Why don’t you come to the planetarium? It shows the beautiful twinkling of eternity that will never fade, no matter what.
At last, we were able to watch Planetarian in a real planetarium! We went to Koriyama City Fureai Science Center in Fukushima Prefecture to watch the first day of the show on 4 March 2017.
Planetarian is a ‘kinetic novel’ created by the visual novel studio Key. It was released in 2004 via download over the internet. It has been adapted many times because of its brilliant sci-fi plot and beautiful soundtrack. The anime series Planetarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume ~ and the anime movie ‘Planetarian ~Hoshi no Hito~ were released in 2016 and produced by Naokatsu Tsuda, anime director and self-declared fan of Planetarian, and David Production.
It was only fitting that Planetarian, a story that revolves around a planetarium, will be finally screened in an actual planetarium this year. ‘Yumemi’s Projection’ is one of the most anticipated parts of the movie that touches the audiences’ hearts. Tsuda said it was the scene into which he put the most effort, so seeing it in an actual planetarium will give the audience a magical experience that will merge the anime with reality. For that, they will utilize the fulldome screen projection in the planetarium. The Anime! Anime! editorial staff headed straight for Koriyama station to give you a proper review.
We used the ‘Yamabiko’ bullet train, however we think it would be nice to go there hopping on local trains to enjoy the view.
There is a souvenir shop and food court in the station.
The planetarium is located in a tall building at the East exit on the right.
It took about 75 minutes to get to the JR Koriyama station from JR Tokyo station with the Shinkansen. We walked through a spacious concourse to get to the East exit. Soon after, we could see the tall building on our right. Since we had some time until the show began, we treated ourselves to a bowl of udon noodles. Unfortunately, we forgot to order a local delicacy!
Udon noodles with stewed innards. A specialty of Kyushu (Why in Fukushima?!)
‘Big Eye’, the building. The planetarium is located in the spherical structure on one of the higher floors. The building looked much taller from below!