Posted by psgels on 9 March 2010 with categories: Sora no Oto



The main reason why I wasn’t too happy with Rio during the past number of episodes is the lack of attention she got. I mean, from out of nowhere she suddenly turned out to be a princess and started angsting. It sounded so cliched. However now that she got an episode properly dedicated to it, my opinion of her turned to the complete opposite. This was an excellent episode that did several things at once, and surprisingly succeeded in all of them.

With this episode I very much understood why Rio was feeling down for the past number of episodes, since she has basically been running away from her duties as royalty (taking that owl along with her, for some reason). My guess is that she didn’t want to be forced into everything, especially because of Iliya’s death.

I as also surprised at how such a major plot-related episode also stuffed in the story of that old woman in it, and made it surprisingly good as well. It wold also have been perfectly fine to include that story a bit earlier, but this way it had an interesting effect on Rio. With the small character-development from Rio and Kanata, it turned out quite heart-warming.

Now, with only three episodes left, the climax has finally begun, though not exactly in the way that I expected, now that Rio is gone. I really wonder whether the final three episodes are going to her, over Kanata who’s supposed to be the main character. To be honest, I’d much rather that the focus would stay on Kanata and the town that we’ve been in. It’s too late at this point to suddenly introduce politics.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. Alec says:

    THANK GOD…IF they mentioned that the girl ILYA saved was Kanaya, then I would have given this episode a thumbs down . it just happens that I hate coincidences which happens in an anime FREQUENTLY. so i really thought that they would mention it that way…

    the 2nd half of the episode was amazing…!!!! the first half was an OK, which is not good coz its an OK, but the 2nd half KILLED IT (in a good way)…

  2. inkka says:

    Hmm..This ep get some of intrigue direction. About old lady..beside It built character development for Rio nicely. It’s make you suspect that..at last the old lady is Rio’s mother right? That the thing that you can think.

    I like the last scene between Kanata and Rio very much. It’s made me teary.Oh…OST is awesome too.

    For me I think the last three eps will be going on both side(Rio and Kanata) and going in their own way But It wiil be connected with some of event for sure(like war).
    I think they can proof that by ep6 direction style. That ep has seperated event happened in the same time. But can connected smoothly.

    Oh..I’m very looking forward to next ep.

  3. tomtom says:

    What I like about this series is the characterization of the 5 girls and how they subsequently remain completely “in-character” in everything they say and do. The story then seems to naturally unfold as a result of their interaction.
    (Hope that makes sense..)

  4. riddle says:

    the ost that came out at the part when rio was talking to kanata totally blew me away and on another note, this episode was good better than last weeks. finally an anime who makes characters that are stereotypical but with character…if you know what i mean

  5. cx says:

    I wonder if it was always that mans intention to get her pregnant to take the baby since his wife could not have one. Went in the middle of nowhere and hooked some girl he knew could never find him when he took her child.

  6. Reltair says:

    With so few episodes left, I think the finale may not be all that epic. =/

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:39 AM)
    Madhouse is still a very descent animation studio, and some of those older talents still remain with the company, but the market demands that they pander to the supposed “core” anime demographic. Although Masao Murayama did take a lot from Madhouse when he left to form studio MAPPA tho.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:35 AM)
    Nagai was definitely imaginative and creative enough to come up with ideas and works that broke convention all in the name of entertainment, an tags why he was such a trend-setter in the manga/anime scene.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:28 AM)
    It says something interesting though about me when I was younger though, as much as the rape put me off when I was a kid I was always switch back to get something out of the gore…how interesting that we seem so much more comfortable with violent content =P
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:25 AM)
    @Bam: Violence Jack however I felt about it and however I feel about it now that I’m older, it was like a baptism for crazy for me.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:20 AM)
    But theres stuff I so sorely miss, I mean come on anime you had a nazi doctor surfing on missiles in the sky, I can’t see that any more.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:19 AM)
    It really doesn’t say much for some comedy anime though when stuff like Kenya boy and Garzeys wing end up being funnier.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Bam: Its so sad to see Madhouse, who made Shigurui-death frenzy make mahouka.
    Ha I recently skimmed apocalypse zero (which coincidentially shares shigurui’s author), Mars of destruction level awesomeness there.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:12 AM)
    @Bam: I respect the man for going out of his way to genuinely fuck with peoples heads with the content of his material.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:10 AM)
    @Bam: Nagai’s lighter stuff is hella’ fun too though, shin mazinger is my favourite mech show =P And Dororon-enma showed that even crude humour in his hands could work. I don’t think I was ready for violence jack when I was younger but I know I was still half-drawn to it because I kept switching back to the channel it was on.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:01 AM)
    @Emma: you already know that the early 90s style is my jam.
    I also don’t know how to feel about the DM reboot. The old ones captured the feel pretty well, and formed a strange connected web with other Go Nagai works, like Dante and even Violence Jack. Very weird and curly stuff. Lewd but endearing at the same time.

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