Plot: What’s it about?
The conflict on Febdash continues, as the Barons chase Lafiel and Jinto across the lands, with the assistance of their vassals. The two seem to remain a step ahead however and soon, Lafiel offers an escape to those who aid them, which makes some of the Barons’ lesser peasants think twice about their support. This stroke enrages the Baron, who thinks it is a bluff and it only serves to push the conflict even more toward a destructive end. Soon however, Jinto and Lafiel leave the Barons behind and get back on track, as they need to deliver the warning message about the fleets as soon as possible. But as the tide has already started to change, it seems like they’re too late, so they decide to take alternate actions. After a quick crash landing on the planet, the twosome keeps a low profile and relies on news reports to keep tabs on the situation. Now Lafiel needs to become someone else, or risk running into some serious trouble and at this point, more trouble is the last thing these two need to contend with.
I’d been impressed by the first volume and even more impressed by the second one, so to say I had high expectations here would be an understatement. Of course, I had some doubts about this third volume, as I knew it would be hard to keep up such a level of content, especially over a number of episodes like this. But in any event, I couldn’t wait to check out these next three episodes, as the story of Crest of the Stars continued. As I watched the episodes, I was very pleased to find that the level of excellence is more than upheld, as more small stories kick into gear and our main themes start to pick up some serious steam. At any given moment, you can see several threads crossed in terms of storyline, but it never gets confusing, not even for a second. You need to pay attention to soak it all in, of course, but it never moves too fast or leaves us behind. I am quite impressed with the depth this series has, both in terms of plot and character work, as both are very well done here. This series has had me locked in since the opening moments, so I highly recommend it to anime fans and of course, I hope to see more of the series from Pioneer soon.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame transfers, as intended. After a rough start in the first volume, the video improved a lot in the second volume and that trend continues here, so no real problems to report. The image is clean and shows minimal flaws, aside from a couple of minor color issues here & there. On the whole however, colors seem bold and remain true, while black levels are sharp and well refined at all times. Another great looking set of episodes, so let’s hope future Crest of the Stars discs keep up this good work.
Audio: How does it sound?
No real complaints to make here, as the episodes sound terrific and as usual, Pioneer has included both Japanese & English language options. I side with the original language as per usual, but it is nice to have both included, as some folks prefer English audio with their anime releases. The audio sounds like a cleaner, sharper version of a television mix, with some good left-to-right movements and a solid overall scope. I heard no errors at all, as the music, sound effects, and dialogue all sound clear and rich in both mixes. This disc also houses optional English subtitles, should you need those.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This includes further text information on the Abh, as well as the second textless ending, both of which are welcome inclusions.