A high-spirited, jokey anime series about four teenage girls who join a
scientific expedition to Japan’s Antarctic research station might sound like
a show with a pretty specific audience. But “A Place,” written by Jukki
Hanada and directed by Atsuko Ishizuka, is a funny and moving coming-
of-age story that should translate across all boundaries of age or culture.
Never mawkish or contrived, it’s an absolutely authentic depiction of how
friendship can overcome adolescent anxiety and grief.