Astro Note Ep. 7 will be quite the treat for you if you’re a fan of entomophagy. That is, the eating of insects. That, plus the romantic antics in this episode, will be a delectable combination for all those rather niche fans out there.

Astro Note Ep. 7: Details

Astro Note NA key visual.
Even this key visual can’t quite convey the insanity of this episode.

Astro Note Ep. 7 is the seventh episode (you can read reviews of Ep. 1Ep. 2Ep. 3Ep. 4Ep. 5, and Ep. 6 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.

las, it seems like Telecom Animation Film wants to keep the exact crew in charge of Astro Note Ep. 7 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. 7 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. 7 made its airing and streaming (aka. simulcast) debut on May 17, 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. 7: Synopsis

Naosuke barely appears in this episode.

Alas, Astro Note is an ongoing anime series. In fact, Astro Note Ep. 7 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:

Takumi and Aoi head to the Insect Festival, only to be roped into an unexpected event supposedly involving the key Mira’s looking for.

Astro Note Ep. 7: The Good

Astro Note Ep. 7 screenshot showing Shoin and Mira at the Insect Festival.
This entire episode made me wish this festival was a real life thing.

Honestly, it’s still the story of Astro Note Ep. 7 that’s the best part of it, as was the case with all of the previous episodes. This time though, it’s for something a bit different: the Insect Festival shown off in this episode. This is rather fascinating for me, mostly because of my own interest in entomophagy. Thus, seeing all those dishes that incorporate insects is quite a delectable treat for me. I just wish the animation quality was a bit more…quality to depict those dishes.

It’s not just the exotically insect dishes either. The romance in this episode is actually pretty good. It’s not just the comedic portions (although those are as hilarious as they were in previous episodes), but there’s a good deal of drama in it. Let’s say that it actually gets quite depressingly heartfelt at the end.

Lastly, the animation of this episode overall is pretty good. It’s not quite anime film levels the way Black Butler -Public School Arc- or Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has. However, it’s still pretty high quality. It’s basically a highly stylized animation that reminds me of older 2000’s anime, but done with modernized animation. It ends up being something that’s pretty aesthetically pleasing.

Astro Note Ep. 7: The Bad

Astro Note Ep. 7 screenshot showing a very full Takumi and Mira (plus Shokichi in a wasp costume) having just won the local contest.
Guess what he’s full of right now. Go on, guess.

Honestly, my complaint about Astro Note Ep. 7 boils down to the quality of animation for the food. To be fair, it’s not bad. In fact, it’s noticeably better than the usual colored blobs you see in most anime series. However, it’s not particularly ultra-high quality. For an anime series that’s heavily focused on the food, this can be a bit of a turn-off. It’s extra-disappointing given how unique the insect dishes are in here. Honestly, for an anime with ultra-high quality food animation, I would prefer A Galaxy Next Door, Black Butler -Public School Arc-, or Food Wars. Now those anime have top-notch food animation to drool over.

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