Kanata no Astra

Title:Kanata no Astra
Astra Lost in Space
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Notables: Animation - Lerche
HOSOYA Yoshimasa
In the year 2063 trips by high school students to distant planets are commonplace. Each group of 8 students is given a task to perform on the planet as a learning experience. Aries Spring is a recent transfer student who joins seven classmates for a five-day visit to the planet 'McPa'. Their task is handling a ninth person, a ten year old child. But things go very wrong and they find themselves with a somewhat more difficult task: finding their way back to earth from a little known planet 5000 light years away by means of an abandoned spacecraft.

12 episodes
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Buy 8 8 8 7 9 8 Ggultra2764 [series:3720#1552]
Astra Lost in Space is set in the far future as a group of teens find themselves warped away from a camping trip on a deserted planet to thousands of light years away from home as they discover an abandoned spaceship and use it to try returning to their home planet of Astra. The journey has them landing on several planets throughout their trek to gather food to ensure their survival on the way home, while overcoming the dangers found on each world due to its wildlife and natural phenomena. In addition as the group journeys back to their home world, they come to realize some shocking truths to the lives they assumed they had and that they are all connected to. The mix of survival story and mystery to the journey and exploration of the group lends it great intrigue throughout the show's 12-episode run as the back stories of each character lead the group to realize they have more in common than they realize. It also offers a solid foundation of world building for the futuristic technologies used within the series, though the origins of this revealed in later episodes is a bit convoluted to follow and the resolution seems a bit too convenient given all that the group learn of their origins. Still, Astra Lost in Space made for a solid sci-fi survival/ mystery series to dabble into for me thanks to the engaging twists it offered up throughout its run and I'd at least recommend folks check out the series at least once.

Last updated Wednesday, November 27 2019. Created Wednesday, November 27 2019.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:3720#628]
(One episode watched):

I quickly got the impression that this show was going to be more about gadgets (like 'anti-grav shoes') than about plot and characters. The simplistic encounter Aries has with a purse snatcher at the spaceport did not bode well for the show as a whole. When things get serious, and the teens find themselves in a predicament, it became more interesting but still didn't impress me much. Again, it is simplistic--the kids find an abandoned spaceship (and one capable of going beyond the speed of light) conveniently adrift just where they need it; and one of them is an apprentice spaceship pilot, which, needless to say, comes in handy. There is no explanation of the bizarre orb that sent them there, nor is there any sign that it is being kept mysterious for a reason--it just seems that some sort of excuse was needed to place them in trouble and the viewer is not supposed to ask questions. Basically, I wish more effort had been made to make the whole premise more plausible. Nor do the characters excite me; I still feel that I hardly know main character Aries after the first episode (which was around 45 minutes long). Each person seems to fall into one stereotype or another--the sweet child, the obnoxious loner, the goofy hero, etc. I've got a feeling that character development will not be a high priority. The humor is weak at best; the thought occurred to me at one point that I hadn't even smiled at any point in the first half of the episode. The jokes seem to have been written for the sort of viewer who laughs as easily as possible. Even the background music seemed to be trying to force-feed 'coolness' to us. I suppose I am a little curious whether the teens will manage to make it back to earth--or perhaps I should say exactly how they will make it back to earth (and whether anyone will be lost along the way). But I've got a feeling that the answers won't be all that interesting, the threats they encounter won't be all that exciting, and the characters themselves will never get complex enough for me to worry much about them. I considered watching another episode, but decided not to.

Last updated Saturday, October 05 2019. Created Sunday, July 14 2019.

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