Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars / Gakuen Senki Muryo
Genres: adventure, science fiction
Themes: aliens, school, superpowers
Objectionable content: Mild
Plot Summary: The day after an apparent alien invasion of Tokyo is repelled by a mysterious being, middle schooler Murata Hajime discovers that his small town holds a strange secret when he witnesses transfer student Subaru Muryou fight another student using psychic powers. Since Hajime himself is relatively new to his town, he has been unaware that the leading families have been protecting the earth from alien invasion for centuries by using the ability of “Shingu,” and that the current members of the middle school student council are also the chosen guardians of this generation. He also begins to discover that many of the town’s residents are in fact intergalactic diplomats. Hajime is drawn further into this open secret as his friendship with Muryou and the “chosen” teenagers – especially tomboy Moriyama Nayuta – deepens and as he begins to discover that he has a role to play in Earth’s future.
Number of episodes: 26
Vintage: 2001-05-08 to 2001-12-04
So what do you guys think of this show? So far this is a solid 9/10 for me. It’s very laid back, light hearted, slow paced, and upbeat. I think Dragoon called it “dignified”, and I would agree. It’s a calm, cool, and slower paced show, but I am really enjoying it. It’s not action packed, exiting, or edge-of-your seat riveting kinda show, but that doesn’t make it bad or anything, in fact I respect that.
It’s from Madhouse but it’s very more like their later series Allison & Lilia or Chance Pop Session in art style and animation. It’s colorful, it’s detailed (at times), it’s good looking, but nothing like their normal stuff, very different. Like the complete opposite of say Beck or Death Note which are very stylized, even more detailed, and darker colored. Also the dub is really great. It’s a great NYC dub, this is why I wish we could hear more dubs from that city. They really impress me some times.