Astra – Lost in Space and Finding Resilience with Others

Cast of Astra Lost in Space

If there’s one lesson humanity often forgets, it’s that people need each other despite all the differences being pushed by outside forces to separate them. No one truly lives alone.

I feel that one timely anime/manga series is a big example of this and it’s Kenta Shinohara’s Astra Lost in Space.

(Some spoilers ahead after the jump)

Astra Lost in Space focuses on a group of youth who are set to go on a school expedition to explore another planet. Once at their destination, they encounter a strange sphere that somehow warps them all to the depths of distant outer space, thousands of light-years away from their home planet, without any way back home. The group manages to find an working abandoned spaceship and their journey back home begins as they learn that their situation is related to a huge conspiracy that ties into the circumstances behind their births.

You can think of this series as part sci-fi survival thriller and part heartwarming comedy (note: Shinohara is the author of the comedy series, Sket Dance, and was an assistant under Hideaki Sorachi of Gintama fame). The cast all have very distinct personalities that do rely a lot on common anime/manga tropes. The leader, Kanata Hoshijima, is the all-optimistic, confident, and strong shonen alpha male. The main female lead, Aries Spring, is cute and somewhat clumsy. There’s the token female tsundere, pretty boy who’s a player, super-smart guy who’s more logical than emotional, super-quiet/shy girl, etc.

I feel like Astra Lost in Space is a reminder on the importance of groups to get through tense situations. But those groups have to be a well-balanced mix of talents. It also takes people to help others realize those talents. As anyone who’s been involved in group projects and work can tell you, …continue reading


Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai deshou! Episode 12 Final Impression

Source: Supaku Blog

Unfortunately, I got to really say that Wells is one of the dumbest dense isekai protagonists that I ever seen throughout the ending. As I mentioned before, he still references his “original world”, but he doesn’t even take advantage of his original world’s knowledge and acts like a child. Perhaps he has a child mentality in the original world as well? Also, seeing our male lead going against his evil oldest brother was a disappointing short battle. Other than that, it basically felt like a roller coaster going mostly down and slightly up. Now will there be a coming second season? I hope not or they should at least do a reboot with a better budget. Overall, disappointing finale battle and ending scenes. …continue reading


An Obsession with Retro Japanese Rounded-Corner Windows

Please allow us to share our current obsession: retro Japanese rounded-corner windows. We occasionally come across these on our walks around Japan. They can be spotted on storefronts but also older apartments or office buildings. But wherever they are, there’s something endearing and nostalgic about their softness and hues. photo by hikarudon12 The windows themselves […]

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(Podcast) University Teaching in Japan + Tech in the Classroom

This week I talk with Paul, returning guest and University Teacher of English to talk all about his job, what he thinks of the current university job market, and he introduces his new teaching resources:

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Top Remote Jobs in Japan – Week 24, 2020

Source: Gaijin Pot

Working remotely from home, coworking spaces or coffee shops is not reserved for freelancers anymore. The global trend of rethinking the way we work and our relationship with physical offices has finally hit Japan. Hallelujah.

GaijinPot Jobs has a new feature that allows you to filter your job search by companies that offer remote work options. Apply directly by registering and creating your resume!

Work, work, work, work, work (from home).
Top Engineering Inc. 株式会社トップエンジニアリング

IT Engineer

  • Company: Top Engineering Inc. 株式会社トップエンジニアリング
  • Salary: ¥3.0M ~ ¥8.4M / Year
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Conversational
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Top Engineering is looking for IT professionals with experience in software or application development who are fluent in the following languages: php, C#, Swift, Kotlin, JAVA.

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Stage Up

Part-time English Teacher for Audio Feedback and Online lessons

  • Company: Stage Up
  • Salary: ¥1,300 ~ ¥1,400 / Hour Negotiable
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

Stage Up, an English conversational school located in Tokyo, is offering a full remote English teaching position.

Your main responsibility will be listening to recordings from students and providing feedback about pronunciation, grammar, etc., You will provide online lessons based on the company curriculum as well as design your own content and teaching materials.

You must be able to work at least 21 hours per week. Transportation allowance will be provided on days you want to come to the office.

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