Sora no Woto 02: It’s still got it, but can it keep this pace for long?Posted: January 13, 2010
This episode displayed three things:
- Kanata’s personality is not shallow
In a nutshell, we learn that although Kanata is enthusiastic (typical genki-ish girl), her enthusiasm doesn’t spill over into stupidity.
She isn’t scared of the ghost, yet she’s scared of the owl. In other words, we can clearly see that she’s not some bumbling fool who doesn’t afraid of anything. She gets scared. But not of ghosts. Significant? Maybe. Hmmn.
The typical genki girl is overly enthusiastic. Kanata is reserved at times and is excited at times. It’s clear that she isn’t just a person who goes insane over everything – she truly loves music and she truly wants to read that book, not to mention she truly isn’t scared of ghosts. When enthusiasm is used in excess, it loses its significance, and I’m glad Sora no Woto doesn’t go there.
- This is a true music show
…which is evident in the BGM. When Kanata and Kureha walk into the schoolroom for the first time, a score starts up. And boy, is it good.
Few shows can match the BGM of this episode, and only one comes to mind right now (Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei). It’s so fitting, yet isn’t stereotypical. Usually, “test of courage” episodes (or variants on that theme) feature some eerie music to make everything seem scary. But that just seems stupid to me.
The BGM here gives off a feel similar to the broken tables and leaking roof of the classroom – it feels like Kanata has stumbled across an ancient relic or something. The violin gives that scene a more… grand, more epic feel, emphasizing the importance of the classroom/book. (half-speculation here)
- This isn’t going to be strictly slice-of-life
Perhaps the most important point of all. I touched on this in the previous two points, but… that classroom, the ghost (was there really a ghost?), Kanata’s background (ghost festival?, that prologue thing from last episode), Kureha’s deep-seeded desire to prove herself (that age handicap…), that crazy OP, and the events of the first episode add up to a huge variety of paths that this anime can take, all of which aren’t completely slice-of-life.
- And even if it will be…
Even if Sora no Woto were to veer onto slice-of-life (Strike Witches-style, especially since it feels like a character per episode), this episode has convinced me that it would still be good. Most slice-of-life shows focus too much on that “life” part and too little on the characters. With these characters’ backgrounds and the subtle humor (staring at the phone, waiting for it to ring…!), I’m confident that Sora no Woto would excel even as a mainly slice-of-life show.
Yet there were some bad parts…
- Breast comparison scene
Anime Rule #1: Every anime with more than one girl in it must have a breast comparison scene.
And Sora no Woto places it in the middle of breakfast. It’s an easy way to get over the scene fast… but do you REALLY have to follow that rule? What’s next? A beach episode? A festival episode? A test of coura-
But really, is it necessary to have girls compare breast sizes? Do girls do that in real life? I’m a guy, and I’m pretty sure I don’t compare penis sizes with other guys.
I’d probably lose anyway, since I’m Asian
Going back to the test of courage thing, though… Sora no Woto pulled off that standard chunk of plot damn well. Most test of courage episodes end up with lots of screaming (K-ON!) or lots of destruction (GA) or Gintama, but Sora no Woto manages to stuff in some actual meaning, opting for plot/character development (or at least more insight) instead of comedy.
In conclusion, (at the title) YES. I’m sure Sora no Woto is going to turn out great, no matter what form it takes.
P.S.: Yes, Gintama has its own “test of courage” category because that episode was great.