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Japanese Title: Sora Yorimo Tooi Basho (A Story that leads to the Antarctica)
This is a story about four girls who set out to do the impossible. Barking at -40 degrees, howling at -50 degrees, and shouting out loud at -60 degrees, they venture in this primitive wilderness beyond the roaring ocean. They go far away from the civilization at the tip of the world, furthest south. This is Antarctica and the place the four girls travel to, while they aim for ‘a place further than the universe’. We follow the girls into a time when we remember how dazzling life can be.
I have to admit that when I first read about A Place Further Than The Universe, I thought that it was going to be another Cute Girls Doing Cute Things anime with a silly theme. It did sound absurd that a group of girls was going to Antarctica, but Episode 1 brought a story that seems worth following. This is original anime produced Studio Madhouse, directed by Atsuko Ishizuka, and complemented by a great script. Mari and Shimase, the two main characters of the Episode, are the central focus of a coming-of-age story that wants to reminds us that we can all achieve greatness in what we ourselves consider great. There is freedom in going out of your way to do something you have never done before and a certain beauty in aiming for the impossible. At first, it is true that their venture seems impossible for a group of teenage girls to go to Antarctica, but the backstories of both characters bring forth all we need to not only believe that it might be possible after all but to also cheer for them on the way!
This is a story of perseverance and determination. It is a story of having a purpose and friends to share it with. This was one of the best premiere episodes I have watched in a while. If you love adventure, then you should definitely check Episode 1.
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1st Episode Anime Impressions: A Place Further Than The Universe