Starship Troopers (OVA)

Starship Troopers

Cover of official handbook on the series showing Johnny Rico inside the power armor design from the OVA.
(Uchū no Senshi)
Genre Mecha, Space opera, Military sci-fi
Original video animation
Directed by Tetsurō Amino
Produced by Hironori Nakagawa
Minoru Takanashi
Written by Tsunehisa Ito
Shō Aikawa
Music by Hiroyuki Namba
Studio Sunrise
Released October 25, 1988 December 17, 1988
Runtime 25 minutes
Episodes 6

Starship 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/Bandai Visual and released in 1988. It is based on the book Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein that was published in 1959.

Mecha design

Kazutaka Miyatake of Studio Nue originally designed the mobile infantry powered armors in the OVA for a Japanese edition of the novel in the early eighties.[1] A mecha based on this design also appears on the DAICON III and IV Opening Animations from 1981 and 1983, a few years before the OVA was released.

Episode list

  1. "Johnny"
  2. "Hendrick"
  3. "Maria"
  4. "Greg"
  5. "Cherenkov"
  6. "Carmencita"


  1. Gundam Century (1st Edition), p.146. Minori Shobo. September 22, 1981.
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