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Sora no Woto episode 6 metablogged

They explain an awful lot without directly telling the audience and I quite like that aspect since it’s rather fun to put together the pieces.

THAT Anime Blog

Which is pretty much what I spend every episode doing. In fact, it’s what I spend my time in these posts doing.

What was also great was seeing how the two parallel stories that came together by the end, emphasizing the themes of coincidence and fate, kind of like what Durarara has been doing lately.

Random Curiosity

It’s a very simple and yet very effective way of telling a story and I’m surprised it happens so little. There’s something great about a show letting you work the pieces out for yourself and there’s that grand moment of realisation when a later scene explains an earlier one. Sometimes it can just be something as simple as a wine bottle in the last episode that makes me feel smart for spotting the relevance. Where this can fall apart is when a show tries foreshadowing and makes it’s so thinly veiled that it just looks stupid when they try to do grand reveal later on and you think ‘well that was obvious’. Sora no Woto has this foreshadowing thing down to a tee. Not obvious enough to spot straight away but easy enough so you can connect the dots once they do appear.

This episode showed us that the military is in quite bad shape because it can’t pay its soldiers on time or with real cash. In the military we had a rule called the three M’s when it came to taking care of the soldiers (meals, mail, and money), meaning that the morale of the soldiers depended on the soldiers receiving those three things.

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I must admit I am just as gullible as Kanata is. It never once entered my mind that these girls wouldn’t get payed and when they started going on about their illegal drink trade I thought that the show had suddenly taken a turn for darker territory. That means when this scene showed up, I genuinely thought it was real.

Among all the fake out scenes there was one thing for sure, that they all stick like family in good and bad times . We learn that what they are doing could send them to jail if the army were to find out. Kudos to Ficilia in her role as a godmother and the rest for playing their parts like pros.

Just as Planned

Truth be told, I suspect this is just a vehicle for us to see all of the girls (except Kanata) dressed as gangsters, but to be frank I can’t really complain about that seeing as it actually looked rather awesome.

Hanners Anime Blog

Thanks to the glories of twitter, I had seen a bunch of people make Mafia references to Sora no Woto and I had thought they had gotten the wrong show or something but yikes, I got quite a shock at them suddenly all acting badass. Thankfully it wasn’t real, and if it was it would’ve been an awfully stupid with a total lack of foreshadowing, but as Hanners said, I can’t deny that it was pretty darn cool while it lasted.

The ‘invisible reaper’ I think is radiation poisoning. I did some research on the bombings in Japan, and found out a common problem was even if people survived the bomb, they could suddenly become sick with radiation poisoning and die. This was a possibility even up to years after the bomb went off, and there is no cure. They either survived or didn’t. If so, that definitely confirms that there was nuclear warfare that destroyed the world.

Black and Blue Socks

I am not sure if the “invisible reaper” is necessarily a biological, chemical, or radiological weapon since the kid survived instead of her mom, I would have expected the opposite since children are more susceptible to biological and chemical agents. Since there was a period of hyper advanced weapons of war it might have been a surprise attack by cloaked units but I am thoroughly intrigued as to what invisible weapon wiped out Vingt.

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So, this invisible reaper eh? I’m definitely on the side of a cloaked attack. As I said at the start of this post, Sora no Woto would give us foreshadowing to any later event and there has yet to be a single mention of nuclear weaponry. When an apocalypse is referred to alongside war, people are quick to place the blame on nuclear weaponry but mankind are more than capable of destroying the world without the use of the big bomb, especially given the level of sophistication of their technology. Cloaking has been mentioned, albeit very briefly in the tank, so that seems like a more likely option. If it is cloaking though, that means armies nowadays have access to cloaking devices, since that kids parents must not have died that long ago, so the idea of cloaked units attacking our division is quite the scary one. In fact, the idea of anyone attacking our platoon with any sort of advanced weaponry fills me with fear. Even with their fanciful performance as gangsters, I can’t imagine how they’d react in a real battle situation. Remember, these girls are the absolute worst the army have and that’s why they’re so far away from the action.

But the main reason why I’m petrified of an attack? Because I’ve grown attached to these girls…

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12 Comments

  1. Posted February 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    With everything that we’ve seen, I’m still on the side of a nuclear attack at this point.

    I do have to agree strongly with your last statement. I had no idea I’d grow attached to these girls, but I have, and I know the despite it’s cute exterior, this anime isn’t going to pull any punches.

  2. Posted February 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Whaaaat? I hadn’t entertained the thought of the girls…well, not making it out of the battle until now. ;-;
    I don’t know if I can see it happening though…I know this show has serious elements disguised by cute elements, but I just can’t see them going that far with this anime. So far, it definitely focuses more on daily events than the darker undertones, and to throw in actual harm/death for the girls would be a little too much of a leap, I think, at this point.

  3. Posted February 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    I don’t really think that the invisible reaper is some sort of cloaked soldiers, but I side more with the idea that it’s some sort of chem/bio/radiation weapon. A very advanced biological weapon would fit nicely; the perfect biological weapon would be one that would target all people ages 13-50 and leave the rest alive. This type of weapon would kill most people who could bear children and contribute to the war effort while leaving the young and the old to burden the home country. Also, this weapon should have a very short effective infection time (a few hours) so if the wind changes direction it wouldn’t blow back towards the attackers.

    I’ve also grown attached to the girls but I have no doubt that if the shit hit the fan they’d fight, kill, and even die if necessary. Lets not forget, for all the cuteness and Moe, these girls are soldiers who’ve sworn an oath to protect and defend their country. While Kureha and Kanata might be young and inexperienced I’m sure that Rio’s and Filicia’s leadership will keep them from freaking out, and if the shit gets really bad, soldiers don’t fight for a flag or some patriotic slogan, they fight because they don’t want to let their squad-mates and platoon-mates down.

  4. vucubcaquix
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    You know, I just had a very unsettling and distressing thought…

    What if that “ghost” that was introduced a few episodes ago was a potential example of cloaking technology at work? And that it could have been a surveillance/reconnaissance unit of some sort?

    and maybe those advanced structures introduced during the field trip episode help detect against cloaking like a sort of RADAR station? Refresh my memory, they weren’t all working correct? And nobody really know what they’re all about anyway right?

    I’m going into wild mass guessing territory here…

  5. Bob (Joojoobees)
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Its an interesting series that can generate such speculation, though.

  6. Scamp
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    @Janette

    I’m not sure at this stage whether I want it to pull its punches. If it does I can’t help feel I’d be left underwhelmed by the series as a whole.

    @mefloraine

    I wouldn’t be so sure. I definately still think there’s a chance that we might be in for a blow to one of the characters. It all depends whether they do go into any sort of action/violent scenes before the end

    @Animewriter

    I still think people are too quick to place the creator of these attacks to biological weaponry. There has yet to be a single reference to them in the show itself.

    As for them fighting back, I think it depends hugely on what attacks them. If they are together, I do agree that they would be helped hugely by Felicia and Rio’s leadership, but facing something creepy like cloaked weaponry I wouldn’t place my bets on them. That said, I seriously doubt we’ll see a nice boat ending.

    @vucubcaquix

    I think the radar stations were working correctly (although god only know how they use them). But the ghost is an interesting theory…urgh, I just remembered the picture of that hand. That’s a creepy picture…

    Wild guess indeed but well grounded in logic. I’m starting to feel the thrill of suspense for this series

  7. kadian1364
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Nearly halfway through its run, I don’t think SnW is going to reveal more about its past than with little references and details, leaving us with not much more than wild speculating to fill in the giant blanks. I will feel a little underwhelmed if they don’t explore the history more, since the speculative anthropology was a big draw of the series for me at the beginning.

  8. Posted February 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    As I’ve said way too many times now (Ah, OCD, I love you) I’m positive Filicia is going to die before the series is over. However, I wouldn’t be too surprised if it goes for killing off all five, and leave everyone in shock. I really don’t want the latter to happen.

    If all five survive, it may leave me underwhelmed, but I’ll be relieved they made it out alright.

  9. Scamp
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    @kadian1364

    I don’t want everything explained (like those when Geass doesn’t explain something yell PLOT HOLE) but I at least want something big to happen before the end. Speculating is one of the reasons I like Haibane and it barely revealed anything. So long as something happens before the end, I’ll probably be happy.

    @Janette

    Noooooo, there won’t be a bad end. That would just be so jarring. This isn’t Gainax

  10. kadian1364
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    The fine line between Haibane and SnW so far is that Haibane dropped hints early that became much more significant later on, and even for things that weren’t fully explained we were given enough pertinent info so that we could make Interpretations of Substance and thematically tie all the episodes together.

    Sora no Woto almost seems to make it up as it goes, hinting at a war torn past and mishmashes familiar cultures and super-future tech and, hey look at these girls dressed up as mobsters! It looked for a little bit like the overarching theme was Kanata practicing bugling and discovering the power of music, hope, and love in desolate times, but the music bit seems to have dropped off as of late.

    Again, I don’t want to make indictments of a series not halfway done, but I want to see a clearer direction of where the story is going.

  11. Duelit
    Posted February 13, 2010 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Well, I love good post-apocalypse stories and imagining the events leading up to the present, no matter how bizzare, so here we go *streches*.

    In the past, nuclear war was always an imminent threat, so precautions were placed. The “black boxes” were used to prevent and detect the presence of high concentrate radiation and bio-weapons” (why no-mans land seemingly ends at civilization and the boxes) but to no avail as bombs throughout the world were set off inside of these areas, containing the radiation. Now that the boxes are failing, chances of harmful radiation could be possible. Apparently, trenches were installed to fight off any enemies trying to finish off the city to no avail. The “Capital” was one such place that survived the bombs because, A. We set them off, or B. We were allied or lucky with the ones who set them off. Either way, it poses no threat to them now, but if the radiation has crept in or dispersed, the country on the other side of no mans land might retaliate one day.

    Or…

    We simply took on our enemies in trench warfare and millions were killed like in WW2 because we misused technology. Thats my two yen. Ja ne!

  12. Scamp
    Posted February 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    @kadian1364

    I don’t really have anything to add to that. You’re perfectly right so I guess the most we can do is hope they really are building up to something or at least tie the threads together

    @Duelit

    I think it’s just that I’m bored by the standard fallback of ‘oh, nuc­lear war caused it’ and want something a bit more imaginative

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