On August 10, 2019, Earth received a signal, which was confirmed by hundreds of different scientists to be from an alien life form. The message: "Let us meet on Mars on July 7, 2035". With this, a space agency representing all of Earth was formed, named ST&RS. From there on, many different events occurred quite quickly, such as the re-landing of people on the moon in 2022 and the construction of many new space stations. Later on, the Space Academy was founded as a way to train upcoming generations of ST&RS.
Also on August 10 of 2019, the same day that Earth received the message from the alien life form, a young boy named Shirafune Maho uttered his first word, and the word was "Mars." Ever since that moment, Maho has been obsessed with astronomy, and the only thing that he has on his mind is the universe. He decides at an early age that he will apply to the Space Academy to train to become an astronaut, along with his childhood friend, Hishihara Meguru, and a transfer student and genius classmate, Amachi Wataru. The newfound trio begins a seemingly impossible journey to get accepted into an academy where all applicants only have a 1% chance of being accepted into the Space Academy.
i have only read 32 so far, even though this manga is finished (can't find chapter 33-39 anywhere). So, if you are like me, and read manga online, be prepared to be left with no real ending( until now).
Anyway, my opinion about the story. Well, so far, this is my first manga about space and astronauts. But i can say for sure that the story is quite enjoyable and new.
Of course being a shônen, it has those "shônen" moments and the light comedy.
Okay, now you may think : "Omg, School, Shonen and Comedy. This is so overused.". And....
well you're right.The manga has nothing new, except being focused around space. But, most of the time, the events happen somewhere outside school.
Is it complex ? Mhm, i could understand everything, but i was questioning a lot of things. So no, it is not complex. Don't forget, it is Sci-fi, meaning no realistic settings.
Art. Puplished 2011, do i need to write more ? Yeah, it is on the same level as most of the mangas published 2011 - and that means it is really nice drawn.
Shônen character. Nothing new. Bright cheerful MC. Cute little female side MC, goodlooking and smart third part of the group. They are all best friends and really support each other.
I can't really complain, because even though these character archtypes are so overused, they are still really good. Same goes with the story.
What this story is lacking is a real villain. *Spoiler,well not really one*. There is no real villain. Of course, they can die, it's not like they gain abilities which will make them immortal ( A lot of those space test are freakin dangerous). And because of that, the story still has some thrill. But there is no real enemy, which they have to face against.
About the support characters. They support, literally.
Enjoyment. I loved it and still do. It is exactly the light heart manga with a main character that will always suprise me with new stuff and cool moments, that i was looking for ( after finishing a lot of dramas and tragedy stories in the last time ). No mature tragedy. Perfect after a hard day of work (or school).
Overall, Good-Very Good.
Don't forget, if you also read manga online, it only has 32 chapters out so far. (Last Chapter was posted March. No release date for chapter 33). But don't let that stop you, it is definitly worth a try.
Why do I rate this manga an overall 10 when the story, art, character, and enjoyment ratings are 8,9,9, and 9 respectively? It's because I feel having all fairly high rating categories deserves extra rating points.
It is refreshing to see a new sci-fi manga that is about astronauts and space shuttles instead of spaceships and really futuristic technology. The story is clear, concise, and open; the author can seamlessly place events and situations in a thoughtful manner without having to force it.
The art is appears simple compared to some manga,
yet still full of details. The artist sometimes efficiently uses lines to give people and objects form, then places lines strategically to give the suggestion of more detail. (example: chapter 1, page 29 a bunch of stars instead of a lot of them)
Since I have only read 2 chapters so far (what is online right now) I can only hope it will get better but I think this manga is one of the best for this year and I think it is one worth looking in to.