Starship Operators is about the 73rd class of the Defense University of the Planet Kibi. As they are returning home after the maiden voyage of the Amaterasu, they find that their home planet has been taken over by one of the galactic super powers, Henrietta Alliance of Planetary Nations, and the Kibi government was forced to surrender. The cadets have decided to ask Galaxy Network to fund the operation of Amaterasu as a fleeing self-governed nation in exchange for letting them live broadcast the reality show of one ship fighting its way through space until reaching the control zone of another super power, the Henrietta Independent Federation, for protection.
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I only got my hands on this series to waste some time, my first glimpse of this series was in a NewTypeUSA issue back in '05, back when it was still being aired in Japan, and when I found this as a Dual Audio download, I said "I'll give it a shot", as I've done with most series that I've had doubts about (Like Inuyasha, Gundam SEED and others).
Those of you who've known me for a while know that I'm a Trekkie first, Otaku second. I'm a huge fan of Star Trek, and Space Opera's are one of my favorite genre's, and to be completely honest, this series could have been executed a lot better.
The series is supposed to show Military Cadets who are just about to graduate, which would give the impression of Soldiers ready to enter the service, but from the way they act, there's nothing really military about them. The Captain has no self confidence, the majority of the crew show cowardice and poor decision making (Example: Episode 10 - Sudden Death) leading to some unfortunate results. The officer candidates don't act like officers. Only near the end of the show does the crew come together and start acting in a military fashion.
Also, some of the techo-chat makes no sense (Re: Distance and locations in space ect.), and would have been better if it was based in actual science, rather then spouting off random numbers.
The character interactions were kind of a let down, but I expected as much from a 13 episode show, had it been a 26 episode series, more time could have been spent on backgrounds of the various crew and their interpersonal relationships.
Enough bashing the plot, on to other things.
The graphics and animation are pretty decent, which is what I expected from a J.C. Staff (Previous anime include Ai Yori Aoshi, Somedays Dreamers, Azumanga Diaoh, Excel Saga, R.O.D. -TV-). The computer animation is what I would have expected from 2 or 3 years ago, and could have been a lot more refined and polished.
I only watched the English dub, which is lackluster at best. Only two or three of the voice actors show any real talent and believability. Some of the dubbing showed obvious flaws, where actors would pause mid sentence where one wouldn't, then continue on.
All in all, Starship Operators was an average series at best, its good for a download, but I wouldn't recommend buying it. I would have liked to have seen more done with this series, as it did have potential.