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Old 2007-06-09, 21:42   Link #101
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Old 2007-06-09, 23:33   Link #102
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Well-it's over-a short but sweet series.
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Old 2007-06-09, 23:43   Link #103
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I'm especially impressed with the American astronauts command of Japanese. Who knew it was part of their training!
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I assume the girls are actually speaking english to the astronauts, and thats the reason why half-sister doesn't go. She can't speak English.
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Old 2007-06-09, 23:49   Link #104
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I assume the girls are actually speaking english to the astronauts, and thats the reason why half-sister doesn't go. She can't speak English.
What didn't you see little fish tails sticking out of their ears?
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Old 2007-06-10, 01:54   Link #105
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I'm enjoying this little series despite scientific inaccuracies.
Actually, they got a heck of a lot more right than most shows. Most American live-action shows for adults are much less accurate, never mind the animated shows for kids.

I still think the ending was kind of rushed. They need Akane on the mission for her brainpower, and they go to the trouble of having her memorize all the numbers, only to have her pass out before she can recite any of them back. They could have at least had her get part-way through the list, so that maybe Yukari only had to do the last "skip" by the seat of her pants instead of the whole reentry process.

I believe the technique they were using to slow the Mangosteen down is actually called "aerobraking," and it really has been used with unmanned space probes going into orbit around Mars (and possibly Venus, too). I've never heard of the Apollo astronauts using it - although it's funny, when they started talking about the girls re-entering the atmosphere from an altitude of 3000km, the first thing I thought was, "Nobody's come back from that far out since the Moon landings."

In any event, thanks and congrats to the folks at Rakuda for your great work!
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Old 2007-06-10, 02:44   Link #106
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Old 2007-06-10, 06:00   Link #107
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Watched the last ep a few weeks ago, but forgot to discuss it here.
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Old 2007-06-10, 07:23   Link #108
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The events of Rocket girls certainly aren't scientifically or technologically impossible, merely highly implausible. Especially the extremely rapid pace of orbiter and rocket construction, lack of testing, and general 'gung ho' attitude to the missions.
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Old 2007-06-10, 08:01   Link #109
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I really hope that the lack of scientific accuracies doesn't spoil this fun show for anyone. As it is a really fun show. With just referencing implausible situations from this show, we could go on for ages, but I think its far more entertaining to sit back and let SSA take us along for a really crazy ride.
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Old 2007-06-10, 08:51   Link #110
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My only disappointment with the ending was their failure to tie together some of the threads that seemed important at the outset, especially those concerning Yukari's parents. For instance,

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Otherwise a fun ride. No one can expect any show like this to be scientifically accurate, but I'm with BBOvenGuy on this one. The producers seemed pretty committed to at least trying to inject some science into the script. Shows like this one, or one of my favorites, Noein, are essentially fantasies with a layer of science as an attempt at plausibility.
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Old 2007-06-10, 11:24   Link #111
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This anime came as a positive surprise to me. I normally don't like this harem-related, fanservice-heavy genre where an all-girl teeenage crew do odd jobs with no explanation at all, or worse, a very contrived one.

However, the first episode convinced me that this show was a bit different. The anime never tried to hide the fact that making an teenager pilot a rocket is an absurd idea. Instead, is was well-integrated into the comedy. The director and the doctor were built up during the first episode in a way that their idea "Hey, why don't we just grab this little girl, and stuff her into out rocket." was just consequent and genuinely funny. They seemed to be well aware that one shouldn't make a minor a rocket pilot. They just didn't care! This is probably the best way to handle the issue without making the audience roll their eyes.

I found Yukari's uncaring father that has been criticized so much funny for similar reasons. "It should be OK to curse the rocket ... I think." Talking about the father

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The mother didn't seem that much concerned about the question if her daughter lives or dies either.
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Things went worse later when the comedy was replaced more and more by drama though, because this is where the concept falls on its face IMHO. More examples of a thoughtless/uncaring attitude from Yukari's surroundings would have been better.
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Old 2007-06-10, 11:35   Link #112
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Minor point that irked me, while I let all the other less-than-believeable stuff slide by; why did they show the Shuttle firing it's MAIN engines, which require the external tank, instead of the OMS engines which do the actual orbit adjustments? That part irked me beyond reason...

My favorite supporting charactor for this show? The chemist! You have to wonder what planet she is orbiting at any given moment. It's clear she's not on Planet Earth, even when she's standing right in front of you...
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Old 2007-06-10, 11:49   Link #113
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Minor point that irked me, while I let all the other less-than-believeable stuff slide by; why did they show the Shuttle firing it's MAIN engines, which require the external tank, instead of the OMS engines which do the actual orbit adjustments? That part irked me beyond reason...

My favorite supporting charactor for this show? The chemist! You have to wonder what planet she is orbiting at any given moment. It's clear she's not on Planet Earth, even when she's standing right in front of you...
Akane prbly did some A-Team magic and rerouted their fuel supply from the OMS engines to the main engine whilst memorising what she needs to do when she reaches the probe...

The chemist ruled, but I did like the nerds speech on old tech
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Old 2007-06-10, 11:52   Link #114
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No one can expect any show like this to be scientifically accurate, but I'm with BBOvenGuy on this one. The producers seemed pretty committed to at least trying to inject some science into the script.
The way I like to think of it is that the producers showed respect for the realities of spaceflight, even if they didn't follow those realities to the letter.
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Old 2007-06-10, 18:56   Link #115
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Indeed a few loose ends where left, but it also left it open for a second season or some OVA's.
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Old 2007-06-10, 20:02   Link #116
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Indeed a few loose ends where left, but it also left it open for a second season or some OVA's.
The whole world realising that male adult astronauts are the thing of the past? Skin tight suits and teenage girls FTW!!!
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Old 2007-06-11, 00:37   Link #117
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I found Yukari's uncaring father that has been criticized so much funny for similar reasons. "It should be OK to curse the rocket ... I think." Talking about the father

@SeijiSensei
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The mother didn't seem that much concerned about the question if her daughter lives or dies either.
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I can kinda see where they were going with parental comedy aspect, but I feel that they executed it poorly.

They wanted to portray the Dad an unfettered and untamed free spirit, but he came across as a irresponsible uncaring lout.
And her Mothers practical pragmatism bordered on cold-heartedness.

They should have shown a moment of fatherly interest on behalf of her Dad, and occasional concern for Yukari's well-being on the behalf of her Mother, to balance out their personality quirks.
It would have made their behavior seem more humorous and less self absorbed.

That was really the only quibble I had with the show.

All in all I quite enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone.
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Old 2007-06-11, 00:59   Link #118
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I'm glad I found this series last week, as it was quite fun, especially how Yukari was frequently put in absurd situations and reacted accordingly.

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I liked the Taxi Cab science bit info the most.
$799! Lucky!

Now I just don't hope that were Solomon Island Dollars, as I won't be riding that cab then ($799 SBD = $109 USD). If you do similar math btw, the bet amounts (on success or failure of the LS-7 rocket) in the early episodes weren't that spectacular either, and Yukari's Chinese deliveries were about the same price of a happy meal ($39 SBD = $5.33 USD).
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Old 2007-06-12, 03:14   Link #119
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A sweet little series, a lot more realistic than most. I have to agree that the ending seems rushed, but maybe we can hope for something more later.
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Old 2007-06-19, 14:17   Link #120
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Question Rocket Girl Trinkets

Is there a some place online where one can get an SSA Ballcap? As I do not speak Japanese or read Kanji, I'm clueless as to whethere the RG website has a merchandise section. If it does, I'd be obliged if someone would tell me.
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