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Stellvia - Foundation I (Vol. 1) (2004)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CHK0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A green universe filled with gas. This is the universe that I know. But I long to see the color of the universe as it appeared to the people of the past when they had gazed upon it. -Shima Katas. In 2167, the Earth was catastrophically damaged by a nearby supernova that had exploded. The explosion sent an electromagnetic wave of radiation that swept over the Earth. Now 186 year later, another more destructive wave, known as "The Second Wave", is on it’s way to Earth…

15 year-old computer genius Shima Katase has been dreaming of going up into space longer than she can remember. So when given the chance to enter space piloting school she jumps at the chance. However, piloting is a lot more complicated than programming a computer. But what if she were to combine the two… Genius or troublemaker, Shima is certainly going to be making a name for herself among the faculty as the Second Wave approaches…

The sci-fi adventure Stellvia plays like a cross between Battle Athletes and Pilot Candidate. In 2356, 15-year-old computer whiz Shima Katase enters the elite Space Academy Stellvia. She's something of a klutz, and complicates matters by reprogramming her ship's guidance system and the school's master computer. She befriends a standard array of kawaii ("cute") girl cadets, and a few boys. Of course, more is at stake than training a new class of recruits: when the star Hydrus Beta (sic) went supernova 189 years earlier, the explosion devastated Earth. Now a second wave of particles is due to strike, and only the Great Mission can block it. Will Shima be among the few candidates who qualify to take part in it? The utter lack of suspense takes all the excitement out of this bland, recycled adventure. (Rated 13 and older, but suitable for viewers 3 years younger: very minor cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic SF theme with a touch of Harry Potter February 22, 2005
By Matic
Heinlein's "Space Cadet" defined the theme - exceptional young students go into space and realize their potential training aboard a space station. It's a premise that works, and Stellvia - Foundation is a good example. There is a nice mix of characters who have interest and room to grow, and our young female protagonist's personality is a nice combination of hopeless with great potential. Stellvia isn't terribly original, and it's not especially deep, but will suprise you on occasion. For instance, the backdrop is that of an earth once nearly destroyed by the energy from a not-distant-enough supernova... now, roughly 200 years later the heavier particles from the same event approach and threaten the planet and its colonies, a plausible threat which could come from a "hard" SF novel and one suprisingly mature for anime. Stellvia is a odd duck, a mix of good science fiction and rather childlike storytelling which in the end combine to make an enjoyable watch for kids and adults alike. You may not be blown away by this title... but I bet you will enjoy yourself watching it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellvia of the Universe January 5, 2005
Gunbuster and Battle Athletes are two two of my favorite anime. My first "real" anime experience was Sailor Moon. So it should be no surprise that I absolutely love any anime about an anti-hero protagonist (dark and brooding suits me fine but there's a special place in my heart for klutzy and cute) triumphing over impossible odds to become the savior of the planet. I also LOVE the show Martian Successor Nadesico, so when I heard that a new show was coming out that was made by some of the same people...

Stellvia (or Stellvia of the Universe as it is called on some Websites), is similar to the aforementioned classics, but the overall quality of the entire show will be hard to guage until more of the show comes out (as it has been said that it MAJORLY switches into high gear somewhere around episode eight). From what I've seen so far, I don't think I'll be disappointed.

The animation in the show is high quality, and the character designs are clean and attractive, possessing a somewhat cute, yet very sincere appeal. The CGI is quite nice in the space combat scenes, and overall the show is pleasing to the eye (partially due to it's bright color palette). The only downside to the visuals is perhaps the sparse backgrounds of the space stations (no big deal).

The music is of high quality, and only grows on you over time. Everything has a somewhat cheerful, uplifting sweetness to it. The sound effects are up to par, but it's really the voice acting that you'll care about.

I've seen some truly bad English dubs in my time (and especially recently), but some of the best I've ever seen were the ones for Battle Athletes Victory and Martian Successor Nadesico. This show easily matches them in quality thus far.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprise of a series! January 6, 2006
I loved this series, I thought it was done very well in animation and music and the whole picture. This is similar to the plotline of Neon Genesis Evangelion, but not as messy or gory or intense as NGE is.

Watching the first episode, I thought it was going to be a stupid kiddie anime so I didn't watch the second episode for a very long time. When I finally did, it was a little slow but I gave it a chance and I'm very glad I did.

While it is still geared towards the younger groups of anime watchers, the story was universal. A young girl has a dream to help save the world by going to an exclusive school off-world. She gets there, makes friends, does really well and eventually ends up finding love and self-confidence and a way to save the world. There are times where I'm reminded of the age gap I have over the characters, but there's enough in the plot to interest me in continuing to the next episode.

The competition within the school is a worldwide theme and the games and practices for those games are very interesting. The characters everyone looks up to in the series are very interesting. I love the ninja, he is just too cool.

If you are trying to get someone into anime that is younger, or if you're trying to get into anime and don't like lots of violence or gore I would recommend this series. I also recommend this series to someone who loves the sci-fi "We've gotta save the world!" type of shows. I am a sci-fi and fantasy geek and I liked it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Anime fans! May 23, 2005
I am not an Anime fan, (although I am a science fiction fan), and I totally fell in love with Stellvia!

One of the things I liked about Stellvia was that I could relate to it. The characters are very well defined. Each one is an individual, and it doesn't take long to catch on to what each person's goals are in the context of the story, and begin to understand why they act in certain ways.

The story is set in a school, which is also something that's easy to relate to, but the situations the characters get into are much more exciting and interesting than anything I experienced at school!

Maybe this is typical in Japan, but I was struck by how characters have so many different colors of hair! Besides what I would call "typical" colors from blond through black, there is green, red, violet.... Whatever inspired it, it's a great artistic choice; it helps tell the characters apart (especially if you're not used to watching Anime), and makes them look cool!

Underneath the interesting characters and cool art is a nice sci-fi concept concerning danger to the Earth. It's not too complicated, so it's easy to understand, but it's somewhat original so it's not boring. I only got a chance to watch Foundation I, and I'm so curious about how the story ends!
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