Sora to Umi no Aida

Title:Sora to Umi no Aida
Between the Sky and Sea
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Notables: Animation - Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Fish have gone extinct from the world's oceans, but an artificial ocean that orbits the earth in space has been built as a source of seafood. Up 'til now all 'space fishermen' had been male, but six female cadets hope to break this barrier.

12 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3601#628]
(One episode watched):

I am sorry, but this show makes no sense at all to me. First of all, it is so implausible that I don't think it should count as science fiction. I doubt if fish would just adapt to zero gravity without a snag, and any calamity which drove them to extinction on earth (even if it was man-made) would probably do the same for humans. Creating a space seafood industry from scratch is sort of intriguing at first glance, but when you think about it, it is hard to take seriously. It makes about as much sense as setting up farms on Mars to feed Earth; that is, it would have been infinitely cheaper and easier to prevent fish from going extinct in the first place than to have to do this. But this show does not worry about things like that. The fact that one girl who has undergone hardly any training somehow winds up in space requires a major suspension of disbelief, more of one than I was prepared to make. Secondly, this is not a very convincing women's liberation tale either. Some of the established male fishermen are jerks, but we get little hint of what motivates these girls to try to break into the line of work (and wouldn't you think that it would be long-established fields which would be the most prejudiced against newcomers, rather than a novel, high-tech one like this?). The show has a goofy, slapstick sort of humor to it; I don't know if it was trying to be funny, but things like the fight with a 'Megacrabite' were so ridiculous that the watcher is tempted to laugh at them (and, again, how is it efficient or profitable to let such things exist in the artificial ocean?). So, episode one of this show struck me as neither plausible and thereby intriguing (what are 'Deities' again?), nor as funny, nor as a serious story of likeable characters overcoming barriers.

Last updated Wednesday, October 24 2018. Created Wednesday, October 24 2018.

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