Title: Banner of the Stars II: Protecting the Precious
Series: Seikai Trilogy
Author & Artist: Hiroyuki Morioka & Wasoh Miyakoshi
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Jinto and Lafiel are working on the new Basroil and their assignment takes them to the fringes of the continued war with the United Mankind.
They are to evacuate a planet, only it turns out it is a prison planet and various factions are claiming to be in charge.
Jinto must therefore head planet side to sort everything out. And nothing goes right. Eventually Lafiel must choose between her duty and her feelings.
The artist changed, so the artwork was different and I have to say, I was not a fan of that change. Also, there were a couple of instance of fan service that just didn’t need to be there.
Storywise, I didn’t feel like things really took off until Jinto and Lafiel got to Lobnos II, which was quite a ways into the book. All the other stuff dealing with Lafiel’s brother and other Abh felt extremely extraneous and superfluous. It was fluff.
But, when things went South and Lafiel had to make the tough decisions, it was well done. Also, things didn’t end as I was expecting since this was a manga and my recollections of the anime were pretty fuzzy, but it was a good ending and I enjoyed it. I really wish more of the anime existed, so I could watch it, but such is life.