Suspicions and Paradise
Astra Lost in Space Episode 5
There are bombshells aplenty about to rain down upon the viewers in episode 5 of Astra Lost in Space. A fair warning now that there will be spoilers below.
The kids leave the mushroom planet having finally found a food source in the killer mushroom tree and fortunately after all their trials and tribulations find themselves landing in a basic beach resort surrounded by food sources that aren’t trying to kill them. However the levity of the beach scenes is sorely needed as this episode is possibly the most serious one yet.
For the first time since they left for camp, we’re given a look at what is happening on Earth. By the end of this episode the kids have been lost for 50 days and needless to say the search of the planet they were supposed to be on has turned up nothing. And so we meet the parents of the lost adventurers and realise that with the exception of Aries’ mother, the others are quick to rationalise the situation and accept that there is nothing they can do and the kids are gone.
Now that was somewhat suspicious given the number of people involved. We knew that Yunhua’s and Quitterie’s relationships with their mothers was not good however it seems very few of these kids are particularly close with their parent. Making Aries stand out yet again as a rare exception to the rule that seems to connect the group. However, what really made me suspicious was when Ulgar’s father, the Vice Principal said he felt like he was being torn apart (or something similar) and then Luca’s father, a Senator, used almost the exact same line. Almost like it had been a rehearsed demonstration of parental loss.
The other suspicious point they raised and made sure we paid attention to was that Luca’s father was getting DNA tested as part of some new law that he’d actually opposed. When we throw in the fact that Zack and Quitterie’s parents are working on some project to store memories it seems like there’s definitely something going on there (otherwise they are doing a great job with red-herrings).
Speaking of which, just when you think we’ve had all the big hits for the episode and the girls are now being silly as they tease each other about boys leading to Aries asking Kanata if he has a girlfriend (with predictably stupid results), the episode gives us one huge cliffhanger of an ending. One that felt earned and like it will have a decent payoff.
So fingers crossed that they nail the execution of where-ever this latest twist in the tale is going to take us because if they manage it this will probably cement Kanata no Astra as my favourite anime of the season.
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Images from: Kanata no Astra. Dir. M Andou. Lerche. 2019.