「ケルベロスの戦い」 (Keruberosu no Tatakai)
“Battle of Kerberos”
Based on the novel series by Tanaka Yoshiki of Legend of the Galactic Heroes fame and produced by the same director/studio that worked on its OVA comes the new anime “space opera” TYTANIA. In addition to working on the extremely popular Legend of the Galactic Heroes OVA, Ishiguro Noboru also directed the original Macross, where his ability to read musical scores undoubtedly helped make the series (and subsequently the franchise) a success. As mentioned above, Artland returns in charage of production, whose work looks good, but by no means mind blowing. In this sub-genre of science fiction, romance and melodramatic adventure should be prevalent in addition to large-scale space battles, much like the first episode has shown us. While I haven’t seen Galactic Heroes myself, the space opera genre has piqued my interest in the past thanks to the Seikai series — Crest of the Stars and Banner of the Stars — which I thoroughly enjoyed. Since anime adaptations such as these seem to be far and few between nowadays, there was enough incentive for me to check this series out.
Set in a universe where mankind has spread across the galaxy and established a countless number of nations, TYTANIA follows the intergalactic conflict revolving around the Tytania clan. Having withdrawn from mankind’s Interstellar Federation (星間都市連盟), Tytania helped the Empire of Vardhana — the greatest opposition to the federation — win a decisive battle. Having done so, Tytania forced the Emperor of Vardhana to acknowledge their importance to the empire, effectively taking his place as the most influential power in the galaxy. With the Empire of Vardhana now their puppet, Tytania began exercising its military power and fearsome influence by subjugating most of the interstellar federation under its rule. However, during an attack on the nation of Euria, Tytania is surprisingly repelled by a flamboyant commander, Fan Hulic (Konishi Katsuyuki), who shows the universe that Tytania isn’t as invincible as they seem. From that point on, the war between Tytania and Euria continues, getting the entire galaxy involved.
Going by the first episode alone, I find it hard to judge where this series is headed, but felt that they’ve done a good job enticing fans of this type of show — especially with the huge space battle between Tytania and Euria. In addition to providing the setting for the series (where monarchies seem to be in place), the introduction of the mighty Tytania really helped establish the premise when they displayed their authority by publicly executing the Prime Minister for supposed acts of treason. Much like how the Abh was involved in conquering worlds in the Seikai series, Tytania initially comes off as a group of dark, menacing tyrants; however, I get the feeling that we’ll see a drastically different side of things once the story shifts focus to the many many Tytania characters (see cast below), much like we did with the Abh. Because of this, I imagine the first episode only really laid out the introductory stuff, with the more interesting stuff yet to begin. They did establish Euria’s presence as a nation that opposes Tytania though, which is pretty fundamental to the story. What I’d like to see more of now is Lydia (Nadzuka Kaori) and what role she plays in the overall story, being a key character who’s not a Tytania but on their side.
Aside from Kaori (Yuasa Hiromi in true tears) playing one of few female characters in this series, we also have Minagawa Junko (Cornelia Li Britannia in CODE GEASS), Yahagi Sayuri (Sairenji Haruna in To LOVE-Ru), and Makishima Yuki (Amamiya Sayuri in Tokimeki Memorial ~Only Love~). Opposite of them though is an enormous male cast full of tons of talent, with Kishio Daisuke (Kaname Kuran in Vampire Knight) as the male lead Juslan Tytania (left in pic), and Konishi Katsuyuki (Kamina in Gurren Lagann) as Fan Hulic. After that, there are a few Gundam pilot seiyuus, Yoshino Hiroyuki, Hoshi Souichirou, and Kamiya Hiroshi, in addition to various others. Music-wise, the opening theme really takes “space opera” to a literal sense, whereas the ending theme is lot more upbeat thanks to PSYCHIC LOVER, whose music I like a fair bit after hearing their songs in Witchblade.
With that said, if you’ve been looking for something to fill that Legends of the Galactic Heroes or Crest/Banner of the Stars space opera void, TYTANIA is one of the few series to come along in a while fitting the bill. Luckily though, it looks pretty promsing thus far.
– Jousselin Tytania (ジュスラン・タイタニア) : Kishio Daisuke (岸尾 だいすけ)
– Fan Hulic (ファン・ヒューリック) : Konishi Katsuyuki (小西 克幸)
– Ariabart Tytania (アリアバート・タイタニア) : Koudou Takashi (近藤 隆)
– Idris Tytania (イドリス・タイタニア) : Yoshino Hiroyuki (吉野 裕行)
– Zalisch Tytania (ザーリッシュ・タイタニア) : Take Tora (武 虎)
– Lydia (リディア) : Nadzuka Kaori (名塚 佳織)
– Ajuman Tytania (アジュマーン・タイタニア) : Miyake Kenta (三宅 健太)
– Valamy Tytania (バルアミー・タイタニア) : Hoshi Souichirou (保志 総一朗)
– Lila Florence (リラ・フローレンツ) : Yahagi Sayuri (矢作 紗友里)
– Miranda Kazimir (ミランダ・カジミール) : Minagawa Junko (皆川 純子)
– Lee Zhang-chen (Doctor Lee) (リー・ツァンチェン (ドクター・リー))) : Horiuchi Kenyuu (堀内 賢雄)
– Alan Mahdi (アラン・マフディー) : Oohara Takashi (大原 崇)
– Mikhail Warenkoff (ミハエル・ワレンコフ) : Ano Atsushi (斧 アツシ)
– Louie Edmon Pages (ルイ・エドモン・パジェス) : Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷 浩史)
– Arses Tytania (アルセス・タイタニア) : Kusao Takeshi (草尾 毅)
– Francia (フランシア) : Makishima Yuki (牧島 有希)
– Narration (ナレーション) : Han Keiko (潘 恵子)