I have decided to torture myself for the next 4 reviews by watching over 200 episodes of anime… there goes my weekends. The rule are simple for the Challenge: Journey Through the F*@king Unknown.
1. Must have aired before 2005
2. Must be at least 50 episodes
3. Must have a ranking below 1000 on MyAnimeList.com
4. You must be unfamiliar with the anime
5. The episodes must be full length, none of those 2-5 minute anime… 20 MINUTE EPISODES!
Though close exception may be made to these rules. For example this series is within 10 of the 1000 minimum, I thought it looked interesting and made an exception, now onto the review!
The Facts are These:
In the 22nd century, where space travel is a common amendity. A group of school children go on a trip, when things go wrong. A gravity storm occurs and the crash land on an uninhabited planet. Now these children must survive and live on this uninhabited planet, though are they truly alone.
This series is great, and it is not often I get to say this. Sure the anime has an environmental message, which is actually extremely important, it does not force it down our necks. It explains the end results of continuing on our way of destruction. The characters are all their own stereotypical archetypes, though by the end of the 52 episodes they are fleshed out reasonably well for a children’s show. The danger was real in the show and there were consequences for their actions. I was worried when we saw a group of criminals thinking they were going to be slapstick humour, but the show brought out its A-game and made them real threats. Even characters that we only see for a short while have a fleshed out back story and character arc, that is unheard of in most anime, but here in this unknown anime is great character development.
Behind the Scenes:
The series is an original anime series written by Shoji Yonemura, his other television scripts include Berserk, and Pokemon. The series was directed by Yuichiro Yano he has driected other series such as Francesca, Lupin the Third (2015) and Moyahshimon Seasons 1 & 2. The series ran for 52 episodes from October 16, 2003 – October 28, 2004 and was produced by Studio MADHOUSE and Telecom Animation Films.
The opening song “Our Message”by Kiroro is a very calming song that fits the show well. Here it is for you to enjoy…
A Brief View of the World:
The world the kids come from is in the future, where the Earth has been devastated by Global Warming becoming uninhabitable. People now live on others planets, like Mars or Pluto as well as man made colonies. The rest of the series takes place on Planet Survive. At first this place seems to be uninhabited, but soon they find they are not alone and that this planet is more dangerous than they could have imagined.
This is an incredible anime that deserves more attention. I have never heard someone talk about this anime before, but people should. This anime is great for kids and should be dubbed in your respective language. I believe this is incredible show and should be watched once.
This how is not rewatchable with it’s length of 52 episodes it is a trek to get through already. The is fun and entertaining, but it it may not stand up for a second viewing.
Kemono no Soja Erin – For another incredibly deep, but fascinating children’s show.
Digimon – For an awesome dubbed show that is better than most dubbed shows.
I do not own any of the above used pictures and/or video they belong to their original creators, Yuichiro Yano and MADHOUSE.