Based off a manga by Yasuo Otagaki, Moonlight Mile is 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.
- 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The vehicles and larger mechanical objects.
- Censor Steam: The shower scenes in season 1 episode 5.
- 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, is repeatedly shown up by Lostman - and everyone knows that NASA wants Lostman for the shuttle program due to his superior skills. The instant Lostman receives his transfer papers, he's off to space. However, Brian simply physically takes the envelope containing the orders, refusing to hand them to Lostman until he flies one last mission for him, claiming that while flying the Shuttle is more honorable than flying fighter jets, 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, during which Brian entered NASA in Lostman's place... but they have not forgotten how he attempted to deny them an ace pilot out of jealousy. So they make Lostman 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.
- Of course, "huge" means an entirely different thing in space. Space Station "Enterprise" is the size of a city, but also located within the Van Allen radiation belt - non-visual sensors just get static, far enough away that a telescope only gets a black dot. Shielding must be a cast-iron bitch, however.
- Space Is Noisy
- Explosions in Space
- 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.
- 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 anime.
- 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.