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Five Star Monogatari  
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Several thousands of years from now, there exists the Joker Galaxy of five Star Systems, where a long, long war is being fought. The god of light, Amaterasu, is trying to unite the galaxy under his rule. The fighting stands between giant mecha called Mortar Headds, their pilots, the Headdliners, trained since birth for their task, and the female humanlike computers called Fatimas, necessary for controlling the MH. Many are the lives and destinies found throughout the more than thousand year long era of war, although Amaterasu seems to live through it all.

Note: To honor its 25th anniversary, the series was reprinted under Five Star Monogatari Reboot (The Five Star Stories Reboot) with a final and 13th volume.

So far, 12 volumes of manga have been published since 1986. There is an English version of the manga available, published by Toyspress, a company co-founded by the author. Each volume of the English version contained approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of the equivalent Japanese volumes. To date, 26 volumes of the English version have been produced, covering Japanese volumes 1 through 10. Volumes 11 and 12 have yet to be translated and the status of future English versions is unknown at this time.


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Associated Names
ファイブスター物語 リブート
Five Star Monogatari Reboot
The Five Star Stories
The Five Star Stories Reboot

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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Hiatus) + 1 Volume (the final volume of reboot edition)

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (29 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.87 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 27th 2014, 10:33pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Newtype (Kadokawa Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Toyspress [Add]

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1199 increased(+77)
Monthly Pos #1999 increased(+419)
3 Month Pos #3697 increased(+467)
6 Month Pos #5709 increased(+287)

List Stats
On 105 reading lists
On 223 wish lists
On 10 unfinished lists
On 78 custom lists

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One for the ages   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Foolworm
January 31st, 2009, 12:46am
It's amazing nobody had posted a review for this series before. Oh well, first time for everything, right?

The Five Star Stories (FSS) is a epic space opera by Nagano Mamoru. In this case, I mean epic as in comparable to such giants as Heinlein's Future History, Star Wars or Lensmen, or a bit closer to home, series like Tytania, Terra e and Legend of Galactic Heroes. It also happens to be one of the shortest, at a rather compact 12 volumes after over 20 years of serialization.

However, its length belies its scale; the story is written almost in an anthology format where little vignettes are woven into a sprawling history that spans millenia - much of which has yet to be written, but is extensively covered by generous 'databooks' and other supplementary material.

This series is different from most others in that these supplementary sources are quite necessary to make sense of the intricacies of the world that Nagano has created, and even then, there are enough inconsistencies in details to make bookkeeping a nightmare - or if one wants to look at it positively, create the illusion of a true history where there is generally no definitive source.

The art is gorgeous, the story is fantastic (in the literal and superlative sense), but only if one is really into the series. This manga is definitely not for the casual reader; it takes a true fanatic to obsessively make sense of every last detail. There is no grey area for FSS: you are either a fan, or you're not. And if you are, you follow it to the dot.

It's a pity FSS receives so little press. It definitely deserves more.

A classic for the ages.
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