Crest of the Stars DVD
About Crest of the Stars DVD
Crest of the Stars DVD contains episodes 1-13 of the anime.
A massive, highly advanced alien civilization called the Abh Empire invades the human-inhabited planet of Martine. Outclassed, outgunned, and in an effort to avoid bloodshed, the standing president willingly surrenders the world in exchange for a place among the Abh aristocracy. Seven years later, his son meets a spirited Abh princess who will guide him through an impending intergalactic war.
Special Features: Passage of the Stars and Trailers.
- Publisher: FUNIMATION
- Media: DVD
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction
- Themes: Space
- Age Rating: 14+
- Run Time: 325
- Year Created: 1999
- Release Date: 12/4/2018
- Dimensional Weight: 0.5
- Region Code: 1
Ratings & Reviews
A stellar story of interstellar sociopolitics, warfare, and camaraderie
"Crest of the Stars" is a true classic anime, and I'm thrilled to see it get a rerelease.
The setting (environment, society, and even language) is painstakingly well-thought-out, but what really sells it are the lead characters, whom we get to know closely through their actions in adverse situations and their conversations as growing friends. If you enjoyed "Spice and Wolf" for the way it developed its characters, "CotS" is probably going to be right up your alley. That said, the anime is not free of problems, primarily some eyebrow-raising action choreography at the end.
Be forewarned that "CotS" is from 1997 and low-budget, and it shows. However, the visual direction definitely made good use of their resources, and it has aged passably as a result.
Also be forewarned that there's wide consensus that Bandai's original English dub is terrible. I agree with this assessment, even as someone who has recently enjoyed several '90s English dubs. Watch it subbed.
Feeling some strong (good!) emotions watching this again
by Chris -
Watching this DVD now, so many years after watching the series originally, is bringing back incredibly fond memories. I'm a bit surprised by my emotions actually. :-)
I'm thoroughly enjoying watching each episode again, and only wish that there were more shows like it today. I don't suppose we'll be lucky enough to ever get a remastered HD version on blu-ray, but I would certainly buy it if it ever was released.
Great show but DVD quality is worse than old version
I compared this new FUNi DVD to the old Bandai DVD and to my surprise the quality is actually worse on this. FUNi's video is a little more; cropped, blurry & other small artifacts. Its not a massive difference but if you're someone who really wants the best video quality seek out the old Bandai release. Its cheaper too.