The storyline is undeniably the weakest part of Uninhabited Planet Survive, and is the main contributing factor for why the show never quite seems to break mediocrity. There were numerous points at which the anime looked like it was improving, but the formulaic and predictable plot would always kick in and prevent this from actually happening.
One of the major problems lies with the basic premise. At its heart, there are really only two major ways to execute a shipwrecked-on-random-piece-of-rock storyline like this one: a Lord of the Flies styled, utterly misanthropic depression-fest, or an illogical, unrealistic Swiss Family Robinson rip-off that recycles the same basic plot that has been used countless times before. Uninhabited Planet Survive goes with the latter route, throwing just about every hackneyed element of the archetype in save for the monkey butlers.
At its best, the plot would have taken a backseat and merely watched the excellent characters interact with each other. An unobtrusive storyline could have allowed for some truly outstanding character drama, and might have caused the series to sneak into my personal favorites list. Indeed, the story is at its best when it does exactly this. Occasionally, the characters are given a relatively simple problem (for example, starting a fire), and the audience is made to watch as they carry out a solution. During these relatively scarce moments, the characters are truly allowed to shine, and the show becomes immensely entertaining.
Unfortunately, for the most part Uninhabited Planet Survive rejects this approach and forces a dull, contrived and utterly boring plot upon its viewers. The situation is made even worse by a truly tedious science fiction twist that serves to take even more focus away from the true highlight of the show.
Admittedly, there is an exceptional arc midway through the series that involves escaped prisoners; for this stretch of episodes, I was actually actively interested in what was going on, and often could not guess what was going to happen next. However, for the rest of the anime, the story fails to be anything but dull, predictable and obtrusive.
There is nothing wrong about the animation in Uninhabited Planet Survival, but this doesn't necessarily mean that there is anything right, either. Character designs and backgrounds are decidedly mediocre, and are forgotten almost immediately after seeing them. A few scattered action scenes occur throughout the series, with a relatively consistent rate of quality each time. As a whole, there really isn't much to say about the visual package, other than that it does little to either help or hurt the series.
Remaining consistent with the anime's generally low budget, the 52 episode series only gets one set of music for the entire series. Fortunately, the OST is good enough to stand up to repeated listens, and never bothered me throughout the show. I didn't end up listening to the opening and ending themes all that much, but they're by no means bad. Voice acting is consistently solid for the entire show, with no noticeable flaws.
Without a doubt, the characters are the strongest part of the anime. Most animes nowadays cheat a little by sacrificing depth in order to make their characters instantly appealing. This anime, on the other hand, develops its characters the hard way. By the beginning of the show, none of the seven children that crash-land on the island start out as anything really impressive. At the end, however, every single one has become likeable, if not absolutely loveable. If Uninhabited Planet Survive had focused on them instead of its lackluster storyline, then the show could have been outstanding. However, as is the characters do an admirable job of keeping the show from being absolutely horrible.
To be honest, I really wanted to enjoy this, and countless times while I was plodding through the series I told various people that I was enjoying myself. Unfortunately, I simply can't ignore how many times the anime failed what I refer to as the Crappy Game Test. In a nutshell, this means that as I was watching the show, I would compulsively open up firefox on my other computer and begin to play java games. When the mind-numbing and basically luck-based Bejeweled is more interesting than the anime I'm watching, this is a very bad sign indeed. As a whole, the show isn't close to what I would consider bad, but still falls a bit short of being actively entertaining. The storyline is rather tedious for too much of the running time, and the situation isn't exactly helped by the unremarkable animation and sound. I seem to be in the minority here, but in the end I wouldnt recommend this.
There's not a lot I want to say about UPS that one couldn't figure out on it's first or second episode. This show was obviously targeted towards younger people, probably the exact age as those portrayed, little wonder. On the surface you have 7 pre-teen to teen-aged kids stranded on a planet filled with hostile flora and fauna. Underneath you get a coming of age and friendship story of some quality. For someone my age, it's wholly forgettable, for someone around their young teen years, could be an awesome anime.
It's the future, earth is no longer habitable, humans have populated many other planets in the form of domes while trying to terraform these planets into hospitable worlds. As stated before the story revolves around several kids that manage to strand themselves on a deadly and unknown planet. The story is so structured as to give you each character a chance to delve into their past, and grow past their flaws. Some take longer than others but this is essentially the basis of the whole anime all while trying to send for help or help themselves off the planet.
For the most part the animation was decent, especially for it's age. They put a lot of work into the main area's that the story takes place in and each scene design was nice to look at. The characters were also each unique against each other but nothing you hadn't seen before in other anime.
These got annoying at times, it was very canned, meaning that when there was danger there was one sound loop, when it was happy times there was one sound loop, when ... you get the idea, each time there was something going on there was a specific sound bite they looped to give a certain "atmosphere". It got old, and annoying fast, I tried to just ignore it so eventually it became background noise.
Another run of the mill section, each archetype was pretty much used here. Tsundere class leader girl, arrogant rich boy, brainiac boy good with gadgets,... you could almost just take one look at them and tell what they were gonna be like. At least they did grow and develop through out the show.
Like I said to begin with, this wasn't really something for someone my age and experience to really sink my teeth into, if I were half my age I -might- have enjoyed it more. All told, this was an average anime with an average amount of worthy time spent on it. It felt a bit long towards the end and I was expecting a bit more in it's final episode after all that but it could have been much much worse.
In the end, I'd really only recommend this to people that really really like survival style anime and don't mind a slightly juvenile theme mixed in.
this has spoilers
This the the most aggravatingly dumb anime imaginable. I get that it's a kids anime but damn the characters all incompetent at everything to a ridiculous extent. Watching this is bound to induce nausea and bowel irritation. The setting showed some promise, but it's not enough to make up for the writing.
It starts with small annoyances at the beginning. A few cherrypicked examples(there are way, way more problems than just these): Th shuttle. Why does the escape shuttle have an open cockpit and if so why was there no pilot? They expect passengers to pilot it during an emergency? And if the shuttle seated so many more people than just the kids, why were there so little provisions? AND WHY WAS THERE AN INFLATABLE RAFT ON A SPACE SHIP. that side, why did they. land asap in the SEA. Moving on, at the start, they try to make a fire with whatever rocks they find to create a spark. In the end they rub a stick on wood for friction. But the other guy already found flint but instead just made a spear with it! They never use flint! Oh yeah and that kaoru guy killed a snake one time and they didn't eat it! They didn't eat that giant fucking lizard either and instead just left it to decompose in the lake they drink, wash, cook with and whatever else. speaking of the kaoru dude, he is the only one who ever went hunting and fishing and put meat on the table, and what does he get? "dont u dare go hunting were all worried about u kaoru" yeah well if he didnt YOUD ALL BE STARVED IDIOT. btw during his flashback if they just waited a tiny bit longer they wouldve both survived just wait until the whole atmosphere of the cabin is expelled in to the vacuum. theres not that much air in that small ship. but yeah fuck that dumb vegetarian princess wannabe "wahwah its a kawaii animal we cant kill it im a fucking retard!!!" They never boiled that water either before using it so how they all aren't dead of constant diarrhea is another matter. And these are honestly only a tiny portion of what is bad about this anime. The worst so far: THEY GAVE UP THE ADVANCED ALIEN CRAFT THAT WOULD HAVE TAKEN THEM ALL HOME ON THE SPOT WHY??? BECAUSE THE BAD GUY WAS GOING TO KILL THERE ELEPHANT ANIMAL. WHAT!!!!!!!!! WH AT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the mechanic guy made no objection at all? he was rolling with THAT? that onyl ADULT there? and after saying just a moment ago "yeah itll be fixed by the end of the day" he turns around and change his story "no its impossible to fix" STUPID. in detail about that arc, how exactly can they figure out how to fix and operat a thousand year old ancient alien spacecraft? how is it compatible with there own tech? HOW? and why in the hell didnt they just kill the criminal? they managed to cage the big dude, but they didnt stab him with spears as soon as he was in it? no? they RAN AWAY. He fell in a pit? job done right, NO SPIKES IN IT. but its all stupid to talk about because they would've been all shot and raped already because that afro tard had 10000 opportunities to shoot them all and never took the shot isntead stared at them in his sights for 5 min until someone else popped out and distracted him. Or lord forbid, a herd of elephant ran past!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its all thanks to the elepant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
seriously every goddamn espisode consists of this formula:
1. character does something so fucking unbelievably stupid you want to stone them to death with frozen turds and feed them arsenic through an IV
2. oh no! everyone else gotta save their ass in the most roundabout way they can wich emphasises team work and moral integrity!
3. no no! its alright you couldnt help it, its not your fault for being fucking retarded and we all pretty much could have been killed! seriously all this kids will grow up be pussy millenials
btw how is that shower even working after a couple days? its made of a fucking dead plant it will rot.
and that episode with the winter? absolutely infuriating how they are all cunts to that brock ripoff who seemingly is the only tard of the bunch who understands that living in a drafty tree house with no wall isnt gonna cut it. but to be fair THAT part can be explained away because they are space brats who dont know what weather is.holy shit, but it is a shock brock and the kaoru guy hasnt killed everyone else yet and just eat their carcass with a bro fist.
there are so many episodes i hardly can take this punishment anymore and nearly give up watching. i write the review now because i honestly dont think i will be alive for the ending. my artery will pop
0/10 this is some real bullshit
(((Might Involve Spoilers))) So at first the art kind of set me off. It seemed a bit oldish I guess you could call it. But the plot interested me so I gave it a shot. There are some problems with this anime that might turn people away. I found it to be adorable. First off: Characters- The characters were pretty cliche. Plot- It was average. Get lost, survive, turn on each other, get attacked, make up, group together, fight the enemy, survive, go on an adventure and all that other fun stuff you would expect. Overall I would have to say its worth a watch if your just trying to pass time. If you don't have time then pass it over.