A Place Further Than the Universe - Episode 3 Review
A Place Further Than the Universe maintains its humor three episodes in and has become successfully heartwarming without seeming cheesy.
After the plan to go aboard the civilian cruise to Antarctica turned into a colossal failure, Shirase, Mari, and Hinata ponder what to do next. Suddenly, the three girls hear that a famous actor is being taken on a trip to the Antarctic to document her experience. As the girls are in awe at this development, they get a visit from Yuzuki Shiraishi, the celebrity from the announcement.
Yuzuki is the newest addition to the cast, and although the episode is dedicated to her, we don’t get to see much of her personality. Instead, we’re given the details of her character. She’s a child celebrity who has been working since the age of four, and due to the demands of the acting business, she hasn’t had the opportunity to make friends. She outright refuses to go to Antarctica, and she’s especially jealous of the relationship Shirase, Mari, and Hinata share. However, when Yuzuki learns that the three had just met not too long ago, she becomes bewildered. Soon after, she decides she wants to join them on their adventure.
Unfortunately, there’s no telling how Yuzuki might act during casual and comedic moments. The entirety of her screen time was focused on backstory. Although the development was decent, it’s too soon to say if she’s a good addition to the expedition.
In terms of her character, they’ve built Yuzuki up in an unremarkably generic way. However, her development isn’t filled with obnoxious corniness. The series simply shows us who she is and goes from there. The writers don’t spend too much time on unnecessary details either.
In contrast to the previous episode, this new installment feels much more genuine. Although one could argue that the story is full of cheese, things are handled in a surprisingly casual way to elicit a heartwarming feeling. For example, there's a scene where Yuzuki is having a bizarre dream where Shirase, Mari, and Hinata nearly get themselves killed to bring her along with them to Antarctica. However, when she wakes up, she sees the three girls simply standing at her door, waiting for her to wake up. The series shifts from a cheesy approach to something a lot more casual, relieving the viewer from a ridiculous alternative. This warm feeling is also enhanced by the comedy, which remains lovely.
With a wonderful heartwarming feeling, beautiful animation, and a great sense of humor, A Place Further Than the Universe is still a solid series. Hopefully, it becomes less generic when the four girls actually get to Antarctica.
|Gorgeous Animation||Generic Development|