A Place Further Than The Universe (Sora yori mo Tooi Basho) is one of winter 2018’s stand out shows that features a group of teenage girls working to join an expedition to Antartica.
The anime has received praise for its art direction and character interaction, but some fans think teenagers heading to the Arctic is a tad too unbelievable, even by anime standards. But, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!
Jade Hameister is a 16-year-old explorer from Australia, and she recently became the youngest person to cross Greenland and reach the North and South poles. In total, she traveled a total of 746 miles (1,200 km) while dragging a sleigh up to double her bodyweight that was loaded with all her food for the journey.
While traveling in Antartica, which is the same destination in A Place Further Than The Universe, Hameister decided to show up male critics that trolled her 2016 TEDx talk in Melbourne. At the time, she’d already visited the North Pole and was invited to give a talk to encourage young girls to embrace adventure and to resist societal pressure. Hameister’s talk was met with “make a sandwich” and “men did it first” comments on social media.
After making the record-setting visit to the Soul Pole, Hameister posed for a picture while holding a sandwich. A caption reads, “I skied back to the Pole again…to take this picture for all those men who commented, “Make me a sandwich.” I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese), now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it xx.”
Now with this real-life young adventurer traversing the South Pole, North Pole, and Greenland, the arctic goal of the heroines in A Place Further Than The Universe doesn’t seem so unrealistic.