Other names: Kanata no Astra
With the first episode being 50 minutes, Astra Lost in Space airs on Wednesdays at 1 PM.
I was pleasantly surprised by this anime. From the overview, I thought it would be a rather generic trapped-in-the-middle-of-nowhere anime – which it is, but with a spin. Based in the year 2061, a group of nine students were meant to survive alone on a national park planet. However, a strange ball transports them to an abandoned spaceship, and their journey significantly harder.
The anime starts out with a great hook – one of the characters, Aries Spring, simply floating in the middle of space. This makes you want to keep watching, and as you do, the anime becomes more and more interesting. Initially the plot was pretty standard, however it soon evolves into something a little different, and much more interesting. I look forward to the next episodes to see how the characters handle their situation.
Overtime, various characters on the trip are introduced. These characters are the stereotypical anime bunch – you have aforementioned Aries Spring, an airhead; Kanata Hoshijima, the tough guy; Zack Walker, the clever guy; and so on. Whilst the characteristics of the characters are decent, I think the anime does a good job of portraying them. They all work pretty well together, and you grow to like them and their traits.
Regarding animation, there were some decent bits – at the start, the animation was great, with the stars on Springs helmet looking great. But there was one part where I picked up an oddity in the way Spring ran. Maybe I’m just nitpicking, but you can see it below:
I don’t know if this was intentional or not, but if it was, it didn’t really suit the moment and looked odd to my eyes.
Astra Lost in Space has certainly got me interested. It has an interesting story that has somewhere to go and decent characters.