Posted by psgels on 10 January 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


The original Sky Girls OVA was just a tasteless fanservice-fest. Needless to say that I wasn’t that keen on checking out the full-length-series for the concept. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the creators had no intention to make this end up as the failure that was the OVA. Sky Girls is definitely one of the surprises of 2007.

The show does have its issues in the beginning, though. In the first half, it just doesn’t succeed in making its setting believable. A giant war against invaders called WORMs in the past caused a lot of deaths, especially for adults, so because of that under-aged children have been allowed to join the military as well. Fair enough, though at the same time you see enough fully grown males parade the screen as mechanics and other similar jobs. You’d wonder why they didn’t do the piloting as well, as the bodies of young girls just can’t take that much strain when compared to fully grown adults.

The world was also supposed to have been nuked years ago, in an attempt to get rid of the WORMs, and again we hardly see any of the damages of these nuclear attacks. The first half of the series also consists out of a string of random episodes without much coherence; at one point, the characters also have nothing else to do besides comparing breast-sizes.

Still, as the series went on, it becomes clear that the creators knew fully well what they wanted with this series. Sky Girls isn’t about seeing cute girls in questionable outfits pilot mechas against giant invaders. It’s about living in the military, and how people deal with the relatives and loved ones that they leave behind. The main characters all have family, and they all have different relationships, and this anime does a very fine job of portraying this.

The series really picks up its pacing once the second half starts, and the characters start boarding a ship that was specifically designed to take care of the WORMs. With every character far away from home, and without much contact to the outside world, there are quite a few episodes dedicated to the characters, trying to brighten up their situation and trying to forget about the loneliness. What surprised me the most about this series is the final quarter, though, when the plot starts to kick in. Believe it or not, but the entire setting gets satisfactory explained and developed.

Overall, the pacing may be quiet, but this is one series that’s a pretty good recommendation if you want something light, yet engaging and thought-provoking. The first few episodes may not seem that much, but they’re building up pretty well for the second half of this series. It may not be the best, but it’s a great example of how you don’t need to have the hugest storyline in order to be good.

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  1. BlueYoshi says:

    It’s good to hear that Sky Girls will have a better second half. I’m up to Episode 15, and it’s starting to develop the characters (especially Eika) very well. The first half bored me, but I’m not giving up with it, knowing that all the building up is over.

  2. Solaris says:

    >Sky Girls isn’t about seeing cute girls in questionable outfits pilot mechas against giant invaders
    No, that isn’t, but sure they indulged too much on showing the pretty nice kiddy pilots in a suit ^^;. Too often fanservice and action took most attention in place of the main theme of the anime.
    This anime should have focused more in the generational difference between an enthusiastic new generation of youngsters and the oldfashoned military generation. Still we gain some clue about this watching at the fight between Eika end her father Admiral.
    But it seems from the anime only a fight between the two rather than the main plot of the show. That was too bad.
    Most of the time we’re distracted by the nice siluettes of the girls doing random things on the screen. :P
    Further more there are only 5 girls fighting and 1 single man, the Vic Viper’s Pilot. All the other men are cleaning shine the robots and fanboying about the girls… Geez what are the men doing in the future? Sending children at war? I didn’t like that. I’d rather appreciate Colonel Togo being a the leader of the Team taking good care of his pupils, and not just staying there holding a fidhing rod!
    Next, the chara. Why the heck men look very old and on the other hand all the girls look like children? Otoha should be 17 but look like a middle schooler. Elize’d be 15 but looks, and behaves, like an elementary kid. I suppose this difference in the chara is made to show visually the difference between the old and the young generation, but i think that will appeal lolikons at first sight! BIG-LOL

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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:59 PM)
    @Bam, Visionary? Ain’t exactly seeing anything new here. fanservice is bad, anime is making people mindless drones. Been there done that.
    You are giving Anno too much credit man. I honestly think he just fires this shit out and laughs as fans try to find an “interpretation”
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:57 PM)
    It took me a little longer to start shaking my head a Mika’s role in the series in comparison to other viewers and I thought there may have been something salvagable, but no such luck there.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:55 PM)
    At the beginning I saw some potential in this sequel, although it was kind of slow going at first. Initially I was able to get behind the silly gore as dumb entertainment, at the start I liked kamui more than Makishima and I liked the way they had Akane as a stronger character too here.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:51 PM)
    And Kamui’s final moment, that shot was pure fujoshi baiting I don’t care what anyone says, add to his last stand being fairly underwhelming. Another unmistakable Mika moment too later on in this episode. This is the kind of thing that leaves me depressed at it whereas previous episodes I could just laugh, raise an eyebrow or stop caring.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:51 PM)
    Really Togane, is this all you come down to and amount to, an oedipus complex mess, the last nail in the coffin after you spend the show dragging out the buildup around him and killing the intrigue around him. Then giving him those silly flashbacks, now in this episode giving him a ridiculously cartoonish performance.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:01 PM)
    @Bam: Well put together it is and I actually like the music, the last three minutes stood out for me particularly.
    I also noticed the Eva reference slipped into the video.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 02:14 PM)
    This is the gratuitous fan-service done for a purpose that people argued for Kill la Kill, which quite frankly just wasn’t there, but there is no denying that even in this music video some value of the fan-service is sheerly the eye-candy.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 02:07 PM)
    I am genuinely surprised that ME!ME!ME! hasn’t been brought up to my attention up until now. Meta and tongue-in-cheek criticisms of the Otaku culture aside, Anno has exhibited once again that he is a true visionary. The animation is done by a great team of new talent and the music fits like a glove.
    http://animatorexpo.com/mememe/
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 08:18 AM)
    Other than that I’ve been hearing some pretty unnerving things being thrown around by people, trying to tie sociopathy and autism together, hearing people mistaking autism for sociopathy aswell =<
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 08:12 AM)
    And so Hidan no Aria gets a second season, a spin off, I read the manga adaptation, it was terrible, couldn’t even make fun of it like I did with the first season. Time to bring out the old stashed away dismembering equipment and hunt whose responsible lol

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