The Ship That Sees the Universe is the seventh episode of A Place Further than the Universe.
The girls arrive in Fremantle Australia, where they will board the ship and set out to Antarctica. Yumiko Samejima, the cook, sends them to fetch supplies from the local market. They overhear some expedition members who are concerned about the status of the mission. They end up confronting Kanae who concedes that funding was limited, but that they have everything they need. At a pre-voyage assembly of the expedition team, the girls are presented to the other expedition members.
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The Japanese icebreaker Shirase (hull number AGB-5003) in real life is an icebreaker registered to the Self Defense Force. It was built specifically for annual missions to Antarctica. It's first mission began in November 2009. At the end of February 2021, Shirase arrived back in Japan after the 62nd mission.
With its home port in Yokosuka, the typical voyage leaves Japan in early November, then leaves Fremantle at the end of November for a 3 – 4 week cruise to Syowa Station on East Ongul Island, Antarctica. It departs Antarctica in mid-February, coming back to Japan by way of Sydney Australia. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, for Expedition 62 (2020 - 2021), the ship was not scheduled to stop at any other country, sailing directly between Japan and Antarctica.
- “I boarded this ship to do catchy, witty, sensational reporting! I want to open the treasure chest of Antarctica, that my mother wrote about, with my own hands! Everyone, let’s go to Antarctica together!” - Shirase, introducing herself to the assembled expedition team
The insert song for this episode is "Haru ka Tooku".
- Vocals: saya
- Music and lyrics: Fujisawa, Yoshiaki (藤澤 慶昌)