The year is 2061, when space travel is now possible and commercially viable, and the students of Caird High School embark on their Planet Camp.
But soon after Group B5 arrived at their planetary camp site, a mysterious and unforeseen sentient light sphere warps its 9 members into outer space, stranding them 5012 light years away from their home planet.
With the discovery of an old, unmanned spaceship nearby, the students must stay strong, manage their limited resources and remain united in the darkness of space, so that all of them can survive their long and likely perilous trek back home aboard the Astra.
Kanata no Astra is something that easily go under radar because of the dull poster, unattractive plot with generic shounen characters that has personalities that everyone can deduce. However, it is something done damn right.
It has a simple beginning. Everyone is lost in space, with only a deserted spaceship. It was, literally in the middle of nowhere and the studio excels in showing this scenario. With the blend of shivering tracks and chocking atmosphere, the main-shounen genre has slipped in yet another sub-thriller inside to send chills down your spine. The set up of ambience is elevated accordingly as the events unfold one after another,
the conflict arises one after another as the camera rolls back to present the very core of the show – they are all alone. They have no one they can truly trust, no one to seek help from, they have only each other. And this is the main highlight so far.
Just when all the hope seems lost, teamwork joined the room.
For the first time, it was not pure friendship. Even when they have doubt and prejudice on each other, they have to aid each other regardless of their true intention. This depiction is emphasized by the situation where they are not reachable, and what they have or work on will be their only tools of survival. With that, the quirks of the characters are no longer just quirks. Their diverse eccentricities became the vital skills they need to survive in various unprecedented events, all while complementing each other’s weakness and utilizing combined advantage. It was a captivating portrayal of unity amidst all the uneasiness in store, and it was delivered well.
The ensemble characters are driven by the story plot, but it doesn’t take away the spotlight from them. Each of them has their own role and their own story to tell. We have a courageous and athletic leader, Kanata with a bit of recklessness and playfulness. An air-headed Aries that is unable to read the clues of atmosphere of the room, yet serve as the important link between the members. Zack, the prodigy in mathematics and hence, the master of control of the technical system. Ulgar, the quiet and mysterious boy who refuse to participate in anything. The list goes on and on, with insights on the characters being revealed one by one. They are seemingly not connected, but they don’t know it yet, that they are brought together for a reason. And it’s exciting to see how it would go there from here.
The animation is handled by Lerche. This studio once handled ‘Assasination Classroom’ with its colorful characters and ‘Classroom of Elite’ with its psychological outlook. As such, facial expression and character design spells out the characteristics of each character. The characters are given a subtle hint on their expression of what they are planning to do next and a glimpse of how dead serious they can be with each of their act. It is this element that gives us, the audience a chance to do our guesses on the mystery unraveled, analyzing the extent of their action that gives away their thoughts.
Overall, I enjoy the style of the direction of the show so far and a feeling hinted me that it’s going to get better from here. With trust on short demand, I’d like to see how far they can go when they have no choice but to do everything they can to survive .. for now.
Okay, my first ever review. Simple yet effective introduction, Kanata no Astra throws you into the survival styled environment straight away. Art is consistent and the story's pacing varies, which is good as it helps important scenes stand out more. You could argue that some of the characters are very cliche such as the tanned girl or the girl with glasses, but it helps balance the cast as the other characters are very complex, mainly Aries as she is quite meticulous. Oh yeah, MC is also very likable even though he looks like Yo Shindo (earthquake guy from MHA) with a scar on his nose.
We get to experience a survival show following a cast of unique characters full of entertaining interactions, even a hint of romance which is always a bonus. The sound is pretty average, OP is decent but the soundtrack is nothing spectacular. Since the setting is in space, there are lots to explore and learn about, so each episode is pretty exciting. I think the show shines because of its unpredictable nature. There are many unknowns that we need to figure out as well as characters we need to learn more about before being able to read them. It even starts off on a 40 min episode, so bonus points there too. Overall, its a 9/10 for me so far, I hope it gets even better from now on.
Now, This will be my first ever review so please bear with me here.
Kanata no Astra is anime that has been overshadowed by the typical cliche seasonal isekai anime that get churned out every season like butter. which, in turn, has made it go unnoticed by most viewers this term. But, I must admit, that isn't the only reason why it might go unnoticed. when I had originally seen the trailer for this anime I was slightly interested in it but had no strong desire to watch it. The concept seemed interesting but not enough for me to be pulled in.
However, when I
began watching it, it caught off guard with its phenomenal camera/Artwork and well-executed story. Albeit, there are some times when the artwork could have been better but it is generally well-done for the most part.
Despite my aforementioned feelings toward the show, the story is compelling and completely ensnared me by its first episode. It is well thought out and not overly complex and leaves you just enough room for you to formulate your own hypothesis on the going ons of the show. furthermore, The studio does a wonderful job of transitioning the comedic and serious segments keeping the overall flow of show constant and well connected.
The soundtrack thus far has been outstanding and it and fits well with the tone of the show. Despite the setting being space and some unknown planets, the soundtrack is truly befitting of the unpredictability of the story and the environments these characters are thrown into and does a good job of easing us into the emotional bits of the show after a serious conflict.
Now, onto the characters. So far, this cast is well-balanced(i guess) and each is as mysterious as the others and each has their own backstory which will inevitably be revealed slowly each episode and will divulge why each character acts the way they do. As such, there are some who may see these characters as cliched but it is negligible in my opinion.
Overall, This anime is truly refreshing and is a ray of hope for the industry that has been polluted with the usual cash and grab anime that has been produced as of late and I hope this show does not betray my trust and remains a phenomenal anime to the end.
I hope this review has redressed any qualms you've had with the show and I hope you consider giving this a watch
For now, 7 eps watched, I would go for a 9 everywhere. The anime seems a bit dumb at first with absolutely horrible physic's law bendings etc, but It quickly proves itself to be really really nice. Maybe I'll rate it 10 when finished, but for now I want to see if it keeps everything fine.
I usually write long reviews, but I prefer staying short so you don't read too much and go see it.
Story : Well, there is a 10 to put here, at least for originality, and because story is quite well done and coherent with itself, while being OMG twisted.
: No reproach to do here, just one level under perfection. Drawings are good, animations are good.
Soung : Same as art.
Character : a bit of cliché, but every characters have their room to and they rôle to play, so that's cool.
Enjoyment : really nice. At the same time relaxing, inspiring with a bit of suspense and action.
Should you watch it ? Yes, for sure. That's typically the kind of anime I would recommend to anyone wanting to watch anime, since it is fit for everyone yet isn't too "flat".