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We Need More Space Operas
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Posted 4/22/14 , edited 4/22/14
So it took me 11 years to get around to watching Firefly. I mainly don't watch American TV, only a show here and there that looks interesting to me, but people raved about Firefly saying it was similar to like Cowboy Bebop. And yeah it sort of is, much more American flavor and less dynamic action, but yeah it has that same episodic poetry type of feeling.

So while watching it I started remembering all the good times I have had with Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, The Mars Day Break, Gun X Sword, Trigun, all of the stuff based on Leiji Matsumoto's work like Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999. I have noticed though, we really haven't had a good Space Opera in a long time. We mainly have boy meets girl style Mechas these days that star teenagers looking for love like Gargantua, Valvrave, Star Driver, and Infinite Stratos.

It really makes me sad that a lot of animes have transitioned from being well rounded stories into teenage romantic dramas in space. Don't get me wrong, I like romance well enough, but when you keep repeating boy meets girl stories over and over again they just lose their punch. I want some throw back to the old days where animes had arcs with morals to them and lessons about life. Even Vandread which was somewhat of a harem had a wide range of tales and didn't solely focus on a primary romance, in fact the primary romance in Vandread was more of an objective or outside view on our cultural romantic practices as a whole.

God I really miss that genre.

I apologize after thinking it over Gargantua was close, it was like one step away from doing it right.
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Posted 4/22/14
I always wish we need an anime equivalent to Mass Effect. read: not a mass effect anime, but an anime similar in scope and epic awesomeness.
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Captain Harlock movie came out on disc release not too long ago. (it was good)

Yamato 2199 remaster also finished airing last year. (it was good)

Space anime is generally the best anime.
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Posted 4/22/14

aidenraine wrote:

I always wish we need an anime equivalent to Mass Effect. read: not a mass effect anime, but an anime similar in scope and epic awesomeness.


^ this would be epic x10000
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Yep I too miss the days watching a crew of great characters embark on a vast space adventure, it really is a shame that most anime nowadays are centered around a high-school setting.

On the subject of Firefly it's probably my favorite western show if anyone is holding out on watching it don't wait any more, you can see it basically anywhere. I always felt the show had more in common with Outlaw Star than Cowboy Bebop personally, but whatever.
It's life was cut short because of idiot television executives which sucks because firefly had such and interesting lore and setting

Posted 4/22/14
I'm rather picky about my space operas, so I haven't seen most of them, but I still want to voice my support for your opinion. Its not just an anime thing either. I remember hearing an expert on film say something like "Every film has to have a romance subplot". Its almost an industry standard and that tagged on romance aspect is present almost everywhere now.

Bodacious Space Pirates, despite the name and characters, was actually a space anime that I really enjoyed and didn't have much of a tagged on romance, though it was still about teenagers. But I suppose that lowers my credibility a bit lol

I'd really like to see a series similar to Star Trek: Voyager - about a crew lost in the midst of exploration trying to get home. Or maybe a continuation of something like Voices of a Distant Star - but even that short piece had a tagged on romance lol (well, to be fair, it was rather good and somewhat necessary).
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Star Wars was the best space operas I ever watched.
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seekerperson7 wrote:

I'm rather picky about my space operas, so I haven't seen most of them, but I still want to voice my support for your opinion. Its not just an anime thing either. I remember hearing an expert on film say something like "Every film has to have a romance subplot". Its almost an industry standard and that tagged on romance aspect is present almost everywhere now.

Bodacious Space Pirates, despite the name and characters, was actually a space anime that I really enjoyed and didn't have much of a tagged on romance, though it was still about teenagers. But I suppose that lowers my credibility a bit lol

I'd really like to see a series similar to Star Trek: Voyager - about a crew lost in the midst of exploration trying to get home. Or maybe a continuation of something like Voices of a Distant Star - but even that short piece had a tagged on romance lol (well, to be fair, it was rather good and somewhat necessary).


Actually it doesn't lower your credibility. It actually lowers mine. I didn't really enjoy the show. Not because it had pretty girls or because I thought it was superficial or anything like that but rather the opposite. The story of Bodacious Space Pirates was largely told through dialogue, even the action was often portrayed through dialogue. There was so much dialogue and use of technical terms and ideas, that the show honestly lost me. I mean what was it, like 3 to 4 episodes where Marika and Chiaki were having a hacking battle with someone that was literally just portrayed through the back and forth they were having? I actually want to like the show, but it's a rare show that seems more like a test that I haven't studied for rather than a lesson.
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Posted 4/22/14
I have this list of scifi novels I'd like to see get anime'd.

Most of them aren't space opera per se; though.

That being said, Startide Rising would be the perfectest anime ever.
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Heroic Age!
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I agree with OP and suggest you guys check out Sidonia no Kishi, I'm really liking it. I has a slow burning, mature sci-fi feel to it, and we're only two episodes in.
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Heroic Age!


That was a wonderful anime, one of my favorites in fact, but I think I'd call that a Space Epic actually. It was based off of Hercules and greek mythology.
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xxJing wrote:


waverat81 wrote:

Heroic Age!


That was a wonderful anime, one of my favorites in fact, but I think I'd call that a Space Epic actually. It was based off of Hercules and greek mythology.


I had never even considered the term "Space Epic".
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waverat81 wrote:


xxJing wrote:


waverat81 wrote:

Heroic Age!


That was a wonderful anime, one of my favorites in fact, but I think I'd call that a Space Epic actually. It was based off of Hercules and greek mythology.


I had never even considered the term "Space Epic".


Well I generally think of the term Space Opera as suggesting a show that takes place in Space but generally involves fairly normal people in odd or adventurous situations and generally has some kind of episodic or poetic nature. On the other hand I consider an Epic to be a story about extraordinary people doing heroic or extraordinary things for some noble purpose. Heroic Age and Toward Terra would fit into that category. I mean Age was nearly invincible, only the 4th heroic tribe person on the Silver Clan's side could really do anything to him. He destroyed pretty much everyone else.
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Posted 4/22/14 , edited 4/22/14
Ever get into the Gundam stuff? Theres usually a 'boy meets girl' element, but its always amidst the backdrop of war, and much of the focus is on howit affects the characters(and giant robots pew pew). Frequently their allegiances change based on the political climate adding to the 'soapyness' of it as old friends become new enemies and vice versa..


Check out Gundam Seed!
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