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.
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.
There’s a special place in my heart for all the anime that try to do something different even if they end up hitting rock bottom or just not being that good. By the time first cour of the show was over I had a seat prepared for MWS and then it just started yelling and throwing shit at my window.
Mujin Wakusei Survive on first glance seems to be a show centred around people who are least prepared for it having to survive on an alien planet with some mystery slowly creeping up on them. Survival in the wild has been a common theme in video
games and reality TV shows, but I never came across it in anime so the premise sounded interesting. The first dozen of episodes admirably delivers on it bit by bit with almost episodic stories that nonetheless move the plot forward. Each of them focused on some aspect of survival. Finding food, water, shelter, crafting tools and generally getting familiar with flora and fauna of their surroundings. Even though it never went in-depth on any of it there was a tangible sense of progression to characters and story. Variety of situations was enough to wonder what will happen next and the answer is nothing good.
After some time, parts of the show that revolve around survival quickly lose their charm. What makes the theme interesting is seeing people overcome the dangers that arise when one is thrown out of their comfort zone into the wild where something as simple as drinkable water can be a luxury. It can serve as an excellent platform for some character development since the circumstances force it but no, they didn’t really do any of that.
In MWS it never feels like our group is ever in danger. When they feel thirsty, there turns out to be a convenient source of water nearby. When they need food, there’s a small river with plenty of fish. When they need to do some heavy lifting, there’s a friendly pseudo-elephant nearby, etc. Encounters with wildlife, hostile or not are extremely rare and are normally nothing more than a plot device instead of an actual threat. This manufactured feel of the show and overall convenience makes a large portion of it feel like nothing more than an afterthought.
I’ll give the show credit for pretty much every character having a role in the group that makes them regularly useful in one way or another but the writing is unfortunately too weak to take advantage of it. There are even few moments in the show where the individuals members are separated from the group which could serve as a good reminder of their strengths and weaknesses but it usually ends up with them just scraping by until they get saved shortly after. Because of this the cast never gets any substantial development. Like half of them get over little hang ups that didn’t impede their life and that’s it. At least there’s some nice party moments peppered throughout that make them feel like they’re actual friends and not just a bunch of cardboard cutouts someone put close to each other.
In the final two cours the show leans heavily toward mystery and adventure only to fail both once again.
Mystery of MWS consists of our group following the trails of seemingly extinct alien civilization to discover what actually happened to it. It’s not a bad concept by itself but the execution is terrible. What makes mysteries interesting is that when done right, they will more than likely heavily involve the audience. The viewer will be kept constantly engaged with the story cause they want to solve the puzzle, put all the clues together and feel satisfaction from finding the right solution. MWS boldly doesn’t adhere to any such standards so it just throws you random shapes and after writers realize that it doesn’t make much sense they’re gonna tell you that the puzzle is actually meant to be like that. It feels like the last arc was just straight up written as they went along cause it would take pages just to go over every stupid thing that happened, from the super smart AI trying to kill people he wanted to capture to kids beating a gravity storm with the power of imagination.
Adventure is somehow even weaker. Good adventure shows usually try to excite you over and over with creative setpieces and intriguing settings but MWS for some reason didn’t care for it in any capacity. Despite 99% of vegetation looking exactly like something you’d see on Earth and animals looking like someone had to redesign Earth fauna to avoid God hitting them with copyright strike the show still wants you to think that this is some wildly different alien planet. It doesn’t work, at times I even had doubts whether or not they’re supposed to have been stranded on (at that point abandoned) Earth but no, I guess it’s just some massive coincidence.
This is not made any better with the mediocre background art. While compositions themselves are fine at times, the actual technical quality of them is poor. They’re obviously digitally drawn and look like someone just upscaled SD art. You can make something look unique and majestic without coming up with outlandish settings but not with this level of art.
At times this clashes heavily with crisp and vibrant character designs, drawing a clear line between them and background. To say a bit more about the chara design it’s actually one of the stronger parts of the show. They’re very simple, clean, colourful and do a good job of bringing out the personality through design.
Music is unfortunately unremarkable. It’s a shame cause the show starts off on a great opening song with upbeat mood that perfectly captures the feeling of a optimism in the face of adversity but the OST for the show it self reminded me more of generic, factory made theme you’d get in a cheap visual novel.
In the end MWS is a show that doesn’t properly utilize its premise or deliver on it to any meaningful extent. The technical aspect of animation is solid and consistent but content lack creativity and imagination. Writing is terrible and ending is so stupid I wish it didn’t exist. I can’t recommend this to anyone cause it’s a massive waste of time.
I enjoyed this show immensely, and with my attention span that's saying something. Though this was over fifty episodes, they managed to make each one interesting, and they kept my attention. There is a twist in the story, which keeps it going but at the same time is kind of just... what the fuck? But it ended well, so I was alright with it.
The art is simple, decent, but not the best I've seen.
Sound is also alright, but I positively despised one [Sharla] of the characters voices, I think they could have cast her better.
The character development was well done, considering the circumstances and
the ages of the members, I think that they all developed well, and realistically.
So yeah, over all I really enjoyed this ^.^
The first time I watched Unihabited Planet Survival or in the shortened name Survival Planet the first impression I got is that this series is like a Japanese anime version of the tv american series "Lost", because the sci-fi, the survival and adventure elements and most of that in a survival show the most developing thing is the character development, and just like Lost Planet Survival is just like the same in that - a large amount of episodes and time is invested in the developing and change of the characters and the relationship between them.
But once I rewatched this series couple of times, the
main idea of the series had developed in my mind that this series is just more than what is seen - the main background of the series is somewhere in some future of the human kind that banished from it's own planet due to their actions that caused Earth not be used and instead to solve that problem the human kind uses the technologies that can help Earth to make the uninhabited strange planets to be the continuation of the main kind, and in the middle of all that, our group of characters that every one of them have an issue problem in theyr character, maybe besides the main character Luna, finding themselves in a desert planet that has the same nature that Earth had, finding themselves struggling to continue to live, things like watching the sunlight or sunrise is strange to them because they have never saw a real one, make you the watcher to appreciate this planet, and that is message from all of this introduction of this review, because unlike the american Lost this anime have its own issues and maybe even better in some of the aspects.
Story - 9
Really, like I started to say, the story from it'self isn't really that much of a thing, a group of kids that found themselves struggling on their lives in a planet that unknown of any kind of it's creatures and stuff, although the second part of the series have it's own plot, the main plot for the whole series is keeping about survival and how to get out, the real developing in this series like I said is the character developing.
Art - 7
The art could be somewhere better, in the first eps the a lot of mistakes in the art like exaggerate lines and borders but how it keeps going the art is getting better more and more, but still the style of the art not a masterpiece in itself.
The backgrounds, however, is really realistic and give a good atmosphere to the anime.
Sound - 7
The part of the sound is kinda hard to judge because the OST of itself feel kinda old and corny from time to time, and sometimes there's a feeling of overused music in some parts but overall the music is nice and smoothy.
Character - 9
Now that's the main part of this anime because of from how I came earlier the main part in survival series is the characters developments, due to the lack of eventful in some episodes even in crucial parts like finding a new shelter and stuff the anime presents to you in those the deep and the past of the character to explain his character of his own and the solution of his character issue causing them to change their actions in the advanced episodes.
Enjoyment - 9
Don't know why, maybe because of the survival format or the character developments in the series, but I really enjoyed every episode of the anime, the pace, the dialogs and the creation of the relationship of the characters, all of that just attract me to watch more and more episodes, although who can't stand an entire anime without some action scenes, who loves a slow pace anime and good characters, some you may hate and some you may love for me it's a good anime to watch and spend the time.
Overall - 8
Although there are some annoying things in the art and the sound like I mentioned but overall for me this anime is one of the first anime series that brought me to watch more and more animes, mainly because the smooth dialogs, the good humor and the developing of the events slowly and safe rather than not losing it's good point, and since I really liked this anime and rewatched this anime couple of times, I really recommend you this basic beautiful anime.
Mujin Wakusei Survive or Uninhabited Planet Survival was an amazing adventure that I can say every age group, and gender will find enjoyment in.
The story revolves around seven teens and a pet robot getting trapped on a (supposedly) uninhabited planet when their escape pod gets blown off course and gets pulled into a gravity storm.
Now often the story flows into a few different arcs from starting off on how they group will survive on the planet they landed on, to a more sci-fi genre as they start figuring out the mystery of where they are and how they'll survive-- and my gosh are
these teenagers resourceful.
Art wise it was made in 2004 so the art could be better at times, and it has a very kid like charm to it with the bright colours. Though I don't want to say this show is for kids-- I think that was the intention starting out, but as the series progresses there are a lot of different dark undertones that I feel might be to inappropriate for someone under 13. Overall though the art has a lot of still frames at times and pan shots that get a little over bearing, it is one of the shows weakest elements, however I think the story overall makes up for it.
A good mix of themes for the characters, and when someone's in trouble the music really plays a part in getting you into the show, as well as when something mysterious happens. And at the conclusion I'm pretty sure the track playing is what got me close to tears.
Now this shows greatest weakness and greatest strength comes from it's characters. You have the average cliche group with these characters, the always positive one our main character Luna, the rich brat Howard, the class president Menori, the quiet mysterious one Kaoru, etc.
Now at the beginning of this series the actions of some characters (pretty much everyone but Luna- but even her) drives you up the wall with stupid decisions- particularly Howard as he constantly is causing problems for the crew with his narcissist attitude and choices. I literally wanted to throw my remote at one point he kept infuriating me, but because these characters start off annoying, I realized by the very end they'd grown so much they didn't annoy me any more.
The growth these characters face by living on this planet, honestly, is remarkable and noticeable throughout. As each character grows in their own way and slowly progresses through the story. Even the flashbacks aren't all shown at once, Karou's backstory I don't think was even revealed till around episode 30-- they spread it out, there isn't some strict formula to it, as each character goes through growth at their own speed and we don't know everything about each character right away, as we learn the basis behind all their actions.
Even the main protagonist Luna, who is never not positive finally reaches her moment of growth near the end, and you recognize how she'd been growing throughout the series.
Overall... this show was amazing, and near the end I couldn't stop watching as the mystery of everything was coming together, and the group is probably given one of the biggest dramatic choices in this whole genre. Characters I hated in the beginning I'd completely fallen in love with, and in the end the conclusion of the whole series left me satisfied.
If you're looking for a series with a Lost sort of vibe to it, with action, adventure a sci-fi mystery that's actually resolved and a conclusion that will most likely leave you satisfied, then this series is worth getting into. Just don't let the characters personalities at the beginning scare you away.
A hidden gem... Overall a ten out of ten!
An exhilarating adventure for survival, slice-of-life, and, well, fans of any genre really!
In this must-watch anime, we join a group of teenagers on an exciting journey. While on a fieldtrip in a space shuttle, this group is separated from the main ship and fall into a gravity storm. What they find beyond the storm is beyond comprehension...
It may seem like a typical survival story, and the expectable happens, but it's portrayed in such a delightful manner that you'll keep watching all 52 episodes. (Just do watch it over a few days.)
Considering the time
this anime was made, it's quite good. Childish at times, but good attention to detail, and nothing too strange or out of place.
Good OP and ED. The music is always quite appropriate and depicts the mood very accurately.
Even commenting on this is almost a spoiler! So I won't. ;) But the characters are diverse (and even typical), but their group dynamic allows this clash of personalities to survive together.
Purely qualitative on my part. I enjoy this a lot! I hope you do too!
I've watch this anime on TV, but always lost some episodes. So, only now, I can
say that I watched everything online. And I have to say, even with those kind of unoriginal characters, this story is so unique that you are caught by surprise when you see yourself attached and rooting for them.
It's a story with some turnaround, wrathful (sometimes caused by mistakes that sounds so human and so "real life") and a constant cheering for that character that you love the most.
Planet Survival foi um dos animes que passavam no Animax e que, quando eu perdia um episódio, eu desistia de continuar assistindo
a saga... Mais recentemente, parei para assistir online e consegui terminar! Apesar dos personagens bem "comuns" e nem um pouco originais, a história em si é bem única. Você se sente ao lado daqueles sobreviventes, que lutam para continuar vivendo de maneira digna e sem perder as esperanças.
É uma história com várias reviravoltas, muita indignação (principalmente por conta de erros muito humanos que alguns personagens cometem) e uma torcida constante por aquele personagem por quem tu mais simpatiza.