Greetings and welcome to this review in appreciation of getting 100 followers! This has been long overdue. As thanks to you all for passing the 100 follower benchmark I have here a review for a series picked the the readers. The series in question is one that I have been meaning to get to for some time. The series is certainly something special in the world of anime.
A Place Futher than the Universe is a classic case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover. On the surface it appears to be one of those “cute girls do x” series. Watch the first couple of episodes and it becomes clear that the series’ narrative has far more to offer than that. Yorimori (As the shorter name is much easier to write) is a story about 4 girls and their journeys of self discovery. And while the setting is quite fantastical in the sense that very few of us will ever go to Antarctica, the themes presented here are all things that we can relate to and it is presented a story which is uplifting, tragic, and amusing to watch.
The story of Yorimori is more than just a simple adventure story. The adventure itself is quite entertaining to watch but what makes the series special is the additional experiences that we share with the characters. We get to see the excitement of exploring a new frontier, the heartbreak of tragedy and the acceptance of loss, not letting others deter you from your dreams, the developing friendship of the four main girls, and the growth and change that can occur simply by taking a risk and seeing the wonders of the world. The story with laughter, tears, and wonder all of which shown with great care. The series is more than just a simple comedy or drama, it takes these elements are merges them together seamlessly. While not as fantastical as other stories, it does not need to be. In fact I would think that some impact would be taken if this story place in a different setting with a different context. The fact that it is grounded with characters experiencing things that many of us do as well is what makes it special. I love a great fantasy or science fiction story but there is something special about a great story that takes place closer to reality. The big feat is that the series accomplished this in a short 13 episodes. There are shows that have run multiple seasons or hundreds of episodes that don’t accomplish all of this. And Yorimori does it in an organic way with the character arcs being addressed during the course of the narrative. And the narrative is made stronger by doing so.
The characters themselves also make the narrative shine. Each has their own reason for embarking on the trip and in every case they get much more than they bargain for and I mean that in a good way. The audience comes to care for and root for the characters in the journey of self discovery as there are elements of them in many of us. They can do this because our four main girls Mari, Shirase, Hinata, and Yuzuki are all incredibly likeable and relatable. To be honest picking a favorite character out of the group is next to impossible for me. Their goals for the trip whether to experience adventure, develop friendships, or to come to terms with the past are all things that many of us could end up doing. The heart of the story is the characters and their journey. Each of the four characters would be a fine lead in their own story but when you put them together you have something special as their personalities play off of each other perfectly. No one character is perfect and the other three are there to help them improve and grow. That is what true friendship is and you get to see it develop through out the series. I would talk a bit amore about the characters but for those who haven’t seen it, that would delve into spoiler territory and I honestly don’t want to ruin the experience for any new viewers.
And while the narrative and characters of Yorimori are excellent in itself, the presentation of the narrative is another strength of the series. This series is gorgeous to look at. The story of the series takes it’s characters on a world wide journey and the series does an amazing job in capturing that beauty. The backgrounds and settings have an uncanny realism to them with wonderful work done with the lighting. The story places it’s characters in different settings around the planet and it is impressive the amount of care taken to capture these different places. It is just a constant and subtle reminder to appreciate the beauty of the world. From the cityscapes of Signapore to the natural wonders of Antarctica all places are conveyed with a sense of realism and care. I also have to also give a shoutout to the opening and credit sequences as well. The visuals for both sequences are great. The visual tricks used especially in the opening sequence were especially awesome. The soundtrack is absolutely wonderful to listen to and the theme songs are still among my favorites even after a couple of years later. The visuals and audio only enhance the beauty of the characters and the narrative.
A Place Further than the Universe is a wonder series which certainly surpassed any expectations that I had for it. It has a memorable cast of characters, compelling narrative, and a gorgeous presentation. It also manages this in a short 13 episodes meaning that of course there is only a small time investment to enjoy this series. I really hope that I was able convey adequately my thoughts on the series. Yorimori became a highly talked about series when it aired and for good reason. It certainly gets my recommendation. In 2018 we had a stand out for anime and even among that competition, this series stands out. If you haven’t seen this series yet, I highly recommend that you check it out. It is worth your time.
Thanks to DerekL for the suggestion to review this series. This was a series that deserved to be talked about and I’m ashamed to not have discussed it up to now. And of course thanks again to everyone out there for reading, liking, sharing, and commenting on my posts. I have said this before and I will say it again. This is an awesome community to be a part of. There are so many creators out there with great content many of who are certainly better writers than me. I think it is amazing that anyone would take the time to read me content. You guys are all awesome and I hope that you enjoyed reading this. This was probably one of tougher posts that I had to write as describing the wonder of the series in the proper way proved a bit difficult. As usual please share any thoughts on the series in the comments below. I would love to hear what you think! I will be likely approaching 300 posts by the end of this year so I will have another milestone to celebrate. If there is something that you would like to see, let me know! Until next time, this is Railgunfan75 signing off. Stay safe, stay respectful, and stay geeky my friends!