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[R2 DVD art (Japanese)]
AKA: Sora no Woto, Sound from the sky, ソ・ラ・ノ・ヲ・ト (Japanese)
Genre: Slice of life millitary/wartime drama
Length: Television series, 12 episodes, 24 minutes each
Distributor: Licensed by Right Stuf International
Content Rating: 13+ (Mature situations, some wartime situations and consequences, up to and including death.)
Related Series: N/A
Also Recommended: Aria, Haibane Renmei
Notes: The debut title of Anime no Chikara, a series of anime written exclusively for television. A manga based on the anime, written by Paradores and illustrated by Yagi Shinba, is currently running in Dengeki Daioh.

Though Rightstuf has picked up the license for this show, it's still available on crunchyroll even internationally.
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Sound of the Sky

Synopsis

Kanata Sorami is stationed at an old fort in the countryside, near the village of Seize, where she is assigned as the Bugler of the 1121st platoon in the Helvetian army. The fort she is assigned to is a fairly quiet place, but it carries with it historical importance from when a legendary winged being brought an end to the war.

Review

Stig: To this day, I'm not entirely sure what brought me around to check Sound of the Sky out, but the fact that this show is available even internationally is what helped me make the decision to finally give it a chance. I had once, earlier, read a chapter of the manga, and liked what I read, so that probably played a large part in why I went for it.

Tim: Back in late 2009, when I looked at the line-up of anime coming out in winter 2010, there were exactly two shows that caught my interest. Of the two, I initially checked out Sound of the Sky. I was hesitant at first, though, because its character designs reminded me a lot of K-On!, an anime neither me or Stig liked all that much. Some blogs initially were dubbing it "K-On! in the Army!", myself included. Little did I not know that that moniker that couldn't be any further from the truth.

In short, Sound of the Sky represents something both of us has come to appreciate these latest years; the quiet, slice-of-life kind. Like a good deal of its kind, the lead in this show is the somewhat airheaded, energetic "do-your-best" kind of a girl. She is quickly supported by a mostly female cast, and the story -- as it is -- plays out like a generally day-to-day millitary log of a platoon without a whole lot to do. Rounding off the rest of the platoon, we have Suminoya Kureha, the hot-tempered gunner of the group. She has a rather obvious crush on an older man named Klaus. There's also the deadpan Kannagi No

It's a relatively weak four star, but sometimes, a little heart can go a long way.Stig Høgset and Tim Jones

Recommended Audience: The first two thirds are generally kept lighthearted, though some time of the show is spent going around topics like illegal trading and mafia/gangster shenanigans. The last third of the show, however, starts going heavily into the war itself, including weapons of mass destruction and the general treatment of POW's during wartime. Onscreen material is generally limited to fairly mild scenes of consequenses of fighting in a war. If planning to take this show in as a whole, the first half can be somewhat deceptive.



Version(s) Viewed: crunchyroll stream, Japanese with English subtitles
Review Status: Full (12/12)
Sound of the Sky © 2010 Paradores / Aniplex / 1121