A girl in her EV suit is floating in space untethered. She is scared. She is alone. She is lost. She is saved and together with her friends they must find their way back home. Survival story in space? This is going to be awesome.
To the Camp
It’s 2063 and we find ourselves in a future that will remain fiction even if we make it to the date, since people are able to space travel and the technology has made leaps I’m not sure we will be able to witness in just 50 years. Aries is your typical happy-go-lucky new girl in school who is ready to go on her first outer space school trip at planet McPA, which is used primarily for this purpose. I got a little jealous at that point; One of the most frequently-visited daydreams is a space trip and I doubt I will ever get the chance to do that. You never know, though. Aries meets the rest of her group at the airport, a cast of generic characters who will obviously have a role to play in the story. We have the brainiac, the rich girl, the shy girl, the jock, the quiet mysterious guy, the smart and beautiful charismatic boy, the little sister, the natural leader, and Aries takes the place of the ‘WE CAN DO IT’ all-around-happy girl; each with their own distinct design and hairstyle.
Lost in Space
I usually smirk when I see random events throwing the protagonists in a hopeless situation because it usually hides something more sinister. Think Voyager. This time it’s a sphere that takes the children and throws them light years away and lets them drift into space, conveniently near an abandoned spacecraft. There is something fishy going on here. Either that spaceship NEEDS to get home or I will be very disappointed.
The Way Back
The thing is that the guys were transported so far away and are lacking the resources (food and water) to make the trip home. How do you get more resources? You visit more planets on the way home. This is going to be an awesome space adventure.
A Reason to Stay Alive: We only have Kanata’s backstory to work with for now, but I am sure that we’ll get one for every member of Astra’s crew. I am really curious to learn more for all of them.
Role Model: I found Kanata’s story too dramatic, especially the death of this teacher (it could have been scripted better) but it provides the backstory we needed to put him in the place of the leader. He has the skills and motivation to guide this expedition back to Earth.
I am biased in favor of this series and I know that any effort to turn my review in a critique would result in disaster. Astra has the potential to be a very entertaining series for space and science fiction fans. The characters may have been copied out of tired and multi-tried tropes, but sometimes those stereotypes give the extra flavor a story needs. Just think of ‘underdog’ and Megalo Box. Maybe we have a little diamond in the rough in our hands.
‘When things seem hopeless… act tough’
Astra Lost in Space will take us along for an interesting trek among the stars. I am very excited to see what kind of adventures this group will encounter. I have postponed reading the manga for after the anime ends and I am glad I did.
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Astra Lost in Space
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast