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 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 35)
Hiro Yuuki ... Claude C. Kenny (4 episodes, 2001)
Mayumi Iizuka ... Rena Lanford (4 episodes, 2001)
Ken'ichi Ogata ... Village Headman Regius (3 episodes, 2001)
Fumiko Orikasa ... Westa (3 episodes, 2001)
Ikuya Sawaki ... Ronixis L. Kenny (2 episodes, 2001)
Hikaru Midorikawa ... Allen (2 episodes, 2001)
Megumi Matsumoto ... Yuki (2 episodes, 2001)
Daisuke Kishio ... Hooligan A / ... (2 episodes, 2001)
Kenji Hamada ... Hooligan C / ... (2 episodes, 2001)

Series Directed by
Hiroshi Watanabe (26 episodes, 2001)
Ryôki Kamitsubo (6 episodes, 2001)
Shunji Yoshida (6 episodes, 2001)
Yukihiro Matsushita (5 episodes, 2001)
Toshiya Niidome (5 episodes, 2001)
Shigetaka Ikeda (3 episodes, 2001)
Series Writing credits
Ken'ichi Kanemaki (26 episodes, 2001)
Mayori Sekijima (26 episodes, 2001)
Satoru Nishizono (7 episodes, 2001)
Kenichi Araki (5 episodes, 2001)
Katsuhiko Takayama (3 episodes, 2001)

Series Produced by
Fukashi Azuma .... producer: TV Tokyo (26 episodes, 2001)
Keisuke Iwata .... planner: TV Tokyo (26 episodes, 2001)
Kôji Taguchi .... planner (26 episodes, 2001)
Masahiro Toyosumi .... producer (26 episodes, 2001)
Tetsuya Watanabe .... planner (26 episodes, 2001)
Taihei Yamanishi .... producer (26 episodes, 2001)

Yukio Kusumoto .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Motoi Sakuraba (26 episodes, 2001)
Series Cinematography by
Koji Aoki (26 episodes, 2001)
Yoshito Kuwa (26 episodes, 2001)
Series Film Editing by
Seiji Morita (26 episodes, 2001)
Series Art Direction by
Shunichiro Yoshihara (26 episodes, 2001)
Series Production Management
Hiroshi Ishii .... production manager (26 episodes, 2001)

Ito Junya .... general production manager (unknown episodes)
Ishii Koji .... general production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Akihiro Hirasawa .... artboards (26 episodes, 2001)
Shinji Matsumoto .... color key (26 episodes, 2001)
Yukihiro Matsushita .... storyboard artist (12 episodes, 2001)
Junji Nishimura .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 2001)
Toshiya Niidome .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2001)
Series Sound Department
Hidemitsu .... sound design: eNa (26 episodes, 2001)
Mika Kamemoto .... assistant recording director (26 episodes, 2001)
Hiromi Kikuta .... sound director (26 episodes, 2001)
Yasushi Nagura .... recording engineer: Digital Circus (26 episodes, 2001)
Eri Shirasaki .... sound production supervisor (26 episodes, 2001)
Emi Takanashi .... sound design: eNa (26 episodes, 2001)
Series Special Effects by
Masanori Fujimoto .... special effects (4 episodes, 2001)
Kayo Kojio .... digital works: Studio Bihou (3 episodes, 2001)
Tomomi Nakajima .... digital works: Studio Bihou (3 episodes, 2001)
Shôichi Uehara .... special effects (3 episodes, 2001)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Yûka Hagiwara .... digital camera operator: Studio Triangle (2 episodes, 2001)
Mikiteru Honda .... digital camera operator: Studio Triangle (2 episodes, 2001)
Shinichi Igarashi .... digital camera operator: Studio Triangle (2 episodes, 2001)
Masashi Kamiki .... digital camera operator: Studio Triangle (2 episodes, 2001)
Tomohiro Nishikawa .... digital camera operator: Studio Triangle (2 episodes, 2001)
Jin Saito .... camera operator: Studio Triangle / digital camera operator: Studio Triangle (2 episodes, 2001)
Risa Yamagata .... digital camera operator: Studio Triangle (2 episodes, 2001)
Katsutoshi Ôi .... digital camera operator: Studio Triangle (2 episodes, 2001)
Series Animation Department
Mayumi Azuma .... original character designer (26 episodes, 2001)
Ayako Kurata .... character designer / animation director / ... (26 episodes, 2001)
Masanori Fujimoto .... color designer (4 episodes, 2001)
Masaaki Kannan .... animation director (4 episodes, 2001)
Chûji Nakajima .... animation director / key animator (4 episodes, 2001)
Kazumi Satô .... animation director (4 episodes, 2001)
Kozue Arai .... cel painter (3 episodes, 2001)
Yoshiko Hatake .... animation director (3 episodes, 2001)
Kaori Higashida .... background artist: Studio Bihou (3 episodes, 2001)
Akiko Igarashi .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Hiroko Kanehara .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Akiko Kumada .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Mariko Mima .... cel painter (3 episodes, 2001)
Mutsumi Murata .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Masafumi Nakagawa .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Keiya Nakano .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Jin Nishino .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Megu Ootsubo .... inbetween checker (3 episodes, 2001)
Tôru Sawamura .... inbetween checker (3 episodes, 2001)
Hiroyuki Shimizu .... animation director (3 episodes, 2001)
Michie Suzuki .... background artist: Studio Bihou (3 episodes, 2001)
Yoshiyuki Tabata .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Shinji Takasuka .... background artist: Studio Bihou (3 episodes, 2001)
Atsuko Takigami .... background artist: Studio Bihou (3 episodes, 2001)
Hiroaki Tomita .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Chisato Tsumotani .... cel painter (3 episodes, 2001)
Yôichi Watanabe .... background artist: Studio Bihou (3 episodes, 2001)
Toshihiko Fukano .... key animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Akira Matsushima .... animation director / key animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Shingo Nishiyama .... key animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Tsutomu Nishiyama .... key animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Shingo Kurakari .... key animator (1 episode, 2001)

Oka Mariko .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Sakai Miwa .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Masato Onoda .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Hirayama Takahiro .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Kôji Makaino .... music arranger: "Hearts" (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Jun'ya Itô .... program manager: TV Tokyo (26 episodes, 2001)
Yoshinori Yamagishi .... supervisor (26 episodes, 2001)

Shunji Yoshida .... creative director (unknown episodes)

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3 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
If God was an anime he sure as hell wouldn't be this., 5 June 2006
Author: lostmercenary99 from United Kingdom

Oh hell yeah!!! Hard hitting non stop action accomplished with amazing directing and animation skills!!! Love it!!! Oh wait... no... that was the game.

This... this is just... well... bland. As a massive fan of the PSX game "Star Ocean: The Second Story" I was very eager to watch this anime when I first heard about it. Boy, was I in for one hell of a disappointment. While the writers try hard to keep the characters true to their game counterparts I don't think they are as believable. Claude in particular who is probably one of the biggest cliché hero's in anime history. The show seems to make the female characters go head over heals for the guy as soon as he meets them. Rena, Celene and whoever else you want to name. Claude's whole attitude is another example. Once he makes a decision, about something or someone, he changes his mind for no damned reason. Just so that the plot can move forward. And it moves forward like a cripple without a wheelchair. Ashton however is probably the best character in this anime and probably the shows biggest redeeming quality (he's the only reason I gave this show a 6/10 rating). he sticks more or less true to his video game counterpart and his scenes of humour are brilliant(in some cases better than the game).

Animation. It's more like a slide-show. Especially with the action. Over and over throughout the series it's the same repeated shots for battle scenes(e.g Claude's main attack). Maybe these guys should take some tips from Naruto or FMA on how to do a good anime fight. Maybe they were trying to stick to the method of what a games battle system was like or maybe they were just lazy sods through and through.

Music. Well I'm not entirely sure how to judge this. The soundtrack seems pretty lax at points but in others seems rock solid. Oh but I will mention I found the opening credits song "To the Light" extremely catchy even though some may disagree with it. Meh... is all I say to that.

Overall this is not really something to watch if your not familiar with the games story. Mainly because it ends on a sodding unresolved cliffhanger but that's not the only reason (see above for why else). This mainly serves as a bit of nostalgia for the fans of the game and that's about it.

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