You know, despite the fact I’ve been writing here for over a year, Sora no Manimani is only the second series I’ve finished blogging from start to finish, the other being Natsume Yuujinchou from last summer. I dropped Michiko to Hatchin from last Autumn. From this winter, Hetalia is still ongoing and I didn’t pick up anything from the spring season. So I’m not yet used to finishing blogging series. It’s an odd and slightly lonely feeling when you realise you won’t be writing about this group of nutters ever again.
Then again, there could still be a season 2 so maybe I’m not done writing about this lot yet.
Now I know it’s the last episode and most of you are here because you want someone to reminisce with you over this simple yet effective little series and don’t want anyone to rain on its parade but I’m going to have to be my usual harsh self. The Roma X Oumi scenes were a bit forced, random and lacked life. They were just tossed in at the end and lacked any real life. Flash-romance sequences never work for me. I like my romance series to gradually build up the tension and can never get into those side-romances they often toss into anime. This whole scene, heck then entire episode would have felt better in the second-to-last episode with maybe leaving Hime out in the snow as a cliffhanger. It would have given the final episode a greater sense that they had accomplished something rather than this rather anticlimactic ending.
This last episode was basically a fan-service end. While anti-climactic, this is quite often thrown in when the creators have intentions to create a new season, although don’t quote me on that one. I would really like a new season so they could solve that nasty love-triangle that’s currently going on. At least get some love going for Hime even if her chances with Saku are less than zero.
Altair, Deneb and Vega. That’s the summer triangle…wait Scamp, stop making Bakemonogatari references and alienating half of your audience!
It tried and tried but never once could Sora no Manimani convince me that I would enjoy star-gazing, except maybe as an excuse to meet some women. That’s what Edogawa does, as did that guy who tried to chat up Hime before she whooped his ass.Although I must admit that seeing Saturn is actually pretty cool. One thing I do appreciate about this show is that it was highly accurate at portraying what an astronomy club actually does (not that I’d know personally but I got links on astronomy forum sites and reading those comments from more fanatical star-gazers told me that the facts in Sora no Manimani were bang on target). But it still never really interested me. Over the course of the series I moved from Ireland to England and neither of them have prime conditions for viewing the heavens. Ireland has four season: Cloudy season, cloudier season, not-quite-so-cloudy-but-still-pretty-cloudy season and drizzle.
Probably the most enjoyable aspect of blogging Sora no Manimani was Hime shipping. Before this series I looked down on shippers as idiots who got into stupid arguments. I never realised how much fun it would be to root for somebody! Another belief that changed while blogging this series was the idea that any other blogs following the same series were mortal enemies who stole my loyal followers. Instead this time round I had huge fun with the shipping wars against Rabbitpoets (on the side of Mihoshi) and Executive_Otaku from THAT (on the side of Fumie). I’m going to set out my stall now though: If I had to pick someone to end up with Saku apart from Hime it would have to be Mihoshi. While I think Fumie could handle the idea that Saku has been taken, the idea of a depressed Mihoshi when she sees Saku and Fumin together as she only then realises that she actually loved him is a sight I wouldn’t be able to take. Ideally, Hime would end up with me some absolutely lovely guy, Mihoshi would end up with Saku and Fumin would end up with that fellow who follows her around the entire time.
I did enjoy Sora no Manimani but as I’ve said many times before, it’s hurt too much by its total lack of originality. It’s completely inoffensive and that really holds the series back. The characters did grow on me though, especially Edogawa. And Hime. I admit I did exaggerate my love for her but she really was my favorite character of the series by far. They even called her fluffy-chan in the last episode, which is exactly what I called her several episodes back! How do I descibe her, it’s like a shy person who’s really making the effort to socialize. No, even that does not give her justice. She’s fantastic, ‘nuf said. If a second season does make an appearance, I’ll blog that season too just because of her. Ah Hime, I think you deserve an image dump.
D’aww, little Hime!
Anywho, time to end this post and this series. Hope you enjoyed reading my posts with my Hime fascination, totally random off-topic rants, Hime image spams, deep philosophical insights into the meaning of love, moar Hime and so on. Until next time :)