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Sora no Woto episode 4 metablogged

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.

Black and Blue Socks

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.

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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.

Pontifus

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

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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.

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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

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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?

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8 Comments

  1. Posted January 31, 2010 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    Part of the fun of this series, and your metablogging posts only expand on this, is reading different blog posts and trying to piece together what’s going on with things other people have picked up on.

  2. Scamp
    Posted January 31, 2010 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    @Janette

    I’ve never blogged a plot-centric anime before this season (Hetalia =! plot-centric) so it’s certainly quite a change to spend my time theorizing

  3. kadian1364
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Sora no Woto is the show I’m looking forward to most each week. It crops up questions to the audience without being explicit about then, it’s reflective and carries itself with uncommon wisdom (“Talent is the worst excuse for those who give up”).

    The real fun is that this is an anime original, and there’s no mangafags to spoil the speculation and theorizing, similar to TM8.0 last summer. We have to put in some actual thought before spouting out our opinions, and people are listening to others’ as well.

  4. Scamp
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    @kadian1364

    Anime original projects are certainly hugely superioir in that reguard. Eden was the best example last year. However, Light Novels often also get that because nobody ever reads them, such as good old Durarara this season.

    I’d like to vent something here though: That talent quote really annoys me. Of course bloody talent exists and people who say that line is only to make you work harder. Humans aren’t born equal and some people will just never have the ability. Maybe you can keep telling you that so you’ll work harder but sometimes you’ll never be as good as the naturally talented guy.

  5. kadian1364
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Maybe there are savants in this world. I’ve never met them. Save for contests of pure physical ability (sprinting, jumping, weight-lifting, etc), the only true “talent” I’ve encountered are people’s own disposition to put in the work into their subject of interest.

    Bobby Fischer became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 15, and people called him a genius. Yet when he considers that he had spent more time studying chess (15000+ hours) by that time than many Grandmasters had in their 30s, he could only conclude that he worked much harder than everyone else.

    Hard work and practice laugh in the face of talent. Show me someone who’s a master of his craft and I’ll show you someone who’s worked twice as much as his peers. You writing everyday on your blog will make you a much better writer than someone like me who scarcely does. The miniscule differences beginners perceive between themselves evaporates beneath sheer effort and experience.

    Maybe Kanata won’t be the next Louis Armstrong, but she’ll be an exceptional musician by putting in an exceptional amount of effort.

  6. Scamp
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    @kadian1364

    Masters at their craft are obviously those who worked at it and therefore aren’t a good example. The best example is kids. Remember that first time when you had a music class with those recorders? There were those that got the hang of it instantly and those who just didn’t understand the idea of rythem. Then there’s that kid who, no matter what the sport, he would always be the best at it. Of course it largly comes down to hard work but talent exists. We don’t start on an even playing field.

    (thanks for the indirect compliment btw~)

  7. kadian1364
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    The playing field might not start even, but a 2 meter head start doesn’t amount to much in a marathon, if you get what I’m saying. “Talent” is such a miniscule part of the equation it’s a non-factor, at least that’s what I’ve found in my experience.

  8. Scamp
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    @kadian1364

    I think I place a little bit more importance of talent than you. Often it’s having the natural talent that leads people to work harder because it’s easy to work hard at something you’re naturally good at.

    A lot depends of the subject area we’re talking about too. Writing comes mainly down to practice while most sports require the original raw talent before the hard work comes in.

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