Shingu – Secret Of The Stellar Wars is a very entertaining series. Following the adventures of Hajime Murata, second year student at Misumaru Middle School. He befriends the newet transfer student, Muryou Subaru… witnessing incidents with aliens and those that would defend the Earth against. It looks like an easy going children’s adventure, half the time of which they don’t even care about the alien threat or something. In fact, they barely show emotions. There’s no melodrama: in fact the storyline seems to make a point out of gleefully puncturing all our expectations as developed by watching other anime. Hajime breaks the fourth wall regularly to comment on how things are going – and even then, he’s regarded oddly for ‘muttering to himself’.
It’s pretty much a series for many different ages, especially if you like middle school adventures and the combination of slice of life with something else. The style of drawing and watercolors used throughout the show adds an artistic look and feel to some of the scenery, while most of the series sticks to the standard drawing style of most anime. The story is a little slow at times, even during these times you find yourself very interested in what is going on, as the characters tend to act in very human and thought provoking ways. Maybe I like explosions and action too much than is healthy, but if you are looking for an action-adventure, this is not the show for you. If you like something that takes a long time to develop but develops it really well, you will like it.
Touching again with the second paragraph, basically all the episodes are quite slow, relaxing and not really suspense since you can quite guess about the outcome of the event.It focuses more on the school events like the athletic festival and the development between the characters rather than flashy fights by the alien invaders. So this is what makes it unique compared to the other sci-fi anime. With all these strange events taking place around him, Hajime is determined to figure out the truth about a world he thought he already knew. This is his story: a tale of aliens and humans, starships and spies, and friends who are often more than they appear. So if you’re a sci-fi fan who wants something different or just a slice of life sucker who wants a more than just a slice of life show, you can try watch this show. Though the slowness and take it easy feelings might be the avoiding factor to those who seeks actions and adventure, but I think this is what make it unique compared to the other anime.
The story unfolds in 26 episodes, split across five discs. It looks like an easy going children’s adventure, half the time of which they don’t even care about the alien threat or something. In fact, they barely show emotions. That’s what I love about this show, it’s so gentle and unassuming, yet totally entertaining. As uncommon as it is for a show that combines slice of life with mecha action, I don’t find much replay value in it. It’s definitely not the most exciting series: it always favors its laid-back style and pacing, even at the darker parts in the series, but at the same time I can hardly see anything that this show does wrong. Oh, and occasionally they would save the world a bit.