November Anime Challenge: Uninhabited Planet Survive

Our anime challenge this month is a fan favourite of both Ookami and Takeshi of AnimeFanatika. Getting stranded on an island is already troublesome enough, but what if you end up on an alien planet with no signs of intelligent life and strange giant creatures swarming around you? That’s what the anime series, Uninhabited Planet Survive, puts its characters through.

Uninhabited Planet Survive (Mujin Wakusei Savaivu) also known as Planet Survive is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy anime series consisting of 52 episodes, which were broadcast without breaking the anime into shorter segments. We will be cover the first 16 episodes for our challenge. The anime carries the rare virtue of being an original concept since it is not based on any manga. The anime was even translated into Portuguese and Spanish and is highly popular. There are a still a lot of sites and even fan fiction about the anime floating on the web. 

Our story takes place two centuries from now, as space travel and planet colonization form a daily part of life. Planet Earth is uninhabitable (we finally over polluted our world) and mankind forced to survive by colonizing the surrounded planets like Mars and planetary moons. We join Luna, who has been living alone with Chako, her pet robot cat, since her father died in an accident (we also learn that her mother died two years before that). Along with six of her classmates, as well as Chako, Luna finds herself stranded on an alien planet, after a school trip goes horribly wrong. Since they grew up surrounded with technology with no real knowledge of living in the wild, these kids are faced with challenges including finding food, water and shelter as well as staying alive until rescue comes – if it ever does. Added to this is one final catch, the ever-present question of whether or not the planet really is truly uninhabited.

Week 1 - 4th November to 10th November 2019

Episodes to watch 1- 4

Konnichiwa Minna, it is week one of our Uninhabited Planet Survive, challenge. This week we will watch episodes 1 – 4. Before we start let’s meet the anime’s screen writer Shoji Yonemura and take a peek at the anime house that produced this science fiction anime series.

The Screenwriter, Shoji Yonemura is from the Fukuoka Prefecture of Kyushu Island, Japan. He graduated from Tokyo Zokei University and worked as a freelance writer in Arakawa. Yonemura now works on screenplays for anime and is a scriptwriter for the wildly popular Pokemon anime series, along with some notable script work for Berserk

The Anime Studio that produced Uninhabited Planet Survive is Madhouse which was founded in 1972 by ex-Mushi Pro animators which includes Masao Maruyama and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. They produced many TV anime shows and movies including Ninja Scroll, Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, Death Note, the second Hunter x Hunter anime, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Boogiepop and Others and Death Parade. 

We hope you enjoy the challenge this week and have a super sugoi week!

Week 2 - 11th November to 17th November 2019

Episodes to watch 5 – 8

Konnichiwa Minna, welcome to week two of our Uninhabited Planet Survive Anime Challenge. Luna and her classmates, as you know, find themselves trapped on an uninhabited planet, where they have to face-off against wild animals alien to what they are used to, the elements and chores that was so much easier when you had technology as part of your every day life style. This week we focus on Luna’s backstory.

Luna grew up on Mars with her father, but he died saving her life when she was eight, and since her mother died two years before that, Luna was now an orphan. However, out of the proverbial ashes of that tragedy luck did strike our heroine and she won a scholarship from the Howard Foundation. She moved to Colony Loca-A2 with her pet robot cat, Chako. Luna is a born leader and very resourceful, she also have telepathic abilities which is a big help to her and her fellow survivors, especially when they meet Adam, but Adam is a big spoiler we will not delve into this week.

Luna’s voice actress is Yukiko Iwai (not to be mistaken with the singer of the same name). Yukiko was born on January 13, 1972 in Chiba. She worked in the anime industry as voice actress from 1995 to 2011, and seems to be retired from the voice acting vocation for now. She is best known for her voice role as Ayumi Yoshida in Detective Conan. Other characters she played include Kakei Sakura in GetBackers, Hana Tsukiyo in Ragnarok The Animation and Makoto Himeno in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Her last voice acting job was in 2011 in Doraemon and since then she has lived a very low-key life and manages to keep her love life and marital status out of the nosy grasp of the media. 

This week’s challenge assignment is to watch episodes 5 – 8. We hope you enjoy the challenge this week and have a super sugoi week!

Week 3 - 18th November to 24th November 2019

Episodes to watch 9 – 12

Konnichiwa Minna, welcome to week three of our Uninhabited Planet Survive Anime Challenge. In this anime a group on a school trip is spirited away to another world. Let’s look at more classic anime about children on school trips or at school, whisked away to another place…

Magic Knight Rayearth

Three eighth-grade girls from different schools happens to be on school trips at Tokyo Tower when they find themselves whisked away to a magical world called Cephiro. The anime ran from October 17, 1994 to November 27, 1995, and is seen as a classic Isekai anime.

Fushigi Yûgi

Two middle-school students encounters a strange book at the school library known as The Universe of the Four Gods. Reading this book transports them into the novel’s universe in ancient China. The anime ran from April 6, 1995 to March 28, 1996 and is one of the darkest Isekai anime, ever.

We hope you enjoy our anime suggestions, next week we bring you more recommendations. We hope you enjoy the challenge this week which are episodes 9 – 12. Have a super sugoi week and enjoy your anime!

Week 4 - 25th November 2019 to 01st December 2019

Episodes to watch 13 – 16

Konnichiwa Minna, welcome to week three of our Uninhabited Planet Survive Anime Challenge. This series was produced by the anime house Madhouse. Let’s look at some of the other anime by Madhouse. Please note that Ninja Scroll and Gunslinger Girls’s trailers depict scenes of graphic violence and or scenes of an adult nature. Viewer discretion is advised.

Ninja Scroll (1993)

A fallen ninja, Jubei is wandering noble/sword for hire, but when a chance meeting leads him to save a young ninja woman from being violated, he makes enemies with a group of demonic humans.

Gunslinger Girl (2003–2004)

Gunslinger Girl was produced in 2003 by Madhouse, and its focus is on young cybernetic girls as well as their adult handlers who use those girls as assassins under the directive of an Italian government organisation.

Wolf Children (2012)

Two students fall in love, one happens to be a Wolfman. They get two children and the Wolfman dies tragically leaving the poor woman, Hana to raise her children Yuki (which means Snow) and Ame (Which means Rain).

There are many other great titles produced by Madhouse, some even featured as anime challenges on AnimeFanatika such as NANA and Highschool of the Dead. It is well-worth exploring all the great anime they worked on.

We hope you enjoyed our Madhouse recommendations. This is the last week of our Uninhabited Planet Survive challenge and if you enjoyed the series so far please watch the rest of the 52-episode series. Uninhabited Planet Survive is a great anime and well worth the watch. This week we conclude the challenge by watching episodes 13 – 16. Have a super sugoi week and have fun watching anime!