Anime I am watching: So Ra No Wo To
Was checking ggkthx.org to see what they're up to and they decided to sub a totally new show this season - So Ra No Wo To ("Sky's Song"/"Song of the Skies"). (Totally new = original script, I mean) I clicked on the torrent link for the first episode without really thinking what I was doing, didn't consciously intend to download it, but I did, so I watched it.
It looks really nice! It's more moe, and it looks like it's a pink shoujo ghetto, but maybe not as mind-breaking as the last moe show I saw (Kanamemo!).
The main character, Kanata Sorami, has a dream of being a trumpeter for the military, I think? From the backstory so far, it looks like she was inspired by a military person who was also a trumpeter, so she wants to be like that girl. Kanata is another moe heroine like Yui or Kana, with a similar character design to both of them (shortish hair, barrettes on one side, about the same apparent (non-)age), and like them is an optimistic happy creature. This first episode is an introduction to her and her first assignment (1221 company, I think it is), which is in a town called Treize.
It was a bit confusing at first, because I couldn't figure out when or where the show is set, but it turns out it's a fantasy place, reminiscent of Europe around WW1. The town of Treize has the old European town feel, with stone buildings and walls and so on. It's located on cliffs, too, and the bridges shown are the aqueduct looking kind, with the arches. Also, everything written is written in French. But then you have Kanata (age unknown) in a military uniform (with fancy wristwatch) and a Japanese name, so I was like "where is this?" - not all the names are Japanese, incidentally.
It's also a bit confusing about Kanata being in the military, but her company looks so far to be quite small - maybe 6 girls. I wonder what kind of military this is, you know? and why they're doing the things they do. Maybe I'll find out, maybe it's just a plot device. Maybe it has to do with the giant dragon skeleton embedded in the wall of one of the cliffs, under the water. (Turns out the story about girls and the fire-dragon isn't just a story. Thus: fantasy setting.)
The art for this show is so far very very pretty. I'd even go so far as to say that there's some scenery porn going on, and dang do I love me some scenery porn. There's also some really pretty music, and I expect there to be even more, on account of the trumpet plot. The place where the girls live is called the Tower of the Hours or something like that, and I'm under the impression that they help keep the time for Seize, playing the trumpet at the start of day and maybe at other times? One of the background songs in this first episode had French lyrics, but it was pretty nonetheless. The opening song is also very pretty, though the ending one is kind of a generic sort of moe show thing, I guess.
I'm looking forward to the second episode next week.
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