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#161 Kao Arika

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:35 AM

Not that I'm awfully surprised the series is close to its ending, where there it's really not so much to resolve now, although, DAMN... 2 chapters more (considering this biweek's chapter 47)... it's still kinda soon.

 

If I get through it accordingly here, Shinohara contemplated a 5 volume-long story (he is also aiming to people recommend it to their friends, and five volumes is more easier, than say, 32), although some things went to make it a tiny bit longer than he originally planned to and reach some kind of closure (volume 5 is going to be VERY packed). He also confessed earlier that he was already giving the last touches to the final chapter, too. 


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 03:56 AM

Chapter 47

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 05:38 AM

Chapter 47
 
I see I see, so after the discovery of Planet Astra in 2051, construction began straight away, with the help of heavy equipment and robots transported straight from Earth to speed things along. The pace of the terraforming then makes sense.
 
So there really was a two month war that reduced humanity to half its population? My goodness.
Makes sense too that the mobile wormholes were something originally developed on Earth.
 
I'm glad I was on the mark with the rewound calendar though. My previously stated estimate of Polina sleeping for 106 years was a bit off though. 
I had thought the rewind was from 2057 to 1963 rather than from 2063, so I was off by 6 years.
 
I'm satisfied with this being the answer though. Way better than something ridiculous like most of the population being clones and whatnot.
 
Now then, time to see if Group B5 can force their home planet to accept them back.
Awaiting the penultimate chapter of the story this Saturday

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 07:35 AM

Chapter 48

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 12:01 PM

Not that I'm awfully surprised the series is close to its ending, where there it's really not so much to resolve now.

 

I'm sure there's still a shoe waiting to drop, or else the current issue would be the last.

 

My guess, something to do with the future of wormhole technology on Planet Astra.


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 04:46 AM

Chapter 48

 

That went so much more smoothly than I imagined.
 
Even though the idea of sending an email and waiting in space was already suggested in Ch 39, I thought it was too risky since the world government may opt to side with Vixia and keep King Noah in power, so as to ensure the keeper of Planet Astra's secrets can continue his "duty".
Hence, I thought the dramatic landing would happen before the indictment in order to circumvent that issue, not after.
 
I really didn't think the world government (or at least, the police) would actually side with the kids. Or that they would take Charce's case for Seira's assassination seriously. Or that they would go as far as to allow the planet's secrets to be exposed.
 
I mean, I'm happy for the kids, but the ease of all this feels a bit unnerving.
 
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The scope of the story had pretty much always been 5 planets, then home. End of story. Judging from the Volume cover designs, 5 Volumes seemed natural too.
So I'm not really fussed if we don't get to the specifics on the sentencing of the Originals. It would've veered us a bit too far away from the mostly space survival pilgrimage, coming-of-age atmosphere of the story anyway.
 
Most mysteries of the story are resolved. Only ones left are the identity of the sunglasses man, a more exact cause for Ulgar's brother's death, and possibly a more definite explanation on the circumstances behind Funicia's transfer to the Rafaeli household.
 
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I'm proud of the crew for all they had accomplished. They've all grown and changed so much since the start of their voyage.
 
During the landing, the explosion from Zack calling Quitterie cute incited a chuckle from me.
 
Kanata really was an excellent captain. Man, unlike poor Bossun, he actually got the respect that he deserves from everyone.
 
Well then, looking forward to the last chapter. What lies beyond the journey?

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 02:48 AM

Final Chapter 49

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 04:54 AM

Chapter 49
 
Well well, we've reached the ending.
 
...when you think about it, gaining weight on a survival voyage is really counterintuitive. I mean, the starts of Shummoor and Icriss do point to how they were really careful with supplies, yet still gaining weight...
 
Makes a lot of sense that a number of the kids opted to write their own memoirs of their journey... though I can't picture Kanata writing a book on his own.
Dumb question, are survivors of strandings the kind of people that normally feature on commercials?
 
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Man, time skips always mess with my brain one way or another.
Regardless, glad to see everyone doing well.
 
It took time for me to realise I was looking at Funicia and not Quitterie the first time I went through the chapter.
I'm not surprised that Quitterie and Aries would rather stay home, since they don't strike me as the kind whose raring for more life-risking journeys.
I do hope that the three men won't run into any crazy troubles without their medic, navigator or bodyguard (Ulgar).
 
Wow. Aries actually got engaged (at this point) with Kanata. YES
It's the least Shinohara-sensei should do, after a certain screw-up that a certain red-horned hairy caterpillar made some years back in a certain other series...
 
Huh, Kanata's prediction from Chapter 30 actually came to pass. He actually got to be a captain of his own ship in 7 years, as opposed to Zack's forecast of 20.
I'm also surprised that the Astra/Ark 12 isn't housed in a museum. You would think that an artifact like an ancient (albeit operable) vessel would be made into an exhibition.
 
All the best wishes to you all, and may your futures be as bright as the stars.
 
(Overall thoughts to come)

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 06:14 AM

Now for some overall thoughts.
 
When the series was announced, I thought we were in for wacky space-themed comedy. So the fakeout light-hearted atmosphere of the first half of Chapter 1 worked on me, since I really was not expecting serious space survival voyage.
Nevertheless, I knew this will be an intriguing series after Ch 1. Shinohara-sensei had proved that he can do serious tales during Sket Dance's serialisation, but this will be the first time we have a long term serious story from the author.
 
Chapter 2 then further reinforced my belief it'll be a solid story. Outlining the premise as a 5-planet voyage was a very smart move. It sent the message that this series will have a defined scope: it will not be too long or short, and the "itenary" of the story was practically set in stone, no making stuff up as it goes.
 
On the mystery side, Shinohara performed as well as before, subtly layering seemingly insignificant hints and details here and there before they're eventually detonated into signficance. Except this time, the longer game plan of the story allowed him to leverage this strength of his better, with some most intriguing puzzles and enigmas.
 
I don't need to comment much on characterisation, since Shinohara had always been good with character development, progression and balancing. I will say though, I knew the Astra crew will eventually all become likable, but I'm pleased that altogether they became as likable as the Sket Dan trio.
 
On the action aspect, this was something I had worried, because fights and battles was one of Shinohara's weaknesses. He wasn't good at drawing dynamic scenes.
In Astra, this weakness was largely circumvented by placing a higher emphasis on survival and foraging, with confrontations being very rare. And fortunately, the confrontations in the series are well-drawn and Kanata's athleticism convincing, nothing felt off whatsoever.
In any case, tensions during tense moments are always properly conveyed when they're needed, so that's a plus.
 
All in all, Astra Lost in Space was a fine piece of work, another excellent addition on Shinohara's repetoire of stories that balance between gag, serious, thoughtful themes, wonderful character moments, and plain and simple fun.
 
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Lastly, thank you to Shinohara Kenta for this wonderful series, and to the Viz team for the quick translation.
This loyal fan will be looking forward to whatever his next work will be, whenever it shall come. (Of course, his wife and children should come first)

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 10:17 AM

Aries is my top member for her 2 key suggestions that gave everyone hope

 


...when you think about it, gaining weight on a survival voyage is really counterintuitive. I mean, the starts of Shummoor and Icriss do point to how they were really careful with supplies, yet still gaining weight...

TBF, Was it mention how Astra the ship managed it own gravity. 

Remember weight is determined by a planet's gravity, of which they haven't been on Astra in a whille

 


I'm also surprised that the Astra/Ark 12 isn't housed in a museum. You would think that an artifact like an ancient (albeit operable) vessel would be made into an exhibition.

Well they do have Ark 14 ready to be museum, and A whole complete Ark is better to show then a patchwork of an Ark (technically part of Ark 12 was left behind on 4th planet).



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:59 AM

TBF, Was it mention how Astra the ship managed it own gravity. 

Remember weight is determined by a planet's gravity, of which they haven't been on Astra in a whille

The ship has its own gravity generator, but don't ask me how it works

 

Well they do have Ark 14 ready to be museum, and A whole complete Ark is better to show then a patchwork of an Ark (technically part of Ark 12 was left behind on 4th planet).
I suppose having the Ark 4 alone in the museum makes sense, but it's still an odd feeling

 

Aries is my top member for her 2 key suggestions that gave everyone hope
This is a fun point of discussion, let me write my part then
 
Quitterie
Those originally-high-opinionated-later-compliant types were pretty much par for the course given the cast, so I wasn't too bothered by Quitterie's character at the start.
 
The better question was how she will turn out afterwards, which is decent enough. Some will argue her whiny nature can be annoying, but that's acceptable since it's normal to be whiny when you're stranded in outer space, and not everyone is the outdoor adventurous type.
 
On learning of her medical background, knew that she'll become vital as the medic of the crew. And man she was definitely needed.
 
I loved how Shinohara immediately mocked her Tsun by having Aries and Luca gossip about her obvious crush on Zack.
And it felt strange at first for the main Tsukkomi of a Shinohara work to not be the main heroine, but I'm glad at least someone took on the role.
 
Nice to have her around.
 
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Funicia
After a few chapters in, I found it amusing that she's more mature than her older sister. Yes, they're adopted sisters, but still.
 
While she didn't offer a lot in terms of skills, her simple and light-hearted presence is a calming one, like Aries. The mood maker type, I believe it's called.
 
Wouldn't be the same without her.
 
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Luca
Was secondary suspect for the Saboteur for me, I admit. But his carefree nature along with his helpful contributions at speculation time greatly deterred my belief in that.
 
His art and handiwork skills relegated him to a more support-based role, like repairing the ship in Shummoor orbit, creating bows and holsters, etc. Doesn't lessen his helpfulness though.
 
A prankster at heart, but surprisingly mature, a welcome entry among the cast.
(I still cannot believe Shinohara dared to pull the same controversial stunt a second time in front of a seasoned audience and get away with it.)
 
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Yun Hua
Her initial quietness certainly beggared curiosity, but I could afford to wait for her certain-to-come development. Fortunately I only needed to wait until Shummoor.
I'm surprised how I was able to get used to her short-haired look
 
If anything, she's the simplest embodiment of a number of Astra's major themes, "coming of age/indepedence" and "choosing your own path". In a sense, almost everything about her, from her starting shyness to her growth with support from her friends is easy to relate to.
 
She may never have been in the heat of the action by nature of her support-oriented talent, but even so, her presence is essential to overall mood of the voyage and the story.
 
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Ulgar
Loner-type characters in a stranding story are bound to open up to the group at some point, which is all the reason I need to be patient with him, like with Yun Hua.
 
That said, I liked how even on the first Planet Vilavurs, he knows when he has to cooperate with the group in order to survive. 
And beginning from Shummoor, the way he uses 大将 (taishou) to refer to Kanata in the original raw is especially telling, since he understood that Kanata is the "general/admiral/chief/boss" that all of them need to follow.
 
I had expected his "opened-up" phase to be like Kiri's super loyalty, but he's fine the way he became, playing the vanguard/escort/bodyguard whenever the prospect of danger arises.
Happy to have him part of the party.

 

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:23 AM

Charce
Even though he's the primary suspect for the Saboteur, it's undeniable that Charce has been absolutely vital to the voyage.
Supply procurement advice? Check. Planetary environment surveys? Check. Extraterrestrial wildlife analysis? Check. Culinary skills? A welcome bonus.
 
The resident quartermaster, chef, geologist and biologist, Charce played so many roles aboard the ship and has been rather courteous about them that it's hard to hate him. It really made me wish that his motives would be something sympathetic rather than malicious.
 
...in the end, I suppose it doesn't count as malicious. Just out of a sense of duty and resignation. But no matter what happened, I wouldn't have wanted him to sacrifice himself, let alone die.
 
Good to have him stick around to the end
 
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 11:36 PM

Zack
Pardon the comparisons, but it's hard to deny his design was based on Switch. Smart, knowledgeable, can work his way around technologies and is an unintentional joker at times, but with more emotions and expressions this time.
 
His confirmation on the clone conspiracy deserved praise, and he made an excellent confidant for Kanata when it came to internal affairs.
 
But my highlight with him was his blunt romantic moments with Quitterie. He actually did like her the entire time! And his frank praises were literally explosive!
 
Good character overall
 
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Aries
I'm glad she's not just a mini Remi-onee-san, but her own being.
 
While she generally adheres to the airhead archetype with her natural silliness, it's assuring when it became clear she's not without reason and wisdom. These traits, alongside her optimism, come in handy with maintaining crew morale.
 
Her photographic memory was vital in solving the many mysteries that surround their circumstances, and her sense of inspiration kept their voyage going.
 
Lastly, it's commendable that she was actually conscious of her feelings of Kanata, rather than oblivious. Thank goodness for not going down the cliche route.
 
So glad that she's part of the cast.
 
(More to come)

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 05:56 AM

Kanata
My inital impression of him is that he's Bossun, but loaded with an athletic skill set. This is by no means a bad comparison, because Bossun was a pretty mighty good main character.
Empathetic, good leadership, wise judgment and brave and reliable when it matters (not to mention having his fair share of dorky moments), he's the captain that Group B5 badly needed throughout their trek across the stars.
 
A subtle trait that distinguishes him as a separate character from Bossun though is that he had experienced more bitterness in his life, and in turn made more efforts to move on from them. The way he encourages his crewmates to also move on with their lives then cements a core "belief" with the guy.
Or to put it another way, with regards to themselves, whereas Bossun is already content with reaching his smaller goal, Kanata wants to keep moving closer to his ideal dream and way of life
 
His leadership and judgment were definitely commendable. Best moments in this regard included the way he safeguarded crew morale and the meet-and-greet dinner on the first day of Vilavurs; his management on the prospect of a traitor in the group during Shummoor orbit; and his handling of the cloning conspiracy while on Icriss, from disclosure all the way to crew checkup.
 
Add to his cool heroic moments and how he overall rallied his comrades together, he's by far my favourite character.
 
(P.S. I cannot believe Kanata actually has delicacy, unlike Bossun!)

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 12:02 PM

Probably my final bump to this topic.

 

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I've finished the fiddly pieces and textured it some.  Further improvement is beyond my skill right now.  I've attached the .blend file in the zip if anyone wants it.  Good luck to you all.

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