Well now, color me truly surprised. I went into this first episode not really knowing what to expect… and you know what? I think i’m glad that I did. Having no real knowledge of the series, or expectations of what it might be about, really helped me to just lose myself in this first episode… and what a great episode it was, really!
Well, i’ll be honest and admit that i’m a bit of a sucker for Sci-fi. I love a good futuristic or space-centric series, but I feel like there’s been a rather unfortunate dearth of them lately. Astra Lost In Space seems, however, very likely to bring us back to form.
Opening with a double-length first episode was just brilliant, to be honest. It gave them plenty of time to establish characters and a setting, plus introducing the main conflict AND the plan to resolve said conflict, all in a single episode. Without the 45-minute run time, I feel a standard episode would have either felt incomplete, or just cut corners to fill the shorter time slot. My point is, nothing felt rushed; it just flowed so well, and hit all the right story beats at the right time. The visuals are great, the sound design is very well-done, and so far, i’m loving the characters!
And did I mention the climactic point in the episode? Good heavens, that was done so well. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an anime truly convey that feeling of being alone in space, with no control over yourself. Between the cleverly quick-beating soundtrack, and the absolutely excellent, if terrifying use of various camera angles showing poor Aries spinning out of control in a sea of black nothingness, I could feel my heart pounding. It made me legitimately anxious, and I loved it!
Well, it’s not all good things to report. While the characters banter and the general dialogue in general is very well-written, with a very natural flow to it, there are some points where they seem to try and take the humor a little too far, even going so far as to put them in a little popout screen, which disrupted that nice flow for me every time it happened. Of course, the main dilemma is a tad cliche, and some of the character decisions are a bit questionable at times. But these nitpicks aside, I don’t think it makes the episode as a whole bad, because I still enjoyed the heck out of it… and honestly, it may be the show i’m excited about the most so far this season!!
I may have rambled a bit too long, but believe me when I say that Astra Lost In Space seems worth giving a chance. For those out there who’ve already seen some of it, let me know your own thoughts about the show! As always, thank you all so very much for reading, and I hope to see you in the next post!