I cannot even begin to count the number of times that I have re-watched Uchuu no Stellvia, and no matter the years that have passed and the new shows that have popped up, it remains to this day one of my most beloved series. I want to thank TRazor for instigating the Remembering Love series of blog posts, aimed at re-living those special moments from the anime closest to the heart all through the month of May, every Sunday.
Although there are several reasons why Stellvia has earned a high spot in my favorites, I chalk up my love greatly due to the setting. Attending school in space has been a fantasy of mine since reading Ender’s Game way back in middle school, and I was always caught between my desire to see it animated on the big screen and my fear of the result of such a product. So when I picked up Stellvia on a friend’s suggestion, I felt like my desire could finally be realized with a story that wasn’t restricted to a book whose sanctity had already been set.
The show takes a large amount of time settling the viewers into its futuristic world of space travel and inhabitance; Shipon’s launch into space appears as normal as any flight from a present-time airport. Outsiders can bid their loved ones goodbye at the gate, and watch on the big screen as the shuttle blasts off. The familiarity makes the scene more believable, and it’s easy to set yourself into Shipon’s shoes as she buckles into her seat and gazes out into the scariness and beauty of space. The moment of arrival to the Stellvia Space Foundation is one that welcomes not only the new students aboard the ship, but also the viewers–every time I re-watch it, I feel like I’m coming back home.
This approachability extends to the students’ classes, which are geared to their interests, eventual careers, and most urgently, the impending encounter with an extinction-level event known as the Second Wave. Put all together, the end result is a combination of fun daily school and home life, and preparation for an occasion that may just wipe out all of mankind. It isn’t ever all play or all work on board the Stellvia!
Remembering Love Participants:
- TRazor: Clannad: Beauty in negativity
- Nopy: Martian Successor Nadesco (Part 1)
- Justin: Reliving Daikichi and Rin Once More (Part 1)
- @fkeroge: Sibling and Filial Drama in Kanon
- kai: Gintama and the Art of Randomness
- kluxorious: Opposite Attractions in Lovely Complex
- foomafoo: Kare Kano – Obsession to Popularity
- Ty-chama: Death Note and the Questionable Moral of its Characters
- chikorita157: Clannad After Story Part 1