On the outskirts of the country of Helvetia rests the tranquil town of Seize. Upon its cobbled streets, citizens go about their daily lives, undisturbed by the increasingly tense military relations between Helvetia and the neighboring Roman Empire. It is under these circumstances that the 1121st platoon of the Helvetian army, stationed at the Clocktower Fortress in Seize, receives a new recruit in the young and spirited Kanata Sorami. Having joined the military to fulfill her dream of learning to play the bugle, she excitedly accepts the tutelage of the Sergeant Major, Rio Kazumiya, who happens to be a skilled trumpeter. Working alongside them are the aloof mechanic, Noël Kannagi, the feisty gunner, Kureha Suminoya, and the compassionate Captain Felicia Heideman; together, they experience the beauty of life in Seize and the lasting joy of a community that has persevered in spite of the crumbling world around them. – My Anime List
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There are a couple of lyrics in the irrepressibly peppy end credits theme that translate to, “I was so happy I cried, It hurt so much I laughed” that describe this wonderful series to a tee. Sound of the Sky is the most evocative, heart-warming, delightful, and uplifting anime show I have yet seen. It’s about delivering an emotionally powerful yet deft and subtle experience. The story isn’t as important as immersing you in this rich and complex world, about investing you in the characters, making you care about their lives, and letting you lose yourself in the narrative. It’s the rare episode that doesn’t elicit tears of joy, and never have I been presented with an anime that actually makes you nostalgic for an imaginary 2D reality. That’s not bad for a story about the end of the world.
Sound Of The Sky offered a completely new experience with anime. My only other experiences that I’ve had were with various takes on the Gundam series; so seeing something that was completely new to me was quite the refresher. I’ll be honest, when I first saw this arrive at my doorstep, I wasn’t too sure how this would go because the information that’s made available on the cover left more unanswered questions than I felt comfortable with going into it. However, the story and experience that was provided left me completely satisfied with giving it its fair chance.
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Overall, I’d recommend Sound of the Sky to slice of life fans, people who prefer their stories layered with thematic touchstones, or really anyone who enjoys a beautiful story told well. I’m frankly surprised I’ve heard so little regarding this show, given how impressive it is in virtually all regards. Sound of the Sky finds beauty in the harshest of times without compromising either its sense of joy or its understanding of suffering and consequence. It is a firm affirmation of the power of hope, and of our ability to find home wherever we may go.
Don’t be deceived by reviews that call it a K-On military show. It’s so much more. Also, don’t be deceived by reviews that call it a simple Slice-of-Life anime. Those people didn’t pay ATTENTION. If you view it casually, those reviews are correct. If you sit down and immerse yourself in the world of Soranowoto, then you will find it to be so much more.
While I had some problems with how Sound of the Sky worked during its simulcast run, as it felt like it wasn’t capitalizing on its promise of the first episode, it definitely does build towards something. It simply takes a leisurely pace in getting there and brings in the larger story elements little bit little in a natural way. It does make you want more of it because it has a lot to offer, and that becomes the main frustration. With what it wants to do though, giving us the tale of five young women with their varied pasts and stories that have come together to this place and time, it does it very well. It has plenty of atmosphere, some good humor where appropriate, fun bugle playing and plenty of intensity when required. They’re a well-rounded cast overall and with the supporting characters that wander in and out, it all comes together in a very engaging and entertaining way. Reconnecting with it now, several years after last seeing it, it’s great to get such a high-quality presentation to bring it to life as intended as there’s just so much going into the animation production. It’s a great looking title and one that really needed a high definition release for years.
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Overall, I would love if more people watched Sound of the Sky. On two discs, you get bonus episodes, art galleries, and an OVA. Plus, the quality of the picture is top notch. I watched the blu-ray via my PS3 (also the source of the in-show images of this review) and the art was gorgeous. Coupled with a fantastic tale and excellent pacing, I actually wish there was a second season just so I could stay in this world a bit longer. Posting this at 11:21 AM PDT because this show eventually will make you take notice of that time.
Sound of the Sky remains a fun, little diversion in the end, and we guess that’s what should matter. If you’re looking for perfection — well, at least more than visual perfection — you’d probably be better off looking somewhere else. But for pure values of entertainment, it’s still fairly easy to digest. It’s got a nice group of characters that’s easy to love (and a villain it’s easy to hate), so if all you’re looking for is some time well spent, Sound of the Sky can do that.
I found myself enjoying Sound Of The Sky more than I thought I would. While it had some dull moments at the start, the intrigue about the girls’ past and the world they live in kept me entertained. Aesthetically, the show was nearly perfect, and it is easily an anime that I would recommend to those who aren’t the biggest anime fans (subtitles and all). I love the messages conveyed in this series, such as war isn’t enjoyable, sound can bring people together, cherish the slow days, etc. And I was impressed at how multifaceted the cast was. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a show I’d go look for, but it certainly is an anime series that I’d recommend to non-anime fans (and even younger children). It did enough for me to give a few thumbs up.
A solid coming-of-age series set in a post-apocalyptic alternate Earth that resembles Post World War I more than a Mad Maxthriller, this heartfelt series has some flaws, but overall is animated wonderfully and offers up lots of likable characters. This Blu-ray set is also packed with bonus episodes and artwork.
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Sound of the Sky is an excellent example of why to never judge a book by its cover. On the surface, it looks like another mindless show about cute girls messing around, but it turns out to be something a lot smarter and a lot more interesting. If you can’t stand slice of life shows, I can’t guarantee that this show will change your mind, but a cast of likable characters, well executed world building, and a fantastic soundtrack make it very much worth watching.
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That said, Sora no Woto does have some “light and fluffy” elements to it, but ultimately it’s a tale of salvation, redemption and hope, and it’s because of this that the series stands apart from many of it’s visual counterparts.
I really enjoyed this series; the main cast is both likable and interesting; each of the girls having distinct personalities. The episodes manage to be fairly upbeat for the most part which might come as a surprise given that it is about a group of child soldiers; we do however see that they aren’t just playing at being soldiers when the enemy closes in on the town and more of their own side turn up to take over their position. It is at this point that the girls must decide what the right thing to do is even if it will put them in danger from both sides. This ending was really good and will probably give the viewer goosebumps… I won’t say why though as that would be spoiling it.
Sound of the Sky was an interesting series that focused on the importance of friendship and music. The lead characters were likeable and the tone of the series was light and optimistic. The animation is beautiful. The scripting could have been quite a bit better at times, and the show suffered for that. The overall experience is still worthwhile. The DVD features pleasing PQ/AQ, little in the way of video extras, and a nice series art-box (with a neat booklet). It’s worth picking up for the right price – so it is recommended, but the best bet may be to give it a test drive first.