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Anime Profile: Sound of the Sky

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Title
Sound of the Sky Sound of the Sky(ソ・ラ・ノ・ヲ・ト) Sound of the Sky
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  So Ra No Wo To(romanization)
Released
12 TV episodes, 2 OVA episodes 12 TV episodes, 2 OVA episodes
Dates
July 5, 2011(box set), May 7, 2013(litebox) January 5, 2010 – March 22, 2010
Company
Nozomi Ent. A-1 Pictures, Aniplex, TV Tokyo
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Director
  Mamoru Kanbe
Genre
Action, Paranormal, Sci-Fi Action, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Characters
Aisha Aldola Aisha Aldola
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Claus Claus
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Filicia Heideman Filicia Heideman
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Hopkins Hopkins
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Iliya Arkadia Iliya Arkadia
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon and The Right Stuf.

Anime Characters: Sound of the Sky

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Aisha Aldola Aisha Aldola Mishio Mishio
Claus Claus Naomi Naomi
Filicia Heideman Filicia Heideman Noël Kannagi Noël Kannagi
Hopkins Hopkins Rio Kazumiya Rio Kazumiya
Iliya Arkadia Iliya Arkadia Seiya Seiya
Kanata Sorami Kanata Sorami Shuko Shuko
Kureha Suminoya Kureha Suminoya Yumina Yumina

Anime Description: Sound of the Sky

Kanata Sorami is an optimistic 15-year-old girl who voluntarily enlisted in the military just so she could learn how to play the bugle... seems like there should be an easier way, but hey, that's the path she choose. The reason for her desire dates back to when she was a child and was saved by a lovely blond haired soldier who played a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace on the trumpet... ah, now her joining the military makes a little more sense. The story starts up with Kanata being assigned to Helvetia Army's 1121st Platoon in Seize City, Trois. She's dropped off at the edge of town, which is having a festival, and on her way to her post, a building called Clocktower Fortress, she finds that the festival involves people splashing each other with orange-colored water, which has to do with a Seize legend about Flame Maidens that is revealed shortly. At any rate, Kanata is found by Master Sergeant Rio Kazumiya, Kanata's superior, though she's in civilian clothes so Kanata doesn't immediately know this.

After a little mini-adventure involving an owl, a stolen necklace bell, and an accidental dip in a lake where Kanata sees quite a sight hidden beneath the water, eventually winds up at the Clocktower Fortress where she is introduced to the other members of the platoon. Filicia Heideman is the 18 year old blonde and busty leader of the platoon who has a very laid-back leadership style, such as having everyone use first names instead of addressing each other by rank. Kureha Suminoya is the platoon's gunner, and also the youngest of the group being only 14 years old. She loves military protocol and isn't too fond of Filicia's casual leadership style. Finally there's Corporal Noel Kannagi, pilot and mechanic of a rare battle tank called Takemikazuchi which is in a state of disrepair due to a lack of proper parts.

The setting takes place in town that is on the outskirts of a no man's land during a war that is apparently happening no where nearby. In fact, here it feels like the war could have been over as for most of the show this platoon never goes into battle or on missions, and what we learn about the war is all revealed from others' past experiences, not from seeing it first hand. The show takes place in the future as is evident with the future tech, but that tech isn't around much anymore, at least not in operation condition, so it's like this prolonged war has caused people to live like it was the 20th century again. It's an interesting approach which feels quite serene.

This show really isn't about war or action, it's about these girls living together and interacting with each other. Each character has a back story, some more impressive than others, which are revealed throughout the series. It's a little slow getting started, but once you get into these characters and their personalities it becomes quite more enjoyable. The art is nice, perhaps a little better than what you'd expect for an anime television show. The locations are all quite beautiful and I was surprised that it didn't seem to have an abundance of Asian influence, at least not as much as I would expect from an anime. And while there are a few ecchi moments such as panty shots or bathing scenes, it's nice to see that they aren't constant and in-your-face. I really liked the look of Kanata when she has on her military uniform which looks much too big for her and carrying her huge backpack on her back. It's a nice change from tight-fitting clothes that we often get.

This anime may not be to everyone's taste, especially those more geared toward action and sci-fi, but I found it enjoyable once I gave it time to get going.

The DVD box set was originally released in the U.S. on July 5th, 2011, but on May 7th, 2013 a litebox version was released which contains 4 discs with all episodes (plus an alternate version of the first episode) all packed into a standard sized DVD case. I would like to thank The Right Stuf for graciously providing this DVD release to Absolute Anime.

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