Posted by psgels on 25 February 2009 with categories: Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai

Short Synopsis: Munto tells Yumemi about the past of his country.
Episode Rating: 8/10 (Excellent)
Ah, finally! It was a long wait, but finally we know a bit more about what the heck is going on in this series. Finally we see a bit of the elf country when it’s not fighting. While it’s certainly not enough yet, it’s definitely a good start, although again the dialogue was pretty complex, meaning a lot of trouble for me to understand it. ^^;

So if I understood correctly, the past of Munto’s world looked a lot like it in terms of technological advancement. Then from out of nowhere (or from somewhere that’s yet to be explained) and started wrecking things with their huge amounts of powers. They then discovered the parallel world that Munto lived in, and created a link to it. Eventually though, they destroyed this link again when they became obsessed with their own powers, resulting in lots of destruction. In order to prevent this from happening again, I suspect that the outsider was born. This went fine until the strange evil guy who appeared in the previous episode appeared, and Munto tried to use Yumemi’s help to get rid of him, while Gntarl and his allies didn’t support his decision. At least, that’s what I understood from it.

One thing that worries me though is that the pacing still is as fast as ever. Even though this episode was a quiet one, it still rushed the history of Munto’s world through in less than half an episode, which was an especially bad sign for my hopes of seeing this series continue for more than thirteen episodes. Things really can go anywhere at this point, but if the creators do plan to squeeze the entire story in only one season, then the second half of the series is going to have to be consistently solid and excellent if it doesn’t want to end up the same as the very unfinished OVAs. This episode thankfully met those requirements, but but for this series it’s going to be a matter whether the big picture can deliver or not in the end.

As for the animation, I’m glad to say that now that the series has started its original material, the quality hasn’t gone down too badly. While things obviously look less detailed and impressive when compared to the first six episode, the creators thankfully still have lots of movement. Some details were lost in the process, but it’s better than just resorting to safe drawings with mostly still frames.

8 Responses

  1. Asa says:

    nice episode but..where the heck was Irita? I wanted to see her reaction after what happened :/

  2. Aegd says:

    You got it wrong :)

    “So if I understood correctly, the past of Munto’s world looked a lot like it in terms of technological advancement. Then from out of nowhere (or from somewhere that’s yet to be explained) and started wrecking things with their huge amounts of powers.”

    He’s talking about the earth (下界) in a very distant past, before the 天上世界 existed. The people who appear are the ancestors of the people who would later inhabit the 天上世界

    It’s unclear from where they came, or if they once where human, but they could control the アクト and they destroyed the whole human world in mere days.

    “They then discovered the parallel world that Munto lived in, and created a link to it.”

    No, they did not just discover one world. They discovered a huge amount of parallel worlds, and drawn to their desire for the powers that アクト granted them, they bridged the gap between many worlds and destroyed and pillaged them. After having attained a huge amount of アクト they started to research the very essence of アクト itself, and eventually used it to create a world that would collect the アクト from many worlds, giving them untold power. These people started refering to themselves as 天上人 after they created this world and connected it to other world with those “pillars” that I suppose worked as a link to take the アクト from those world and bring it to the 天上世界. In this world the 天上人 now lived in over-abundance and eventually their society started to collapse unto itself.

    Once this happaned, the humans of that time , who in fact seems to exist because the 天上人 created them in an experiment to control アクト but later cast them down to the 下界 because they saw them as a failed experiment, decided that it would be a good idea to ascend to the 天上界 and overthrow the 天上人. At this time the current King of the 天上世界 took the rash decision to sever all the pillars connecting his world with the other worlds (and their never-ending supply of アクト)which caused the 下界 to be destroyed in the destruction caused by the falling pillars, and also severing the worlds from one another.

    This was obviously a long time ago, and seems to have resulted in setting back the human race (created by the 天上人) to the stone age, and making them forget about the 天上人. At this stage the 天上人 decided to never again make the same mistake, and severed their connection with the outside world, appointing a “watchman” to hold the gate between the worlds shut, and also bound him with a curse, so as to control him.

  3. Aegd says:

    Here’s some reading for you. There’s three or four words that i’m a bit unsure about, but read this and you’ll get it all :)

    ムント: 今、お前が見ているのはこの星の遥かな過去。


    夢見: アクト・・・

    ムント: 人の思いや願い、夢、それらを生む心。

    夢見: 星の姿・・・

    ムント: 失われた万能の力、アクトが(異空?)より循環してきていた、それに気づいた彼ら



  4. Aegd says:

    also, note that this first civilization you see at the start, is not the current 人間 or 天上人 civilization. This civilization was completely destroyed by the people who could control the アクト.

    I also forgot to mention that Munto says that this power was something that they should never have obtained, and expressed regret over how his ancestors drowned in their power and misused their god-like power to bring only destruction.

    The reasons why they started crossing over to other worlds was because they learned that the アクト was not a constant thing, but diverted to other worlds as it was used. In their desire for アクト they learned how to manipulate the stars themselves, so they could move to other worlds, and in the wake followed only destruction.

  5. Aegd says:

    There’s a pretty good summary in this blog as well.

    I also noted that I got some 漢字 wrong in my post,

    I managed to write 契約as 敬訳 for some reason and I also got 攻究生命体 wrong, it’s supposed to be 供給生命体

    could also be further errors, but the majority is correct I think.

  6. shinobs says:

    Apparently, the show is only 9 episodes long :S.

  7. psgels psgels says:

    What the… seriously?! Then what the heck was the point of this TV series anyway?

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:51 PM)
    Hype kills anything. In regards to the kind of emotional manipulation Clannad and maybe Undertale uses, it’s like a drug. The more you are subjected to it, the less of an effect it has.
    Still there are examples of something which comes close to expectation. People say Muv Luv Alternative gives you PTSD and in a kinda does. Though it’s helped by the connection you build with the characters though the first two games.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:47 PM)
    @Kaiser,I haven’t updated the old entries of my MAL in quite a while. Pretty sure Code Geass is sitting at a 10 on it and I am sure if I give that a rewatch that rating is going to fall harshly.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.

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