->''"I want to see the stars while looking forward, rather than having to look up."''

In 2167 AD, the shockwave of Hydrus Beta gone supernova reached Earth and brought about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Almost two centuries later, humanity managed to restore much of its civilization and although Earth remains severely underpopulated, the scientists discovered a new threat to the planet as well as means to counter it. A second shockwave, now carrying physical remains of the Hydrus star system rather than just radiation, is on its way to the Solar System. But humans have erected enormous space stations called Foundations to span gigantic energy shields over Earth and other inhabited planets to deflect the shockwave. This is the Great Mission, the ultimate achievement of mankind and the greatest hope for its survival.

In the year 2356, Shima Katase and her friends enroll at the space academy on Stellvia, the Foundation assigned to Earth. Eventually, despite being mere first-years, they become the ones to confront the second shockwave and defeat it. However, the Great Mission is just their first step on the rocky path to the distant stars...

''StellviaOfTheUniverse'' is a ScienceFiction {{anime}} television series produced in 2003 by studio XEBEC and directed by Tatsuo Sato of ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'' fame. Despite its AfterTheEnd setting, it carries strong [[{{Utopia}} utopic]] message and bright optimistic [[RousseauWasRight belief in humanity]]. On the other hand, it also displays deep insight into human psychology, showing how true unity can only be achieved in the presence of a common goal and how it starts falling apart once it's gone, only to return again when needed. Unfortunately, ''Stellvia'' remained [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove largely unknown]] to broad audiences, likely killing a possible continuation. To make things worse, Creator/{{Geneon}} discontinued its DVD release in North America, among dozens of others.

"Stellvia" literally means "the road to the stars" in GratuitousLatin.
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!!Tropes:

* ACupAngst: Shima is a bit shy about it. HilarityEnsues when she shows up for flight class covering her LatexSpaceSuit...with a towel.
* AfterTheEnd
* [[strike: [[AirJousting Air]]]] [[AirJousting Space Jousting]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Source of much {{Wangst}} and a dangerous GreenEyedMonster.
* [[AngelUnaware Alien Unaware]]
* AloofBigBrother: Actually, a ditzy big sister; but Shima's brother sees her as his idol, never the less.
* TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople
* BetaCouple: [[spoiler: Jojo/Akira. They hook up mid-series while the main characters are off on the mission to the outer system.]]
* BigBad: Complete lack thereof, if you don't count cosmic cataclysms as such...
* BigFancyHouse: Well, a big fancy space station, actually; but it's still home and it [[spoiler:hurts to lose it]].
* BlindIdiotTranslation: "Does it make answer? ... It records. After a dial tone please message" on a video mail system. Made even more jarring as it comes about five minutes after a screen showing "See You Next Year!" in seven different languages... none of them Japanese.
** Delicious irony results in the English dub, when those same messages--but with normal English grammar and usage--are recited by voice, at the same time as the Engrish displays on screen.
* BrokenAce: Ayaka. She's got to be ''the best'', but the kids in the next generation are even better than she is, and she doesn't take it well.
* {{Cameo}}: Shima appears as a girl in a Dating Sim in ''Anime/BottleFairy''.
* CantCatchUp: The reason for a lot of Shima's {{Wangst}} is that she's not as good as Kouta.
* CasanovaWannabe: Pierre.
* ChekhovsGun: Shima's an even better programmer than she is a pilot, which the anime goes out of its way to point out early in the show.
* CoolBigSis: Ayaka becomes one to both Yayoi and Kouta, following her HeelFaceTurn.
* ConspicuousCG: Used for exterior shots of spacecraft.
* CutenessProximity: Traps you in an infinite loop from hell.
* CutShort: The series was planned as three half-seasons, but creative differences split up the production team after the second part was completed.
* DatingSim: One was made. This page and a couple of videos on Youtube are probably the only place you'll hear about it.
* DeflectorShields: On planetary scale, no less.
* DistantFinale: Two years later.
* DoWellButNotPerfect
* EmotionlessGirl: Akira, bordering the [[TinMan Tin Girl]] zone.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Multiple times; it happened once 189 years ago, it's happening again with the Second Wave. [[spoiler:And it's happening one more time with the Cosmic Fracture.]]
* ExplodingCloset: Shima cleans up before a study session by cramming all of her [[GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals stuffed toys]] into the closet. Jojo notices one sticking out and opens the door.
* FasterThanLightTravel: Notably absent, so that a trip to another Foundation takes several months, which is a [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand plot point]].
** Implied to be possible, but at sufficiently astronomical energy costs that it wouldn't be possible with anything smaller than a Stellvia-class station.
* GeneralRipper: Luckily, these folks don't get much to say.
* GeniusDitz: Shima.
* GenkiGirl: Arisa.
* GoGetterGirl: Ayaka is extremely ambitious, to the point of committing criminal acts.
* HardWorkMontage: Stellvia has a very diverse and demanding class load.
* HeelFaceTurn: Ayaka.
** HeelRealization: She realizes of how petty she has become after her [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeat by the hands of Kouta]].
* HeroicBSOD: Shima gets more than her share of these.
* HeroicRROD
* HumanityOnTrial: The aliens' actions make sense. Really.
* HumongousMecha: There are only two in the series, and their humanoid form is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the representative role they were intended to play in eventual contact with non-human civilizations.
** It is ''not'' a giant robot, far from it. It's a spaceship... a spaceship in human form.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Ayaka. Like, holy cow.
* LatexSpaceSuit: The pilot suits are so tight fitting that it causes several characters, male and female alike, to be embarrassed about certain areas. [[spoiler:[[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Two of the notable towel-bearers are Shima and Kouta.]]]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Sort of, [[spoiler:the "cosmic fracture" that destroyed Hydrus Beta and caused both shockwaves]].
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Shima receives a mecha of her own for Mission Genesis.
** Before then, Shima's ship got upgraded repeatedly for the Astroball tournament.
* NegativeSpaceWedgie: The First Wave, Second Wave, and [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan the Fracture behind the supernova]]]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Kouta ''deliberately'' gets average grades in everything. He's actually capable of outshining [[TheAce Rinna]] and Shima.
* {{Odango}}: Shima, Najima Gable.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Kouta/Shima and Jojo/Akira]]
* OlderAndWiser: Yayoi.
* OpeningNarration
* OverprotectiveDad: Shirogane-sensei is a bit shy about mobilizing the kids, even after they [[spoiler: already saved the world the first time]].
* PerfectPacifistPeople: [[spoiler:Until the Great Mission is finished and the peace starts to crack, anyway.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: The whole Ultima incident.
* PromotionToParent: Kouta's sis takes over raising him due to their parents dying.
* TheQuietOne: Masaru Odawara, eventually ascends to leadership of the gang.
* RapunzelHair: Many of the girls have very long hair; Shima Katase does at least have the sense to bind hers up before spaceflight missions.
* TheRival: Subverted with Rinna, who proclaims Shima to be her rival but never acts overtly hostile; the two become very close friends almost immediately.
** UnknownRival: Inverted with [[spoiler:Ayaka]]. Upon seeing [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Yayoi, and later Shima]], she targets them as rivals ''without telling them'', leading to "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accidents]]".
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Ayaka and Yayoi could even be considered SchoolgirlLesbians; also, there is some suggestive teasing going on between Arisa and Shima.
* RousseauWasRight
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: Subverted: [[spoiler:the aliens are actually trying to understand and help humans, even though it doesn't readily work out]].
* {{Seinen}}
* ShipperOnDeck: Ayaka has become one for Kouta, fully supporting his relationship with Shima.
* ShrinkingViolet: Shima at first.
* SpaceCadetAcademy: Stellvia (and the other four Foundations).
* SpaceOpera
* TheStoic: Kouta, though his self-control reaches its limits towards the end of the series.
* SuperPrototype: Infinity and Halcyon.
* TearsOfJoy: Ayaka gets it in the last episode when Yayoi confesses on how she wanted to fly in space together with her (which can also be interpreted as a full forgiveness for Ayaka's past actions and a confession of love).
* TearsOfRemorse: Ayaka cried a ''hard'' one in episode 12.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: So friends and teachers have to stand in.
** [[SubvertedTrope And do they]] ''[[SubvertedTrope ever]]''.
* TokenMiniMoe: Riina
* TrueCompanions: Shima, Kouta, Arisa, and the rest of their merry band.
* {{Utopia}}: A rather realistic one.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 11, where Ayaka [[spoiler:attacks Shima out of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]] for her achievements]], and episode 16, where people [[spoiler:actually die, for the first time]].
* WhamLine: Yayoi: "Please go find Shippon or [[spoiler:she'll be destroyed]] by Ms. Machida!"
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Ren about Kouta's attraction toward Shima, and characters and fans about Akira toward Joey, even though she actually explains that one.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Shima, Arisa, Yayoi.
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