「STAR OF HOPE」
Considering we’re back for week four of rowdy adventures in space it’s probably no surprise Kanata no Astra has been picked up for coverage, but seriously, how could one turn their nose up at such cheesy sci-fi glory? Star Trek this may not be, but there’s certainly enough of it present to keep the amusement coming, and with that conspiracy plot just waiting for further detail, plenty of additional fun waiting down the line. It’s all minor events in KnA’s world right now, but don’t bet on it staying this way for long.
After all the fun of potential killers flinging about previously you’d expect KnA to delve deeper into that bombshell for obvious reasons—i.e. aggravating suspense—but this time we got more of what I expected for the first little while: character introductions. For all we know about the cast so the majority actually remain black boxes underneath the archetype fluff, and Yunhua was the first of them to receive some fleshing out. No real shockers concerning the girl of course: her quietness and melancholy is entirely down to backstory, with one ridiculous mother having some obscene effects on how Yunhua perceives the world and her role in it. I’d say it’s a little surprising her goal is to be a singer (not the first dream that comes to mind with a mentality liker that), but then again it’s not the first character here who’s wound up having an interest or skills seemingly conflicting with personality. That’s right Zack, I’m looking at you.
Where KnA proved surprising this week though was definitely in its plot setup, and not really for the right reasons. Anyone with post-secondary ecology learning can effectively tear KnA’s description of ecological niches a new one for example, as suggestions of conscious species evolution and ecological positioning can quickly lead to some very bad misunderstandings. Simply put species of all make and variety—especially those lower on the nervous system complexity chain—do not “decide” to fill a gap missing in the current ecosystem and develop towards that goal, it’s a randomized process occurring over years to millennia that’s predicated on the principles of natural selection. I can get behind some sentient magic mushrooms deliberately manipulating things to their benefit (a la your typical Star Trek plot), but a basic fungus deliberately arranging the whole thing? That’s a little much even for this kind of sci-fi. At least we got some choice interactions out of the whole crazy setup, because if there’s one thing KnA has proven quite good at so far, it’s having its cast do some ridiculously spontaneous and entertaining things when the urge strikes.
Whether or not KnA continues on the same path of episodic development in the immediate future is anyone’s guess right now of course, but considering the attempted murder mystery elements apparently at play, I wouldn’t bet on conventionality being followed here for long.