With 2 chapters out so far, this new series from Shinohara Kenta of Sket Dance fame looks promising. And after getting disgusted by the misleading and misguided search results on Google about Astra, I’ve decided to hasten my plan to open up this new thread.
The year is 2061, when space travel is now possible and commercially viable, and the students of Caird High School embark on their Planet Camp.
But soon after Group B5 arrived at their planetary camp site, a mysterious and unforeseen sentient light sphere warps its 9 members into outer space, stranding them 5012 light years away from their home planet.
With the discovery of an old, unmanned spaceship nearby, the students must stay strong, manage their limited resources and remain united in the darkness of space, so that all of them can survive their long and likely perilous trek back home aboard the Astra.
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With just 2 chapters out so far, out of the 9 members, these 3 stand out:
Kanata Hoshijima: with dreams of being the Captain of his own spaceship and flying to unexplored planets, Kanata is our male protagonist. Having lived through a middle school hiking expedition gone wrong, he has experience in survival and a belief of keeping a group together, and has been nominated the Captain of the Astra.
For the Sket Dance fans, Kanata is like Bossun, except you switch out his artistic and cognitive abilities for an athletic loadout. He fluctuates between cool and lame, can get shy and embarrassed, yet he's brave and functions well as a leader in a pinch.
And seeing as Bossun was awesome, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Aries Spring: a transfer student of just 1 month, she is our female protagonist. Clumsy and admittedly airheaded, she’s always looking to contribute, and her bright disposition will likely help in maintaining morale aboard the Astra.
For the Sket Dance fans, Aries is very much like Remi-Oneesan. She’s energetic yet clumsy, right down to forgetting items and mispronouncing phrases. Her design is based on Selphie from Shinohara’s one shot Eikyuu Fumetsu Devil Point.
Zack Walker: a super genius with an IQ of 200, he has a license to pilot a spaceship, so he's (implicitly) the Pilot and Technician for the crew. While he appears stoic, he is capable of losing his cool.
For the Sket Dance fans, think of him as like a mix between Switch and Agata, without their more comedic elements.
Edited by gamria, 17 May 2016 - 06:42 AM.