When Kanata and Noel enter the city, it is scarily quiet. I do know that the population is depleted, but still, the city is unnatural. It is suppose to be bustling and full of noise, not a city with empty streets and silence.
Welcome to the semi post-apocalyptic world of Sora no Woto~
As for the setting, my guess would be that we are in the French part of Switzerland…. A hint of why there is now way that this show is set in Japan is how the saleswoman didn’t mind to be called by her first name. These cultural values are very common in Europe, but I don’t see it happen in Japan, even with a number of centuries in the future. It’s also very plausible for French countries to have English software, especially in the military. Heck, I live in the Netherlands and about half of the software I use is in English. One big question that I still have is: what happened tot he architecture? My guess would be that the buildings we see here are built by by the locals after something wiped out all of the modern buildings, and that they were modelled after local architecture and resources that were available.
The issue of where our heroes are exactly is one that I’ve found particularly interesting since the start. THAT did a better job of looking through different parts of this country that has had customs lifted out of various different places across our world. The German Uniforms, English writing in the tank but French writing in the letters, Spanish Customs, they all point to somewhere in Europe, which is what psgels here is offering as an explanation. That doesn’t quite explain why there’s a Japanese style school sitting in there. I honestly find myself wondering if they are even on the earth at all although almost everything so far points to them being on earth. For example, how old is that custom of dousing the maidens from the first episode? Does it pre-date the semi-apocalypse?
I like that Sora no Woto isn’t turning military life into nothing but frivolity and fun. Death is present; death lingers around the Takemikazuchi, and evidence thereof can be found throughout the town of Seize. Here we find the sort of balanced approach that I find most desirable.
I don’t think Noel has ever killed anyone and if she’s lucky she’ll never have to shoot some that didn’t deserve to die. Still Noel’s reaction was understandable since not every kid who signs that dotted line has a clear cut idea about what it means to serve
This is something I also have to praise Sora no Woto for. Up until this episode, the threat of war has never been felt. Actually, the threat of war still hasn’t been felt but the threat of destruction is much more tangible when you have that giant tank sitting around. Most of what they’ve been doing so far in regards to ammunition and other tools of war related activities seem to just be run of the mill duties that might as well be done with toys. With this episode we finally see a bit more of a hint at the destruction that can and has been caused. There’s still no sense that there’s a war going on. More like a war has happened and the places such as the glass factory and the orphan are spin-offs of spin-offs of this conflict.
First of all, we understand that Noel is more comfortable around machines, but her comment that “machines won’t betray you” raises a lot of questions like who screwed her over/betrayed her, her parents, a lover, or the government. I feel a bit sad for Noel if she feels that she needs to retreat to the cold solace of a machine instead seeking human interaction. I could see how emotionally dependant she is on her relationship with the tank is when she basically sought out Kanata judgment/approval of the tank.
And so we gradually learn more about each character in the platoon and how they each have something that happened to them into the past. Which is a bit old-hat in terms of how plots usually run but what’s interesting about Sora no Woto is that it never actually tells you what did happen to them into the past. I must say, I’m an absolute sucker for that kind of stuff. The classic strip-tease lesson of it’s not what you show, it’s what you don’t show. I love concocting all sorts of theories in my own head as to what’s happened to people in the past. Granted, I’m much more interested in what happened to the planet and all the sea life than the characters’ pasts, but it’s still interesting enough to keep my mind at bay when I start running out for theories on this apocalypse.
Whatever caused the massive down grade in the tech level and loss of population it had to have been big enough to wipe out most if not all life in the oceans. I am hopeful that there is some life out in the seas they can’t see but if all that algae were gone then that would be a significant loss of oxygen though I guess carbon emissions aren’t much of a problem in this period. Still wiping out all life in the oceans is some feat though it could have been a domino effect of losing one to many crucial species
So what did happen? Why has the population on the mainland been cut significantly and why is there no more sea life? The most important fact I think is not why it happened but when. Did this war start before the apocalypse and therefore cause it? Or did this happen several hundred years ago and these new customs that have been created are in fact based off things that happened back in the days when the technology was at it’s most advanced state. One comment on a previous post pointed out that the legend stated something about a spider helping out these fire maidens. Spider tank anyone?