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Monday, 22 August 2005 01:00
Stellvia - Volume 6 (Cover Art)You know, I'd almost forgotten Shipon's title as 'most whiny kid ever', she's been behaving so well for so long - but this volume of Stellvia brings you a whole episode of Shipon crying.  Seriously.  For six hours straight, and then some more for good measure - and that's before the rest of the girls get in on the act.  Have your earplugs on standby...

17 - Battle
Stellvia's sent another ship to Ultima with additional generators for the Infinity - they'll add enough power for the big robot to have the manoeuverability of a Katie, although if it doesn't get there quickly there won't be much point.  The crews out at Ultima have pulled back to allow time to take care of the injured and for Shirogane to reconsider their tactics, but it looks like the only option is going to be an all-out assault on the aliens.  While Shipon and Kouta get the Infinity ready for battle, others are left to wonder just what the aliens are after - especially when the Ultima is powered up and begins to move off...

Stellvia - To Infinity, and beyond!  Wait, wrong show.Stellvia - Ayaka goes looking for redemption

18 - Distant Voice
Shipon, Rinna and the others arrive back at Stellvia, and there's at least time for a 'welcome back' party before they get down to the serious work - and for Shipon to find out that a lot can happen in 80 days.  Stellvia was able to monitor what happened to the Ultima after the aliens took it away - they'd destroyed it in the region of the approaching cosmic fracture, and it seemed to slow the approach a bit.  With only 60 days left before the fracture reaches the solar system - with potentially devastating consequences - there's not much time left to plan a response.  Meanwhile, Infinity's DLS system has been upgraded to allow for Kouta's unique skills, but Shipon's having a hard time getting used to the new system, while all the praise she's getting from others about how great she is is only managing to bring her down...

Stellvia - Whaddya mean, nothing happened?Stellvia - Shipon feeling inadequate

19 - Cry Baby, Hot-Head
Infinity returns from its observation mission - while Kouta's able to say that he believes the aliens are trying to communicate, all Shipon can think of is that she was unable to see the things in the DLS that Kouta was able to, and all her old feelings of inadequacy return with a vengance.  She's not even willing to take help from her friends, and instead ends up pushing them away.  While Arisa and the others spend most of the episodes trying to work out what's wrong with their friend, it takes some words of wisdom from Sutter to finally set her straight - along with a good group-cry to get her feelings out of her system...

Stellvia - Let the tears flow...Stellvia - ...and some more...

As the title probably gives away, episode 19 is the (in)famous "Shipon cries for six hours straight" story, and it isn't the easiest of episodes to watch.  To be honest it's more "Shipon behaves like a spoilt brat" than crying, but it still makes it the worst episode on the disc.  It's not helped by essentially being pure filler - for the life of my I can't think of any useful purpose served by all that angst.  If my memory serves me correctly, though, normal service is resumed from here on in.

This disc also sees the end of the threat of war, although not the end of the aliens' involvement in the story.  It seems an awful heavy-handed way to go about gathering information - it seems from here that's all they were after - but we at least end the disc with humanity now being aware that the cosmic fracture is a threat several levels of magnitude beyond the Second Wave, and that brings up to the final arc of the Stellvia story...

This definitely isn't the best disc of the series, but there's still some good stuff here that lays the groundwork from the rest of the story.  If only they'd been able to do it without inflicting so many litres of Shipon-tears on the audience...



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