The story is set in the 22nd century where space travel, planet colonization and anti-gravity basketball are practically everyday things. Planet Earth has become uninhabitable, and therefore people live in colonies on the surrounding planets. On a school field trip, a mistake causes the protagonist, a young transfer student named Luna, her pet robot, and six of her classmates to be thrown through a gravity storm and crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet. There, with Luna as their leader, the robot cat Chako, the lone wolf Kaoru, the spoiled rich boy Howard, the shy Sharla, the obedient Bell, the prideful musician Menori and the young genius Shingo must fight for their survival. But is the planet really uninhabited, or is there someone or something out there, waiting in the shadows?
"However painful it may be, Or however tough don't give up, Live through it... until the end."
Madhouse brings something quite different to an industry filled with cliché filled plots, ecchi or fight scenes as an excuse for a story. In a distant future planets have become unfit for life leading humanity into furthering development for Outer Space life throwing this futuristic story in an era where Space Colonies, Talking robot pets, Light speed traveling, and Anti-Gravity are as common as your friendly corner Starbucks.
But what happens when on a field trip 7 kids (and the unexpected presence of a talking robot... to some) get separated
from the world they know and are thrown in a planet which has remained the same distant from the Flow of Time (Dist... Wit... I watch too much Clannad) to our futurey-ish adapted friends it will only get worse as this planet might not be as serene, tranquil, and peaceful as they thought, caught in between working together and death, their adventure on this island might not be a check-in/check-out situation rather the ultimate test of their lives whether they like it or not.
The art is not anything to write home about its simple, though at some points I had to pause to stare at the beautiful serene visuals such as the lakes and sights the lush planet offers other times you'll be staring at badly drawn characters and lazy movements conflicting budget I think so.
That's the thing if I could describe the animation of this show in one word it would definitely be... Bipolar, not kidding some episodes the characters look really good and even well-detailed and then 2 minutes later they don't... and then they do... well you get my point.
The background music is soothing to the ear in almost every scene you probably ignore it but the soothing melodies blend with the occasional (very rare actually) stunning visuals and of course with the important scenes as well as the silly ones and the somewhat serious ones.
As for Voice acting I have to admit most of them do a stunning job and even make their characters a bit more like-able good examples of this are Luna, Kaoru, Menori, and Shingo ... as for the remaining voices they're not so hot as the rest but overall the most dreaded performance goes to Sharla's VA she sounds un-childlike, really old and her inability to show emotions is clearly seen although she jumps from that to mid-way decent sometimes but this is overshadowed by the bad performance throughout the run of the show.
Moving on the opening of the show its good, calm and the lyrics really click right in with the shows message, as for the Ending its good, both opening and ending are good and serve their purpose altough I don't see anyone wanting the in their library, could be wrong though.
The characters at the beginning don't really make a strong impression half of them whine every 5 seconds while the other half always keep calm and mostly always find a way to help out later on some of the whiny group prove to be useful while others really never shine and always screw up.
Later on some characters start opening up and letting their feelings out or their past while some had messed up lives some of them are just cry-babies so this show is split in a like-able group and then there is the somewhat like-able group.
I have to say for me to watch a 50+ episode anime without getting bored halfway is rare but UPS manages to keep you wondering and guessing (the subtle mystery element which is present in almost every story) obviously is one of the main driving points of the show as the planet turns as dangerous as it is beautiful.
Blended with beautiful music and a somewhat unique story not to mention the unexpected plot twists you see in anime you can surely expect this one as a good choice for your next watch or the one after that but just make sure you don't miss out on it.
A true gem unseen as it's lost in all the manure around it some will find it and treasure it many never have the luck of stumbling upon this, it really is unique in many aspects and I cant really say I've watched an anime similar to this one or that even grasps half of the magic this show blows in your face.
And I guess even after reading my ups and downs on this at most you'll add it to your "Plan to Watch" or ignore completely everything I said ... don't! trust me watch this you will probably love it as much as I do.
Uninhabited Planet Survive is basically a story set in the future where humans are forced to live in space colonies due to Earth being uninhabitable. It focuses on a group of children and their adventures when their space ship unexpectedly crashes during a school field trip onto an uninhabited planet.
Well, its a story of survival on a remote island after a shipwreck or a plane crash (think a child's version of Cast Away and Lost), but add elements of sci fi into it and you can imagine the basic premise of Uninhabited Planet Survive. Personally I really enjoyed the story of
this anime, as it touches on many of the topics of actual survival in the wild if one was to unexpectedly find themselves stranded on a remote island (for example, having to find food, fresh water and shelter), but also had more fantastic themes often involved with science fiction, like monsters and aliens. However, this anime is obviously targeted at a much younger audience as all the characters are of elementary school age and as a result are oftentimes at an elementary school children annoyance level :p. The characters are realistic, although a little bit expected, with the typical rich brat, the classroom president type, the slow witted ox, the nerd, the girl that is always scared, the mysterious emo male, and the peacemaker (whom is the main character of the anime) and her pet robot.
Overall this anime is recommended to those of you who like stories of survival as well as discovery, but dont mind the characters being like your younger siblings. The real strength of the anime lies in its story, as the plot was well paced and you really get a sense of being part of this group, which is a lot of fun especially when they discover new things about the planet.
I wish this series existed when I was younger. Even though I'm much older now than the fourteen year-old characters, I can still appreciate that this is a special show. Sure, it's a show for kids or young teens, but it doesn't pander, doesn't try to be precious or cute, and has more respect for its intended audience than nearly any other show I can think of. And I can think of several shows intended for adults that aren't half as smart.
Overall, the story line is excellent. The group of young teens (plus one "animal", as it says in the opening)
get stranded on an uninhabited planet. The main premise is an old one: characters get stranded, must learn how to survive, get along, deal with assorted trials of nature and bad guys, figure out how to get back home. But for once, the writers handle it all very well. Episode plots are tight, the story moves along briskly but without sloppiness. One story arc lasts too long, which made the next one feel far too short, but other than that, the writing is as good as that in any top series.
A lot of thought went into real elements of survival in the wild, and the kids definitely have a hard time of it before they learn how to do all the necessary tasks to feed and shelter themselves. It's not a picnic at all, contrary to most shows, live action or animated. The characters themselves start out as cardboard cutout stereotypes, but eventually individually-focused episodes and a bit of back-story flesh them out enough that you can't help but root for them all. The writers maintain a good group dynamic throughout the series, with different characters revealing strengths and weaknesses along the way.
Also, Chako is quite simply the best cute animal mascot character in any series, ever. And I absolutely hate cute animal mascots (except Teto from Nausicaä). I hate them in anime, and I hate them in Engineering in the new Star Trek movie. But Chako is a good one.
The artwork isn't all that great, but it's not meant to be. The characters and animals all have a Pokemon look to them, but it's not objectionable. The backgrounds, landscapes, and alien designs are well done, with nice colors, giving the viewer a good feel for the planet and its creatures. As others have mentioned, the character artwork and animation is very inconsistent. It seems like some of the in-betweens just weren't done as well as the key frames. There are also a few moments where you want to shout at the screen to tell the animator not to attempt to do certain camera angles if he can't draw those perspectives. But overall the artwork is nice and colorful enough, with that Pokemon-like bright and cheerful look, while still having a different enough to have its own character.
The opening sequence music really sets the mood, and reminds me of 80s American TV for some reason. End music is decent enough, but not as good. Background music is pretty good, and mostly unobtrusive (as it should be).
I'll miss this show now that I've seen the whole thing. Disney would make a fortune licensing it for the US market, and I don't understand why they haven't brought it over already.
On the surface, this show looks like a generic budget show for children. The art style isn't very impressive, and the production values aren't great. Plus it's LONG! I can imagine a lot of people won't even give it a chance.
Which is their loss!
Mujin Wakusei Survive is an infinitely charming story about a group of young people who struggle to survive on a deserted island. They are facing real problems and conquering them with real solutions. There are real conflicts among them, and they are overcoming them with real personal growth.
Off the top of your head, how many anime shows could you say the same
I actually think they MEANT to make a generic budget show for children, but it somehow fell off the tracks along the way and became a gem instead.
You can see signs of pandering to whatever stupid group they thought they were targeting. There is for instance an annoying nauseatingly "kawaii" robot pet which just screams "this show is going to be total crap!".
But even the stupid robot pet somehow becomes a part of the journey of growth and overcoming challenges, and of assuming leadership when leadership is needed.
To think I ALMOST dropped this show when the robot pet first appeared on screen! I really dodged the bullet there, because this show is one of the finest experiences I've had in anime!
I'll finish by mentioning the music, particularly the ending theme which I never skipped, not even once! I love that song, and it brought a tear to my eye every time!
When our protagonists in these Survival Anime are thrust into extreme - often life-or-death situations - we get to see desperate fights for survival and morals being put to the test. Any fan of the survival genre needs to check this list out!