Plot: What’s it about?
Jinto Lin is a young man who lives on Martine, a planet with human inhabitants and a peaceful nature. His father is even the president and when an alien force threatens to invade, Martine has few options to browse. The invaders are from the Abh Empire and without even a single shot fired, the Abh take control of Martine and in the process, Jinto becomes a part of the Abh culture, one of the royals, in fact. As such, Jinto is sent off to learn about the ways of the Abh culture, from the language to the most basic of functions. As time passes, Jinto begins to grow up and soon enough, he wishes to join the Star Forces, part of the Abh’s military system. But with all his schooling & training to discover the Abh culture, Jinto had never actually met one, until now. His first meeting is with Lafiel, a beautiful young woman who knows she is such, without a doubt. These two have just been introduced, but when the threat of galactic warfare is posed, they’ll have to leave their future in the past, in order to keep the Abh’s control intact.
I’d been interested in this series for some time, so I decided to take the plunge and I have to say, I wish I would have found this series sooner. This first volume contains episodes one through four and already, I can tell Crest of the Stars will be excellent. A lot of times, an anime series will start off rather slow, then begin to weave in the storylines, but that isn’t the case here. I could tell from the first episode this was a story driven series, so I cannot wait to view additional volumes, to discover which paths the characters take. It has been a while since an anime series pulled me in so fast, so I was a little surprised, but also very pleased. It seems like a lot of subtle touches will be found in Crest of Stars, as even in this first batch of episodes, the attention to detail is excellent. The animation here looks good and should satisfy genre fans, although it never reaches the elite levels, but it never looks less than solid. So this series is more than worth a look to anime fans, especially those looking for fresh material. This disc from Pioneer has four total episodes and is worth the cash, but I do wish the video was better in some spots.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame transfers, as intended. I was a little let down here, as I saw some instances of pixel breakup and other compression errors, but these weren’t extreme, by any means. Even so, they are evident and deserve a mention, as you can see the blocks in some of the scenes with fog, smoke, or haze. The colors seem solid enough, as the blue hues dominate as they should, with no real issues to report. The image levels here are more than watchable in the end, but I think the episodes should have looked better than this.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio here is rather basic in design, but comes through well enough and should please all viewers. Pioneer has included both Japanese & English language options and of course, I recommend the Japanese track here. This series is dominated by dialogue, so don’t expect much else and you won’t be let down. The vocals seem clean and crisp here, with no volume errors to mention and no clarity issues either. The music and sound effects are all well presented, but keep in mind, this one is ruled by the spoken word. This disc also includes optional English subtitles, in case you’re hard of hearing or don’t speak Japanese.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a textless opening, which is a staple on most anime releases.