Anime: Moonlight Mile

The distance between a hero and his destiny is only a moonlight mile.

Based off a manga by Yasuo Otagaki, about two mountain climbers Gorou Saruwatari and Lostman, who decide to become astronauts. Each takes a different route: Gorou becomes a construction worker to gain multiple operating licenses, whilst Lostman becomes a pilot for the US navy.

Whilst NASA, Russia, Europe, Japan and a few other countries have integrated their space agencies, the second season sees a secret divison of the US seeking military buildup as well as a rival emerging in China, all building towards a new cold war in space.

The series takes a very realistic viewpoint on space travel, and yet manages to make the vehicles, robots and building designs impressive and distinctive.

This show provides examples of:

  • Censor Steam: The shower scenes in season 1 episode 5.
  • Conspicuous CG: The vehicles and larger mechanical objects.
  • Cool Plane: The coolest of the planes can even take off from a runway and fly directly to space without the use of booster rockets, making it the first fully reusable spacecraft.
  • Cool Ship: Most of the spacecraft we see.
  • Flipping the Bird: Miguel upon Goro's suggestion to let Maggies camera-robot film how he faceplanted on the moon.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Captain Brian, Lostman's superior in the Navy. Annoyed at being repeatedly shown up by Lostman, he intercepts the orders for him to be transferred to NASA, refusing to release him from his command without flying one last mission for him, stating that while flying the Shuttle is more honorable than flying fighter jets, until the orders go through, Lostman is still a soldier, and a soldier's highest duty is to risk his life for his country. Then he lets Lostman get shot down. Lostman's lost behind enemy lines for over a year before he comes back, by which time he's joined NASA... and Lostman ends up his SUPERIOR.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Achmed lures an tank on a landmine to save his son and Lostman.
  • Humongous Mecha: Tested underwater first because of the dangers of it falling over.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: The idol Maggy was complaining about sudden script changes and threatened to fire her manager because of it and didn't notice, that the camera was still on.
  • Japanese Ranguage: Malik's middle name was misspelled as "Ari" ("Ali" would've been correct).
  • Leave No Witnesses: The two paparazzi spying on Area 51, where they built the spaceplane for the secret US military space project, were killed after they tried to escape the Area 51 guards after they were spotted at the perimeter of the base.
  • Mohs Scale of Sci-Fi Hardness: The least realistic thing in this show is the US somehow managing to build a huge orbital installation without anyone noticing.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Maggy lightly clad hovering in zero g.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Tanya the stripper in season 1 episode 5. Riyoko, too, especially, when Goro was boinking her.
  • No Export for You: The manga has reached 21 volumes in Japan, yet the anime was canceled with one of the most exasperating Cliff Hangers in history; We finally discover what happened to the woman who ran several hundred miles across the moon, only to run into soldiers and get a Laser Sight on her forehead, She's taken prisoner by the American Space Force, and will remain there for the foreseeable future, as they are not willing to reveal the extent of their military buildup to the world. Last image of the series: Year 2017: History begins on the moon. Only twelve of the twenty-six episodes have as-of-2011 been released abroad(Goro hasn't even left for the Moon!), so most viewers don't even get that. And no volumes of the manga have been translated at all.
  • Oh, Crap: In the The Teaser for the first episode, when the female astronaut Fatma Toure Gutto sees unknown battle robots and military spacecraft on the moon and thinks, that they'll kill her for seeing them (they won't).
  • The Pornomancer: Gorou and Lostman, who's first scene is them having sex with a pair of women as "good luck ritual" before climbing Mt. Everest by themselves. This trend continues throughout the series.
  • Robot Buddy: A camera robot shows up in season 2.
  • Shown Their Work: There is a tradition amongst Russian cosmonauts to urinate on the back tires of their transport shuttle before the flight , started by Gagarin himself and they actually depicted that tradition in this very animé.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: The error screen of the Russian space simulator doesn't totally cornhole the Russian language like always in an animé (only one violation of the capitalization rules and being stylistically not quite OK).
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Miguel turning around and vomiting into a vomit bag due to space sickness. Maggy the idol had that, too.