Sora no Woto’s been pretty interesting so far. But the one thing I hadn’t been able to do was glom onto one character. Sort of surprising, since Kanata is like a mix between Aria’s Akari and K-ON’s Yui, and that kind of combo should be right up my alley. But in a surprise showing, I’ve fallen for the silent girl, Noel Kannagi, or basically Sanya v. Litvyak + Nagato Yuki. She’s just so cute when she’s being all narcoleptic (although I don’t think she should be allowed to operate any heavy machinery – that includes driving, as well as handling the Takemikazuchi in battle).
For what plays off like a slice of life, I keep thinking Sora no Woto is going to take a much more dramatic or darker turn later in the show. I wondered why, and then I realized that I couldn’t remember Sora no Woto using one instance of chibi faces or any sort of comic distortion. Everything’s been really, really straight laced, which is shocking for a show that features cute girls with yuri undertones. And then the world they live in reminds me of Haibane Renmei’s Old Home – mysterious but quaint, traditional but crumbling, a dying world filled with hopeful people. But the neo-mecha Takemikazuchi stands out so much compared to this steampunk world that I can’t help but think that Seize was once the neutral battlefield of a massive Gundam battle, and the Takemikazuchi was the one piece that got left behind once the battle was over and everyone left. Heck, if this was a Sunrise or GAINAX show, I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if it took a mecha turn.
Overall, Sora no Woto’s been a good show thus far. The MAL rating seems surprisingly low right now (7.39), but I’ll admit that watching it does require a little patience.