Star Ocean EX

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Japanese: スターオーシャンEX
English: Star Ocean EX
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2001 to Sep 25, 2001
Premiered: Spring 2001
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 18:30 (JST)
Producers: TV Tokyo, Dentsu
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Game
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.591 (scored by 58265,826 users)
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Ranked: #61302
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Popularity: #5357
Members: 12,608
Favorites: 28


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Preliminary Spoiler
Mar 15, 2007
The story of Star Ocean EX is completely based on the first disc of the PSX game, Star Ocean: The Second Story.
In the game, you can pick to play from either the point of view of Rena, or Claude. The anime chooses to follow Claude.

Claude C. Kenni is a young ensign on a mission with his father. When they arrive on a strange planet, Claude decides to prove his worth, and inspect a mysterious object on his own, against his fathers protests. When Claude comes into contact with this object, he is transported to the underdeveloped planet, Expel, where he mets Rena Lanford. Rena believes ...
Nov 29, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Star Ocean is an adventure-comedy anime suitable for children. It's based off of a video game [which I've never seen or played since I'm not a gamer]. The maturity level is a little greater than Pokemon...not by much, though I must say I still liked it and I think older people would like this show as well. So long as you don't compare it to the video game or expect it to be this wonderfully sophisticated piece of work.

~ Art
The art is kinda amateurish looking though it's not totally bad. Use of lines, shape and proportion are all OK, however the actual shading is pretty ...
Apr 2, 2008
Mixed Feelings
For me Star Ocean EX was a big letdown. I expected it to at least be on par with the game that it's based on but it just didn't work for me.

First, let's talk about its story. Originally I would have given Star Ocean EX a 10 since I expected it to be like its game counterpart. I ended giving it a six because some episodes had so many gaps inbetween them, I just got confused. The series also ended halfway through the plotline and it also had the most horrible ending I have ever seen.

Wait I almost forgot. The story WAS continued through ...
Nov 16, 2017
This anime scifi adventure series follows Claude C Kenni, a young man raised in his opinion in his father's shadow. Involved in an operation to explore uncharted territory Claude unknowingly touches an artefact that transports him on the underdeveloped planet of Expel. While he tries to figure out just where he is and how he got there, he rescues Rena Langford from a monster and is thought to be the 'Legendary Warrior of Light' by the residents of the local village. Just what is Claude's destiny in this strange new world?

My thoughts:
Star Ocean Ex is a great series. Claude encounters strange and new ...
Jul 16, 2012
I was really surprised when I had started watching this, I had assumed it would be a big letdown but when It started I actually liked it. The only downfall was towards the end. The show started moving in a different direction away from the plotline of the game and ended at a climax that made you wanna rip your hair out (but hey that's Japan for you).

I first played the game for the PSP before watching it so I expected it to follow that plot line pretty close, and it did for about half of the series. I think the reason they did change ...
Feb 4, 2012
This is an example of how an adaption could go very wrong. If you are a fan of the game, there is no reason to watch the anime. especially if you are a fan of Rena
The anime follows the game story faithfully and throughfully, without skipping any part of the story. as result by the time this anime ended the story hasn't finished yet. Unfortunately there is no second season leaving viewers disgruntled and upset.

The background is plain and empty. What happened to rena? in the ...
May 18, 2020
As a big fan of JRPGs, Star Ocean: the Second Story (PS1) was one of my personal favorites back in my younger days, and still remains, as of today, a game I very much like. So, when I found out, in 2005 or 2006, that an anime adaptation had been made, I was excited to watch it. So, yeah, here's a confession: my judgment will probably be biased by sheer nostalgia, as I feel towards those characters, this world and this story, an affection that probably goes deeper than it should – if I were to watch it for the first time today.

Still, I ...
Sep 8, 2010
Mixed Feelings
Star Ocean EX will likely make a lot of Star Ocean fans mad. And since fans of the games (especially The Second Story, specifically) will probably be the main audience, choices made by the creators of the anime will drastically reduce the enjoyment of this series.

What exactly are these choices? First of all, the anime follows only the story of Claude, rather than Rena. Though most people do choose to play Claude's scenario in the game itself, people who preferred Rena's perspective are alienated - besides, changing the media from video game to anime could have allowed them to show BOTH aspects of the story, ...