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Anime / Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars

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Just your regular middle-school anime.
Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars is a science fiction anime produced by Madhouse under director Tatsuo Sato, aired on the NHK network. The series consists of 26 episodes released between May 8th, 2001 and December 4th, 2001. On March 3, 2008, the series made its North American television debut on the Funimation Channel.

The premise revolves around an alien invasion of Tokyo being repelled by a mysterious giant being which is almost a monster in itself. The attack and giant creature are witnessed by many of those at a highschool. Shortly after, highschool student Murata Hajime witnesses fellow classmates using psychic abilities and is drawn into the mysteries of the apparent psychic powers and the alien attack.

This work shows examples of:

  • All Your Powers Combined: Nayuta's powers combined with Shun, Hachiyou and Kyouichi's allow Nayuta to travel through space.
  • Audience Surrogate: Hajime Murata, who narrates everything that happens to him so the viewers will understand what's going on.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Hajime Murata occasionally turns to the audience and comments. Of course, other characters ask who he is talking to and think he is strange. Kazuo Murata, Hajime's father, also does this when he first shows up. "Like father, like son".
  • Character Narrator: Hajime Murata, who explains everything that happens in Tokyo.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: An oft-seen characteristic.
  • Cool Starship: seen in the last episodes.
  • Expy: Fans of Tatsuo's previous work Martian Successor Nadesico can recognize some elaborations on character designs and names:
    • Hikaru Inagaki is an aged-down Hikaru Amano.
    • Misumaru Middle School shares its name with the Nadesico's captain Yurika Misumaru and her father Admiral Kouichiro Misumaru.
    • The 70s inspired-setting can be seen as a massive elaboration of the 70s-inspired anime-with-in-an-anime Gekigangar III.
  • Great Offscreen War: 10,000 years ago. That only ends after galactic physical annihilation.