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.
Okay wow, I don't know why no one has reviewed this manga yet, but I'll give it my best. Do realize that I am only on chapter 43 (which is the most recent chapter as of October 18th, 2017) so I might have to update my rating as more chapters are released. I'll try not to spoil anything, so my review will be pretty generic and non-specific just to avoid those small spoilers, but I'm only human so there will be tinise tiny spoilers ahead. I'll keep it small, but I won't be going over individual character traits or plot details, but other than that
we should be good!
Where do I even begin? I guess I'll start off with the category I ranked the lowest: The story (8).
Now the story for this manga goes something along the lines of some famous sci-fi media like "Event Horizon," "No Man's Sky," and "Firefly". The best line I can think of from firefly to describe this manga is "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" Honestly it sums up the whole premise of this manga. But incase that didn't help you understand the plot line I'll spell it out a bit more clearly for you. In the not so distant future, human kind has evolved enough that we can travel from one planet to another, and we have invented a way to travel faster than the speed of light. This enables us to send kids to camp, like most parents of elementary schoolers do, EXCEPT IT'S TO OTHER PLANETS. But unfortunately for our characters, everything goes south extremely quickly. I think they are on that original camping planet for maybe a page. MAYBE. From there the story line takes a bit of the premise of No Man's Sky and runs with it (except they do a waaaaayy better job than no man's sky did of space exploration). Honestly, if not for all the "stuff" that happens along the way I'd really love the plot line. But the drama that pops up is necessary but done weirdly so it detracts a little bit from the story overall.
Next up is the Art category (9)
I'm definitely not an art critic, but the art in this manga is really clean, well done, and extremely nice to look at. The mangaka does an amazing job at detailing alien flora and fauna, although the lips seem to be a troubling point for the artist as all of the alien lips in the series are a bit........ weird.
After that comes the most important category, Character (9)
I honestly was really surprised by this one, there were a lot of twists and turns, but each character has their own moment of glory, and their own time to develop. In forty something chapters, there's a pretty good amount of development for each character although there is a Naruto like character in this series where everything he does he succeeds in so if that's not your thing then abandon all hope. I honestly liked all the characters in this series and I have only found to truly dislike one character for reasons I'll avoid stating.
I started this series today October 18th, 2017 at around 9 or 10 pm. I have just finished binge reading the entire series that has been translated as of today (up to chapter 43) and I'm now writing a review for it. I haven't wanted to binge reading something in quite a while, and usually if I do get the urge it dies out after ten or so chapters. But nope, here I am having to write a review for this manga because I loved it so much after binge reading every chapter. It's a great series if you are interested in shounen like manga based in space. Imagine what No Man's Sky should've been, with a touch of FireFly.
I gotta average the scores of this one, and it almost reaches 10, it so close that it can taste it. If it weren't for the predictable plot points, the weird alien lips, and the "bad guy" character in this series, I'd have rated it a full 10. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and had to binge read the entire series in one go, the characters were amazing, the art was eye catching, and the story was able to keep up with the rest of it for the most part. Overall, I gotta say this manga is absolutely great and it should have a way higher rating that 7.whatever that it is currently rated.