Crest of the Stars

Crest of the Stars (Japanese: 星界の紋章 Hepburn: Seikai no Monshō) is a three-volume[1] space opera science fiction novel written by Hiroyuki Morioka with cover illustrations by Toshihiro Ono. This was followed by a second, ongoing novel series, Banner of the Stars (currently six volumes, a.k.a. Seikai no Senki) and a series of books collecting short stories set in the same universe known as Fragments of the Stars (星界の断章 Seikai no Danshō). Beginning in 1999, the novels were adapted into an anime series, the first of which ran for 13 episodes on WOWOW. A recap movie, Crest of the Stars Special Edition, was also released in 2000.

Crest of the Stars
Seikai no Monsho I Teikoku no Ojo (Book Cover)
Seikai no Monshō I "Teikoku no Ōjo" Japanese book cover
星界の紋章
(Seikai no Monshō)
GenreSpace opera, Military science fiction
Novel series
Written byHiroyuki Morioka
Illustrated byToshihiro Ono
Published byHayakawa Publishing
English publisher
Tokyopop
HarperCollins Canada
Original runApril 1996June 1996
Volumes3
Anime television series
Directed byYasuchika Nagaoka
Written byAya Yoshinaga
Music byKatsuhisa Hattori
StudioSunrise
Licensed by
Original networkWOWOW
Original run January 2, 1999 March 27, 1999
Episodes13
Anime film
Crest of the Stars - Special Edition
Directed byYasuchika Nagaoka
Produced byKorefumi Seki
Masaki Kaifu
Mikihiro Iwata
Tsutomu Sugita
Music byKatsuhisa Hattori
StudioBandai Visual
Sunrise
ReleasedApril 7, 2000
Runtime90 minutes
Related

Plot

Crest of the Stars chronicles how Jinto met Lafiel and the events that followed before the war.

When Jinto was a young boy, his world is invaded by the Abh empire. His father who was then president of the Hyde Star System, surrendered the system and earned for himself and his family a nobility within Abh society. Young Jinto is sent off to school in planet Delktou to learn the ways of Abh nobility and the story of Crest of the Stars picks up as he meets the young Abh princess, Lafiel who as a pilot trainee has been assigned to escort him to the patrol ship Gothlauth, a.k.a. Gosroth). Soon, they find themselves unready participants in the incident that would ignite the war between the Abh Empire and the Four Nations Alliance of Humankind — an anti-Abh alliance of the democratic nations of the United Mankind, the Federation of Hania, the Republic of Greater Alcont, and the People's Sovereign Union of Planets.

Characters

Main Characters

Lin Shu Rock Yalulug Dril Hydal Jinto (リン・スューヌ・ロク・ヤルルーク・ドリュー・ハイダル・ジント Rin Syūnu-Roku Yarurūku Doryū Haidaru Jinto, Linn ssynec Rocr Ïarlucec Dreuc Haïder Ghintec)
Voiced by: Yuka Imai (Japanese); Matthew Erickson (English)
Years after his father surrendered the Hyde Star System to the Abh Empire, Jinto is on his way to the capital to attend military school in preparation for claiming his title and succeeding his father as the next territorial lord. He befriends Lafiel not knowing that she is royalty. Although completely unused to life in space, he is quite dependable when on a planet surface.
Abriel Nei Debrusc Borl Paryun Lafiel (アブリアル・ネイ=ドゥブレスク・ベール・パリュン・ラフィール Aburiaru Nei-Duburesuku Bēru Paryun Rafīru, Ablïarsec néïc Dubreuscr Bœrh Parhynr Lamhirh)
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese); Jessica Yow (English)
Lafiel is the pilot trainee assigned to escort Jinto from the spaceport of Delktou to the patrol ship Gosroth. Although she is a member of the Abriel Imperial Family, she befriends him and allows him to call her by her name. As a space-dweller, she is somehow clueless of life in the surface world. She is self-sacrificing and strong-willed but eventually begins to have more faith in Jinto. She is a very good shot.

Minor Characters

Lexshue Wef-Robell Plakia
The captain of the patrol ship Gosroth, she decides to send Jinto and Lafiel to Sufugnoff once it is confirmed that the ship is about to be attacked. Lexshue is voiced by Gara Takashima in Japanese and Michelle Armeneau in English.
Atosryua Syun-Atos Lyuf Febdash Klowal
The third Baron of Febdash, an obscure star system where Jinto and Lafiel made a stopover en route to Sufugnoff (Sfagnaumh). He is ambitious and at the same time embarrassed of his heritage. He tried to detain Lafiel and imprison Jinto, which brought dire consequences onto himself. Febdash is voiced by Takehito Koyasu in Japanese and Ethan Cole in English.
Atosryua Syun-Atos Lyuf Raika Febdash Srguf
The second Baron of Febdash and father of Klowal and Loïc. Due to his being a genetic "grounder," his own son despised him resulting in confinement and isolation. He become friends with Jinto and aided Lafiel in "punishing" Klowal.
Seelnay
A vassal of the Barony of Febdash who helped Lafiel take over the control room of the baron's mansion. Seelnay is voiced by Ikue Ōtani in Japanese and Mariette Sluyter in English.
Inspector Entryua
Chief of the Police Department of Lune Biga, a city on Planet Clasbul in the Sufugnoff Star System. He is forced to cooperate with the invading forces of the United Mankind to search for Jinto and Lafiel. Inspector Entryu is voiced by in Japanese and Doug McKeag in English.
Lt. Kyte
An Alliance military police officer from the United Mankind who led the search for Jinto and Lafiel in Clasbul. Because he is also genetically engineered, he is despised by most citizens of the United Mankind and is prevented from rising amongst the ranks of the military. This results in deep hatred against the Abh. Kyte is voiced by Michihiro Ikemizu in Japanese and Paul Boucher in English.
Anti-imperialist group of Clasbul
Though not necessarily "anti-Abh", it is a group seeking freedom to run their own shipping, transportation, and trade. They help the pair to flee Sufugnoff and escape the clutches of the United Mankind. For their assistance, as well as to meet the legal requirement for ship leasees to be ranking Abh nobles, they are raised to the rank of an Abh dame/equestrian (reucec).

Development

The series, both the anime and novels, are notable for the fact that Morioka created for them an entire language, Baronh (and an accompanying alphabet, Ath), which the Abh speak, read, and write. Almost all written text in the anime is in Baronh, with occasional text in other (invented) languages; at least one planet is shown to have adopted Ath to write their own language (although this is not a plot point, and easily missed).

Media

Books

Despite being commonly dubbed as a trilogy, the work is actually a three-volume novel.[1] The novel is composed of the following volumes, which were translated and released in English by Tokyopop in 2006 and 2007:

  • Seikai no Monshō I "Teikoku no Ōjo" (星界の紋章I 帝国の王女) (Crest of the Stars I "Princess of the Empire") (Released September 6, 2006 in U.S. by Tokyopop)
  • Seikai no Monshō II "Sasayaka na Tatakai" (星界の紋章II ささやかな戦い) (Crest of the Stars II "A Modest War") (Released January 9, 2007 in U.S. by Tokyopop)
  • Seikai no Monshō III "Ikyō e no Kikan" (星界の紋章III 異郷への帰還) (Crest of the Stars III "Return to a Strange World") (Released May 8, 2007 in U.S. by Tokyopop)

Manga

Tokyopop also released a manga adaptation of the novel by Aya Yoshinaga. The manga was illustrated by Toshihiro Ono and Aya Yoshinaga. Hiroyuki Morioka is also credited on the cover as the original creator.

Much like the anime series, it covers all three volumes. Dubbed the first part of the Seikai Trilogy, since two other companion manga were also released, adapting Banner of the Stars and Banner of the Stars II:

  • Seikai Trilogy, Vol. 1: Crest of the Stars

In June 1, 2012, a remake of Crest of the Stars as a web manga by Kōichirō Yonemura was announced.[2] Beginning on September 3, 2012, the first chapter of the web manga was published.[3] In September 11, 2012, FlexComic released volume 9 of its magazine for free featuring the manga remake of Crest of the Stars.[4] Volume 1 of the manga went on sale on May 11, 2013.[5] Volume 2 of the manga went on sale on May 12, 2014.[6] Volume 3 of the manga went on sale on July 9, 2015.[7]

Anime

Crest of the Stars
Crest of the Stars Volume one "To The Stars" region 1 DVD.

Crest of the Stars was released in Japan in 1999 and in the United States by Bandai in 2001. At the end of 2002, TechTV announced that Crest of the Stars was to be one of the initial titles as part of their new Anime Unleashed programming and began broadcast at the end of 2002 and through 2003. Following the closure of Bandai Entertainment in 2012, Sunrise announced at Otakon 2013, that Funimation had licensed Crest of the Stars, Banner of the Stars (Seasons 1 & 2) and Passage of the Stars.[8] Several episodes contain a brief introduction about the history, culture, purpose and perception of the Abh and its empire.

# Title Original air date[9]
01"Invasion"
Transcription: "Shinryaku" (Japanese: 侵略)
January 2, 1999
The ever expanding Abh Empire of Mankind, led by the Dusanyo, invades the Hyde Star System. It becomes clear that direct governance of the surface world is not part of their plans. So in exchange for allowing its citizens the right to freely travel to other star systems as well as elect the territorial lord from amongst themselves, Rock Lynn who was then the president surrenders their sovereignty. But he did not consult his immediate subordinates, not even his friend and executive secretary Teal Clint who also served as surrogate parent for his son. And so, although he earned an Abh nobility for his family, he left everyone else feel betrayed. Years later, having spent several years in the planet Delktoe learning to read and write in Baronh, the Abh language, Jinto takes up his status as a noble and is on his way to the capital to attend military school.
02"Kin of the Stars"
Transcription: "Hoshi Tachino Kenzoku" (Japanese: 星たちの眷族)
January 9, 1999
Dorin Ku is the only friend from Delktou who shows up to see Jinto off at the space port while his other friends opted on just sending him a goodbye present. Soon, Jinto's escort arrives - a serious young Abh who suddenly warms up to him when he asks for her name. She delightedly tells him to call her Lafiel and proudly considers herself as a "Kin of the stars". Jinto takes the opportunity to fill the gaps in his "Lander" knowledge by asking her questions.
03"Daughter of Love"
Transcription: "Ai no Musume" (Japanese: 愛の娘)
January 16, 1999
Jinto and Lafiel arrives at the patrol ship Gosroth, the most advanced ship of the empire which has been tasked to convey him to the capital, under the command of Captain Lexshue. Still unused to his newly assumed social status, he tries his best to behave as expected of the nobility. To his deep embarrassment, Jinto soon finds out that the pilot trainee who escorted him is actually the granddaughter of the Empress. An awkward conversation with Lafiel then follows but it results in them knowing more about each other. Lafiel even shares her birth secret with him.
04"Surprise Attack"
Transcription: "Kishū" (Japanese: 奇襲)
January 23, 1999
Five days into the journey, while Jinto struggles with the supply officer modules, unidentified space clusters show up on the ship monitor. It is soon determined that they originated from the nearby Vascotton System, a known territory of United Mankind from the Four Nations Alliance against the Abh Empire. Lately, the Alliance has been stirring up anti-Abh sentiments in the already volatile Hyde Star System. Because battle was eminent, the Captain Lexshue decides to remove non-combatants from the ship. Lafiel receives a sharp rebuke from the captain after she insisted to remain. The captain gives Jinto a couple of pistols before sending them away to warn the communications base at Sufugnoff.
05"The Battle of Gosroth"
Transcription: "Gousurosu no Tatakai" (Japanese: ゴースロスの戦い)
January 30, 1999
Gosroth receives a challenge to battle from the oncoming ships. Although the chances of winning were extremely low, and in spite of being low on firepower, Gosroth engages the enemy in self defense. And thus ignites a war that would last for many years and cost thousands of lives and resources. Meanwhile, Jinto tries his best to comfort Lafiel and take her mind off things. Still quite anxious about Gosroth's fate, Lafiel shares with Jinto the role of the captain in her birth secret.
06"Mysterious Conspiracy"
Transcription: "Fukakai na Inbou" (Japanese: 不可解な陰謀)
February 6, 1999
Jinto and Lafiel reach Baron Febdash Territory to refuel before they proceed to Sufugnoff. The glaring difference in how she is treated, and the ill-concealed contempt towards Jinto provokes the ire of the Abh Princess. How the vassals, all of whom were females, behaved like mere body slaves did not help her temper either. Through veiled threats and direct admissions, it becomes evident that Klowal, the third baron of Febdash, intends to detain her to ensure that the empire preserves his domain in case the enemy discovers its existence. Because the territory and his nobility is fairly new and insignificant compared to the thousands of systems within the empire, it is a cause of embarrassment and frustration for its young and ambitious new baron.
07"Fortunate Revolt"
Transcription: "Shiawase na Hangyaku" (Japanese: 幸せな反逆)
February 13, 1999
Jinto regains consciousness inside a big chamber occupied by an elderly man, who introduces himself as Srguf. The elderly man turns out to be the second baron and Klowal's father, hidden away by his son who was embarrassed of his Lander heritage. While the young baron was busy scheming about how to use the princess in order to have his own micronation, Lafiel figures out where Jinto is confined and takes over the control room with the help of Seelnay, the vassal assigned to her. Meanwhile, the elder baron expresses his amusement at Jinto's being on a first name basis with the Abh princess.
08"The Style of the Abh"
Transcription: "Aavu no Ryūgi" (Japanese: アーヴの流儀)
February 20, 1999
Lafiel leaves to refuel the shuttle but the baron blows up the fuel stations. With the fuel stations gone, Lafiel focuses instead on extracting Jinto and the elder baron from their confinement through a daring rescue. With the elder baron's help they refuel through one of the factories before proceeding to engage and punish the delusional baron for obstructing her mission to Sufugnoff. Although the baron has also launched an offensive of his own, he is no match for Lafiel who delivers a decisive blow. The elder baron resumes his previous duties and bids Jinto and Lafiel farewell.
09"To the Battlefield"
Transcription: "Senjou He" (Japanese: 戦場へ)
February 27, 1999
After breaking through a blockade of hostile ships, Jinto and Lafiel arrives at Sufugnoff and informs the communication base of the attack on Gosroth. Because the forces from United Mankind had blown up the orbiting towers, the princess agrees to land on the planet Clasbul after a brief discussion on which plan was feasible under the current circumstances. It was the princess' first time to set foot on a planet surface so it was now Jinto's turn to guide her as they make their way through fields of grain in the middle of nowhere. Elsewhere, in the Abh capital, ambassadors from the Four Nations Alliance arrive to lodge a complaint against an attack on their ships during a space survey. Seeing through their lies and having faith in the conduct of Abh officers, the Empress Ramaj accepts the declaration of war.
10"Escape: Just the Two of Us"
Transcription: "Futari Dakeno Toubou" (Japanese: 二人だけの逃亡)
March 6, 1999
A short distance from Sufugnoff, in the Yunyu Star System, Admiral Trife of the Abh Fleet and his commanders assess the enemy's strength using available data but the result is too inconclusive for the ever cautious admiral to make a decision. Meanwhile, in Sufugnoff, Jinto convinces Lafiel that they need to enter the city of Lune Biga so they could resupply and have better living arrangements. But first, Jinto has to find a good disguise for them to enter the city amidst the United Mankind occupation. He also has to deal with Lafiel's self-sacrificial attitude. Elsewhere in the police headquarters, Inspector Entryua is unhappy of the occupation army meddling with local police affairs. He is paired off with Lt. Kyte, an Alliance military police officer from the United Mankind who is after a couple of individuals. And thus begins the manhunt for Jinto and Lafiel.
11"Sufugnoff Gateway Battle"
Transcription: "Sufagunoufu Mon Oki Kaisen" (Japanese: スファグノーフ門沖海戦)
March 13, 1999
The forces of United Mankind does not retreat from the Sufugnoff space in spite of the Abh fleet show of force. On the surface world, the manhunt for Jinto and Lafiel is complicated by the presence of the occupation army who are after the survivors of the ship they attacked and destroyed. Meanwhile, men in police uniform enter Jinto and Lafiel's apartment but in a quick turn of events, they are disarmed by Lafiel and at gunpoint introduce themselves as a group of freedom fighters seeking to claim trading and exploration rights in space. Lafiel agrees to be a hostage but in her own terms and conditions. Back in space, the Abh fleet commences the attack to reclaim the Sufugnoff space.
12"Lady of Chaos"
Transcription: "Waku Ran no Shukujo" (Japanese: 惑乱の淑女)
March 20, 1999
The attack on the United Mankind forces is underway lead by Rear Admiral Spoor who alternates between the offensive and antagonizing her chief-of-staff. On the surface world, Inspector Entryua's officers locate Jinto and Lafiel's hotel but it is already empty. Up in the mountains, on the way to a hideout, Marca - the leader of the anti-imperialist group - explain to Jinto and Lafiel that they need a spaceship so they could be free. Lafiel explains the existing regulations regarding interstellar ships which does not sit well with their plans. Roving units of the United Mankind army also locates them before they reach Min's villa. Working together amidst heavy firefighting, they make their escape underground and go their separate ways to evade capture. Back in space, the Abh navy overwhelms and routs the enemy and reclaim the Suffugnoff space even as the remaining forces make a last ditch attempt to escape.
13"Trouble Soaring Through Heaven"
Transcription: "Ten Kake Ru Meiwaku" (Japanese: 天翔ける迷惑)
March 27, 1999
Jinto and Lafiel emerges at the Guzunyu Fantasy Park which was being evacuated. Their escape is impeded by robotic mascots but it also prevents the pursuing personnel from easily reaching them. With two hostile parties on all sides, Jinto and Lafiel do their best to survive. With Lafiel having more faith in him, they make their way to the exit but find the local police waiting for them. Lt. Kyte's near fanatical bitterness toward the Abh changes their decision to surrender. They are rescued by Marca's group who has discerned Lafiel's true identity because of her Abriel ears. Having obtained Lafiel's promise to put in a good word for the group's cause to the Empress, "The Undertaker" sends them back to space through the funeral facility. For the first time, Jinto promises Lafiel that he will stay by her side until the time he is sent off again to space in a coffin. Their coffin is rescued by Rear Admiral Spoor's men and they finally make it to the capital where the news of Gosroth's demise awaited them. While Lafiel learns more about how her mother lived, Jinto receives news of his father's execution after the Hyde Star System joined the coalition against the Abh Empire. With no more family and home to call his own, Jinto reaffirms his resolve to remain at Lafiel's side for the rest of his natural life.

Video game

Roughly a year after the Anime finished airing, at the end of May 2000 Bandai Visual released a video game adaptation for the PlayStation. It features a story inspired by both the Crest of the Stars and the Banner of the Stars novels, incorporating some of their characters. The game consists of 67 different space battles, with a story split in two paths and three possible endings each.

Reception

In 1996, the world of Japanese science fiction novels was in a slump. Many people considered the genre dead to such an extent that authors avoided it. The appearance of the Crest of the Stars novel was not only a surprise but also earned it the Seiun Award.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b Hiroyuki, Morioka (2007). Seikai no Monshō III "Ikyō e no Kikan" (星界の紋章III 異郷への帰還) (Crest of the Stars III "Return to a Strange World"). Afterword: Tokyopop. ISBN 978-1-59816-577-7.
  2. ^ "骨太スペースオペラ、開幕――「星界の紋章」がWeb漫画に" ITmedia, 1 June 2012
  3. ^ "星界の紋章" Comic Meteor, 3 September 2012
  4. ^ "ニコニコ FlexComix ネクスト vol.9" Nicovideo blog, 11 September 2013.
  5. ^ "星界の紋章1 (メテオCOMICS) [コミック]" Amazon, April, 2013
  6. ^ "星界の紋章2 (メテオCOMICS) [コミック]" Amazon, May 12, 2014
  7. ^ "星界の紋章3 (メテオCOMICS) [コミック]" Amazon, July 9, 2015
  8. ^ "Funimations Adds Code Geass, Tales of the Abyss, Angel Links, More". Anime News Network. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Snrise official website データカード". Sunrise. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  10. ^ LoneStarCon2 The 55th World Science Fiction Convention Saturday, August 30, 1997

External links

Reviews

1999 in anime

The events of 1999 in anime.

ABH

Abh or ABH may refer to:

Abh, space-dwelling people in the fictional universe of Crest of the Stars

Abh (trigraph)

Abererch railway station in the United Kingdom

Assault occasioning actual bodily harm, a type of criminal assault under English law

Alien Bounty Hunter, a recurring character from The X-Files

Alpha Airport in Alpha, Queensland, Australia

Association of Business Historians, a British professional association

Aviation boatswain's mates, handling, a US Navy occupational rating

Central Asian Arabic, a variety of Arabic spoken in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan

A Barbadian's Head on the flag of pirate Bartholomew Roberts

Archaic Biblical Hebrew, the language of Genesis 49, Exodus 15, Numbers 23-24, Deuteronomy 32-33

Abh

The Abh (Japanese:アーヴ, Pronunciation:[a:v]) are space-dwelling people in the fictional universe shared by Crest of the Stars, Banner of the Stars and Fragments of the Stars (星界の断章, Seikai no Danshō). They are the rulers of an interstellar civilization with feudal government and social structure.

Actas

Actas Inc. (株式会社アクタス, Kabushiki gaisha Akutasu) is a Japanese animation studio founded in 1998. It is currently a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Arts, which in turn is an animation subsidiary to Bandai Namco Holdings.

Anime Unleashed

Anime Unleashed was an anime block that was broadcast on the American cable TV network, G4. The block was placed on the original TechTV in early 2003 and moved to G4techTV after the two networks merged. Titles airing on the block almost exclusively came from domestic anime distributors ADV Films, Bandai Entertainment and Geneon Entertainment USA (formerly Pioneer Entertainment).

Ayako Kawasumi

Ayako Kawasumi (川澄 綾子, Kawasumi Ayako, born on March 30, 1976) is a Japanese voice actress and singer from Tokyo. She is affectionately referred to by her fellow voice actors and fans as "Ayachii (あやちー)", "Ayasumi (あやすみ)" and "Aya-nē (あやねえ)". She is a skilled pianist as she has played the piano since childhood.

She composed and performed "...To You", the opening theme to Piano, and played pianists in the anime Piano and Nodame Cantabile. She is one of the most prolific and well-known voice actresses in Japan. Throughout her career, she has voiced plenty of iconic and famous characters, such as Akari Kamigishi (To Heart), Saber (Fate/stay night), Nodame (Nodame Cantabile), Lafiel (Crest of the Stars - Banner of the Stars), Fuu (‘’Samurai Champloo’’), Leina (Queen's Blade), Aoi Sakuraba (Ai Yori Aoshi), Mahoro (Mahoromatic), Natsuki Mogi (Initial D) and many more, etc.

Bandai Namco Arts

BANDAI NAMCO Arts Inc. (株式会社バンダイナムコアーツ, Kabushiki gaisha Bandai Namuko Artsu) is a Japanese company formed by the merger of Bandai Visual and its subsidiary Lantis by its owner Bandai Namco Holdings in February 2018. The company is responsible for the same area of its predecessors, which those being anime production and distribution and music production and distribution.

Bandai Namco Pictures

Bandai Namco Pictures Inc. (株式会社バンダイナムコピクチャーズ, Kabushiki-gaisha Bandai Namuko Pikuchāzu), or BN Pictures, is a Japanese animation studio and production enterprise. It is a spinoff of Sunrise Inc., a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings. The company is formed as a part of the medium-term management plan of Bandai Namco Holdings on restructuring Bandai Namco Group. All the anime intellectual property and production divisions of Sunrise that aims at children and family is transferred to BN Pictures. The company began its operations in April 2015.

Banner of the Stars

Banner of the Stars (星界の戦旗, Seikai no Senki, lit. Battle Flag of the Stars) is an ongoing series of science fiction novels written by Hiroyuki Morioka, which serve as a sequel to Crest of the Stars. Three novels in the series have been adapted into anime. The first series, Banner of the Stars I (13 episodes, a.k.a. Seikai no Senki) was released in 2000 then a recap movie Banner of the Stars Special Edition followed in 2001. That year, Banner of the Stars II (10 episodes, a.k.a. Seikai no Senki II) was also released. The third anime series, adapting the third novel, Banner of the Stars III (a.k.a. Seikai no Senki III) is an OVA released in Japan in 2005.

COTS

COTS may refer to:

Commercial off-the-shelf, products that are commercially available and can be bought "as is"

Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, a NASA program for delivery to the International Space Station by private companies

Connection Oriented Transport Service, see Connection-oriented communication

Crest of the Stars, a manga/anime space opera

Crown-of-thorns starfish, a large, multiple-armed starfish

Hiroyuki Morioka

Hiroyuki Morioka (森岡 浩之, Morioka Hiroyuki) (born March 2, 1962, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese science fiction novelist.

Kum-Kum

Kum-Kum (わんぱく大昔クムクム, Wanpaku Omukashi Kumu Kumu, lit. "Naughty Ancient Kumukumu") is a Japanese animated television series, consisting of 26 episodes. The plot and characters were created by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, and it was directed by Rintaro and first broadcast on TBS between 3 October 1975 and 26 March 1976. The name was changed to Kum-Kum after the sixth episode.

It was later adapted as a manga in December 1975, written and illustrated by Takemaru Nagata, and serialized in Kodansha's Terebi Magajin (TV Magazine) under the name "Kum-Kum." A four-panel comic strip adaptation of the series also appeared periodically in Mainichi Shimbun in Osaka.

The series explored the adventures of Kum-Kum, a naughty boy in primeval times, and his friends as they grow up, often playing antics that surprise the occasional visitor to their village, and which almost always end up with Kum-Kum being grounded by his stern father, Paru Paru.

List of Seikai characters

This is an index of the characters of the novels, short stories and anime adaptations for Crest of the Stars, Banner of the Stars and Seikai no Danshō. In each entry, the first version of the name is from Tokyopop's licensed English translations of the manga and novels. In Bandai's licensed English version of the anime, the names are similar to Tokyopop's versions but not identical.

List of fictional space navies

A space navy is a fictional military service arm tasked with waging battle in or exploring space. It usually has parallels (e.g. ranks, jargon, ship classification) with contemporary ocean-going navies, and sometimes with air forces.

Lensman (1937) - Galactic Patrol

Star Trek (1966)

Starfleet

Imperial Klingon Navy

Romulan Star Empire

Cardassian Union

Space Battleship Yamato (1974) - Earth Defense Force

Space Navy Series - United Worlds Space Navy

CoDominium (1976) - CoDominium Navy

Star Wars (1977)

Imperial Navy

New Republic Defense Force

Galactic Alliance Defense Force

Chiss Expansionary Fleet

Gundam (1979)

Zeon Space Attack Force

Earth Federation Space Force

League Militaire

Titans

Londo Bell

Anti-Earth Union Group

Crossbone Vanguard

Ballistic Equipment & Space Patrol Armory

White Fang

Oppose Militancy and Neutralize Invasion (OMNI) Enforcer

Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty (ZAFT)

Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1982) – Both the Galactic Empire and Free Planets Alliance had navies

Imperial Fleet (Reichsflotte) - Anime / Imperial Space Armada - 2016 novel translation

Free Planets Star Fleet - Anime / Alliance Navy - novel translation

The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982) - U.N. Spacy

Once Upon a Time... Space (1982) – Both the Omega Confederation and its members, as well as the Republic of Cassiopeia and the Humanoids, have navies.

Albedo Anthropomorphics (1983) - Extraplanetary Defense Force

Robotech (1985)

U.N. Spacy (Seen in the series, but never directly referred to)

Robotech Defense Force

Robotech Expeditionary Force

Ender's Game (1985) - International Fleet

Metroid (1986) - Galactic Federation

Vorkosigan Saga (1986) - Barrayaran Imperial Military Service

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise (1987) - the Royal Space Force

Warhammer 40,000 universe (1987) - Various space navies including the following:

Imperial Navy - Imperium of Man

Kor'vattra - Tau Air caste

Gunbuster (1988) - Earth Imperial Space Force

Red Dwarf (1988) - Jupiter Mining Corps/Space Corps

Intergalactic Military of the Planet Trade Organization (1989) - Dragon Ball Z

Babylon 5 (1993) - EarthForce

Exosquad (1993) - Exofleet

Familias Regnant universe (1993)

Regular Space Service

Royal Aeronautical Space Service

Honorverse (1993) - Various space navies including the following:

Royal Manticoran Navy

People's Navy

Grayson Space Navy

Elysian Space Navy

Imperial Andermani Navy

Solarian League Navy

Silesian Confederacy Navy

Seafort Saga (1994) - United Nations Naval Service

Space: Above and Beyond (1995) - In this TV series the U.S. Navy was operating a fleet of starships.

Crest of the Stars (1996) et seq

Imperial Star Forces - Under the Command of the Humankind Empire of Abh

United Mankind Naval Space Forces - Under the Command of the United Mankind (in the war which encompasses all three parts to the series, "The United Mankind" references the four space "countries" at war with the Ahb Empire pooled together under the conditions of the "Nova Sicily Treaty.") All space navies against the Ahb are thus collectively known, in a general sense as the "United Mankind."

People's Federation Space Forces - Under the command of the "Peoples Federation of Planets."

Hannia Space Naval Forces - Under the command of the "Federation of Hannia."

Space Forces of Alculnt - Under the command of the "Greater Republic of Alcunlt"

Martian Successor Nadesico (1996) Had a Space War for control over Mars, The Moon, The Earth itself as well as some Asteroids contested between 3 Space Navies

United Earth Allied Forces Space Battle Naval Fleets- Commanded by The United Earth Allied Forces

Jovian Lizards/ "The Space Assault Superior Male Forces of the Anti-Earth Corporative Federation of the Jovian Real, and Associated Moons and Asteroids"- Commanded by the "Holy Jupiterian Empire"

High Mobile Space Battle Ship Division- Nergal Heavy Industries, a civilian contractor doubting the effectiveness of the United Earth Allied Command's ability to quelch the Jovian take over of Earth.

Colony Wars (1997) - Colonial Navy

FreeSpace (1998)

Galactic Terran Alliance

Parliamentary Vasudan Navy

Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance fleet

RCN Series (1998)

Republic of Cinnabar Navy

Alliance Fleet

A Deepness in the Sky (1999) - Qeng Ho

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda (2000) - Argosy (part of the High Guard)

Halo (2001) - United Nations Space Command Navy

EVE Online (2003)

Gallente Federation Navy

Caldari Navy

Imperial Navy

Minmatar Republic Fleet

Jove Navy

Battlestar Galactica (2003) - Colonial Fleet

Star Wreck (2005) - The P-Fleet

The Lost Fleet (2006) - Alliance and Syndic space navies

Mass Effect (2007) - Systems Alliance Navy, Turian Hierarchy naval forces with its volus auxiliaries, the quarian Migrant Fleet, others.

The Expanse (2011)

United Nations Navy

Mars Congressional Republic Navy

Free Navy (OPA)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016)

Fleet of the United Nations Space Alliance

Fleet of the Settlement Defense Front

The Dragon Never Sleeps (1988) - Canon Space Guardships and the Ku Dire Radiant

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 - Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202

United Nations Cosmo Force

United Nations Cosmo Navy

Imperial Guard

Military of the Great Garmillas Empire

List of science fiction television programs, C

This is an inclusive list of science fiction television programs whose names begin with the letter C.

Seikai no Danshō

Fragments of the Stars (星界の断章, Seikai no Danshō) is a series of books collecting short stories by Hiroyuki Morioka, set in the same universe and involving characters from his novels Crest of the Stars and Banner of the Stars. The word Dansho refers to a passage from a written work, but there is currently no consensus on how the title should be translated. One story later included in the 2005 compilation Seikai no Dansho I, Birth, was made into an anime OVA in 2000, 4 years after it was published in its original magazine and 5 years before the consolidation of that story into the 2005 edition.

Sunrise (company)

Sunrise Inc. (株式会社サンライズ, Kabushiki gaisha Sanraizu) is a Japanese animation studio and production company which is a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings. Its former name was Nippon Sunrise and, before that, Sunrise Studios. Its headquarters is in Suginami, Tokyo.One of Japan's largest and best-known studios, Sunrise is renowned for critically praised and popular original anime series such as Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Space Runaway Ideon, Armored Trooper Votoms, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, Future GPX Cyber Formula, Crush Gear Turbo, The Vision of Escaflowne, Love Live School Idol Project, Witch Hunter Robin, My-HiME, My-Otome, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Tiger & Bunny, Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon, as well as its numerous adaptations of acclaimed light novels including Dirty Pair, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere and Accel World, and manga such as City Hunter, InuYasha, Outlaw Star, Yakitate!! Japan, Planetes, Keroro Gunso, Gin Tama, and Kekkaishi. Many of Sunrise's original anime have similar themes, including mecha and masked identities, accompanied by fluid animation. Many fans refer to the quality of their work as "Sunrise Smooth".

Most of their work are original titles created in-house by their creative staff under a collective pseudonym, Hajime Yatate. They also operated a defunct video-game studio, Sunrise Interactive. Sunrise launched a light-novel publisher, Yatate Bunko Imprint, on September 30, 2016 to publish original titles and supplement their existing franchises with new materials. Anime created by Sunrise which have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix are Mobile Suit Gundam in 1979 and the first half of 1980, Space Runaway Ideon in the second half of 1980, Crusher Joe (a co-production with Studio Nue) in 1983, Dirty Pair in 1985, Future GPX Cyber Formula in 1991, Gundam SEED in 2002, Gundam SEED Destiny in 2004 and 2005, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion in 2006 and 2007 and Code Geass R2 in 2008, making Sunrise the studio which won the largest number of Animage Awards.

Toshihiro Ono

Toshihiro Ono (小野 敏洋, Ono Toshihiro, born February 27, 1965) is a Japanese manga artist and graphic novelist. He was born in Aichi, Japan.

He is best known for the Pokémon manga based on the animation series: "The Electric Tale of Pikachu" published by Viz Media (known as Dengeki Pikachu and published by Shogakukan in Japan). He also illustrated the first two volumes of the Crest of the Stars trilogy, and draws hentai under the pen name of Kamirenjaku Sanpei.

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