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#1 gamria

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 06:45 AM

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.
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Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra)

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Shounen, Space
  • Author: Shinohara Kenta
  • Serialisation: Shonen Jump+
  • Publisher: Shueisha 

Jump Plus Index: http://plus.shonenju...PLUS00004026_57

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Story

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.


 

Why can't I upload images?

 

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Characters
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.
 
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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.
 
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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. 

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#2 gamria

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 07:25 AM

Chapter 1 Summary and Thoughts
 
Story
Spoiler

 

Thoughts
Spoiler

 

Chapter 2 Summary and Thoughts

http://plus.shonenju...PLUS00004086_57

 

Story

Spoiler

 

 

Thoughts

Spoiler


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Posted 21 May 2016 - 08:32 AM

Chapter 3 Summary and Thoughts

http://plus.shonenju...PLUS00004162_57

 

Spoiler

 

Thoughts

Spoiler


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 08:35 AM

From the Kanata no Astra Twitter account, as drawn by Shinohara:

https://twitter.com/...f_src=twsrc^tfw

 

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 11:34 AM

@gamria Do you have any information on wether or not some group has already picked this up?


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 07:12 PM

So i take it that means i can't read it anywhere yet

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 08:44 AM

@gamria Do you have any information on wether or not some group has already picked this up?

Sad to say, I don't think so, and I don't know if any groups will pick it up. Almost all of the groups that had picked up Sket Dance before are no longer around, and given Shinohara's lesser profile, the outlook doesn't seem well.

And I honestly don't have it in me to do serious work on another weekly series.

 

Which is a shame, speaking as a Shinohara fan. So far I'm convinced that, while his usual brand of Manzai humour is still there, Astra will be a different beast from Sket Dance, in a refreshing way. Characters have room to grow, there's a constant sense of "priority", and from the sphere a constant sense of danger too.

 

Although, this may be a space adventure story, but given that battle scenes were Shinohara's weakness, I wonder how well he can do action now in Astra.


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Posted 28 May 2016 - 01:01 AM

Chapter 4 of Astra is now out. There's a lot to cover with this one, so this'll be written in classic Rough Summary style

http://plus.shonenju...PLUS00004226_57

 

Spoiler


 

Thoughts

Spoiler


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 12:45 AM

Chapter 5 of Astra Lost in Space

http://plus.shonenju...PLUS00004286_57

Spoiler


 

Thoughts

Spoiler

 

P. S. Last week Kanata had a Falken shirt. According to Shinohara on Twitter, Falken is a brand of spacewear in the Astra-verse.

P. S. S. I have half a mind to start posting these Rough Summaries onto my Sket Dan Helpers blog again. Awkward, given my long absence, but anyone bother to have any opinions?


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 05:42 AM


P. S. S. I have half a mind to start posting these Rough Summaries onto my Sket Dan Helpers blog again. Awkward, given my long absence, but anyone bother to have any opinions?

Why not? It is, after all, the follow-up to Sket Dance and depending on what you have in mind for your blog, it may serve as also depicting the change in storytelling of these two series by Shinohara.


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Posted 09 June 2016 - 10:45 PM

On the Official Astra Twitter account, Shinohara is allowing questions, and naturally many pertain to Sket Dance

One of the questions was "has Roman-chan drawn any new manga?"

 

https://twitter.com/...888061978939392

To this, Shinohara answered that he thinks Roman-sensei seems to have drawn something new. Like, a story about some high school students at a Planet Camp who suddenly got roped into some incident and as a result became stranded in space, or something...

Science Fiction manga might be something interesting these days, or so she said...
 
Here's the cover: (Can't read title)
 
"You can read it on Jump Plus!"
(Saotome Roman)
 
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Posted 10 June 2016 - 08:26 PM

Chapter 6 of Astra Lost in Space

http://plus.shonenju...PLUS00004343_57

 

Rough Summary

Spoiler


 
Thoughts
Spoiler

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 01:54 AM

Volume 1 Cover, I like it

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 08:59 AM

Chapter 7
 
Rough Summary
Spoiler
 
Thoughts
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Posted 25 June 2016 - 12:54 AM

Chapter 8

http://plus.shonenju...PLUS00004478_57

 

So, how're my summaries so far? I hope they're decent thus far, in lieu of actual scanlations.

Seriously, someone please pick this series up! The plot keeps thickening, so much mystique!


 

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 09:41 PM

Chapter 9
 
Rough Summary
Spoiler
 
Thoughts

Spoiler

 

In other news, Shinohara now has his own Twitter account separate from the Astra one:

https://twitter.com/kentashinohara_

 

Even the icon is Switch-style

 

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 08:04 PM

Chapter 10
 
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Posted 15 July 2016 - 07:45 PM

Chapter 11

http://plus.shonenju...PLUS00004673_57

 

Well well well, we finally have our official first names for our characters from Shinohara this chapter.
 
Kanata, Aries and Zack are correct. For the rest:
  • Kitley -> Quitterie
  • Funisia -> Fnicia (don't ask me)
  • Luka -> Luca
  • Charles -> Charce
  • Yun-Fat -> Yun-Hua
  • Woolger -> Ulgar

Now then, onto the story

 

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 02:03 AM

Good news for those who live in the U.S. -not me, though- (and probably other English regions that Viz Media covers): 

http://www.animenews...-online/.104557

 

But would definitely support it on print... if Viz even does so (I do know they are handling Boys Over Flowers Season 2 as "free", but I ignore if they are doing printed release of the volumes, too) or my local licensor/publishing companies do that as well.


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Posted 23 July 2016 - 07:18 AM

That sounds simply awesome. At least with this, there's a chance we'll get an English translated Astra.

What's more, interesting that Astra was picked up.

 

Chapter 12

http://plus.shonenju...PLUS00004741_57

 

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