Starship Troopers (1988): S01E03 – Maria


StarsStarship Troopers (宇宙の戦士, Uchū no Senshi, lit. “Universal Warriors”, “Universal Soldiers” or “Soldier of Space”) is a six-part anime OVA produced by Sunrise and released in 1988.

It is based on the 1959 book Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein.

The OVA was dedicated to Heinlein who died before the first part of the series was released.


Mail has always been an important part of a soldier’s life and the MI is no different. There several mail calls in the OVA, and this causes Johnnie to finally compose a letter to his high school crush, Carmencita, while another letter arrives: news of his mother’s death in the spaceport attack that cost one million lives.

It is during a briefing detailing the attack on Earth that the announcement is made that training will be accelerated in preparation for a massive strike back on the aliens. They are to report to the lunar Federation base for planetary assault training.

It is around this time that Johnnie runs into Carmencita and during their difficult talk; one of Johnnie’s teammates asks if he got a nude picture of his crush. In response, Carmencita slaps Rico and the guys punish the teammate.

While the training is intense, Rico is not himself and it costs the team during lunar force-on-force training with a building with automated defensive systems. As punishment, the unit is put on toilet duty and the Johnnie is beaten up. The unit makes up via a loose bottle of booze.

Starship Troopers Series

You can find a full index of the Starship Troopers anime series here.

You can find a full index and overview of the Starship Troopers franchise here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Tetsuro Amino.
  • Producer(s): Hironori Nakagawa and Minoru Takanashi.
  • Writer(s): Tsunehisa Ito and Sho Aikawa.
  • Music: Hiroyuki Nanba.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s): Takeshi Seyama.
  • Production: Sunrise, Studio Nue, and Bandai Visual.
  • Distributor(s): Bandai Emotion.
  • Release Date: 25 November 1988.
  • Running Time: 25 minutes.
  • Country: Japan.
  • Language: English.


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