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Also known as Uninhabited Planet Survive, or Planet Survival, Mujin Wakusei Survive is a 52-episode anime that aired on NHK from 2003 to 2004. The story is set in a distant future, where Earth has become uninhabitable, and therefore people live in colonies on the surrounding planets.

On a school field trip, a mistake causes the protagonist, a young New Transfer Student named Luna, her pet robot, and six of her classmates to be thrown through a gravity storm and crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet. There, with Luna as their leader, the robot cat Chako, the Troubled, but Cute lone wolf Kaoru, the spoiled rich boy Howard, the shy Meganekko Sharla, the obedient Gentle Giant Bell, the prideful musician Ojou Menori and the young boy genius Shingo must fight for their survival, meeting a little alien child nicknamed Adam along the way.


This anime series contains examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Survive.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Menori starts as a teenage version, but starts defrosting as the story unfolds.
  • All Planets Are Earth-Like: Of course
  • Always a Bigger Fish: When Howard, Luna and Menori are cornered by a Giant Lizard thing, an even bigger monster, now somewhat looking like an elephant and luckily for the trio NOT wanting them for lunch, come along and chases off the Giant Lizard thing.
  • Butt-Monkey: Howard
  • Coming-of-Age Story: The crew is composed by a group of young kids who, stuck in an island and having to rely on each other, have to grow, mature and face their traumas and demons so that they can survive, as well as ensure the survival of their friends.
  • Cyborg: Bob.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Menori.
  • Disappeared Dad: Luna's deceased father
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  • Face Palm: Kaoru uses this after Tako stupidly crashes a transport ship.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Shingo.
  • Gentle Giant: Bell. Yes, being taller than everyone else counts.
  • Gratuitous English: They use many English terms in the fields of IT, space technology and sports.
  • Green Aesop: Humans fucked up Earth's ecosphere.
  • Gynoid: Chako is, according to herself, "a girl": She is voiced by a woman and her fur casing is pink.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: How Luna's father saved her.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Adam and his parents
  • Jerkass Realization: There's a chapter where we see how Menori acts too harsh in trying to discipline Adam, then at one point, Howard decides to play a mean joke on both of them, out of revenge, because the latter was starting to get too attached to her (it seems that he wanted to play the big brother role for him and got jealous). So, he reveals Adam where Menori hides her violin. As any toddler'd do, he takes it and tries to play it, but when Menori heared the screaches, she goes with Adam and takes her violin back while yelling at Adam. But then Howard says something that accidentally unveils him as the real culprit. Then they all notice that Adam's not around. Here we see already Menori giving an Oh, Crap! face. They're all searching for him and when they finally find him, Menori herself decides to go talk to him. When she arrives, she finds him silently crying and probably a bit scared. She then has flashbacks of her father scolding her pretty hard. She then takes out a handkerchief and starts wiping Adam's tears while tellig him words like "there, there, Adam, calm down. Don't cry. Howard told us everything, it's not your fault. Please, forgive me."
  • Man-Eating Plant: Luna and Sharla run into a giant alien venus fly trap with big teeth and tentacles during their first excursion into the planet's forest.
  • Mega-Corp: Howard's father is the owner of the space colony the heroes live in, and own mining corporations in Pluto.
  • Missing Mom: Menori's mother is dead, and Howard does NOT get along with his mom
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Chako, Tako for sometime, and to a lesser extent, Adam.
  • The Ojou: Menori
  • Parental Abandonment: Oh, booooy...
  • Psychic Powers: Luna is an empath, which allows her to connect better with Adam.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: This is, at least until the end of the three prisoners' arc, Jules Verne 's Two Years' Vacation IN THE 22ND CENTURY... AND IN SPACE!
  • Rich Bitch: Howard is a male example of this trope. He gets better.
  • Robinsonade
  • Scholarship Student: Luna
  • Ship Tease: And *how*. The best part is how subtle the hints are all throughout the series.
    • Luna and Kaoru have the most evident hints, with Luna being the only one capable of making Kaoru say more than one word, while the latter constantly watches over her to the point of over-protection. Kaoru's reaction to Bell's confession in episode 40 is also a dead giveaway.
    • Bell and Sharla also had some moments here and there. Sharla started by showing a blink-and-you-miss face of disappointment at Bell's submissive attitude during the first episode, hinting that she already had expectations from him in the past. Bell also enjoys Sharla's company and seems fond of the idea of her relying on him.
    • Menori and Howard have very subtle, yet strong enough hints that show that they might have a thing for each other. They constantly bicker, yet they don't mind doing things together. Menori orders Howard around like a bossy wife, while he casually ignores her. The best hint behind this ship is how the latter is the only one who can make Menori genuinely burst out laughing, a feat no other character could ever do.
  • Shrinking Violet: Sharla
  • Shorttank: Luna, again.
  • Shout-Out: Howard, inspired by the winter and the food shortage, said in his sleep the phrase that's commonly mis-attributed to Marie Antoinette: "If they have no bread, let them eat cake!". Next night, he answered his own question: "There's no cake either!"
  • Survivor Guilt: Kaoru, after what happened to his rival Louis.
  • Team Mom: Menori, again.
  • The Power of Friendship: This anime lives and breathes this trope.
  • Three Laws-Compliant: Chako isn't quite compliant, since she tried to attack Howard, after he called her a coward. Her listening to Luna is based on mutual affection as friends and not on any kind of obedience programming.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Kaoru's rival Louis.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Kaoru
  • True Companions
  • 20 Minutes into the Future — The story is settled in 22th century.
  • Unfortunate Names: Chako considered her name bad after she asked Luna to name her. But since Luna was depressed from her mother's death at the time and almost started to cry, Chako accepted the name.
  • Whip It Good: Zilba. Combined with Shock and Awe and Psycho Electro, as her whip is electrical and she enjoys torturing people with it.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Sharla, particulary at the beginning.