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Top 10 Anime of 2010: #10 Sora no Woto

So here it is. I would write each spot on the top 10 on a separate post. I’m taking quite some time between posts because it is actually hard to remember the details of those you’ve watched months ago. And I’m also preoccupied with a lot of other things.

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#10

Sora no Woto (A-1 Pictures, 12 eps., Winter 2010) 

Kanata joined the military inspired by a female soldier that rescued her as a child. She was assigned to a post on a tower under the command of Sergeant Rio, where she works as a bugler. 

No, it’s not K-ON!! on a military. It’s a post-apocalyptic slice-of-life show that deals with everyday life of female soldiers waiting for an unknown enemy. While the concept is good, it could have been way better if there’s enough world building and the characters are fleshed out even more.

The Good:

Most noticeable thing here are the beautiful, detailed sceneries, that reflects vividly the setting. An amazing sountrack also accompanies it and sets the mood of the series. There’s a few notable themes that are rarely used in most anime, like post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Bad:

Awful characterization and a weak climax. All the main characters are bland archetypes, and the lack of plot didn’t quite help to get more connected with them. As for being a laid-back slice-of-life, there are a handful more that did quite better in that department.

The Ugly:

Kanata is Yui. But at least she’s less retarded. Also, the fact that I could never have a Tank-kun figure..

Story: 6/10

Animation: 8/10

Sound: 8/10

Characters: 5/10

Recommended shows: Haibane Renmei; Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou; Aria (though I haven’t seen this yet orz)

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