Anime Starship Operators aired for the first time in 2005 on Tokyo TV. It has only 13 episodes. The series contains sci-fi drama, action and strategicly fought space battles. It does not contain any mecha features. The story is set into far future of mankind, when humans colonized planets all over the galaxy. The nations on the planets are either neutral or integrated in various interplanetary alliances.
Story is about a fight of starship Amaterasu against the Kingdom, which is currently occupying Kibi, home planet of the crew. The crew is consisting of cadets, thus young and inexperienced people. Might get little annoying in the beginning, but it slowly disappears during the series as the atmosphere gets darker and escalates.
Starship Operators are interesting short anime, very dramatic, full of strategic battles and politic affairs.