Hooray, ladies and gentlemen, finally we got a TV show that doesn’t leave us with a notorious つづく after the 12th episode but actually depicts a complete story!
We weren’t especially interested in this anime (and, frankly, just looking at its poster and description would could’ve blamed us?) but one weekend we decided to watch the first episode, just because, well, we had time. Eventually, during that weekend we binged all 10 episodes that’d come out and yesterday finished the last one.
Kanata No Astra is a bit odd. In theory, it has a plot making twists to the left and to the right, the world that is a mystery by itself, and the heroes with piles of skeletons in their closets. In theory, all that should be more than enough to catch you. However, the selling point of the show turned out to be its humor. If this anime was dead serious — unlikely we would’ve completed it. Yes, the authors did know how to put cliffhangers and how to keep everything moving, the story itself though is
a set of all cliche you could imagine predictable. All those “enemies”, wormholes, cryogenic cameras, space ships conveniently placed where the characters needed them, clones and even anti-gravity shoes — everything works exactly when and how you’d expect. What might be a little boring =) But add Chars’ sparkles, Zack and Quitterie’s marriage and jokes about 140-years old Polina — and there you go, now we have a good space adventure!
The final of the anime is a bit naive and sweet but who doesn’t like happy ends? I was satisfied with it and glad that the authors showed what happened to all of the main characters. It was a good run and a decent companion for the best show of this season, からかい上手の高木さん 2 (yes, I’m obsessed with it now and planning on mentioning it all the time. Can’t wait to watch the last episode!)