But this anime really shows off the masochism of space movies in its worst form. The series is so degrading for women that it’s downright ridiculous.
First of all, this anime covers two daredevil mountain climbers, Saruwatari Garou and Lostman, who work hard to become astronauts in space. It sounds like a great dream. What isn’t so inspiring is their ritual of having sex with women as a token of “good luck” before every mountain climb. It’s true–just watch the “preparatory” sex scene in episode one before they climb a mountain.
Although I’d have to say that those guys are sure lucky to do such things while I’m still a virgin, it gets downright disturbing when these guys make an effort to have sex at the most illogical times. For example, while a secretary is taking a tour of a construction site, Garou is having sex with a waitress against the window of his heavy-duty crane. And before Lostman flies on a deadly mission in the Middle East, he has to get laid for good luck before his mission.
Good grief, these guys sure get a lot of sex. Also, how do they manage to convince their ladies to get it on? They must be really, really convincing, or disturbingly seductive.
There’s also something just wrong about making almost all the men astronauts and all the women as cashiers or secretary. Although I figured that two thousand years in the future women would have the civil rights to become astronauts, apparently most of the astronauts (and most of the characters) are men, as portrayed in “Moonlight Mile”.
Still, I had to admit that the animators thought of some ingenius Apollo 13-style situations. The third episode is especially engaging. Steve O’Brien, an African American who is transporting a crane in space, mysteriously loses the thrust in the rockets for his ship. To make matters worse, a meteorite hits his ship, causing him to spin slowly downward into the Earth’s atmosphere. Garou saves him with a clever spaceship propelling trick–first O’brien boards the ball-shaped command module. Then the command module is released so that the spinning long end of the ship hits the command module like a bat, propelling it away from the atmosphere. My dad would probably say that this isn’t physically possible, but still, I have to admit that the scene looked impressive from a visual standpoint.
Yet, I still can’t help but think that this anime is pushing the limits of masochism a little too far. Although “Moonlight Mile” is visually impressive and suspenseful, it is also an unbelievable story. I was looking forward to a brave story about astronauts performing courageous feats. I wasn’t expecting a sex-fest, which really became downright ridiculous. When compared to the awesome space anime series “Planetes”, “Moonlight Mile” falls flat.
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