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Sora no Woto episode 3 metablogged

I have to give the writers and creators credit for getting the feel of what it’s like to be stationed as small military away from the main force correct. Back in the day, when I was a young soldier I spent six months performing duty with the Multinational Force and Observers Group verifying the terms of the Israel-Egypt peace accord in the Sinai Peninsula. When we were stationed  at the remote checkpoint we (about 12 soldiers) lived at a camp that consisted of about three trailers for a period of two weeks at a time and our day went pretty much along the lines of what the girls are doing at the Time Keeping Fortress

Crystal Tokyo Anime Blog

I am pleasantly surprised that three episodes in I have yet to find reason to shout WRONNNNNNGNGGGGG! at the screen for something woefully inconsistent with military life as I know it. So far it is is in line with instances of garrison life in an all volunteer force though things are different for the poor dumb bastards who get conscripted.

THAT Anime Blog

It’s really interesting to find two army folks blogging this series and both praising its accuracy. With the war in Sora no Woto (I’ve been informed that the W is silent, just in case you wanted to know) practically non-existent, it’s not like there’s much fighting to be had anyway. For the 9/10 times an anime gets military life wrong, it’s nice to see something get it right for once. Mind you, it’s certainly not the most exciting thing in the world to watch. I’ve heard it before that anime fans in the army bring mountains of anime to watch with them because they’re spending an awful lot of their time doing very little with a miserable chance of getting decent internet connection. Reminds me of that guy in the Full Metal Panic Tessa Fanservice OVA…hmm, I’m getting off -topic.

It was amusing to hear a tank, an instrument of warfare, play “Amazing Grace.” Rio’s analogy, that of comparing musical harmony to a tank crew, was also odd. Oh, it isn’t that I disagree… good teamwork neccesarily requires harmony. A tank crew, however, simply isn’t the first thing that would come to mind.

Moe Sucks

Actually, her analogy of music and the tank crew made me laugh a little, but that didn’t take away from what was a heartwarming scene.

Random Curiosity

Certainly a bizarre analogy but I’ve always liked those obscure metaphors, so long as they don’t go overboard (bloody Ride Back and it’s ballet/robot-bike piloting constant comparisons).

I have to give kudos to the ending of the episode and the way it was carefully built up to, from hinting about a link between Rio and the mysterious soldier from Kanata’s childhood to cementing it without telling the whole story

Hanners’ Anime Blog

That blond girl from the past is quite an interesting reveal. What I’m interested in is whether she’ll show up again, or will she stay as that secret bind between Rio and Kanata. Obviously it’s only been 3 episodes but it already appears that Kanata has latched herself onto Rio and Rio is acting like the mother, especially with her superior officer talk, inviting Kanata to cause her as much trouble as possible. Being the betting man that I am, if there’s some actual fighting later on in this series, I’d bet you anything that Kanata is going to rescue or save Rio somehow.

The big question, and the continuing talking point with everyone, is that tank.

On a different note, I found it curious that they emphasized again that tank had a lot of what we’d consider to be advanced technology (with an English menu interface no less), yet it’s considered a relic in an environment where technology doesn’t appear very advanced

Random Curiosity

When I watched Rio activates the tank a couple of thing struck me. Firstly, no matter how you want to argue the point, the tank clearly originates from a technological base that’s totally beyond anything that’s currently operating in the world of Sora no Woto. When the interface popped up, one of the options on the screen was for stealth mode. Hell; none of our current modern tanks come anywhere close to being as advanced as that tank….so, I’m tending to assume that Kanata’s world is a future version of our world that underwent some great apocalypse that caused the loss of technology and culture. I’m almost to the point where I’m going to assume that something much deeper and darker is hiding/obscuring the truth of the world

Crystal Tokyo Anime Blog

The tank is currently our biggest clue to what is the secret behind this world. I’m siding slightly with the fellow from Crystal Tokyo and that we’re looking at a step-back world in which greater technology was available in the past. What I noticed was the tank had the same owl logo on its login screen as the military Kanata and co. have on their uniforms. So this tank wasn’t something randomly dug up, it’s clear that it’s part of the same army. So they were capable of making these tanks in the past but now can’t. Why? What happened to them? Why have they now fell back to hiring teenage girls and why is there a school way bigger than the population requires? There’s a sneaking feeling of mine that we won’t actually get these answers before the end and instead get bombarded with hints, much like Haibane Remnei. It looks like a tank dominated episode next week so we should get some more answers then, although chances are we’ll get one or two answers and 50 bizzilion more questions.

Also, dear episodic bloggers. A synopsis + whether you liked the episode does not make interesting reading. Discuss the events of the episode please.

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11 Comments

  1. Posted January 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Well, this episode definitely helped shift my opinion on the series in a major way — I loved it from start to finish. I think it’s because I focused so much more on the characters than on the questions about this world, and this episode is one where that character relationship completely clicked for me. I could feel exactly what drove Rio and Kanata in these moments and in the past.

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I think I noticed something too. I feel like the building where the Blond girl played Amazing Grace for Kanata.. I feel like it might be the same building where Kanata is stationed now. When they show the hole in the cieling, it seems like it’s the same..

  3. kadian1364
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Concerning the tank, the troupe has referenced it before as a “spider” or walking tank, probably because of its legs (though disassembled at the moment). In the legend told in the first ep, the girls beat the monster by “borrowing the power of a giant spider”. So here’s another intriguing link between these current girls and those in the legend, and now I’m wondering if that tale really will have a bigger part in the story, whether as a forgotten history of sorts or a prophecy of things to come.

  4. Scamp
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    @Shinmaru

    I’m actually more interested in the plot and the world than the characters. I hate to say this, but they really aren’t the most original bunch of characters. If they don’t strike you as original when they first appear, all sorts of development they do later on does very little to add to them. I felt the same with Haibane Remnei. Evreyone else liked the characters, I wanted to learn more about the world they were in.

    @luffyluffy

    That seems a bit too coincidental. There’s only so far I’m willing to stretch my disbelief

    @kadian1364

    Woah, I don’t remember that. If that was true, that means that tank really is a relic from the forgotten past. Hmmm…the mysteries continue to stack up with this series

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Well, look at a screenshot where you see the inside of the building. Notice the tiling? It seems exactly like the school, doesnt it?

  6. Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    The building Kanata was lost in as a child was on some sort of…is moor the right word? while the fortress is on a cliff. It’s possible that the tiles used to be a part of the culture there, and were used in most building interiors.

    I only expected character development and stuff like that, so I’m content with what the show gives me. I leave the speculating to 4chan and the Sora no Woto Wikia. = 7 = ;; They actually have some pretty good theories there (except for the new one with the Sora Woto characters as descendants of the K-ON characters). Too much culture fuck for my own brain to handle.

  7. Scamp
    Posted January 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    @luffyluffy

    Kiseki put it better than I could. Same culture has same design

    @Kiseki

    When I heard that site was by a bunch of 4-channers I decided not to bother. 4chan and sites like it I just never visit. Internet humour isn’t my kind of thing.

  8. Posted January 24, 2010 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    There are actually really good theories on there. I’m not a 4chan person myself, but you should check it out.

    For example, someone found what the Legend of the Maidens (or whatever it is called) is based off of</a<. It seems that the Japanese school may not be that confusing either… There’s a Japanese boarding school in Switzerland. According to the Wiki, it’s music-centered, but I can’t find where they say that after some light skimming.

  9. Posted January 24, 2010 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    HTML fail. orz Oh well, there’s still two links in that.

  10. Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Your comment about episodic readers had me going back and anxiously checking my posts. Though I’m not really episodic, I just write when I feel like it, and what I feel like writing about. So I’m a grouchy blogger I suppose.

    I have the same feeling that you do, but I still can’t wait to learn more about the world.

  11. Scamp
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    @Kiseki

    That’s not the first time I’ve seen a html fail comment. Damn, that’s not good…

    anyway, that’s actually quite an interesting fact but the fact that they were wearing the sailor fuku uniform gives in a much less european look. It’s a weird mix-mash of cultures, something THAT anime blog covered quite well.

    @Janette

    All I can say is learn from the bloggers you enjoy reading. Don’t copy exactly, but adopt and adapt what makes their posts enjoyable.

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