Seikai no Danshō

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Seikai no Danshō
GenreSpace opera
Serial novel
Written byHiroyuki Morioka
Published byHayakawa Publishing
ImprintHayakawa Bunko
MagazineSF Magazine
Original runAugust 1996March 20, 2014
Original video animation
Passage of the Stars - Birth
Directed byOsamu Nabeshima
Yasushi Nagaoka
Licensed by
ReleasedApril 7, 2000
Runtime25 minutes
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Fragments of the Stars (星界の断章, Seikai no Danshō) is a series of books collecting short stories by Hiroyuki Morioka, set in the same universe and involving characters from his novels Crest of the Stars and Banner of the Stars. The word Dansho refers to a passage from a written work, but there is currently no consensus on how the title should be translated. One story later included in the 2005 compilation Seikai no Dansho I, "Birth", was made into an anime OVA in 2000, four years after it was originally published in the SF Magazine and 5 years before the consolidation of that story into the 2005 edition.



No.TitleRelease date ISBN
1Seikai no Dansho IJuly 8, 2005ISBN 4150308020
  • Sousei (創生, sousei, "Genesis") (SF Magazine, February 1999)
  • Kyoen (饗宴, kyouen, "Feast") (1997)
  • Shushu (蒐集, shuushuu, "Collection") (SF Magazine, September 1999)
  • Hotetsu (哺啜, hotetsu, "Suckling") (2000)
  • Kunrin (君臨, kunrin, "Reign") (SF Magazine February, 1997)
  • Hiseki (秘蹟, hiseki, "Secrets") (May, 2000)
  • Yasou (夜想, yasou, "Nocturne") (2001)
  • Senritsu (戦慄, senritsu, "Shudder") (April, 2005)
  • Tanjo (誕生, tanjou, "Birth") (August 1996)
  • Bokun (暴君, boukun, "Tyrant")
  • Sesshoku (接触, seshhoku, "Contact")
  • Genzai (原罪, genzai, "Original Sin")
2Seikai no Dansho IIMarch 9, 2007ISBN 4150308802
  • Heidon (併呑, heidon, "Annexation")
  • Shitto (嫉妬, shitto, "Envy")
  • Chakunin (着任, chakunin, "Reporting for Duty")
  • Doyu (童友, douyuu, "Childhood Friend")
  • Tenkyo (転居, tenkyo, "Moving")
  • Boukei (謀計, boukei, "Conspiracy")
  • Kyugi (球技, kyuugi, "Sport")
  • Ketsubetsu (訣別, ketsubetsu, "Parting")
  • Dogi (童戯, dougi, "Childhood Prank")
  • Shukufuku (祝福, shukufuku, "Blessing")
  • Henten (変転, henten, "Change")
  • Bokushu (墨守, bokushu, "Adherence")
3Seikai no Dansho IIIMarch 20, 2014ISBN 4150311536
  • Yaei (野営) (Camp)
  • (ドゥサーニュの場合) (Camping with Dusanyu) (May 28, 2010)
  • (ぺネージュの場合) (Camping with Penej(Spoor)) (June 25, 2010)
  • (ノールの場合) (Camping with Naurh(Ekuryua)) (July 23, 2010)
  • Shuppon (出奔) ((Take) Flight)
  • Kainyū (介入) (Intervention) (March 25, 2013)
  • Yūin (誘引) (Enticement)
  • Kaishō (海嘯) (Eagre/Tidal Bore) (August 25, 2013)
  • Rigō (離合) (Meetings and Partings)
  • Raiyū (来遊) (The Visit)


An anime OVA adapted one of the stories that was included 5 years later in the 2005 book Seikai no Dansho I.

EP# Title Original airdate
"Tanjou" (誕生)
April 7, 2000 (2000-04-07)
Although anxious to get back to the capital and resume active military duty, Plakia agrees with the impulsive Debeus to take a brief detour from their honeymoon to view a supernova remnant up close. While talking about all sorts of degradation and prejudice that landers have poured against the Abh as a non-human race, an unrecognized object show up on their monitor which they soon identify as a possible obsolete type of interplanetary ship. The couple board the dilapidated and seemingly empty ship to explore it. The old ship lurches into motion, leaving their own ship behind. To prevent the possibility of spending the rest of their lives floating aimlessly in space, Plakia decides to use explosives to alter the ship's course but suffers briefly from radiation leaving Debeus to finish up. Plakia stumbles upon a mummified corpse in the cockpit which unsettles her. In spite of her protestations, Debeus investigates and confirms that the corpse belong to a bioroid that seemed better built than their own Abh ancestors. As the explosives activate, the hold also cracks open and releases its cargo which bursts to reveal the bodies of other bioroids. As they successfully escape to their own ship, Debeus expresses his love for Plakia in the ultimate way that only the Abh can do. Thus, shortly thereafter, a baby girl is born. She is named Lafiel, a gem and source of life - a daughter of love.

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