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    planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ

    A short series about humanity on the brink of extinction after a failed attempt at colonizing in space, and a guy that visits a planetarium that attempts to fix a broken projector.

    Airs: Thursday, July 7

    Studio: David Production

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    It is thirty years after the failure of the Space Colonization Program. Humanity is nearly extinct. A perpetual and deadly Rain falls on the Earth. Men known as "Junkers" plunder goods and artifacts from the ruins of civilization. One such Junker sneaks alone into the most dangerous of all ruins—a "Sarcophagus City." In the center of this dead city, he discovers a pre-War planetarium. And as he enters he is greeted by Hoshino Yumemi, a companion robot. Without a single shred of doubt, she assumes he is the first customer she's had in 30 years. She attempts to show him the stars at once, but the planetarium projector is broken. Unable to make heads or tails of her conversation, he ends up agreeing to try and repair the projector...


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    Episode 1

    30 years later, a customer.

    Talk about a huge contrast there with Hoshino acting as if the place is still running even though it has been 30 years since anybody came to the planetarium, while the reality couldn't be any more different. It's a clash of a lighthearted environment set by the robot and the grim reality as the city has long been destroyed by war. That was pretty amusing seeing Hoshino talking that way, and especially the part where Hoshino hand the guy a bouquet of robotic parts. But there's just one problem in that the projector is broken. Pretty interesting setup there, and certainly it sets the stage for an emotional pendulum.
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    • #3
      Re: Episode 1

      Similar to Rewrite, I really want to like it, but I don't see it working out. At least this one doesn't seem like it had quite as much potential.
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      • #4
        Re: Episode 1

        Lol Hoshino sure talks a lot. Outside the whole city is destroyed and inside we have a robot still waiting for customers and trying her best not to anger the first customer in 29 years which is kinda sad if you think about it a bit, or maybe it's just me. I felt sorry for Hoshino. But she had a smile on her face the whole time which was nice. He was a nice guy inside which is why he went along with whatever Hoshino requested despite being told that he should avoid the annoying robot. And looks like he's going to help her out even further and not run away from the overly verbose robot.
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        • #5
          Episode 2

          Even robots need to sleep.

          While the junker works on repairing the projector, he learns that Yumemi doesn't have much longer to operate seeing that she's running low on batteries and needs to sleep periodically to save up her energy. That was pretty nice to see those two interacting despite having completely opposite outlooks on life. And then there was that god talk that was pretty amusing to hear seeing that Yumemi was wondering what heaven is.
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          • #6
            Re: Episode 2

            We get to see deeper into the awful circumstances that lead to this situation, and it's left some bad dreams for the junker. Yumemi wants to dream, though, even tough she can't. No surprise to something like that come up since "yume" is in her name.

            I liked where the gods discussion went, particularly how the "robot god" mention got her to bring up a heartwarming moment from her memory. And now she's getting to add something to that thanks to the junker. Definitely feels like there are bittersweet implications of where we're going with the topic being "robot heaven" though.

            This episode was a few minutes shorter than the previous one, but neither are quite standard TV length anyway. That's the benefit of being an ONA, though. Doesn't need to be unnecessarily stretched out to fill a time slot.

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            • #7
              Re: Episode 2

              What an odd, odd little show this is. The apocalypse has happened, what's left of mankind is scavenging from the bombed out cities of the former pinnacle of technological progress (note, I'm not calling it the peak of civilization—people using biological and nuclear weapons upon each other is not a mark of civilization but of barbarism). And amidst all this…this lone scavenger is helping a limited use robot to fix a planetarium projector that will likely never see a real customer again in its now meaningless existence.
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              • #8
                Re: Episode 2

                The flags! The flags are everywhere! This is not going end happily, will it?
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                • #9
                  Re: Episode 2

                  Originally posted by Hitsugi Amachi View Post
                  What an odd, odd little show this is. The apocalypse has happened, what's left of mankind is scavenging from the bombed out cities of the former pinnacle of technological progress (note, I'm not calling it the peak of civilization—people using biological and nuclear weapons upon each other is not a mark of civilization but of barbarism). And amidst all this…this lone scavenger is helping a limited use robot to fix a planetarium projector that will likely never see a real customer again in its now meaningless existence.
                  I've had this VN installed for the longest time but never really got to it. The first episode already gave some Plastic Memories + Dimension W vibes, but even after two episodes, there's a certain charm to this show that the others didn't have. I'm sticking with this (we're practically halfway through), and depending how I feel about it at the end, it'll probably just push me to finally pick up where I left off in the VN. Maybe this adaptation might do justice since the source material is pretty short.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Episode 2

                    Originally posted by Sensuifu View Post
                    Originally posted by Hitsugi Amachi View Post
                    What an odd, odd little show this is. The apocalypse has happened, what's left of mankind is scavenging from the bombed out cities of the former pinnacle of technological progress (note, I'm not calling it the peak of civilization—people using biological and nuclear weapons upon each other is not a mark of civilization but of barbarism). And amidst all this…this lone scavenger is helping a limited use robot to fix a planetarium projector that will likely never see a real customer again in its now meaningless existence.
                    I've had this VN installed for the longest time but never really got to it. The first episode already gave some Plastic Memories + Dimension W vibes, but even after two episodes, there's a certain charm to this show that the others didn't have. I'm sticking with this (we're practically halfway through), and depending how I feel about it at the end, it'll probably just push me to finally pick up where I left off in the VN. Maybe this adaptation might do justice since the source material is pretty short.
                    Sure, they each have a robot "companion" but, yeah, comparing to either of those above shows wouldn't be a positive, I think. (This is also superior to Coppellion, so there's that too.)

                    This is pretty old school sci-fi (especially Cold War-era) short story territory, the lonesomeness and impending doom; finding some facet of better humanity before it's all over. For a short series (and I should pay attention more--didn't realize that until I noticed the unusual runtimes) it's also very patient for anime. More of a Kino's Journey kind of thing. Or, in similar company, like you'd see in experimental shorts--though not quite as grim in tone as you might find there. (The character design is about the only thing I don't really warm to here.)
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                    • #11
                      Re: Episode 2

                      So Mr. Customer ends up giving in and helps fix Ms. Jena (that sounds a bit weird lol). Despite there being no possible beneficial outcome, he is still fixing the projector for the robot. And Hoshino is still waiting for a customer or two, standing out there calling out to customers, setting up notices of the projection being cancelled due to repairs, it gets even more sad when we learn that she's got, like, 60 more hours left and she still smiles. She's a robot so we also get that "I want to do stuff humans can" thing here. And Customer-san tells her that it's not always good to dream or shed tears. Lol when she asked him how it feels to shed tears, and he's like "I don't think that far when crying". And now Ms. Jena is fixed so we'll get to see how Mr. Customer takes the view of the stars in.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Episode 2

                        Originally posted by bctaris View Post

                        Sure, they each have a robot "companion" but, yeah, comparing to either of those above shows wouldn't be a positive, I think. (This is also superior to Coppellion, so there's that too.)

                        This is pretty old school sci-fi (especially Cold War-era) short story territory, the lonesomeness and impending doom; finding some facet of better humanity before it's all over. For a short series (and I should pay attention more--didn't realize that until I noticed the unusual runtimes) it's also very patient for anime. More of a Kino's Journey kind of thing. Or, in similar company, like you'd see in experimental shorts--though not quite as grim in tone as you might find there. (The character design is about the only thing I don't really warm to here.)
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                        • #13
                          Episode 3

                          The show must go on!

                          The projector is finally up and running, and now the long-awaited star show begins, but halfway through the power runs out. But despite not being able to use the projector, Yumemi continues with the commentary. That show was both beautiful and emotional seeing that the planet used to be a much better place than this war-torn dystopia, and as Yumemi puts it, this thing is a time machine. It certainly is a way of getting that guy's mind off of the gloom and doom of the world as it is in the present if only for a short while. Not to mention it is always great to have Yumemi talking about the stars. That was great, but things are winding down as there are only two episodes left and whatever emergency power that was left was used up by that show meaning that Yumemi's time is running out.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Episode 3

                            So the projection works, but stops midway due to a power failure. Mr. Customer has Yumemi continue anyway since the audio is enough and he'll imagine the video part himself. The whole commentary from Yumemi was nice. The parts towards the end especially so. But in the end, despite knowing that there is a power cut and there won't be any customers coming, Yumemi still goes out and calls out to customers to come see their projection. This part really feels sad even now – Yumemi just going through the motions, doing what she always did in hopes that something different might happen. In situations like this a human character would have broken down by now, but Yumemi still continues since she's not a human. And Mr. Customer takes his leave but Yumemi asks to escort him to his transport. There could probably be a reason here save for that's what robots do. But who knows what goes on in the head of that robot. Maybe there could be something like her becoming somewhat human or something.
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                            • #15
                              Episode 4

                              Yumemi's thoughts when the robot god/heaven subject comes up just get even sweeter. We've seen the Junker now seems to have plans about bringing Yumemi along with him, and finally get some details on that near the end of the episode. Not only is he trying to find a way for Yumemi to continue to be of help to humans as she wants but is plotting a new course in his own life. Though is it going to work out as planned? Ended on quite the cliffhanger this time, and now we just have the final episode left.

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