Crest of the Stars

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Crest of the Stars
The crest of the Ahb royal family
Original Manga NA
Director/Artist Yasuchika Nagaoka
Format Anime (TV)
Made By Bandai Visual
Episode Length 22
# of Eps/Volumes 13


Sci-Fi, Drama

Sum it up in a Sentence:

In a galaxy gearing up for war, homeworld-dispossessed teenager is accidentally appointed to alien royalty; humans dick around, teenager must be escorted to safety by alien pilot, slow-burning romance and adventure results.

Shorter Sum it up in a sentence:

Jumpsuits, politics, bath scene.

Main Description

Based on a sci-fi novel series, Crest of the Stars (Seikai no Monsho) is the first installment in this sci-fi saga. The story follows Jinto, a young prince, whose world was taken over by the largest Empire in the galaxy: The Abh. Jinto's father handed their world over to the Abh in exchange for a standing in the Abh Empire. As a result, Jinto became a prince and was shipped off for an Abh Education. Later he meets a princess of the Abh Empire, Lafiel, whom he quickly attempts to befriend despite her cold exterior. When a confederation of human planets sparks a heavily propagandized rebellion, the Abh empire is quickly forced into war and the story continues from there...

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Personal Opinions

Big Big Moon

Crest of the Stars was my first anime serial, so I may be a bit biased, but it's one of the most well-written, fleshed-out series I've laid eyes on. The characters, while few and far between, are complex and likeable, and the reversed perspective in which humanity is portrayed as a belligerent, irrational, hateful, spoiled race is extremely unique and interesting among the vast wasteland of traditional "alien invasion" stories. Action fans should avoid this series at all costs, as space battles are very rare and designed with scientific accuracy in mind; i.e., no Spanish galleon faceoffs. Very boring. Crest of the Stars is all about politics, dialogue, and perspective. Terrible if you're in the mood to see something get its ass kicked, amazing when viewed with an open mind.


This is easily one of the best sci-fi shows to be released, ever, and a textbook example of perfect character development across a long-running series (in this case; three series of thirteen episodes). Even though the entire galaxy is at war by the second season (Banner of the Stars), the focus is always in Jinto and Lafiel, and just watching them build up their relationship from strangers in the first series to bickering like a married couple by the end of the third is worth watching. In this case definitely, it's the journey not the destination that makes it a classic.


Can't wait to start Banner of the Stars. 9/10


Offical Crest of the Stars Homepage (Japanese)