.33:1 aspect ratio though because the characters are drawn a little on the skinny side it looked good on “stretch” filling up the 1.78:1 screen.
The SQ is good to start but clearly improves over time along with the English voice acting. The soundtrack is only 2.0 and not a lot of ambient stuff for the surrounds or any LFE at all but there is lots of side to side panning and other audio queues up front. Another bonus, for me anyway, is that the open music, “Asu e no Brilliant Road”
performed by Angela
is one of my favorite of all amine openers. Especially nice since the song works both at a fast and slow pace so it also gets a lot of use throughout the series.
Overall the story progresses quickly through 2 major and 2 minor story arcs. Unlike many anime Stellvia doesn’t bog down in the middle or end up with an unfulfilling or rushed ending the entire story moves along smoothly. Only real story issue I had was the main character getting a little whiny a few times near the end but other than that it’s quite solid in presenting a positive view of the future ala “Star Trek.” I rate it a little better than the reviewers above and give this 5/5 stars because it just plain worked for me.