I’ll just come out and admit it: I don’t really get it. I mean, I do, on a superficial level. It’s a show about a class of plucky engineers trying to fulfill their dreams and struggling against The Man. But the first episode felt to me like it was hastily written and no one proofread the script to see if it made sense.
So here’s the events of the episode… at least what I think happened. There’s a school funded by a big corporation, and within that school there’s a class of particularly gifted students working within some special program. They put together a spaceship for the purpose of racing, but it hasn’t passed all safety tests yet (the joke seems to be that the motto of the school is “safety first” but none of the characters have any regard for safety).
At the same time, the company’s board of directors meet to discuss an emergency: one of their members has been taken hostage by a group of disgruntled miners demanding ransom. There are some hints that the president of the board wouldn’t mind seeing this particular hostage disappear, and is in no hurry to comply with their demands. This will be important. They also explicitly tell the other members to keep this matter private. This will also be important.
Here’s where it gets confusing. The kidnapped board member is also a transfer student in the class who was supposed to start today. Their homeroom teacher has a meeting with the principal, where he’s told about the kidnapping. If it was supposed to be kept under wraps, why was the principal told about it? And why did the principal tell the teacher? This was the point where I started raising my eyebrow.
Everything seems to happen just to move the story of the episode forward, no matter how little sense it makes. There’s only 8 hours left to deliver the ransom money which the company isn’t interested in paying, and it just so happens this mining colony is backwards enough that the money has to be delivered personally, in cash. Normally, it would be impossible to even get there in just 8 hours, but the teacher realizes there is another way: by taking a shortcut through a dangerous asteroid belt. But no one would be willing to do that, it’s too dangerous!
No one, except one of the girls in the class who’s a pilot, and secretly sneaked out to do the job herself. Why was this whole chain of events allowed to happen if the company didn’t actually want to pay the ransom? Where did she get the ransom money from anyway? Uh, I dunno. It ends up being unimportant, because the hostage already took care of the whole situation himself and none of it ended up being necessary. He’s safely brought back, and everyone is shocked to find out that… he’s the transfer student!
So, I know what it was trying to do, but would it really have hurt to make it all slightly less convoluted? Other than that… meh. I’m not immediately drawn in by the premise, and despite everything that’s supposed to set it apart from high school anime, it’s still pretty high school anime.
First Episode Rating: 6/10
What would it take for me to watch another episode? Maybe if it starts making some sense later on