Astra Lost in Space

Alt title: Kanata no Astra

Vol: 5; Ch: 49
2016 - 2017
4.404 out of 5 from 304 votes
Rank #1,847
Astra Lost in Space

Itʼs the first day of Planet Camp, and Aries Spring couldnʼt be more excited! She, along with eight other strangers, leave for Planet McPa for a weeklong excursion. Soon after they arrive, however, a mysterious orb appears and transports them into the depths of space, where they find an empty floating spaceship…

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It can be pretty cool when there are manga publisher sites like Viz Media that can advertise some of their newer series by having chapters on their site free to read. One such series that got my attention would be Astra lost in Space. By the author of Sket Dance, this is a sci-fi epic that got my interest, and these points are why its worth checking out. Story- Aries and other teens her age are about to enter a summer space camp where they get to spend a week on another planet. Talk about a sci-fi fantasy come true. It doesn't long for the situation to go awry, when they end up in space with a floating ship. It doesn't take long to figure out how they're going to get back home. I have to admit, the story had some big bombshell twists for the characters, with the series itself being a slowburner. Art- The character designs for Kanata, Aries and the other characters feel pretty stylized, and their space-suits are sleek and colorful looking too. The author himself has a lot of imagination for the planets the characters visit, as well as the various lifeforms on each planet. Characters- The characters themselves actually get some pretty good development over the course of their space voyage. It is through crisis that we see the other characters open up and we learn more about them, such as with Ulgar and Luca. But I think it was the part with Charce that felt the biggest. All and all, the characters will not disappoint. Overall- I was really impressed impressed with Shinohara-sensei being able to do a different genre after he did his slice of life series Sket Dance. Although Astra did feel a little short for me, I'm happy it didn't get stretched like Naruto or Bleach. The author was able to end the series the way he wanted to and for that I'm glad. So if anyone wants to get into a new short sci-fi manga, I think Astra would fit the bill. Edit) On another note, the Astra series was very funny. Shinohara really knows how to lighten the mood with humor, given his experience with Sket Dance. Fans of Star Trek will love this series! 

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