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We Need More Space Operas
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Decent Space Anime

Knights of Sidonia New anime with good political, social, sci-fi and survival! On a cutting edge level like Psycho Pass
http://myanimelist.net/anime/19775/Sidonia_no_Kishi/



PLANETES Space Salvage and political themes with some lighter moments! Lots about space and rockets!
http://myanimelist.net/anime/329/Planetes


Stratos 4 Earth Defense against meteorites really realistic about launches etc!
http://myanimelist.net/anime/421/Stratos_4


Starship Operators Space Cadets vs a takever of their planet.Interesting because they are called rebels and then funded by a TV news network, One thing their ship is state of the art!
http://myanimelist.net/anime/342/Starship_Operators
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The Universal Century Gundam is the best space opera anime saga IMHO, specifically Mobile Suit Gundam and Zeta Gundam. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is very good because it's anything but a lighthearted Mecha Space Operas, the setting and plot showcases some of the darkest themes i've seen in anime, from betrayal to how devastating war effects us at the human level and separates us. I also consider it a political thriller to a certain extent. My hat goes off to Yoshiyuki Tomino for putting this master piece together, but he did mess up at the beginning of Gundam ZZ, making it all lighthearted and comedic.

For those who don't know, Universal Century Gundam=Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Gundam ZZ, Char's Counterattack ETC.
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Good idea, where are all the space opera anime at?
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Posted 8/8/14

Sephigi wrote:

Good idea, where are all the space opera anime at?


They were left behind in the late 90's. Time to build a time machine.

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Posted 8/8/14

vangosroth wrote:


Sephigi wrote:

Good idea, where are all the space opera anime at?


They were left behind in the late 90's. Time to build a time machine.



agreed and Space Opera>today's garbage
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vangosroth wrote:


Sephigi wrote:

Good idea, where are all the space opera anime at?


They were left behind in the late 90's. Time to build a time machine.



Well, as was pointed out at the beginning, there have been recent attempts (like the reboot of Space Battleship Yamato). However, the sales in Japan have not warranted the studios seeking out more space opera. Remember, like all other industries, money is driving factor.
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I agree with several others that Miniskirt Pace Pirates is the best example in the last few years ... its true that being from of shojo original work, it doesn't have the fight shishkabob of much shonen anime.
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You know what? we sure do.
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I want more space operas in general. I'd like more shows like Babylon 5. An anime like Babylon 5 would be awesome. GitS: SAC is the one that comes closest, with the political drama and use of literary and historical allusions by the characters. It did lack some on the humor side, though, and wasn't a space opera. I'd definitely take more shows like GitS:SAC, though.

Gargantia was like reverse Farscape meets Water World. I would also like more shows that Farscape, including the excellent use of puppets. Farscape would actually make a pretty good anime, especially since some of the goofier aspects would very easily translate to animation (they even did it in show, albeit with Looney Toons style animation).

At the end of the day, I really just want some shows that don't assume their audience are idiots.
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Yamato: 2199 is my Gold Standard for Space Operas

Vandread is pretty good but it's more ecchi comedy.

SDF Macross (NOT Robotech) is really good as well.
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ashiun wrote:

I am sooo pumped to see the Legend of the Galactic Heroes remake. I'm almost done the classic.


Hope they don't ruin it.
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Lowlights wrote:


ashiun wrote:

I am sooo pumped to see the Legend of the Galactic Heroes remake. I'm almost done the classic.


Hope they don't ruin it.


Legend of the Galactic Heroes is extremely philosophical so I am actually quite worried. It's also very male-centric, in a classic type of way.
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xxJing wrote:


Lowlights wrote:


ashiun wrote:

I am sooo pumped to see the Legend of the Galactic Heroes remake. I'm almost done the classic.


Hope they don't ruin it.


Legend of the Galactic Heroes is extremely philosophical so I am actually quite worried. It's also very male-centric, in a classic type of way.


I'd definitely liked to see it with revamped animation especially in a few scenes, but if they gut the main points of the show, it wouldn't be worth it.
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Lowlights wrote:

I'd definitely liked to see it with revamped animation especially in a few scenes, but if they gut the main points of the show, it wouldn't be worth it.


Thinking about it, Legend of the Galactic Heroes might offend some politically attuned Americans. After all it is probably one of the few animes where it eventually turns into a corrupt democracy versus a benevolent dictatorship, and the dictatorship wins. Reinhardt also set up a lot of public aid projects when he became Emperor, so there you have a positive exhibition of socialism.
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PLANETES Space Salvage and political themes with some lighter moments! Lots about space and rockets!
http://myanimelist.net/anime/329/Planetes




Wow somebody else who knows and likes Planetes! I was beginning to think I was the only one. I though the episode A Modest Proposal was hilarious. The only really bad thing I could point to in Planetes science wise was that the ISV7 space station was way to big. And the back story to Yuri Mihalkov was really moving to me.
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