Kanata no Astra – Episode 9
This wasn’t quite a transition episode, but it felt that way to me since it went back to focusing on the relationships between the characters instead of advancing in terms of information that we were given. Well, except at the end, but besides that it’s just really a confirmation of things that had been hinted at beforehand and that characters must come to terms with.
The reveal hit the hardest and most obviously on Quitterie, like always. It was tough for all of them to find out and it was a very emotional episode. I like the relationship between Kanata and Ulgar the most now, since they have made tremendous progress in their friendship. It was interesting to see that Charce was the least affected, but his explanation is believable. They have forgotten about the fact there might be a spy or an enemy, I feel like i’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop on that one.
It was interesting to have the originals’ meeting right after the children discuss the reveal. They are all despicable people and this was very well presented. Luca’s original is really weird, but he’s also a sort of genius. His idea behind making Luca both sexes was really intriguing too, something an artist would come up with. The differences in talent explains why they had such a mixed group of individuals attempting this in the first place, but yeah, they’re all very narcissistic and gross.
With this show I can’t avoid commenting on the humor every week and this time it won’t be the exception. The group scenes where Zach and Quitterie announce they will be getting married are absolutely hilarious. The voice actors really make a great job at portraying things properly and giving each character a palpable identity. The dialogue itself is super funny already and although i haven’t read the manga, I’m going to assume this part of it was done great justiced when adapted into animation form. Aries and Zach take the cake this time around.
My favorite thing about this episode was the comment about how both nature and nurture (DNA and your experiences) both influence your personality and what you’ll actually be like. This puts emphasis on how different the clones are to the originals and how even Quitterie and Funni are pretty different. I’m an identical twin and me and my sister are super different, so it’s interesting to see explanations to this. Of course it’s just fiction, but they present it in a way that makes it seem like it’s true.
Finally, I must comment on the last reveal of the episode. The music and Polina’s reaction made it seem much more dramatic than it actually felt for me, but although the reveal that they’re not from Earth was not particularly expected by me, it doesn’t really shock me as much as it seems it should have. We were never told that they were from Earth. Considering that they already have space travel and both Charce and Aries mentioned transfering from a different place, I imagined they were from a human colony of sort if a different planet and that there were several of them.
This does open up that other storyline of what happened to Earth. Maybe this is connected to how Polina reacted to what year it was. Either way, I’m looking forward to them going to the next planet (imagine if that one is actually Earth! Though I doubt it since they would have recognized the name) and then getting home and seeing how the originals deal with that. There’s just a few more episodes left and several things to address, so I wonder what else is in store for viewers of Kanata no Astra.