Well, this is one title that I missed out on the summer season……and maybe something I should’ve checked out in the first place. I mean, this show is mainly an ONA that’s only 5 episodes and the total length of this is basically a movie only cut into different parts.
Oh, and this is a Key anime.
Well, we know how this is going to end. *brings casket and tombstone*
Oh wait. *reads synopsis and ditches them* Tragedy already happened here.
It is thirty years after the failure of the Space Colonization Program. Humanity is nearly extinct. A perpetual and deadly Rain falls on the Earth. Men known as “Junkers” plunder goods and artifacts from the ruins of civilization. One such Junker sneaks alone into the most dangerous of all ruins—a “Sarcophagus City.” In the center of this dead city, he discovers a pre-War planetarium. And as he enters he is greeted by Hoshino Yumemi, a companion robot. Without a single shred of doubt, she assumes he is the first customer she’s had in 30 years. She attempts to show him the stars at once, but the planetarium projector is broken. Unable to make heads or tails of her conversation, he ends up agreeing to try and repair the projector.
Yeah, so this is mostly an low-key type of story where after the devastation happens, there is nothing left but wondering how to survive post-apocalypse and yeah, that’s really it to this story. It is stationary for the first 2 episodes where the main guy, the Junker, is just fixing this projector for the planetarium and exploration does occur in the latter 3 episodes, knowing about the depressing outlook of what’s going on and as usual, that society is fucked. Granted, this is nothing really new here in terms of story but the thing that surprises me is that this idea came from Key aka the people that made all those VN games (and eventually their anime counterparts) like Air, Kanon, Clannad….basically anything that makes you cry like a motherfucker or if you don’t cry to everything sad, feel a bit emotional when something heartbreaking happens.
Well…..I wouldn’t say I cry to it but more of a reaction like “DAMN!” or something like that although I do think most of the stuff that happens here does get a bit manipulative and just cram tragedy in there for the sake of it. Does something tragic happen here that hasn’t happen already? Yeah. At the end and this wasn’t as manipulative sappy as most of Key’s other content although it is still sappy at some times but it is genuinely sad in some areas…..believe it, this is some depressing shit thinking about it after watching it.
There are only two characters throughout the series and that’s the unnamed junker and Yumeni Hoshino and since we spend all our time with these two, they have all the spotlight on them and both played off each other well, with the Junker knowing that he has seen a lot of messed up things out there and Yumeni is the robot girl who is clueless of what went on in the last 30 years and you can’t really blame her if you were in her shoes. For some, she might get annoying with the whole customer thing yet that’s what she’s programmed to do but you got to admit, she is very likable from start to finish.
And no, I don’t know why she got the moe look. It’s anime. That’s bound to happen some of the time. Oh, and it’s KEY!! Everything is MOE-looking to them!
I looked up who did the animation for this and I’m shocked at who it was. It was david production. Yes, that david production.
And they do a stellar job in here. So much, I thought it was someone like JC Staff or White Fox responsible for this considering they seemed like somebody that would do something Key-related. The artwork is beyond vibrant and strikingly beautiful….in other words, what everybody else have said about it but it bears repeating.
Music in here is decent with its subtle-sounding instrumentation and the soft pieces that does fit into the story and a bit usual for anything KEY-related. The first ending theme “Twinkle Starlight” is a bit too cute sometimes but I did like the way it plays off after each episode…although after episode 4 didn’t gel with into what happened. The other ending theme for the last episode “Hoshimeguri no Uta” (星めぐりの歌; Song of Revolving Stars) by MELL is definitely a fit into that episode and somber, too.
For voice acting on the English dub and since there is ONLY two main characters here, there really isn’t much to go on here but I do see the ADR director of this is Clifford Chapin, who has recently been in the ADR directing chair due to the rising number of Simuldubs for FUNimation, and with ADR writer Emily Neves and both fields have solid direction and writing and playing the leads are David Matranga (Junker) and a newer voice that I’m unfamiliar with and that is Jill Harris (Yumeni) and I had no problems with either role. I thought they were great in their respective roles and Jill did nail the cute voice on Yumeni.
FINAL VERDICT: So……yeah, planetarian happens to be an enjoyable watch. A low-key post-apocalyptic story focusing on two characters that slowly ease into the situation and while the stuff that happens is tragic as usual to KEY’s standards, it’s not just tragedy pile-on after pile-on. Plus, with it being an hour and a half total, it’s a quick watch. Hell, this probably should’ve been a movie instead of an ONA.
I see in the constellations that this show is an
Low SOLID B.
planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet is available on streaming via FUNimation both sub and dub and as of now, there hasn’t been any plans as of yet to release it on physical format.
This is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and…..yet how things going on now, this might happen soon enough.
PLANETARIAN: THE REVERIE OF A LITTLE PLANET – animated by DAVID PRODUCTION / licensed by FUNIMATION