Starship Operators

Title:Starship Operators
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Notables: Animation - JC Staff
Kotoko (I'VE Music)
R1 License - Pioneer (Defunct)
Set in the year 2300AD, a group of starship trainees return to their home planet in the Kibi system and get caught up in a flash fire war, which results in their planet surrendering unconditionally to the “Empire”. Stranded and isolated, the cadets resolve to fight on, on-behalf of the home world against the invading forces. But in doing so, they have to resort to uncommon means to gain the financial support to keep their very advanced starship, the Amaterasu, equipped to continue the battle. As a result, their private war is now being sponsored by Galaxy Networks and is being serialized in weekly installments to be broadcast to friend and foe alike.

13 episodes, each about 23 minutes long
R1 By Geneon Entertainment
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Watch 9 8 8 7 6 6 Ggultra2764 [series:933#1552]
As engaged as I was to Starship Operators, I couldn't help but feel that it was lacking enough with depth and development with its characters, as well as believability in its plot. But before I get to these major issues, let me get to what I enjoyed out of this series. Unlike the few space opera titles I've come across thus far, Starship Operators puts a big focus on the strategies and preparations made by the Amaterasu crew as they deal with Kingdom forces which for one who enjoys heavy discussion on strategy and organization, makes this series quite engaging. In addition, the series sports some good-looking character designs and CG-animated battleships as they engage one another in battle.

But that's as far as the positives for the series go. The biggest problems with it have to do with the believability of its plot and the lack of depth and development on the characters. The whole angle of having a reality TV show used to show off the Amaterasu's capabilities in battle given serious focus in a series where a group of young cadets are putting their lives at risk regularly didn't really click for me. In addition, the fact Sinon was able to conveniently plan just about every solution to every major problem that is overcome by the crew had me wonder how the Amaterasu crew would even fare without her planning if she planned out everything even though everyone was supposedly working as a team when figuring out how to engage the Kingdom's ships. Then there's the issue with the characters themselves. While given believable personalities, they're never given much room for their backgrounds and thoughts to be developed seeing as greater focus was being given to the TV show broadcasts and the battleship battles. Considering several of the Amaterasu crew members die throughout the series, I felt quite indifferent over their fates since the series didn't devote much time to even flesh out their characters. In addition, the romantic relationships between characters in the series had a bad habit of appearing out of the blue without any buildup and development whatsoever which was another element that I could care less apart because of how unnatural the developments suddenly occur.

Overall, Starship Operators was engaging for me only for the battle strategies, tactics and results that took place which kept me from dropping this series too early. Beyond that, the series doesn't really have much else that held my interest as the reality TV show angle, believability, and lack of character focus really hurt its presentation for me. I don't think I'll be seeing this show for a while.

Last updated Sunday, May 23 2010. Created Sunday, May 23 2010.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:933#628]
(two episodes watched:)

After seeing it mentioned here, I thought I'd also take a look a Starship Operators. The notion of a warship being financed by a TV network seemed tailor-made for comedy, something like Irresponsible Captain Tylor or Martian Successor Nadesico. But there really wasn't much humor, and it appears this will be a serious show. The cadet's motivations for undertaking a seemingly hopeless David vs. Goliath struggle seemed rather shallow to me. Do they really have any idea what they are getting themselves into? What do they expect to achieve? I couldn't help noticing that after their first engagement, the thought didn't seem to occur to anyone that they had in all likelihood just killed some people. I don't think enough details about the evil Henrietta empire were included to justify waging a single-handed war against it. Since Kibi surrendered without a fight, it could be argued that it is the cadets who have turned this into a shooting war. Is this just a matter of pride? Is pride worth killing for? All sorts of questions come to my mind, but don't seem to occur much to the characters themselves. I guess I would tend to agree with their network sponsor, who commented that "As opening episodes go, that was so-so".

The technology and weaponry is fairly interesting, but as of episode two the battles themselves seem distinctly unexciting. After watching the second action, I found myself wondering why this was so, and if there had been any BGM playing at all, and rewound to check. Yes, there had been BGM, but it was so unexceptional and at such a low volume that I hadn't noticed it at all!

Last updated Monday, July 03 2006. Created Thursday, June 29 2006.
Rent Forbin [series:933#1573]
Drama : Med/High
Comedy : Low
Action : Low/Med
SciFi : High
Ecchi : Low

Hmm What happens when Crest of the Stars meets NASCAR racing? You get SO, a series about a bunch of young kids who want to fight a war but need corporate sponsorship to get funding. It's a bit slow and Shinon is a bit too much of a Deus Ex Machina personality. I'll watch considering it's from JC Staff but I'm not sure if it is going to go above a WATCH rating.

Edit : I'll move it rent. It's good, in a PlanetES type, but Shinon is just too much of (I have all the answers after everyone gives up) Deus Ex kind of character. Granted some of the things she did were neat, but get rid of her and they would've died in almost every situation.

Last updated Wednesday, June 28 2006. Created Sunday, December 25 2005.
Unevaluated 8 7 8 6 Alexander [series:933#416]
as of now only esp. 1 has come out..
I wasn't impressed by the story or by any of the characters. It really bored me. It was really a bunch of talking and really no action, or comedy. Its really hard to keep track of any of the characters shown.
B/t or the irc,
to be honest i jumped around the esp. for a quick look before i was off to work/class.
what i gather it is like "Fafner in the Azure" ("Dead Aggressor"), i haven't seen any mechs yet. so let's see what happens.
now watching it, there are no mechs. and it is pretty serious. basically some cadets don't like the fact that their kingdom surrender and on their behalf is going to fight the enemy alone. So far (esp. 1) there are no real main characters but some of the cadets that you watch. Not my type anime, if i wanted to watch this i would watch the news and Bush. i'll give it to esp 2, hope it gets better.

Last updated Friday, January 21 2005. Created Wednesday, January 19 2005.
Unevaluated Jan-Chan [series:933#967]
Lunar has been very quick to share a subtitled version of the first episode of this series. This appears to be a very real to life type of anime series (in the spirit of Meine Liebe) with no comedy, anime fluff or exaggeration. The story line has a mixed group of male and female starship cadets out on a mission to set things right, in a difficult and impossible situation. (But then again, I have only seen the first episode…… in any case, I like sci-fi, and this series appears to be very fun!)

Last updated Tuesday, January 18 2005. Created Monday, January 17 2005.

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