In the country of Rimguard, a mysterious event shook the country and its people just 12 years prior. As time passed, memory of the incident began to fade while peace reigned over the land. Sisters Yui and Rena live a quiet life in the Enastria Empire until a large mecha suddenly attacks their peaceful home, changing everything. The girls become caught in a vortex of destiny and godly revival.
The TV broadcast of Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars was halted temporarily after episode 4 was aired. The explanation for this happening was that there were issues with the quality of the series. Broadcast later resumed in September 2016 starting from episode 1.
Regalia, is, for the most part a story about the teenage queen of a country that is assaulted by the queen of another country and her team that can utilize advanced technology in the form of mechas.
If you manage to look past the little girls talking about emotions and who they want to protect... you can see that there are actually some decent fight scenes.
however, the fight scenes and drama represented can't distract me from the fact that Yui, the queen and "leader" of her country can't detect a terrorist assault even after 3 incidents and still walks around the town area without guards or any protection.
Personally, I think that Yui need to declare war on the responsible country and start acting like a leader and utilize the extent of her military power instead of taking the role of a single protector, and repeating the line "I want to protect the citizens..."
Perhaps, story-wise, the characters in Regalia make sense since there was a 12 year period of peace which made the citizens lax and not used to wars, but when a group of sorts attacks directly inside your own country and tries to steal the country's "last line of defense" while they have already managed to produce more mechs of superior quality without a clear motive, it just drops the likability of the main heroine whose supposed to somehow deal with the mess.
The story so far kinda got me mad so I feel like telling the creator that if Yui and the other government people want to actually preserve the peace - they all need to start acting like they're in a state of war.
4 episodes in, I can't really see how the story and character development can improve from here, so I can't really recommend the show, as also they stopped airing until september...read more
I liked the artwork and fight scenes in this anime and i really liked to appearance of the characters. but unfortunately that doesn't make up for the bad story.
The big problem comes from the way the story is structured. At the beginning of the story it feels like the writer was trying to make it a slice of life anime mixed with mecha fighting and it just felt very awkward. the personality of the main characters were never really developed properly. They just introduced far to many characters. and split the dialogue between to many characters at once. not giving you enough time to feel any sort of connection to these characters. The only character that actually had their personality developed decently in this story was Yui.
there were far to many fighting scenes an this anime. The writer of this story was just trying to do way to much at once They split half the anime into fighting scene's they split half the anime into discussing the lore of the world(poorly). But they spent almost no time developing the characters personalities. The fight scenes were not as dramatic as they should have been because the characters were not developed properly, so you couldn't really feel the tension when the characters were in danger because the writer didn't make you feel a connection to the characters to begin with.
The main villains motive for wanting to kill the others was very silly. I can't really say more then that because it would be spoilers.read more
In terms of the story I think its a pretty poorly written mess of "hey, I'm sure this will make sense in a few episodes..." Nothing ever really comes together in a way that makes sense
The antagonists motivations are never explained. Only a couple characters get any sort of actual development and all the others are basically just there for cute loli scenes.
The animation is okay at best and early two-thousands at worst.
The OP is pretty good but a majority of the soundtrack sounds pretty generic and OH MY GAWD, the sound effects are so terrible! They use the same "wind against the microphone" sound effect for so many things in the action scenes!
Overall I enjoyed the short bursts of action scenes here and there but I certainly wouldn't recommend it or ever watch it again for that matter. Basically just kind of boring.read more
LA had ALOT of questions after finishing off Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars, like "What are the Regalia's really?, are they humans manufactured to transform into mechs? (or vice-versa)", "Why is Rena and Yuinshiel so special?", "Why is Yuinshiel the only person defending her own country?" and "What WAS Sara and Tia's deal in all this?", some are explained...most not so much.
Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars right off the bat, LA might as well get to what was wrong with Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars in the first place. If LA would frame Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars' development across the board, from character development, relational and world building, it's either "not much explained or put into immediate context because of it" or "fragile". Character development wise besides the main characters of Rena voiced by Ayane Sakura and Yuinshiel Asteria voiced by Kaede Hondo and their relationship together, along with maybe Ingrid and Kei Tiesto voiced by Asami Seto and Nao Touyama respectively, the character development is extremely flimsy and your just expected that something is making them develop. Rena and Yui's (Yuinshiel's nickname which LA will stick to for the rest of this review) development has strands from both world building of the Regalia as well as their own incest-not incestuous yuri relationship, but even then it wasn't enough for LA to get invested into both of these characters and mind you their the central focus main PROTAGONISTS of this anime. Ingrid and Kei does have their own arc and development to them in some respects but that's rushed and they too become similar to Rena and Yui's relationship.
World building in Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars at best will throw a bone in maybe 3 episodes tops but the world building executed can't even explain the SIMPLEST of matters...like ohh LA doesn't know the MECHA'S THEMSELVES, it's a mecha anime and they don't explain ANY OF IT (Ok, maybe LA is over-exaggerating but telling us the backstory of a HUGE Regalia war is fine, not telling us how these mecha's function with the human "avatars" is just basically ignored or are there different vers. of the Regalia, because some of the "mech of the week" shows up and they don't have ANY human avatars...these are NEVER EXPLAINED). There is also political tension between the two countries of Rimguard and Enastria Empire but besides the few first episodes, this plotline gets quickly dismissed as it leads into Ingrid and Kei's arc. Really LA's irritation from Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars comes from how vague it all is without a semblance of focus and for what LA has explained quite clearly is a major problem in the anime. The next problem comes in form of the blatant obvious villain of Johann voiced by Megumi Ogata, he is OBVIOUS from the outset of his intentions during Ingrid and Kei's arc and he just gets hammier from there, his "major evil plan" later on is just soo god damn cliche a la "world domination" it's laughable LA couldn't take him seriously, mind you HE'S the one moving the plot forward the majority of the anime. Johann is also the one character that kinda knows the lore LA wanted to know about the Regalia, but him being such a vague smug bastard he is about it that it just felt like it was a way to piss LA off even further with his blatant villainous intent, ohh and his resolution is utmost unsatisfying by the end of it as his "true intentions comes into play" and his motivations to all becomes cheesy and cliche. Finally how about we get to the least developed, underwhelming characters in the entire series, Sara and Tia Kleis voiced by Yurika Kubo and Yui Ogura respectively, they are essentially cheerleaders towards Rena and Yui but aside from being "backup" they really have no impact or development to them until the final 3 episodes but that once again like Ingrid and Kei's arc...is rushed or once it's over merely forgotten about.
Seriously LA kinda sees the opposite problem with Sara and Tia towards Rena and Yui all things considered, as they have personality, but have no backstory or impact to the anime where Rena and Yui have almost bland to no personality outside the defining trait and have involvement in the plot. Really with the major hero duos of this anime, individually, they have really bland stereotypical archetypes we've seen before, but together they have some semblance of development but just not enough for LA to care about ANY of the main cast, heck LA's favourite character was Yui's friend Retsu Narumi voiced by Hisako Kanemoto, because at least she had constant personality in which she didn't need character development anyways because she's a minor character.
Holy crap, LA talked lots about the character and narrative problems.......one last grip though, because of how much of a hodgepodge of elements Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars has, LA also needs to take a flaw to the battles, yes due to the amazingly shiny and detailed animation by Actas, the mech fights are probably one of it's biggest strengths, but because Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars tends to emphasis more on fighting than developing ANYTHING besides whatever it can pander to the audience (yuri undertoned context on characters, cute characters etc.) and it just feels like almost HALF of the anime is nothing but mindless mech battles. At the very least mecha fights in other mecha animes such as Code Geass and heck VALVRAVE THE LIBERATOR had the common decency to explain how the mecha's were manufactured or functions or found and the fights DEVELOP the characters on both sides to both develop the world or political problems at the same time if need be, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars?...doesn't do EITHER of these well.
Ok, besides LA aforementioned brilliant animation, is there ANYTHING else that could be counted as a strength?. The character designs by QP;Flapper who did Gi(a)rlish Number's character designs were pleasing to the eye and because of that the characters themselves were all distinct because of that. The voice acting was decent overall though there are some squeakers (in the form of Yui Ogura's Tia and Yurika Kubo's Sara), though LA at one point thought that Yurika Kubo's Sara sounded much like Yukari Tamura at one point...so that was a plus?. The OP and ED were actually caught LA's fancy and were catchy to say the least. The mecha designs were slightly off to LA but yeah along with the great character designs, the mecha designs were "exotic" to say the least and at the very least the mecha designs didn't clash with one another as was easy to notice who was who, though LA would just commend the color palette for that one as they are all color-coded. For as much bitching about the characters LA said above, LA WILL have to say that at least Rena and Yui's relationship and even a bit on Yui's mother was welcoming exposition LA wanted, so some backstory or character development from the both of them was a good bonus to it all. Finally LA would say that anytime there actually WERE Regalia lore thrown out here and there was a bit satisfying. LA really is grasping at straws to find anything good about the anime but this however.
Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars' multiple plotlines, with it's elements of mecha, yuri undertones, slice of life, political struggles and stopping a psychopathic villain, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars feels like a bloated yet lacking mess of ideas and elements that went in and for an original anime, there's no one to blame but the anime itself. LA could see the potential here ONLY if Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars could throw us a bone into getting us into this world of mecha's and it's political problems and it's character motivations, but Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars seems to care more about it's mindless but fluid mecha fights and pandering to it's yuri fan demographic than it does wanting to build the world and bring focus to it's characters that they created which could easily be resolved or at least "helped" by GOD DAMN EXPLAINING THINGS TO US . LA felt like knew what Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars' intentions were and it really could have been a good decent mecha anime but failed in execution to it's bloated multiple plotlines that go nowhere and lacking in areas of character and world building it could have done to make it better. LA can quite honestly say that "context matters" and quite clearly Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars didn't get the message, as if the audience can't fully understand the basic machinations of the world this anime is in and how it functions and how it works into the story or characters, what makes you think the audience will start to care about any of it?.read more