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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NLE5MW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Through fear and conquest, the Empire of Valdana holds the future of most of human space within its the iron hands ... and for generations, those hands have belonged to the Landless Lords of the ruling Tytania dynasty. But now the foundation of the empire

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From 1988 through 1991, Yoshiki Tanaka had been working on his novel "Tytania". Well-known for his work on epics such as "Legend of the Galactic Heroes" and "The Heroic Legend of Arsland", Tanaka has created three other novels that have not yet seen completion: "Sohryuden: Legend of the Dragon Kings" (created in 1987 and is still ongoing), "Tytania" (created in 1988 and is still ongoing) and "Yakushiji Ryoko no Kaiki Jikenbo" (createed in 1996 and is still ongoing) and although not completed, each of Tanaka's work has received anime adaptations.

For "Tytania", there has not been a novel released since 1991, but in 2008, an anime adaptation of the first three novels went into production and premiered on NHK's BS2 satellite channel.

With a new Yoshiki Tanaka anime series, what best than to have someone who is familiar with Tanaka's works direct this sci-fi epic and what best than one of the most well-known sci-fi anime directors of all-time, Noboru Ishiguro ("Legend of the Galactic Heroes", "Megazone 23', "Super Dimension Century Orguss", "Super Dimension Fortress Macross") to lead the project.

Others joining Ishiguro include composer Hiroshi Takaki ("Dragonaut-The Resonance", "Beet the Vandel Buster", "Sky Girls"), legendary character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto ("Super Dimension Fortress Macross", "Megazone 23', "Macross 7', "Gunbuster") who designed the original character designs and character designer Noboru Sugmitsu ("Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino", "Legend of Condor Hero") who based his work of Mikimoto's original character designs, art director Yasutoshi Kawai ("Suzuka", "Pokemon" movies) and legendary mechanical designer Kazutaka Miyatake ("Macross" series, "Gunbuster", "Dirty Pair Flash" OAV's) and Koji Ito ("Full Metal Panic!", "Cybuster").
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 4, 2013
Tytania is a series, in short, that follows the exploits of the rulers of the Universe (the Dukes of Tytania) and how an unknown Admiral (Fan Hyulick) defeated a Tytanian fleet when he wasn't supposed to. Since he didn't take the dive, the effects of the near-destruction of a Tytanian fleet gave many of the nations around the Universe the strength to rebel.

Oh, add in to that fact that there is in-fighting amongst the Tytanian Dukes, loyalties are as cheap as they are for the Borgia family of Renaissance Italy, and Tytania has no land. Yes, they rule the galaxy from a massive space fortress called Uraniborg, which also houses their immense fleet of starfighters and other spacecraft. The leading families of Tytania also act as emissaries, going on diplomatic missions to try and quell the uprisings before it turns into an all-out rebellion, but what are their own motives? Nothing in Tytania is what it seems...

Plot

As the title of this review implies, Tytania is a series that very much focuses on the politics of running an empire. While it is technically a space opera, the basic tenets of the story would apply with the administration of any large kingdom that is spread over a large territory. Minor spoiler: in the first episode, we see a young Duke of Tytania commanding an impressive fleet of fighter spacecraft. His ship, the Golden Sheep, is reminiscent of the starfighters in Star Wars (only it is a goldenrod color). Suddenly, a curtain opens in the Golden sheep, revealing a young man with long blond hair casually sipping tea in what appears to be a stage decorated like a Georgian parlor. He engages the fleet led by the unknown Admiral Fan Hyulick (whom they comment on as it being rude to send out an unknown to battle a Duke! The horror!
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I know the one star rating seems harsh, but I have several compelling reasons for this low rating. First is price. I am watching this series on Hulu Plus with my regular subscription. But imagine my surprise that the 13 episode collection is priced at $45! Sentai has a serious pricing problem.

The series was produced in 2008 and based off a manga which is still ongoing apparently. The manga was based off three novels written in the late 80s, which has not been concluded.

The premise and story sound interesting, but the anime producers seriously dropped the ball on what could have been a great series. The first and most egregious sin is the horrible CGI work for the space battles. It looks like animation from 2000 rather than 2008. I would have preferred hand drawn spaceships to go with the more nostalgic feel of the story. I mean, the novels were written in the 80s, I think it would have been neat to use classic late 80s early 90s animation techniques. Regardless, it looks cheesy with the CGI.

Also, the characters are rather stale and flat. Being a space opera, I expect that the characters would be a huge draw. Instead they seem rather archetypal and not realistic. It seems everyone just sticks to their character model no matter the situation.

I am still watching on Hulu, and if the series suddenly takes a turn for the better, I will certainly update this review. But as of now it fails to impress me. Also, the price vs episode quantity is a bit high for something being shown on a $7.95/mo streaming service.
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