Well if KnA’s 40 minute opener wasn’t enough of a hint where this space adventure is headed, I dare say this follow up should more than fill in the gaps. From start to finish this one is going to be a veritable romp through all the classic sci-fi tropes, and while it may not be the absolute best tale of extrasolar shenanigans we’ve seen (even for anime), there’s no denying KnA is setting up for some wild fun down the line.
As mentioned previously KnA is effectively anime’s Star Trek Voyager, and oh boy was the comparison firmly reinforced this week. Travelling to unknown planets; interacting with and canvassing the local wildlife; embracing the quirks such short term travels bring—it was episodic Starfleet exploration writ large, albeit under the efforts of a firmly teenage crew. While the concept is undeniably cheesy and simple at its core (look no further than some of the original Star Trek episodes for reference), KnA is at least leveraging the setup right, using it for further character introductions and development to help give a reason for caring about this cast in the first place. Quiterrie for example proved her aggravating annoyance previously wasn’t some fluke by going all in on pride and stubbornness this time (not to mention harsh insults), but thanks to a little humility courtesy of one big bug came out at least looking trainable. Likewise Kanata’s backstory pretty much answers all his actions taken this week, and hints towards some more likely to come down the road. This cast may be no Enterprise bridge crew, but don’t tell me you cannot see the Kirk-Spock-Uhura relationship gradually forming here.
Where things get really interesting though is in the matter of KnA’s cast’s situation. Having the big friendly wormhole who just really wants a hug pop up a second time suggests whatever happened to these kids wasn’t coincidental or a random natural fluke. And if that wasn’t enough of a hint already we also have the evidence of recent intentional sabotage to help spice things up further. Someone or some group clearly has a vested interest in this camp crew, and while the exact reason may be unknown for the moment, considering each character is largely an expert in a specific area (ex. Charce’s biology knowledge, Aries’ photographic memory, Kanata’s athleticism), it’s not hard thinking of a few explanations. With this much latent talent and that course home oh so conveniently discovered at the end of last week, there’s a big twist to the simple survival story just waiting in the wings for its grand reveal.
The only thing we have to answer first is which one of this motley student body knows more than they’re letting on.