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Lucas Gilbertson ... Adm. Rulef (1 episode, 2000)

Series Directed by
Yasuchika Nagaoka (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Tsutomu Makiya (unknown episodes)
Yûichirô Takeda (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Mikihiro Iwata .... producer (unknown episodes)
Masaki Kaifu .... producer (unknown episodes)
Korefumi Seki .... producer (unknown episodes)
Tsutomu Sugita .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Katsuhisa Hattori (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Hisao Shirai (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Tomoaki Okada (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hitoyuki Matsui .... unit director (unknown episodes)
Keitarô Motonaga .... unit director (unknown episodes)
Osamu Nabeshima .... unit director (unknown episodes)
Yasuchika Nagaoka .... unit director (unknown episodes)
Yukio Nishimoto .... unit director (unknown episodes)
Yoshio Suzuki .... unit director (unknown episodes)
Shuji Yoshida .... unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Noriyuki Abe .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Takami Akai .... ending illustrations / storyboard artist / ... (unknown episodes)
Keiichi Eda .... visual concept (unknown episodes)
Kunihiko Inoue .... mechanical designer (unknown episodes)
Hiyotuki Matsui .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Yasuhiro Moriki .... mechanical designer (unknown episodes)
Osamu Nabeshima .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Yasuchika Nagaoka .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Yukio Nishimoto .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Susumu Nishizawa .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Yoshitomo Yonetani .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Shunji Yoshida .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Mitsuru Ôwa .... mechanical designer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Brad Belden .... recording engineer (13 episodes, 2000)

Katsuyoshi Kobayashi .... sound director (unknown episodes)
Hideo Koyama .... sound effects (unknown episodes)
Shizuo Kurahashi .... sound effects (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Yasuhisa Kato .... animation director (unknown episodes)
Rie Nakajima .... animation director (unknown episodes)
Takuro Shinbo .... animation director (unknown episodes)
Masanori Shino .... chief mechanical animation director (unknown episodes)
Noboru Takahashi .... animation director (unknown episodes)
Keisuke Watabe .... character designer / chief mechanical animation director (unknown episodes)
Kohei Yoneyama .... animation director (unknown episodes)
Ken Ôtsuka .... character designer / chief character animation director (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Leland Miller .... video post-production (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Seikai no senki" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:25 min (13 episodes)

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A profoundly moving experience on many different levels, 11 April 2006
Author: David Brown from The ATL

In my opinion, this is one of those truly special anime that only come along every so often. I had the pleasure of first being exposed to it during a late night movie room screening at Animazement 2003, in Durham, North Carolina. This series is almost sort of comparable Star Trek, but the Abh are far more visually appealing than the Klingons. OK, all joking aside, it's honestly much more than a relatively simplistic Star Trek could ever hope to be, IMHO. The meticulous creator Hiroyuki Morioka even went as far as to create an entire Abh language complete with its own esoteric set of characters(As a linguist I can tell you that the study of this language is far more rewarding than Klingon; joking again =).

As for my serious take on the actual series itself, it's definitely sci-fi inspired, but has much more depth than the typically nerdy, emotionless, and one dimensional movies or series of similar genre. You'll enjoy the action as the battles and various intricate strategies that are mapped out before your eyes are tactically interesting and visually entertaining as well, however, you'll most likely find yourself entirely enraptured by the softer down time moments of heart-tugging interaction between the protagonist Jinto and his ship captain and heiress to the Abh throne, Lafiel. The music is absolutely superb and flows with the various emotional directions the series takes quite well. I especially loved the hauntingly longing and beautiful ending theme song PINK by Yuamu. In fact, the series could really be summed up very well by that heartfelt score itself. If you are more so interested in finding something a bit more action-laden, then you should probably look elsewhere as this series has plenty of slower more philosophically and emotionally charged moments. Seikai no Senki is indeed an epic journey, not merely in terms of intergalactic conquest but more poignantly in terms of displaying the various threads that constitute the elaborate human tapestry and the complex difficulties in understanding it. I personally related very well to the meek, kindhearted Jinto and his earnest internal struggle in regards to finding a place in which to belong and people he truly belongs with. This series really does a splendid job at portraying all the fears, hopes, joys and despair that comprise the uniquely human experience on this earth, or in the case of Seikai no Senki...the romantically vast and seemingly endless cosmos.

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