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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…