Introduction and Story
Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars aims to be the finale for the long-running mecha/romance/sci-fi series and we here at Honey’s Anime were given a great opportunity to review this climatic tale! Unfortunately due to the pandemic Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars was delayed but now Funimation has partnered with Polygon Pictures to do a limited theatrical run on September 13th! Those who also need a bit of a refresher—as the last season aired in 2015—can also watch both seasons via Funimation! Will Tanikaze’s final skirmish be the best of the series or will this romantic space tale fail to impress? Fans of Knights of Sidonia are you ready!? Let us dive into our full review of Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars and see if Polygon Pictures delivered the ending we all have prayed for!
The Sidonia, humanity’s final stronghold, has never known peace due to the alien threat dubbed the Gauna. Despite the countless victories—thanks to the pilot prodigy Nagate Tanikaze—their battle is far from over and the time for a final attack on the Gauna hive is encroaching. Quieter days have blessed Sidonia as of late but those days are about to come to a screeching halt. The war with the Guana is going to reach a possible climax as Sidonia plans a major assault against the Guana threat. Tanikaze and some of the new Garde pilots will need to utilize their talents if they hope to survive. Can the survivors of humanity finally find a means to rest without fear? More importantly, will love blossom in the stars and change the future for Sidonia? The end of a possible 600+ year war is coming but will the Sidonia be ready for one of the hardest fights they have ever encountered?
The Closing We All Needed
Season 2 of Knights of Sidonia aired its final episode on June 2015 and we have long waited for a conclusion to this strange world we’ve come to love. After six years—and numerous delays due to the worldwide epidemic—we have our long-awaited ending and it’s an ending well worth the time that we had to endure! Not only do the Gauna unleash their best opponents for the Garde pilots but we have a romance that truly feels long overdue. Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars made sure to cater to the fans who have waited so patiently--but that is what we otaku do best--and we always appreciate that as anime fans! There is a sadness in seeing Knights of Sidonia reach a conclusion but the closing we did receive was not only fitting but truly perfect for this incredible mecha anime. Let’s just hope that one day we do see maybe some side stories for Knights of Sidonia or OVAs but even if that doesn’t happen, we will always remember the wonderful ending that Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars delivered!
Romance of a Different Kind
The romance element in Knights of Sidonia has always been a bit different than other romance series out there. Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars takes it a bit further as it pairs Tsumugi Shiraui and Tanikaze in some genuinely cute moments that are quite peculiar. There’s even a scene where a robot and hybrid get together and it isn’t as weird as it sounds. Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars tires to show romance can happen between anyone and it can truly blossom in the strangest ways. Seriously, seeing a giant kaiju-like creature blush and overheat--all while making the water around them boil-- due to embarrassment seems really odd but Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars made it somehow adorable and fitting for the movie. Plus, that ending will no doubt make fans smile as it is just a genuinely adorable final scene.
Let the Knights Shine!
Polygon Pictures hasn’t always found love from anime fans due to their reliance on pseudo CGI animation but Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars has shown that CGI still works for this series. Not only are the various effects extremely detailed and eye-catching but the overall character/mecha design is at its best. The Gauna still aren’t the greatest looking threat--and sometimes can look a bit weak in comparison to the robots--but there are a few new enemy types that look quite solid. The various battles like the explosive intro sequence and the final battle, are so gorgeous we almost forgot CGI was used at all! Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars was an impressive film and we can’t deny we wished the series would have looked this fantastic!
Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars clearly didn’t want to end on a ho-hum note and utilizes some of the best music the series has seen to date! We love that angela’s Sidonia song is used—which acted as the first season’s opening and is easily one of the best OPs of both seasons—appears near the end to signal the final climatic battle and really helps pump your adrenaline up! Besides that, the OST in Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars is just perfect and makes every scene that much more impactful and fitting. Watching the OST go from low ranges during calmer moments to intense electronica tunes just helped each scene more memorable than the last! Rarely does an OST excel as much as the one in Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars!
Who Are You Again?
A constant issue with every entry in the Knights of Sidonia world is the slew of characters introduced and how they are rarely ever given enough time to shine. The same can be said of Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars where we are quickly introduced to dozens of new pilots who seem important only to be killed/defeated before long. It doesn’t help that some of the newer Garde pilots are just rehashes of older characters in terms of personality and reasons for wanting to fight. Overall, Tanikaze, Tsumugi, Izana Shinatose and several other major characters will really be the only ones you’ll remember when the film ends.
Took Long Enough!
One threat that has constantly loomed in the background in Knights of Sidonia—and has been mentioned numerous times in both seasons—is Ochiai. This once hero became a villain around season 1 and has shown that he has been always waiting to launch a truly devastating blow on Sidonia and its travelers. Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars finally allows Ochiai to really unleash some damage but our question is why did it take 2 seasons to finally have this main antagonist appear fully?! Ochiai is a great series antagonist but appearing in this final movie seems overly obvious and anti-climactic.
Is This an Episode or a Movie?
Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars definitely is a movie--as evident from the run-time--but in many ways also feels like yet another episode. The usual way the episodes flowed—battle, moment of rest, story revelation and then another battle—appears in Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars. We could have easily seen this climax as an OVA if it weren’t for the large scale visuals and moments. We still love Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars but it doesn’t feel like a movie which is a strange feeling. Still, we can’t deny some of the more grandiose fights were truly cinematic in nature. We still feel the intense final battle between Ochiai and Nagate was hands down one of the series greater battles.
Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars is like a giant episode but one of the better episodes of the series. This finale to the Knights of Sidonia world remembers to keep the strange ideas and unique themes alive and well. Honestly, Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars was one of the better mecha anime movies we’ve watched in some time and we have no doubts fans will be happy with how this movie ends!
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