Five Star Stories

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Summer is now in full blast in the Philippines, and I continue my march from the 2-month hiatus with a brief impression on Five Star Stories.  (Because if I aim for tl;dr type of writing the post is as good as dead.)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Five Star Stories (ファイブスター物語, Faibu Sutā Monogatari) is a manga series created by Nagano Mamoru, building on his work on the anime series Heavy Metal L-Gaim.

The story is staged at an alien cluster of four major planetary systems. The God of Light, Amaterasu, the immortal emperor of the Grees Kingdom on the planet Delta Belune, is destined to rule the whole Joker System. He and Lachesis, his bride and fatima, are the main characters of this epic story.

An anime film adaptation of the first volume, directed by Kazuo Yamazaki, was released in 1989.

It is unfortunate that mostly negative points are what I will remember about this show.

First off, the mechas are called Mortar Headds, which are piloted by humans with the help of ‘fatimas’, genetically engineered beings taking the form of a female.

This rings my alarm bells.  Actually, what raises my eyebrows are these fatimas are supposed to chose their ‘masters’, the headdliners who pilot the Mortar Headds.  And really call them ‘masters.’

I’m thinking the creator wanted to make this interesting but it just doesn’t sit well with me.  If compared with, say Vandread, I’d say Vandread was more fun.  I just can’t imagine this working in a serious setting.

Second, the mech fight happens only much later, in the last quarter of the movie.

Now it may be said that concentrating on the mech fights would not enable the world of Five Star Stories to be properly introduced.  But then, why not an OVA instead of letting us hanging?

The world of Five Star Stories is intriguing.  However, I cannot care about any of the characters that much, which is a bad sign.  One of the pre-requisites to liking a show are the presence of likeable characters.  I did care about Lachesis at first, but when she sported that new hairstyle I was turned off.  Looked like they wanted her to be ‘cute.’  Which backfires (at least on me).

Verdict:  It’s not that bad, but doesn’t stand out either.

2 responses »

  1. The five star stories OVA is generally considered to be quite poor in general.
    Apparently, the director had not even heard of the FSS and didn’t get the subtleties or the backhistories. In the manga, it is explained that fatimas are manufactured like parts and have no rights so their master is meant to protect them. hence, choosing the right one is rather important.
    If you really want to get into it more, you really should read the manga, at least what is available. It’s still ongoing afterall…

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