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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.