The sixth volume of Hiroyuki Morioka's Banner of the Stars (Seikai no Senki) novel series will ship in Japan on Wednesday. The novel, titled Seikai no Senki: Teikoku no Raimei (Imperial Thunder), will be the first installment in the novel series in five years.
Seikai no Senki V: Shukumei no Shirabe shipped in Japan in March 2013. It was the first volume published in eight years.
Tokyopop published the earlier three-volume Crest of the Stars novel series in English following its release of some of the manga adaptations (Toshihiro Ono's Crest of the Stars and Banner of the Stars and Wasoh Miyakoshi's Banner of the Stars II). Morioka's novels were also adapted into three anime television series, an original anime video project, and various spinoffs.
The sci-fi novel series Crest of the Stars follows the adventures of Jinto Lin, a young aristocrat whose father ceded their planetary system to the Abh Empire, and Lafiel, the Abh Empire's princess. Banner of the Stars picks up three years later; Lafiel becomes captain of her own assault ship and Jinto joins her crew.