Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2003 to Mar 30, 2003
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.821 (scored by 2243 users)
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comedy drama military sci-fi
SynopsisThe Earth has developed a defense system against large meteorites that are on a collision course with it. This protection system is made up of the Comet Blasters based in several space stations as the 1st line of defense, using nuclear warheads launched by spaceships. The 2nd line of defense consists of the Meteor Sweepers launching from ground airbases using hypersonic planes with special missiles to deal with the resulting debris from the blasts. Mikaze is a troubled girl that is a trainee pilot for a Meteor Sweeper team that dreams of becoming a prestigious Comet Blaster pilot. Stratos 4 revolves around Mikaze's and her teammates' challenges to become real pilots, while the Earth faces the threats that come from space.
(Source: ANN, edited by Falre)
Related AnimeSequel: Stratos 4 OVA
Summary: Stratos 4: Logbook
Characters & Voice Actors
Stratos 4 is a fun Sci-Fi series focusing mainly on Honjo Mikaze’s struggle to first find her way and then with the other members of her Meteor Sweeper team, realize their dreams. Throughout the anime, humor abounds as well as drama, government conspiracies and plenty of fan service. Attention to technical details is top-notch. A majority of the aircraft and spacecraft are not out of this world, brand new hardware but are retrofitted cold-war era American and Soviet designs. This quite closely mirrors what may actually happen in reality, where we faced with the same situation. That being said, Stratos 4 is neither deep nor hard to understand, it’s there for the fun with a good helping of some light drama and some of the best art direction and animation I’ve seen in a TV series. read more
Art style is *very* Similar to Stratos 4 as is the technical detail. The story is pretty straightforward, but you feel for the main character as she realizes what she wants to do with her life. A big recommendation here!
The similarities lie in the choice of characters and setting. In both series, the protagonists are high schoolers who are chosen to undergo pilots'/astronauts' training. The setting is on a sub-tropical island for both, with a remarkably similar choice of supporting characters (a slightly slutty but fearsome female instructor, a chinese inn where the protagonists stay, some otaku (not anime) at the base where they are stationed).
That is not to say that they are entirely the same, though. For instance, Rocket Girls is far more realistic depicting the technical aspect of the show (bar a few nonsensical things), while Stratos 4 sometimes foregoes technical accuracy for dramatic effect (which is all well and good, but it might tick off sticklers like me for a bit).
Opening Theme"1st Priority" by Melocure
Ending Theme#01: "Himawari" by Melocure (eps 1-12)
#02: "So Far, So Near" by Melocure (ep 13)
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