Synonyms: Sky of Iriya, Summer of UFO
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 28, 2005 to Jul 8, 2005
25 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.281 (scored by 6538 users)
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drama romance sci-fi
SynopsisAsaba Naoyuki is an ordinary high school student. As a member of his school's press club, he's just spent the summer camping outside the local military base, in hopes of seeing the UFOs that are secretly kept there, according to local legend. Returning to school, he meets a strange girl, Iriya Kana, and gradually comes to realize that she is more than merely strange - and that a dark secret lies beneath the world that he knows.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Iriya no Sora, Ufo no Natsu, Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu
Characters & Voice Actors
Sounds Saikano-ish? You bet. I haven't seen Saikano myself, but this one gave me a mental breakdown; much less than Iriya herself experienced in the anime, but more than what I experienced after watching any anime (except for Now and Then, Here and There, perhaps) so far.
The 2005 vintage anime is a both sweet and dark love story, intermeshed with sparse humor and lingering suspense that draws you into the story. From episode 1 to 6, the mood changes dramatically, from somewhat ecchi humor in the first, to a quite of a heartbreaking finale. However, the speed is just perfect, not too fast to cram in the plot, but not too long that it bores people. The remarkable thing is the abrupt changes in mood. In one moment you have a sweet scene where Asaba and Iriya is together, and suddenly Iriya collapses with blood pouring out of her nose, along with a seizure to boot.
To tell the truth, I was expecting something like Yukikaze, with a fast-paced combat scenes. However, the main attraction is the love story; all combat you get is in the OP scene. That said, all the CG animations is very smooth, while the hand-drawn parts was constantly beautiful, with some noticeable quality drop every now and then.
Wasn't the most original, but has a lasting impact.
Constantly very good, with the CG animation excelling everything. However, some parts are just...subpar; thankfully, none too often. Character designs are quite moe, which adds to the enjoyment.
Stock characters (eg, the over-the-top club president and the bratty imouto) are used sparingly yet effectively, without negative effects to the plot. All the main characters are round characters though, and most characterizations are always done subtlely. Though some traits are idealized, in general, the casts are round and realistic characters.
I'm quite a softy, but I really feel I'm about to cry seeing the end of the last episode, having throughly absorbed in the atmosphere. I couldn't believe they wouldn't add a happy end, but for the sake of the plot, it might be better this way. Still though...
Why bother at all?
If you really need that anime that gives you sweet and dark love story with a sci-fi touch and beautiful character design without an unnecessarily deep plot, this one's for you. Casual UFO fans will also find the subtle UFO theme quite pleasing. Beware the bittersweet tragic ending though.
Like Yukikaze, this story is drawn from a series of novels that is nominated for the Seiun Award (Japan's prestigious sci-fi award; Nausicaa anime and Dirty Pair novel won this award). Also, this anime has been made into a visual novel game for the Nintendo DS. read more
Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu is a 6-episode OVA. It aired between the 28th of January, 2005, and the 8th of July, 2005.
The genres include: drama, romance, sci-fi, mystery, comedy, action.
The two main characters, Asaba Naoyuki and Iriya Kana meet during the final day of summer break. Shortly after, Iriya transfers to Asaba's school, and the both of them get to know each other better, although there are many mysteries surrounding Iriya. When you think it's going to be a sweet love story, it comes with a dark sci-fi spin, though the series mostly focuses on their relationship and their ups and downs, till the very dramatic finish. Although, I have to say, it gets more and more dark and sad with every episode.
Toei did the animation for this series. It's very nice to look at; it's fluid, it has good character designs and the backgrounds are beautiful. The CG was a big plus to the series. However there were bad parts, but thankfully not very often.
Except for the awesome OP, the sound was so-so. The voice actors did their job, but sometimes their performances were pretty bad. There's not a lot of BGM, which could have been used more to enhance some scenes etc.
The characters were the best aspect of the show. The two main characters, Iriya and Asaba are great together, and the supporting characters did a great job; the over-the-top club president, the feisty little sister, the strict military guys and so on. All the characters were realistic and made the story easy to watch.
I have to say that I enjoyed this anime a lot. Sure, it's short, but the impression it gives you is pretty damn strong. The genres were all over the place; at on second you have a sweet scene with Iriya and Asaba, and the next you have a totally hilarious hand-to-hand combat scene involving two minor characters. The story isn't rushed even though the entire anime is about two hours long. Everything progresses slow and steady, from the beginning to the climatic ending. I'm not sure to whom I should recommend this, since it's such a different kind of love story, with dark sci-fi influences. I guess you have to be into the romance parts to enjoy this fully (like me).
Don't know what more to say. If you decide to watch it, be ready for a good ride. :D read more
Both are about a desperate struggle against alien apocalypse, banked on a single hope found in a teenage girl born for this purpose. Both series focus less on the wars but on the tragic characters. Iriya is a superior production in terms of story cohesion and credibility in my opinion.
same story.. the girL is the ultimate weapon and the only hope of the earth(ufo no natsu) or the country (saikano) ..then the girl fell in love with a guy who cant do nothing but support and pity them..they also tried to get away with their destiny or thinking bout their own happiness .. but their conscience cant do it so ends up with sacrificing theirself..
While Iriya has a much lighter tone through the first few eps, they both share a similar premise and similarly heart-wrenching developments.
Estórias complexas, porém repletas de conteúdo. Personagens cativantes. Prosseguimentos interessantes.
Stories complex, but full of content. Captivating characters. Continuing interest.
both have girls that deal with military services,both are very deep stories....
Both anime shows the war and strong female character which have to save the world. Both have similar endings.
Iriya is toned down version of Saikano
Both are short but pretty forward going romance drama animes.
While Hanbun has a very realistic setting with a girl that suffers from an illness, Triya goes more in the sci-fi genre giving us some military aspects and a bit comedy too with a mysterious girl that has mental and physical unstableness.
Also a bit more trivial but both female lead characters have a very similar hair color.
The main character of both by chance meets a young lady who is very ill. Despite the fact their time with the girl is short lived they make the most of it and fight for her to have the best memories to the bitter end.
The relationship between main characters and its development are quite similar, as well as overall mood and atmosphere. So, if you like one of this anime mainly for its drama part and mood (and not the setting, because they are absolutely different), there is a high chance, that you will also like the other one.
Two great short series that I enjoyed watching so hence this recommendation. The similarities of these two anime involves:
- thrilling drama
- tragic love
- light toned comedy
- tense/touching scenes
Opening Theme"Forever Blue" by Chihiro Imai
Ending Theme"ひまわり (Himawari)" by Chihiro Imai
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