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I like 5th Capsule. Your art style is nice: it’s anime-ish but has its own distinctive touch. It’s an entertaining “slice of life” series, with a good balance of humor and seriousness. I’ve enjoyed reading it so far, and I’m interested to see what happens in future episodes.
But . . . there’s one thing I don’t get: how the interstellar colonization/five capsules concept actually matters. It’s an interesting idea, to be sure. However, to date the story has seemed like one that could take place in any present day industrialized Earth nation. It’s mentioned in the introduction and in your expository material that people are packed and that at least some survival resources are in limited supply, but the story doesn’t seem to reflect that. You’ve got people owning and driving cars, going to Starbucks-style coffee shops, etc. It seems awfully “normal,” given the circumstances.
For instance, if people can only live or work within a certain limited range of the capsules, I would think that scarcity would be a basic fact of life. Most people would use public transportation or bicycles to get around, because fuel and personal motor vehicles would be expensive. Citizens might all have World War Two-style ration books. Construction would be very dense and very vertical, a la Blade Runner and its mile-high skyscraper sprawl.
Another thing I don’t understand is why the tech level in this series seems largely identical to that of, say, the present day USA. If the characters are descendants of interstellar colonists, wouldn’t they have access to higher tech handed down from their ancestors? Wouldn’t the first generation colonists have made a point of preserving their knowledge for future generations? If people no longer know how the capsules work, or how to make more advanced tech, then how did they lose that knowledge? Perhaps these questions will be answered in future episodes?
That said, please don’t misunderstand; I honestly like this series. I look forward to finding out what happens next.