Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho – First Impressions Review

Director: Atsuko Ishizuka

Illustrator: Takahiro Yoshimatsu

Genre: Adventure

Episodes: 4 /13

Studio: Madhouse



Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho, otherwise known as A Place Further than the Universe is a moe-adventure story about a young high school girl named Mari Tamaki who seems like an optimistic person, but is unable to go forward with life choices until she meets a weird girl named Shirase who wants to go to Antarctica. Thus, the two girls will find themselves in an adventure of a lifetime as they find themselves looking for a way to the South Pole. Will they be able to reach Antarctica? Or will the ship sink?



Winter 2018 is a season to remember as a season where a lot of anime have moe girls go and do moe things, in this case, going to Antarctica. A Place Further than the Universe brings together four unlikely high school girls with different backgrounds and personalities that it is so hard to believe that they will all get along fine and reach Antarctica.

Mari Tamaki, an uncertain girl who is having a hard time moving forward and trying new things; Shirase Kobuchizawa, a girl who is trying really hard to reach Antarctica; Hinata Miyake, a happy-go-lucky-girl who loves to do things and also gives reliable advice; and there is Yuzuki Shiraishi, a girl who is forced to do things by her mother who also seeks to find her own future.

These four high school students get together by the most natural causes, and are able to get things to work out or get into trouble in ridiculous ways. The story is exceptionally pleasing with an array of characters who are witty, funny and lovable as it really does not make sense for high school students to easily get to the South Pole.

They have to go through a lot of trials and obstacles just to secure their passage to Antarctica and by god, it is so comfy and comedic gold. The interactions between the four main cast and the supporting casts are pretty genuine and hilarious as there are many lovable and unforgettable scenes, especially when Tamaki’s mother found out about her daughter going to Antarctica!

The art style is also very aesthetically pleasing to watch as Madhouse Studio has done a nice job at making the show thanks to the vibrant colours with cell-shading techniques. A lot of attention to detail was also put into the show to make it as authentic and real as possible. Details such as the school’s background and places where these high school girls visit are really paid close attention towards.  The lovable emotions portrayed by the characters are also detailed quite nicely. We can definitely see the time and care that Madhouse has to give and it really does show it well.



This show is quickly becoming my number one show for Winter 2018 season and the ship definitely won’t be sinking anytime soon. I love how the story is developing, and at this rate, they will probably reach Antarctica very soon (if they don’t hit an iceberg).

Do you have any thoughts on Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho that you’d like to share with us? I’d love to hear what you have to say! Leave them down in the comments below, and we can have a pure and moe discussion about the ship sailing!

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