Banner of the Stars III takes the Stars anime saga full circle as things return to Jinto's home world of Martine. The main focus of this OAV is on the choices Jinto has to make concerning his future and the well-being of his people on Martine. Unlike earlier Stars anime titles, the focus isn't on the action this time around. It's about the bonds that the characters have with one another and the political tensions between the Abh and Martine rebels as Jinto decides his future. Another aspect continuing to be explored is Jinto and Lafiel's bond as there was more clear development of their bond explored, especialy as Lafiel plays support to Jinto as he goes through making his decision.
But just because Jinto and Lafiel have a good amount of focus in this OAV doesn't mean spotlight is given to other characters. Some old faces from earlier chapters of the Stars saga return for cameo appearances which vary from being humorous or serious. Jinto's companions from Martine from Crest of the Stars make for the OAV's serious moments as they influence Jinto's decisions. Characters like Ekuryua and Serenia made for the short's occasional moments of humor. Ekuryua surprised me with her moments considering her cold demeanor throughout much of the series as her actions had me chuckling with glee in her scenes.
Banner of the Stars III has improved artwork and character designs from previous Stars titles featuring higher quality color and detail that are expected of OAV titles.
This is the best of the Stars anime saga and provides a great closure for it. If you enjoyed the earlier Stars shows, then you will definitely enjoy Banner of the Stars III.
Last updated Sunday, August 17 2008. Created Sunday, August 17 2008.
[Score: 88% = "Buy"]
Compared to the previous seasons, not much is happening this time. But Jinto has matured in many aspects, and this final story is about his future and his dreams, and how Lafiel will be a part of it. More than in earlier stages of this saga the relations between the characters become the actual story, with a dose of politics and the great war not yet completely over.
It is also a collection of cameos for Characters we've met earlier in the saga, and during the credits we learn for many of them how their lives will go on. Being more like a two-part-movie than a series, I was more focused on the story than on the technical aspects Art, Animation and Music (of which the improvement of Art compared to the first series is striking, even more so as there are flashbacks to that time so you can compare the differences), while being aware of the wonderful dialogs in many scenes that significantly contributed to the high mark for Episode Story. This part of the saga isn't about action, it's about cultural gaps, politics, and maturing. As such, Seikai no Senki III is a worthy closure of the saga - you just shouldn't expect it to be what it doesn't intend to.
Last updated Wednesday, July 09 2008. Created Monday, November 27 2006.
I loved this entire series and these last two episodes offer a good measure of closure and resolution for the story of Jinto and Lafiel.
If you have not seen this series, then watch it. If you have, then these episode need to be on your must-watch list.
Last updated Wednesday, June 23 2010. Created Tuesday, August 09 2005.
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