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Encyclopedia > Stellvia of the Universe
Uchū no Stellvia
宇宙のステルヴィア
(Uchū no Stellvia)
Genre Mecha, Coming of Age, Romance
TV anime
Director Tatsuo Sato
Studio XEBEC
Licensor Flag of the United States Geneon - On hold
Network TV Tokyo
Original run 2 April 200324 September 2003
Episodes 26
Manga
Author Ryou Akizuki
Publisher Flag of JapanMediaWorks
Demographic Shōnen
Serialized in Dengeki Daioh
Original run 2003 – 2004
Volumes 2

Stellvia of the Universe (宇宙のステルヴィア Uchū no Stellvia?) is an anime series which is set in space and in the future. As a prelude to the series, the Earth of year 2167 AD is shown to be devastated by a powerful electromagnetic shockwave. This is caused by a nearby star, Hydrus Beta, 20 light-years away, going supernova. The series itself is set 189 years later, in the year 2356 AD. Civilization has been rebuilt with humanity having united together to face the coming of the second shockwave of the supernova. The second shockwave, unlike the first, is to contain a great deal of matter composed of the remnants of the star itself. Stellvia ran for 26 episodes. It was produced by the animation studio XEBEC and is distributed in the United States by Geneon. A sequel was originally announced for 2005, but was canceled after internal difficulties. Geneon however recently halted all distribution of anime DVDs in America. As of now Stellvia has been discontinued.[1] Image File history File links Stellvia-shima-kouta. ... This article is about the term used in science fiction, anime, and manga. ... For other uses, see Coming of Age (disambiguation). ... Look up romance, romantic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... TV redirects here. ... Animé redirects here. ... XEBEC is a subsidiary of the anime studio Production I.G. that specialises in the production of television anime. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Geneon Entertainment, Inc. ... The logo of TV Tokyo. ... is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... MediaWorks, Inc. ... Bleach , a well-known example of Shōnen manga This article is about the shōnen style of anime and manga. ... Cover of the August 2001 issue of Dengeki Daioh, featuring Azumanga Daioh. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... Animé redirects here. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... Electromagnetism is the physics of the electromagnetic field: a field, encompassing all of space, composed of the electric field and the magnetic field. ... Beta Hydri is a star about 24. ... A light-year, symbol ly, is the distance light travels in one year: exactly 9. ... For other uses, see Supernova (disambiguation). ... XEBEC is a subsidiary of the anime studio Production I.G. that specialises in the production of television anime. ... Geneon Entertainment, Inc. ... For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ... Geneon Entertainment, Inc. ...


Beginning with the May 2003 issue, a manga adaptation by Ryo Akizuki was serialized in Dengeki Daioh and has been published in the US as a two volume graphic novel series by DrMaster. The word Stellvia is actually made up from two Latin words, stella meaning star(s) and via meaning street. In Japanese the kanji for street is "Michi" which can be translated as either street or road. Therefore Stellvia is roughly translated as The Road to the Stars. This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Cover of the August 2001 issue of Dengeki Daioh, featuring Azumanga Daioh. ... DrMaster Publications Inc. ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ...


The series makes references to things such as CAS and Extended Essay, which suggests that Stellvia might have been partially inspired by the International Baccalaureate program, or at least, included an Ex-IB student in its development. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an educational programme examined in one of three languages (English, French or Spanish) and is a leading university entrance course. ...

Contents

Characters

Shima 'Shipon' Katase (片瀬 志麻 Katase Shima?)

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English) Ai no Uta Ai Nonaka , born June 8, 1981 in Fukuoka) is a seiyū. She currently works for Aoni Production and was formerly a member of the seiyū unit DROPS, which included fellow seiyū Akemi Kanda, Tomoko Kaneda, Mariko Kōda, and Ryoko Shiraishi. ... // Carrie Savage This Californian voice actor is very low profile when it comes to her life. ...

The hero of the story is Shima (or 'Shipon (しーぽん)' as she is dubbed by Arisa) who joins the Stellvia foundation's space program so that she could "see the stars while looking forward, rather than having to look up". In the beginning, she fluctuates between complete confidence in her abilities and believing she couldn't do anything. The series depicts her as extremely diligent, although she is also a natural genius.
As the series progresses, she learns to understand her mistakes and not think that she has to be perfect or else fail. For instance, after a rocky start to her training, during which she was dead last in her class at piloting, she takes the advice of Kouta Otoyama and realizes she was trying to keep track of far too much information on her ship displays. Her piloting improves dramatically as a result. Despite her early setbacks as a pilot, her programming abilities are top notch from the very start, and she eventually combines the two in order to become even more formidable in the cockpit. She is called Shipon because the first time she piloted one of the Biancas she flew around like a ping-pong ball.
Kouta Atoyama (音山 光太 Atoyama Kōta?)

Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English) Takahiro Mizushima , born June 14, 1976 in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese seiyū. He has a blood type of A, and is affiliated with Production baobab. ... Johnny Yong Bosch (born January 6, 1976) is an American actor, voice actor, martial artist and musician. ...

Kouta is an enigmatic character. He and Shipon develop a romantic relationship but there's still a lot about him that remains unknown. He has an older sister who runs an astronomical observatory in Japan. He often gives advice which is as enigmatic as himself.
He consistently achieves rank C in every class, without exception, regardless of how easy or hard the subject is. And when he was warned of the possibility of Ayaka attacking Shipon during training, he displays extraordinary piloting abilities beyond what his ship should have been capable of handling. Another example would be during a simulator-game where Rinna scored Rank A, Shima scored Rank B, he had scores Rank S. When Shima asks why Kouta does not do the best during class, especially since he is capable of it, he merely says: he wonders why also. Pierre once remarks "Talented hawks hide their talons" when referring to Kouta's skills.
On a different note, James was curious of Kouta's 'vision' and said he was chosen by the universe.
Arisa Glennorth (アリサ・グレンノース Arisa Gurennōsu?)

Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (Japanese), Lucy Hudson (English) Yuki Matsuoka (松岡由貴 Matsuoka Yuki, born September 13, 1970) is a seiyū from the Hirano-ku ward of Osaka. ...

Arisa is Shipon's best friend at the Stellvia foundation. They meet on the shuttle going to the station from Earth at the beginning of the term, and find themselves rooming together and in the same class as well. Though Arisa is nowhere near Shipon in academic or piloting ability, she finds Shipon to be an inspiration to improve herself, and calls Shipon her "Star of Hope". Later in the series, she begins focusing on becoming a mechanic, rather than a pilot.
Rinna Kazamatsuri (風祭 りんな Kazamatsuri Rin'na?)

Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi (Japanese), Sandy Fox (English) Ryo Hirohashi (広橋涼 Hirohashi Ryō; born August 5, 1978) is a seiyū represented by Aoni Production talent agency. ... Marie Danielle Fox (also known as Sandy Fox, sometimes credited as Marie Danelle) is a voice actress who has had numerous roles in various animated cartoon and Japanese anime series, and video games. ...

Rinna is a transfer student from the Ultima foundation, and considers Shipon to be both a friend and chief rival. Rinna is a few years younger than Shipon and most of the other students, but because there are few children at Ultima (it being the newest of the foundations, and still incomplete), she has little to do with herself but play with simulators. As a result, she's far better at piloting and zero-G movement than most people years older than her.
Yayoi Fujisawa (藤沢 やよい Fujisawa Yayoi?)

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English) Fumiko Orikasa , born on December 27, 1974 in Taitō-ku, Tokyo) is a female seiyū and singer. ... Michelle Suzanne Ruff (Born September 22, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American voice actress known for her work in anime and video games. ...

Yayoi is one of the older students in Shipon's class. Yayoi had been in Stellvia's training program 2 years before, but left after a flight training accident. She is saved by Ayaka Machida, but it turned out the "accident" was also intentionally caused by Ayaka in the first place.
Recognizing the signs of another "accident" when Ayaka took Shipon out to train alone, she warns Kouta of what might be about to happen. Kouta is able to prevent another tragedy.
Despite the attacks on herself and Shipon, Yayoi defends Ayaka when it looked like she might face expulsion from Stellvia. Some viewers argued that Yayoi and Ayaka's relationship might be romantic in nature.[2]
Akira Kayama (栢山 晶 Kayama Akira?)

Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Kate Davis (English) Dealing with the romance between an average blonde and a stately brunette at a girls boarding school, Shiroi Heya no Futari, the first yuri manga,[1] established archetypes that can be seen even in yuri works of recent years. ... Rie Tanaka ) born January 3, 1979 in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan) is a singer and voice actress (seiyū). Among her roles are Chi and Freya in the Japanese version of Chobits, for which Rie performs both ending themes. ... Catherine Kate Davis Higgins (Born August 16, 1969 in Charlottesville, Virginia) is a voice actress and singer with a degree in music from Auburn University. ...

Akira is a quiet and somewhat taciturn member of Shipon's class as well as Yayoi's roommate. Though she becomes irritated easily when around people too much, she learns to enjoy spending time with Yayoi, Shipon, Alisa and the others of their group. Late in the series, she starts dating JoJo.
Ayaka Machida (町田 初佳 Machida Ayaka?)

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English) Megumi Toyoguchi (豊口 めぐみ Toyoguchi Megumi, born January 2, 1978) is a seiyū. She is employed by 81 Produce. ... Julie Ann Taylor (born August 30, 1961 in Fort Irwin, California) is a voice actress who primarily works at Bang Zoom! Entertainment. ...

One of the "Big 4" of Stellvia, (older students who are at the top of their classes), Ayaka is shown as competitive in the extreme. She has something of an inferiority complex which drives her to be the absolute best, and she can't tolerate seeing others better than her.
Two years in the past, when Yayoi was her classmate, she arranged an accident to ensure her own position at the top of the class. Things went a little out of hand, however, and it looked like Yayoi might lose her life, so Ayaka rescued her. Yayoi was hospitalized and traumatized, and left Stellvia for a time. Now with Shima Katase looking like she would surpass Ayaka as well, the same thing almost happened. Had Yayoi not returned to Stellvia and recognized the danger Shipon might be in, Ayaka might have seriously injured or even killed her. Due to Yayoi's defense, Ayaka was not expelled from Stellvia, but was suspended for a time.
After Yayoi forgives Ayaka for nearly causing her to lose her life, the two become very close. Ayaka seems to have strong feelings for her classmate and friend Kent Austin who is also one of the Big 4. Although in the last episode it appeared that she was closer to Yayoi than Kent.[2]
Richard James (リチャード・ジェームス Richādo Jēmusu?)

Voiced by: Katsunosuke Hori (Japanese), Joey Lotsko (English) Hori Katsunosuke (堀 勝之祐) is a seiyu who was born on August 1, 1941 in Tokyo. ...

Richard is the Head Teacher of Stellvia's Space Academy. He is also the one who conducted the entrance interview for Shima. He is avuncular and usually takes the optimistic view of events. Richard also encourages his peers to put more trust in the prep students when events put them in critical situations. Richard plays a lot of chess with Hutter.
Carl Hutter (カール・ヒュッター Kāru Hyuttā?)

Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka (Japanese), Paul St. Peter (English) Tanaka Masahiko (田中 正彦) is a seiyu who was born on October 1, 1954. ... Paul Schmidl Peter (born April 26, 1958 in Minneapolis, MN), better known as Paul St. ...

Hutter is a teacher at Stellvia's Space Academy. He appears unemotional and calm at all times. Usually, Hutter plays the Devil's Advocate against Richard James' optimism. He helps Shima with her confidence towards the end of the series. He is revealed to have a more exotic origin later on in the series.
Jinrai Shirogane (白銀 迅雷 Shirogane Jinrai?)

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), Sean Roberts (English) Keiji Fujiwara ) (October 5, 1964 - ) is a male seiyū from the Tokyo Metropolitan area who is affiliated with Air Agengy. ...

Shirogane is another teacher at Stellvia's Space Academy; he appears to teach programming. He is particularly enthusiastic about the school's athletics carnival and Astroball, (a game that has some similarities with Lacrosse), which he played in his student days at Stellvia. Passionate and determined, Jinrai is intent upon having the students' voices heard when no-one will listen. Jinrai has feelings for the flirtatious school nurse Ren.
Leila Barthes (レイラ・バルト Reira Baruto?)

Voiced by: Naomi Shindou (Japanese), Anne Loveman (English) Shindou Naomi (進藤 尚美) is a seiyu born onNovember 9 in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ...

Instructor in charge of Pilot Training at Stellvia. She used to be an elite pilot, and spent some time wallowing in despair after losing the "elite" tag. However, she recovers from this(after an incident on a space station that was under construction) and choses to become an instructor at Stellvia. She is tough toward the students because she wants them to succeed, she has a loving smile toward the childlike attributes of her students and is very scary when she is mad.
Ren Renge

Voiced by: Michiko Neya (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English) Michiko Neya , born October 4, 1965) is a female seiyū born in Echizen, Fukui (formerly Takefu). ... Karen Strassman is an American voice actress. ...

A nurse at Stellvia. Ren is very flirtatious and early on in the series dates different men, which causes Jinrai to become jealous. She also works closely with the pilots, especially Kouta, who she assists with training for missions. She seems to also have feelings for Jinrai.
Joey Jones (ジョイ・ジョーンス Joi Jōnzu?)

Voiced by: Akio Suyama (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English) Suyama Akio (陶山 章央) is a seiyuu who has voiced various anime characters including Ichiro Ogami in Sakura Taisen and Hatsuharu Sohma in Fruits Basket. ... Tony Oliver is an American voice actor best known for voicing Arsene Lupin III from Lupin The 3rd. ...

Another of Shipon's classmates, Jojo (as he is called) is loud and enthusiastic. He is not very good in his studies nor pilot training and sometimes get needled because of it. Nevertheless, he is not all bad apples, he eventually starts dating Akira later on in the series. He sometimes has some rather good things to say that are very influential, he tries to cheer Akira up one time when she is depressed at the gap between her and the top students.
Pierre Takida

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese), Jason Bigley (English) Yuji Ueda (うえだ ゆうじ Ueda Yūji, born as 上田 祐司 Ueda Yūji, born June 15, 1967) is a popular seiyū in Japan. ...

Another of Shipon's classmates, Pierre is good looking and a big talker, but doesn't seem to have a lot more than that going for him. He likes to hit on virtually every girl he lays eyes on, even Rinna in one episode. He shows particular interest in Yayoi, though it's not clear what her feelings for him may be. He confesses his feelings to her and was turned down, but Yayoi later hints he might still have some hope.
Masaru Odawara

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Dave Wittenburg (English) Mitsuki Saiga (斎賀 みつき Saiga Mitsuki, born June 12, 1973) is a seiyū who was born in Saitama. ...

Another of Shipon's classmates, he is seen hanging out with Joey and Pierre. Others call him by his nickname, Dai, which is another reading for his given name in kanji (大). In the last few episodes he becomes very serious and says some very influential things which is broadcast through the solar system as the last sounds from Stellvia before the inevitable end.
Najima Gable

Voiced by: Romi Paku (Japanese), Mari Devon (English) Japanese writing Kanji Kana Hiragana Katakana Hentaigana Manyōgana Uses Furigana Okurigana Rōmaji   ) are the Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese logographic writing system along with hiragana (平仮名), katakana (片仮名), and the Arabic numerals. ... Korean name Romi Paku or Park Romi (born January 22, 1972) is a Japanese actress and seiyÅ« of Korean descent. ... Mari Devon is a voice actress who is also known as Jane Alan. ...

One of the Big 4. She usually quotes something of Shakespeare and sometimes the bible. Nothing much else is known about her.
Kent Austin

Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Steven Blum (English) Daisuke Kishio ) is a seiyū (voice actor) who was born on March 28, 1974 in Mie. ... Steven Jay Blum (born April 28, 1965) is an American voice actor known primarily for his work in anime dubs and video games. ...

One of the Big 4. He usually tries to stir Ayaka up with information that could be potential competition for her with no intention of any of it leading to the "accidents" arranged by Ayaka. He gets Shipon and her friends out of a spot of trouble at the beginning when he saw them as he was passing by. Kent seems to like Ayaka more than just a friend. Though he doesn't try to make anything out of it.
Ritsuo Shoujin

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), Lex Lang (English) Nobuyuki Hiyama (檜山 修之 Hiyama Nobuyuki, born August 25, 1967) is a seiyū (Japanese voice actor) born in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, Japan. ... Lex Lang is an American producer, director, voice actor, celebrity voice match specialist, songwriter, music producer and philanthropist. ...

One of the Big 4. Devoted to training, he is described as being a "Ninja" by Shipon. Shoujin is very quiet and reserved, rarely speaking. He merely nods and "hmm"'s when in agreement.

Video Games

Two video games have been released based on the anime series, both named "Uchuu no Stellvia". The Playstation 2 game was released on the 22nd January 2004. The Game Boy Advance game was released on the 23rd April 2004. Both games are adventure dating simulations though they do vary in gameplay. PS2 redirects here. ... (Redirected from 22nd January) January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “GBA” redirects here. ... (Redirected from 23rd April) April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ...


In the Playstation 2 game you play the role of a new student who has enrolled at the Stellvia Space Station Foundation. Each day you assign various commands on what to do such as studying or resting in the same type of gameplay that Tokimeki Memorial has except for weekends since there is no school then. At the weekends you may invite a character on a date. There are various events to be seen in the game and there are 10 multiple endings. The game resembles the aforementioned Tokimeki Memorial game series in many ways (though in Tokimeki Memorial you only assign various commands for the coming week and not for each day). Box art for Tokimeki Memorial 3 Tokimeki Memorial is a popular renai game series by Konami. ...


The Game Boy Advance game is different from the Playstation 2 game in terms of gameplay and plays a lot like the famous Sotsugyou series of games also known as Graduation in the west. The main difference in this game as opposed to the Playstation 2 game is that you play the role of a new teacher instead of a student in the PS2 game. You must teach the four main girls (Ayaka and Rinna also come into the game later on as your students) various subjects in order so that they are prepared for the Great Mission. The game is like Graduation in that you have to balance out the various girl's stats and must not neglect them as if you do and they start to skip your classes the game can end. Throughout the classes you must ask the girl's various questions on the corresponding subject. After your question a number of things can happen. A girl may put up her hand to answer the question, you can also choose one of the girls to answer or you can answer the question yourself. You may also individually teach a specific girl on subjects. Various events can be seen with the various characters from the series at lunchtime or after school.


Stellvia 2

Stellvia Director Tatsuo Sato has stated on his website that plans for the Stellvia sequel are now impossible due to "inner difficulties".


2005/08/10 (WED) 昨日の今日ですみません。


あれから各方面からメール・電話をいただきまして、企画が頓挫したとはいえ“永遠に無くなった”はということはこの業界ではあり得ないから希望は残しておいた方が…というご意見をいただきました。確かに過激な表現だったかもしれません。というわけでこういうことにさせて下さい。



「宇宙のステルヴィア」の続編は不可能になってしまいました。かねてから準備していた「宇宙のステルヴィア2」の企画も中止、「機動戦艦ナデシコ」についても同様です。



心配していただいた皆様、ありがとうございます。 この先の動きはこれからどうなるかまだわかりませんが、きちんと発表できるようになったらまた改めてここに書きたいと思います。それでは──


"The continuation of Uchuu no Stellvia had become impossible.* All the pre-planning for an Uchuu no Stellvia 2 came to a halt. The same applied to Kidou Senkan Nadesico."


(*) The word is not 無理 (muri, "unfeasible"), which is normally used to indicate a situation that is locked, but possibly solvable, but 不可能 (fukanou, "impossible") - it's a much more definite term.


(Information provided by the Anime News Network and translation by babel fish and ANN forum members)


References

  1. ^ Geneon USA to Cancel DVD Sales, Distribution by Friday
  2. ^ a b Friedman, Erica (2007-07-24). Erica Friedman's Guide to Yuri. AfterEllen.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-02. “Included in that group [Stellvia primary cast] are two women with a complex past between them. Their coming-out scene, while right at the end of the series, is dramatic and totally worth waiting for.”

Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Logo is an American digital cable television channel owned by Viacoms MTV Networks division. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ...

External links

  • King Record's Stellvia
  • Tv-tokyo's Stellvia
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