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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:31 am    Post subject: Sora no Woto  Reply with quote

I've talked a bit about this show in another thread, and quickly described it as K-On in the Military.  Hell, I've made fun of it on my anime blog.

But as of the 7th episode, this series has raised the stakes significantly.  I said I saw hints of Haibane Renmei since the first episode, and Episode 6 started adding more darkness (Including a kid that essentially suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  That had seriously paid off in Episode 7.  Wow, that was an amazing episode, really highlighting the past of one of the main characters and pulling tears from my eyes.

I'm really enjoying this series.  It has potential to become really powerful at the end, but I just don't see where it will go from here.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the comments on Crunchyroll, it seems everyone was blown away by Ep. #7. I've noticed that with each episode, a little more of the backstory gets revealed. We also keep learning a little bit more about the mysterious blonde that each of the girls saw in the past.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The series is still following a "slice-of-life" storytelling formula, though.  Though their backstories are being laid out, it's starting to get late in the season; I've been expecting it to go into some kind of arc (Planetes and Haibane Renmei are examples of series that follow this overall formula of starting out slice-of-life then evolving into multi-episode story arcs.  Heck, HR actually had two distinct major arcs after several slice-of-life episodes in only 13 episodes!).  

Sora no Woto (or Sora no Oto or So-Ra-No-Wo-To... depending on where you look) had gotten into the latter half if its 12 episode run and most other similar series have at least obvious signs of where they're going with the story, if not have already gone into full story-arc mode.  I just don't know where it's going, though it's fun to guess.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gleowine wrote:
From the comments on Crunchyroll, it seems everyone was blown away by Ep. #7. I've noticed that with each episode, a little more of the backstory gets revealed. We also keep learning a little bit more about the mysterious blonde that each of the girls saw in the past.


Sorry about "blown away." Just slipped out. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And while episode 7 was really good, episode 8 is a disappointment. Instead of furthering along any possible plot points that will have to wrap up in 4 more episodes after this, instead, we get Kanata getting bored waiting for a phone, wacky hijinks related to having to get clothes out of the rain and a priest ending up with girl's underwear on him, and Kanata wetting herself (off screen) at the end...

Yeah, it was amusing, but not very well timed.  Only juicy bit is Rio's conversation with the guy from Central Headquarters...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the pace they're going, they could be setting up a Season #1 cliff-hanger. There seems to be too many unanswered questions in the background to just let it go nowhere. Actually, I liked Ep 8; of course, I'm a sucker for comedy gags anyway. Not as revealing as Ep 7, but I like the slow pace of the show so far.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that's what I'm worried about.  In a 24-episode series, I don't mind episode 8 at all, but yeah, it was enjoyable.  But there hasn't been any announcements of a second season and I fear the whole series basically ending on a cliffhanger...

Would just be frustrating.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, might as well just sit back and let this series take me where it wants to go.  Though I'm hoping it's 24/25/26 episodes, or at least extends past 13 episodes.  Or if not, that it at least gives credence to the great potential the series has been building up for 9 episodes and not feel too rushed...

Gotta say, though, Episode 9 was the surprising amount pantsu (for understandable reasons, actually) and Rio playing Jazz at the beginning for me.  More hints about Rio's past too, and about that man on the phone in the previous episode (people on AnimeSuki are speculating that was the Duke and also Rio's father).  I'm also liking how consistent the characters are, like how Rio and Felicia tease Klaus.  I'm also liking the music (when I notice it, at least).
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I'm also liking the music they use. A little different from the usual anime background music.

I'm also speculating that Rio and Iliya were sisters. They keep throwing little tidbits out with each episode.

It was nice to see them use the tank for something other than a play thing for Noel. Hope they can figure out how to get the thing to move on it's own.

I'll take back some of what I said about comparisons to Aria. The relationships are very different, and the character backgrounds are more interesting.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode 10: the word of the day is partings, in several ways.  Was a good episode, but it's looking like the series will be wrapping up by episode 12 or 13.  

I'm not to sure about the narration of the old woman's life part.  The part where they voiced over still images though was just perfect.  Could be criticized as being cheap or saving animation budget, but I found that it perfectly handled the transience of life; memories that are simply snapshots of life.

That said, I do want the soundtrack...


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