Hi, welcome to my first article. My name is Okamura.
The visual novel ‘planetarian’ developed by Key, a brand of ‘Visual Arts’, got an anime adaptation. I went to the premiere!
I think most of you already know this, but this work was actually released 12 years ago and is still loved by its fans.
Just by seeing Yumemi Hoshino moving, the hardcore fans will cry for excitement.
The Planetarium, forgotten in the sealed city
A wandering man who meets a robot girl, a miraculous story that leads to the stars.
A robot girl that can functions only for 7 days a year (is said to be changed into an AI) and a junker get to meet for the first time.
A sad but beautiful story with a lot of excitement that leaves you with thoughts like ‘that future could really exist’.
The anime gets produced by ‘David Production’ who also produced the ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ series. The Director is Naokatsu Tsuda, who is a big fan of Key’s original work and als worked on the ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ series and ‘Inu × Boku SS’.
The series director is Katsuichi Nakayama who also worked on ‘Evangelion: 2.0’ and ‘Evangelion: 3.0’, mechanic design is done by Kanetake Ebikawa who also worked on the mechanic design in ‘Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans’, Yuusuke Takeda will take on the role as art director like he already did in the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ series among other talented staff who have worked on the ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ series.
One can believe that the production team got a lot of pressure from a lot of hardcore fans who have already played the game. However, the high quality of the animation and elaborated story should convince even the hardcore fans. The fine production together with a sense of transparent music, as the work gets closer to its realization leaves to a natural, deep impression.
The original work is older than 10 years, but I think we will be surprised by its state-of-the-art setting and story.
You will find the most felt characteristic of this work in middle of the planetarium scene. In a planetarium located on a roof top of a department store in the derelict city, Yumemi Hoshino, a malfunctioning robot, performs a special screening in front of the audience which consists of only one person, the juncker.
Gently and carefully listening to Yumemi’s voice telling a story reaching out to the stars, I find myself as the second person sitting in the audience in the planetarium, getting fully lost in this beautiful world of this work.
This scene is incredible, I think a lot of viewers will agree with me.
I want to experience this scene once more, but this time close my eyes and only listen to it.
To not spoil anything I end here.
This work will sum up the story of ‘planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet’ (5 episodes) which will be released on July 7th (day of the Japanese Tanabata festival) and gets released as movie with the title ‘planetarian: Hoshi no Hito’ on September 3rd.
We recommend that you visit the video streaming site the series gets published on and visit the movie theater!
The game is also available now.
You can watch the anime after you have played the game as well as play the game after you have watched the anime and got a deeper understanding of the characters.
It’s a hard choice, but either way you will have a great experience!
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