Review – Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars

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Popular sci-fi anime Knights of Sidonia, which first aired in 2014, is back with a new theatrical movie premiere. Funimation announced it has partnered with Polygon Pictures for the film release of Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars in theaters for a limited time beginning September 13 in the United States and Canada, in Japanese with English subtitles and English dub. The film, Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars, is the thrilling conclusion of the adventures of the Sidonia.

Review

Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars brings the Knights of Sidonia to its conclusion in this theatrical release set 10 years after the events at the end of season 2. For a quick refresher, the story takes place a thousand years after mankind flees from Earth after it was destroyed by a race of shapeshifting aliens, the Gauna. We follow one of the last known seed ships for humanity, the Sidonia.

A new generation of pilots joins the fight in the Lem system to find a planet that humanity can settle on and survive. The guards and Sidonia are finally ready to fight the large Gauna cluster and must do so at any cost. Knights of Sidonia uses 3DCGI which for many is hard to watch. The original TV series suffered from poor audio quality and the less than crisp graphics from this method of animation when it first aired in 2014. However, Love Woven in the Stars clearly has the advantage of newer technology and better animation leading to a far more enjoyable experience and audio.

Knights of Sidonia feels like a love song to the classical days of space opera anime and the world of mecha. The back to basics approach of humanity looking for a new world while fighting aliens in space is boring in and of itself. However, pepper in the unique nature of the Gauna, genetic manipulation, clones, hybrids and you get a recipe for an interesting world-building that makes the series a worthwhile watch.

Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars is the climax of the series bringing the final secrets of the immortal council and the fight with the Gauna to its conclusion. I do feel that the end seems a bit rushed and too cleanly wrapped up. However, as with so many other anime which never get to conclude their stories, it was nice to see everyone get their ending, good or sad. Plus the nicer graphics and better audio makes the theatre experience much more enjoyable for this film (or even a home theatre setup).

Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars hits limited theatres starting 9/13 and 9/14 dubbed and subbed. You can find local theatres and tickets over at FunimationFilms.com.

Funimation also acquired seasons one and two of the anime series giving fans a chance to enjoy all 24 nail-biting episodes and catch up on the action in outer space. The series is currently available on Funimation’s streaming platform in the United States, Canada, U.K. and Ireland.

Don’t have a Funimation subscription yet? Start a free trial today and get caught up on Knights of Sidonia before seeing the film.

Robert Prentice