Anyone else seen this great anime sci-fi epic? I am on episode 7 and already I think it’s one of the best series I have seen.
The basic background of the story is a war between the rulers of space, the Abhs,and a human resistance group. The Abhs are a genetically modified human race who rule space while vassalizing various planets in the galaxy. In the first episode they are shown succesfully conquering a human planet. The ruler of the planet strikes a deal with the Abhs and his son Jinto becomes part of the Abh nobility.
The focus of the story so far is the relationship between Jinto and Lafiel an Abh princess. Lafiel has the responsibility of escorting Jinto to safety when their ship gets caught in the war.
The great thing about the serial is that it doesn’t telegraph who the good guys and the bad guys are. The first episode is from the point of view the humans struggling to stay free. But later episodes show the Abh point of view.
The relationship between Lafiel and Jinto is very nicely done as well and goes well beyond the usual anime teenage cliches. A fair amoung of time is spent with the two just talking with each other and describing their background. I guess some people might not like the leisurely pace of the first few episodes but I found it refreshing.
The other thing the serial does well is to flesh out the Abh way of life. Every episode has a few tidbits about Abh ideology and technology and there is even a separate Abh language which we hear every now and then. Like the best sci-fi, it’s not just about cool space-ships and weapons but a different kind of society and culture.
Anyway a great series so far. Anyone else seen it?