Astra Lost in Space

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Astra Lost in Space
Astra Lost in Space volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Astra Lost in Space volume 1 by Shueisha
彼方のアストラ
(Kanata no Asutora)
GenreScience fiction[1]
Manga
Written byKenta Shinohara
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineShonen Jump+
Original runMay 2016December 2017
Volumes5
Anime television series
Directed byMasaomi Andō
Written byNorimitsu Kaihō
Music byMasaru Yokoyama
Nobuaki Nobusawa
StudioLerche
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, TVA, KBS, SUN, BS11
Original run July 3, 2019 – present
Episodes3 (List of episodes)
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Astra Lost in Space (彼方のアストラ, Kanata no Asutora) is a Japanese manga series by Kenta Shinohara. It was serialized online between May 2016 and December 2017 via Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website/app. It was collected in five tankōbon volumes. The manga is published in English by Viz Media.[2] An anime television series adaptation by Lerche premiered on July 3, 2019.

Plot[edit]

In 2063, space travel has become possible and commercially viable; a group of students from Caird High School departs to the nearby planet of McPa for their Planetary Camp. Soon after the group arrives on the planet, the nine children encounter a mysterious and unforeseen intelligent sphere of light; it attacks them, transporting them into the distant depths of space. Floating in orbit around an unknown planet, they discover an old abandoned spacecraft nearby. Finding it in working order, they resolve to use the ship to return home. To do so, they must cross the 5,012-light-year gulf of space separating them from home by visiting alien planets harboring life to replenish and manage their limited resources.

The long and dangerous journey home aboard their vessel, which they name Astra, brings with it new character revelations, strengthening the bonds they share, and the eventual realization that the stakes of their journey are far higher than any of them could ever have realized.

Characters[edit]

Kanata Hoshijima (カナタ・ホシジマ, Hoshijima Kanata)
Voiced by: Yūsuke Kobayashi (drama CD), Yoshimasa Hosoya (anime)[3]
An optimistic guy with good athletic ability and captain in the Astra ship. While he has interest about space thanks to his now-deceased teacher, his father forced him to take a part in athletic activity.
Aries Spring (アリエス・スプリング, Ariesu Supuringu)
Voiced by: Ayaka Suwa (drama CD), Inori Minase (anime)[3]
An airhead member of Astra ship with photographic memory. While her eyes are both green, her left eye color is slightly pale compared to the right one.
Zack Walker (ザック・ウォーカー, Zakku Wōkā)
Voiced by: Daiki Hamano (drama CD), Shunsuke Takeuchi (anime)[4]
A cool and intelligent student who seeks to become a space explorer and has a space pilot license, making him the Astra's main pilot.
Quitterie Raffaëlli (キトリー・ラファエリ, Kitorī Rafaeri)
Voiced by: Lynn (drama CD), Tomoyo Kurosawa (anime)[4]
A rich and haughty heiress who is the daughter of a famous doctor. She finds it difficult to trust other people besides Zack, who is her childhood friend.
Funicia Raffaëlli (フニシア・ラファエリ, Funishia Rafaeri)
Voiced by: Aimi Tanaka (drama CD), Hina Kino (anime)[4]
Quitterie's step-sister, who was adopted into the family after the death of her parents. She is a cheerful, positive girl who wants to get along with Quitterie.
Luca Esposito (ルカ・エスポジト, Ruka Esupojito)
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase (drama CD), Risae Matsuda (anime)[4]
A naturally curious boy and a talented engineer capable of repairing any damage to the Astra.
Ulgar Zweig (ウルガー・ツヴァイク, Urugā Tsuvaiku)
Voiced by: Kyousuke Kitayama (drama CD), Kōki Uchiyama (anime)[4]
A quiet, antisocial, but highly intelligent boy who does not get along well with the rest of the crew.
Yun-Hua Lu (ユンファ・ルー, Yunfa Rū)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (anime)[4]
A shy, quiet girl who constantly apologizes for everything she does.
Charce Lacroix (シャルス・ラクロワ, Sharusu Rakurowa)
Voiced by: Sōichirō Hoshi (drama CD), Nobunaga Shimazaki (anime)[4]
A handsome, intelligent student botanist who uses his cooking and botany skills to ensure the crew is properly fed. Acts as Kanata's first mate.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 July 4, 2016[5]ISBN 978-4-08-880843-7December 5, 2017[6]ISBN 978-1-4215-9694-5
2 November 4, 2016[7]ISBN 978-4-08-880869-7March 6, 2018[8]ISBN 978-1-4215-9695-2
3 April 4, 2017[9]ISBN 978-4-08-881065-2June 5, 2018[10]ISBN 978-1-4215-9696-9
4 August 4, 2017[11]ISBN 978-4-08-881144-4September 4, 2018[12]ISBN 978-1-4215-9697-6
5 February 2, 2018[13]ISBN 978-4-08-881314-1December 4, 2018[14]ISBN 978-1-4215-9698-3

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced on February 5, 2019. The series is animated by Lerche and directed by Masaomi Andō, with Norimitsu Kaihō handling series composition, and Keiko Kurosawa designing the characters. Masaru Yokoyama and Nobuaki Nobusawa are composing the series' music.[4] It premiered on July 3, 2019 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, TVA, KBS, SUN, and BS11.[3] The first episode aired as a one-hour special.[15] Nonoc performed the series' opening theme song "star*frost", while the ending theme, "Glow at the Velocity of Light", was performed by Riko Azuna.[16] Funimation has licensed the series in North America and the British Isles, and will be streaming the series in both subtitled and dubbed formats.[17]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"Planet Camp"
July 3, 2019 (2019-07-03)
On her way to the planetary camp, Aries Spring has her bag snatched at the spaceport, but fellow student Kanata Hoshijima stops him. Nine students from Caird High School arrive at the planet McPa for their planetary camp. Not long after setting foot, a mysterious sphere appears out of nowhere and swallows up the students. They end up adrift in space where they find an abandoned spaceship. Everybody except Aries makes it on board. At the risk of running out of fuel and also ending up lost in space, Kanata goes out and rescues Aries. Kanata runs out of fuel, but the other students form a human ladder to rescue Kanata and Aries. With everybody safely on board the spaceship, the students introduce themselves to each other, and Zack Walker learns that the sphere transported them 5012 light years away from home. As paranoia sets in realizing that the trip is impossible with the limited resources they have, the mood changes when Kanata inspires them to have hope, telling them how he was in a similar situation in a hiking trip where his teacher died in an accident and he had to help his classmates survive seven days in the wilderness. In addition, Zack finds planets the students can resupply on and a route to get back. The students unanimously nominate Kanata as the captain and name the spaceship the Astra after seeing the phrase Per Aspera ad Astra on a plaque inside the spaceship.
2"Wilderness"July 10, 2019 (2019-07-10)
The students arrive at the first resupplying stop, the wilderness planet Vilavurs. The students encounter strange forms of wildlife that includes parachute plants and trampoline trees. As the students go around obtaining resources for the next leg of the trip, they encounter the mysterious sphere again, but this time managing to elude it. Kanata begins eating impulsively, while Quitterie becomes upset at the situation remembering that she came from a wealthy family that did not love her. Quitterie is also bitter against her little sister Funicia due to her being adopted into the family. As night falls, Funicia becomes trapped when a trampoline tree suddenly rises and a winged beast snatches her away. Despite the dangers, Kanata jumps onto the tree and grabs a javelin Luca left on one of the trees to save Funicia. Quitterie and Funicia reconcile their differences and Kanata reveals that he was trained to be an world class athlete by his father. With the students ready to leave Vilavurs, Zack confides to Kanata that he found out the Astra's communications system was sabotaged, with the culprit likely being somebody in the group.
3"Meteor"July 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)
As the Astra travels to the next resupplying stop, Shummoor, Kanata secretly tries to figure out who the saboteur is, but doesn't know enough about everybody to make a determination. When Funicia recounts how a mysterious suited man arranged for her adoption into Quitterie's family, Kanata theorizes that somebody wants them all killed and warns everybody about the possible saboteur hiding among them. Ulgar reveals that he is the son of their school's vice principal, which puts the most suspicion on him. However, the ship is suddenly struck by micrometeorites, breaching the hull and disabling the main power supply. Without power, the Astra is caught in Shummoor's gravity and begins plummeting in an uncontrolled descent. The group moves frantically to seal the holes and connect the ship's gravity controller to a backup generator. However, the gravity controller's safety mechanism kicks in when it detects a small flying alien creature, forcing Ulgar to shoot it with a glue gun. With power restored, Zack is barely able to land the Astra safely. It is later revealed that Ulgar secretly possesses a real handgun.

Reception[edit]

The manga was ranked third in the 2019 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook[18] and won the twelfth Manga Taishō Awards.[19][20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Funimation to Stream Astra Lost in Space, BEM TV Anime This Summer". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  2. ^ "Viz Media to Publish Astra Lost in Space Manga by Sket Dance's Shinohara Online". Anime News Network. July 21, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Astra Lost in Space TV Anime Unveils Main Cast, July Premiere". Anime News Network. March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Astra Lost in Space Anime Reveals 7 More Cast Members". Anime News Network. May 10, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "彼方のアストラ 1". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Astra Lost in Space, Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "彼方のアストラ 2". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Astra Lost in Space, Vol. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "彼方のアストラ 3". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  10. ^ "Astra Lost in Space, Vol. 3". Viz Media. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  11. ^ "彼方のアストラ 4". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "Astra Lost in Space, Vol. 4". Viz Media. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "彼方のアストラ 5". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  14. ^ "Astra Lost in Space, Vol. 5". Viz Media. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  15. ^ "Astra Lost in Space Anime Premieres on July 3 With 1-Hour Special". Anime News Network. June 13, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  16. ^ "nonoc, Riko Azuna Perform Astra Lost in Space Anime's Theme Songs". Anime News Network. May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  17. ^ "Funimation to Stream Astra Lost in Space, BEM TV Anime This Summer". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  18. ^ "Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2019's Series Ranking for Male Readers". Anime News Network. December 10, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  19. ^ "12th Manga Taisho Awards Nominate 13 Titles". Anime News Network. January 21, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  20. ^ "Kenta Shinohara's Astra Lost in Space Wins 12th Manga Taisho Awards". Anime News Network. March 19, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.

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