• Title: Uninhabited Planet Survive (Mujin Wakusei Survive)
  • Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Slice of life
  • Studios: Madhouse, Telecom Animation Films
  • Episodes: 52 – 25min (Completed)
  • Date: 16 October 2003 — 28 October 2004
  • Source: Original Story

Summary (Wikipedia)

The story is set in the 22nd century where space travel, planet colonization and anti-gravity basketball are practically everyday things. Planet Earth has become uninhabitable, and therefore people live in colonies on the surrounding planets. On a school field trip, a mistake causes the protagonist, a young transfer student named Luna, her pet robot, and six of her classmates to be thrown through a gravity storm and crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet. There, with Luna as their leader, the robot cat Chako, the lone wolf Kaoru, the spoiled rich boy Howard, the shy Sharla, the obedient Bell, the prideful musician Menori and the young genius Shingo must fight for their survival. But is the planet really uninhabited, or is there someone or something out there, waiting in the shadows?

My Review

Way before the survival genre was filled with battle royales and survival games, the concept of survival was much more simpler. Simply, survive. But just surviving wasn’t enough for me. I longed for a show that could make survival a fun concept, instead of its usual gritty nature. I spent a long time searching for an anime that met such requirements, but the ones I found would always fall short. That’s when I stumbled upon the perfect combination that could give me what I desired. Survival, Adventure and Slice of life! The perfect mix to give me a survival-esque environment, adventuring an unknown territory and all without skipping the details of the day-to-day life that make a survival, well, a survival. Uninhabited Planet Survival sated all my adventurous cravings.

At the heart of this story, its main goal is to show the viewers how the crew survives on that uninhabited planet. What I really like about the show is how it went through all the different stages of the survival. From the crash to its problems like how to return home and food supply. Internal conflicts and interactions. Then we get to see them start building houses and hunting for food and so on. I absolutely appreciate the time and effort of the anime to be able to go through the whole process of survival, in a way that’s enjoyable and entertaining. The result, a wholesome survival anime. It did get a bit weird towards the end, but that’s sci-fi for you.

just look at this beauty

As a show in the early 2000s, the animation isn’t anything too out of the ordinary. But it didn’t mar the show’s quality at all. In fact, I found the art style and animation perfect for the type of show it was (adventure and slice of life). It was simple and sophisticated, unlike some of the gaudy anime characters of today.

Sound wise, the OP has a very nostalgic feel to it. The style of the film in the OP gave off that nostalgic feel of the early 2000s. It also reminded me a little of The Lion King, although I’m not too sure why. There’s this aura of a fantastical nostalgic adventure, while reminding us that its a survival, albeit a happy one. I just absolutely adore the opening theme song. It gave off such great vibes that truly suit the show and set its mood.

When we view the anime as a whole, what truly captivates us (me) is its childlike innocence. While it was undoubtedly a critical situation, the show made the survival feel as if they were camping with their class. Their precarious situation was not ruled by fear or bloodthirst, instead, its a friendly group of friends working together to create an oasis in the middle of an uninhabited planet. And I think that simply sums up how the show manages to carry itself. Simply by portraying a survival that’s more fun and adventurous than dangerous. Even if the anime was likely made with children as its intended audience, as an adult, I must say that I had a ton of fun watching the show.

Should I watch Uninhabited Planet Survive?

Uninhabited Planet Survive is definitely not for everyone. It has many moments that could be interpreted as slow, or uneventful, or even weird. Essentially, you would need an aptitude for watching Slice of life to be able to sit through the entire series. And if you’ve got that going for you, then this anime is one I’d highly recommend.

If you’re looking to simply watch a survival show, then even though this anime is indeed about survival, it will disappoint you as it won’t provide the tension and thrill that survival shows would have.

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