Airing date: 4/10/2021 (Monday release)
Genres: Sci-Fi, military
Studio: Arvo Animation
Synopsis: Set in alternate universe around the space race era we have the nations of Zirnitra Union/ UZSR and the United Kingdom of Arnack (UK) competing to get the first man into space. The UZSR have taken the early lead in this race by sending a dog shocking the UK into action. The USZR triumph is not all what it seems though as the dog they launched died mere hours after entering space countering the official state propaganda story that said the dog survived a week.
To avoid similar incidents with their cosmonaut heroes the UZSR decide to test their rockets safety using non-humans. Enter Irina the vampire whose mission is to get into space and give glory to the UZSR! If her flight is a success then surely our Zirnitra heros will follow suit and rise above the UK scum! Should she fail then the whole secret mission will just become another government coverup!
Thoughts: Tsuki certainly adds a twist with the classic space age story by inserting a vampire into the mix! Going by the opening two episodes things seem to off to a good start as whilst the season opener focused on providing the backstory the second was more character driven as we saw Laika undergo a battery of tests to see if she is capable of reaching for the stars. Both episodes were good in different ways as each episode provided something for the audience.
Despite the wild addition of a vampire for the most part this anime faithfully follows the story of the USSR and US's space race as it inserts what really happened to Laika (the real Soviet dog) which is a true story that only came out years after the dog's sad death. That sense of realism could keep those into space fans interested. Meanwhile the second epi, which was more character driven we get to see Irina's personality come more to the forefront as the rigors of space training do not allow her to maintain the stoic facade she maintained in the opener. We also get Anya who I believe is the comic relief loli pervert begin to show her tastes. Right at the death of these episodes we get hints of political interest and a twist in the shape of Laika's handler Lev. Very solid start so I give this a 7/10 for now. One for the space and Sci-Fi fans.