Astro Note Ep. 6 gives Takumi a bunch of revelations about Mira. Revelations that he seems to have preferred to stay ignorant of. If only because they would give him far less in the way of tribulations to think about.

Astro Note Ep. 6: Details

Astro Note NA key visual.
The jig is up…I think?

Astro Note Ep. 6 is the sixth episode (you can read reviews of Ep. 1Ep. 2Ep. 3Ep. 4, and Ep. 5 here) of this first and probably only(?) season of this anime series. Said anime is not the anime adaptation of any manga, funnily enough. This anime is its own original work created by Shochiku (Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll) and studio Telecom Animation Film (Gargoyles (Hunter’s Moon Part 2, credited as TAF), Tower of GodShenmue the Animation). Crunchyroll is the company licensing this anime series in NA region.

Alas, it seems like Telecom Animation Film wants to keep the exact crew in charge of Astro Note Ep. 6 and all previous episodes aside from Ep. 1 a secret for now. However, we do still know that Shinji Takamatsu is the chief director of the anime as a whole, with Haruki Kasugamori as a co-director. Kimiko Ueno is the writer of the anime. Kōhei Munemoto composed the music for the same.

Speaking of which, the opening theme music for Astro Note as a whole is “Hohoemi Note” (ホホエミノオト, “Smile Note”) by Ai Furihata. Meanwhile, “Kokoro no Kagi” (ココロのカギ, “Key to the Heart”) by Maaya Uchida and Soma Saito (the Japanese voice actress and actor of Mira and Takumi respectively) is the ending theme music.

Voice Cast

Astro Note Ep. 6 features the voices of Soma Saito as Takumi Miyasaki and Maaya Uchida as Mira Gotokuji. Other notable voice roles in this episode include Rie Kugimiya as Ren Wakabayashi, Tomokazu Sugita as Tomihiro Wakabayashi, Shin-ichiro Miki as Shokichi Yamashita, Ai Furihata as Teruko Matsubara, Junichi Suwabe as Naosuke, Jun Fukuyama as Shoin Ginger, and Yui Ogura as Aoi Uemachi.

When and Where to Watch

Astro Note Ep. 6 made its airing and streaming (aka. simulcast) debut on May 10, 2024. You can watch this episode only on Crunchyroll. Actually, you can watch this anime period only on Crunchyroll, due to the anime being an exclusive there.

Astro Note Ep. 6: Synopsis

Naosuke, you’re not really helping Takumi’s sanity here.

Alas, Astro Note is an ongoing anime series. In fact, Astro Note Ep. 6 only just premiered today as of this writing. Thus, you will all get the official synopsis of this episode from Crunchyroll. instead of a spoiler-filled plot summary. You can read that synopsis below:

The letter from Mira’s mother tells all about her connection with Shimotakaido Tasuke, which leads the gang to try to learn more about him in earnest.

Astro Note Ep. 6: The Good

Astro Note Ep. 6 screenshot showing Aoi listening to advice from Naosuke.
You’ll never guess at what piques Takumi’s interest.

Just like in the previous episodes, I feel it’s the story of Astro Note Ep. 6 that is the best part about it. Especially since this is the episode where Takumi finds out about Mira’s true nature as an alien, and where we see the aftermath of it. It’s a pretty significant moment in said story, and yet the episode does not forget its roots as a romantic comedy, with heavy emphasis on the comedy part. Somehow, the story manages to be a good balance between ridiculous comedy and genuinely heartwarming moments. All with only a minimum of mood whiplash, which is no small feat to achieve here.

I would also add the animation quality of this episode into the bargain. Mostly because it’s clear that the animators at Telecom Animation Film are really looking to experiment with this episode. Seriously, they’re running the gamut of animation styles all for this episode. Everything from ’90s sci-fi anime for the science fiction sequences to almost Grave of the Fireflies-esque animation for a sequence taking place during the US bombing of Tokyo in WWII is right here in this episode. You can almost hear those animator muscles flexing here. It’s that level of animation flexing that is why I’m giving this episode a kudos for that animation.

Astro Note Ep. 6: The Bad

Astro Note Ep. 6 screenshot showing Mira staring into space.
It’s usually a bad thing when you’re so lost in thought that you can’t even remember what someone said to you a second ago.

I feel like this has become a case of nitpicking for me now, but I feel like the animation quality regarding the food in Astro Note Ep. 6 isn’t quite up to par for me. I’m going to be real here: it’s not that the food is badly animated. on the contrary, it’s much better than the usual colored blobs that food looks like in typical anime series. However, I feel it’s not quite good enough for an anime series that’s so food-centric. There’s a weirdly inconsistent quality to the food animation that leaves a bit to be desired. Maybe it’s because Food Wars and other food anime has spoiled me, but that’s my opinion on the subject.

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