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Banner of the Stars Vol. 3: Only the Beginning (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Bandai Entertainment/Sunrise
Genre: Anime, Science Fiction Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

The Imperial Star Forces has suffered a catastrophic blow under the might of the United Mankinds new weapon! Admiral Bebaus is faced with losing nearly half his fleet and the main battle has only just begun! On the front lines, the Basroil's doing the best it can, but despite their valiant efforts it looks like the battle may be lost! Lafiel, who is an Imperial princess, isn't used to losing and she isn't about to start now. And just when things look their darkest... disaster strikes! Will Lafiel and Jinto survive this latest challenge?

Contains episodes 10-13:

  • Shooting Star
  • The Flaming Battlefield
  • The Battle for Aptic Gate
  • The Shape of Bonds
Special Features:
  • Illustration Gallery

GreenCine Member Reviews

Fitting end to an excellent series by hneline1 June 8, 2003 - 9:08 PM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
What a fitting end to an excellent series -- these last four episodes conclude the tale of Operation Phantom Flame and the battle for Aptic gate, and it's heart-thumpingly thrilling. There are new weapons to combat, a faceless enemy with unknown firepower, ships that get hit, incompetent leadership, sister fleets that may not appear in time, and will the Basroil really escape unharmed? Maybe, maybe not... There is no sugarcoating of death in war in this series. It's worth watching to the very end, and you will want to -- similar to the previous series, Crest of the Stars, there is an important tidbit dropped after the closing credits.

The Extras are excellent as usual, with writer Hiroyuki Morioka explaining what compromises he made to make close range combat possible and what happened with voice actor Kaneto Shiozawa, who plays Dusanyu. Also, for Crest/Banner fans, this is not the end -- Banner of the Stars II is coming out on DVD in the U.S. very soon.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 8.34)
137 Votes
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An excellent Hard SF offering well-developed in all respects thanks to its great narrative depth. As one of a handful of anime series to be based on a series of novels, it has a distinct SF-novel feel.
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