Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2007 to Jun 30, 2007
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.521 (scored by 25676 users)
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Nov 7, 2007
The anime, as I said, for me, had an awesome introduction, the music, the setting, the mystery of the night, the going to take pictures of the sunset and all that was beautiful, but I also loved how normal and cute the main girl character came off as when the main character first met her. She was not remarkable or amazing (although beautiful, one of the most beautiful I have seen), but she was very cute and charming and he instantly adored her as so many people would have.
The anime does go a bit slow from there and moves from the main characters a bit, going into parts of their stories, but I really enjoyed the weird flashbacks they threw in there because they were extremely interesting and made you really want to know what had happened in the past, so when the anime did slow down a lot, it could keep you going for a bit.
The anime is very serious at some parts and also very mature and what some people would consider slow in action, was just the blossoming relationship between the main characters, which, to someone watching this kind of romantic and supernatural anime would expect. There are very cute scenes between the main character and the girl, Matsuri and as the title says, it is very focused at the sky and Matsuri's power/ailment/curse is quite awesome in my opinion, I just wished she had used it more.
I really enjoyed the turn it took with the main character's sister, Aono and her history and just her in general. She was insane, but that's what I like in anime girls and she was fiercely loyal and loving, which is awesome.
The art was really wonderful, in my opinion! I adored how they were drawn and Matsuri, especially, is one of the most beautiful anime girls I have ever seen. I enjoyed how Aono and Matsuri were both very unique and splendid looking, but the main character and his normal friends were generally normal looking, since they were somewhat normal people. The main character's best friend, Mana, was also very enjoyable, unlike her part in many other animes when she is just in love with the guy and depressed all the time, but a tomboy, this time she had personality and caring and she was smart and curious! The settings were beautiful and the time that the main character and Matsuri did spend together was basically magical, in my opinion and the way it was animated gave off this unrivaled feeling of wonder and love.
I always enjoy when in anime, people have normal responses to things and can act all sneaky and weird about things - example, the friend, Mana, thinks someone is at the main character's house, so she gets him out of it and then goes snooping! Normalcy!
The turn that the anime takes is very unique and the true story behind who you think is bad and good and everything else is also very interesting. The fights were fun to watch, even though not enough of them, in my opinion and I overall really loved this anime.
Oct 23, 2007
The other main focus of the show is on the blossoming romantic relationship between the two main characters; Yorito is an average guy who’s obsessed with taking photos of the sky and Matsuri, she’s the “special girl” usually found in these types of anime. This type of set-up has been done many times before and compared to other masterpieces, Sola just seems average. With such a dull premise, a lack of action and unanswered questions it’s easy to lose interest in this show. At least as the story begins to develop all of these issues become a thing of the past and the show ends up being good to watch.
This anime ends up doing a not-so-good job in the character department, with the same 7 characters throughout the series. The characters are really average and have the sort of personalities that have been seen many times by an anime fan. On the other hand the show does manage to surprise us with some interesting developments on Yorito (male protagonist). The only other interesting characters in this anime are Matsuri and Yorito’s so called sister Aono because of the mystery that shrouds them and they’re the only ones that are developed well, throughout the series.
The visual quality of this animation is definitely above average with this anime embracing various new animation techniques and styles. Just like the title implies, a lot of detail was put into the skies, clouds and lighting effects. Even the water looks superb, yet it’s a shame that some of this effort wasn’t put into adding more dynamic characters to the screen.
The music was decent with a unique blend of piano, string and harp melodies as background music. It is certainly suited to the calm and dramatic nature of this anime however it did little to add excitement, on the rare occasions of an action scene.
Overall this anime closely resembles “Lunar Legend Tsukihime”, in the sense that both shows revolve around two mysterious girls romantically involved with the male protagonist, who’s unsure of himself. Both shows have the same sort of pace as they start of slow but then finish quick. As a Romance Drama Sola does a decent job in both departments but it was only halfway into the short series that it really kicks in, with shocking character developments and intense fights. The show ended well with the final dramatic confrontation and happy-sad ending, so I only recommend this anime to fans of romance and drama but not for the action lover.
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Aug 4, 2007
Characters are really weird. First you have Yorito – someone completely obsessed with the sky. I don’t even know why he’s that obsessed. Then there’s Matsuri, who surprisingly, is kinda ecchi in her own way. Aono – you either love or hate her. She’s naturally funny, but towards the end, you just might hate her. Mayuko, the gothic Lolita, is kinda tsundere, and Takeshi, the guy who’s always with her, I just don’t get him at all. His personality changes all of a sudden during the second half. Mana’s actually pretty insignificant.
I’m a bit surprised that Mai Nakahara and Ai Shimizu are both in Sola, and once again, they’re playing close friends. Mai Nakahara plays Aono Morimiya, while Ai Shimizu plays Koyori Ishizuki. Mai Nakahara does not sound like her usual, cheerful self though. This is probably my least favorite out of all the characters she played, since Aono lacked emotion in her words. In fact, it was the same for almost all the characters. I just didn’t feel their presence.
Animation is pretty good. The backgrounds are really nicely drawn, and I like the incorporation of real images with the animation. My only problem is the character design. The characters look really skinny – I know this is common in most anime, but their faces are really skinny. The characters tend to look old because of that, especially Yorito.
The opening and ending themes were really nice. I like how mellow and soft the songs were, especially the ending theme, titled appropriately as “mellow melody”. The opening theme, “Colorless Wind” wasn’t bad either. In fact, I think it’s nicely done. I love the strings in the beginning, and how it really fits the story of Sola.I do have a problem with the BGM, because during the beginning of the series, the BGM used didn't really fit the scenes. I did like the BGM tracks that were variations/instrumental versions of the opening and ending themes.
It was a good attempt – it had a nice plot but again, it’s the fault of bad execution. The story was a bit hurried once again, that the important details/events felt like they were lacking something. I find myself getting surprised now and then, but not because it was shocking. It’s more of like “Oh, why is she there?” or “How did that happen again?” I just might rewatch it, not because I liked it enough to watch it again, but because to understand it better. Maybe by then, I’ll like it more. read more
Jan 26, 2008
~ A world where kids conveniently don’t have parents. Because that would mean the writers would actually have to be skilful enough to write stories including them. The only featured adult in the whole story is obviously a hindrance to everyone, except midway when he suddenly becomes every male pervert's role model.
~ Girls that fawn over one witless guy who doesn’t deserve any of them. They fight to the death over him, but why should we care? Why should we be invested in any of this if we cant understand why anyone would want him in the first place? He is completely and utterly undeserving of it all, and it renders everyone's actions perplexing. Well, not so much perplexing as it is tiresome to watch this anime go through every cliché in the book to appease undemanding 'fans' of the genre.
~ Main protagonist boy who is an empty cipher throughout the entire story. A complete plank of wood with no personality and no discerning features other than his hobby of taking photos of clouds. This is not 'characterization', its an excuse to make him look interesting. He is in actual fact no different than a million other one-note protagonists of this genre. In fact, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense that the main characters of these stories are usually ciphers, rather than fully fleshed out and interesting people. Because it makes it easier for male viewers to project themselves onto the character. How sad.
~ Girl character who is treated like a wayward sexual pet by guy. At least Elfen Lied had the decency to make the female character a bloodthirsty psychopath.
~ Boring characters. Every single one of them. Except for maybe the little girl in the green dress, she had a nice attitude.
This anime panders to all the moe-loving adult perverts and too-young-to-have-developed-decent-taste youth. Sola's great animation and brief flashes of what could have been an interesting tale are let down by all of the above. There was potential here; to explore people that can never live in the sun, the affects of immortality in a child's body, but the producers were more interested in filling a quota than in story and character. Some of these characters are supposed to be more than a hundred years old yet they still act like brats. Thats because logic is thrown out of the window in sola, because the characters are designed for viewers tastes.
Japan's most popular anime of 2007? Depressing.
Don’t downgrade this review because it’s negative. Downgrade it because you've yet to grow out of this genre and realise that this anime is the equivalent of a McDonalds happy meal: planned by a committee, packaged prettily but ultimately tacky, cynically driven and bad for you. read more
Feb 8, 2008
This is definitely the series strongest point. Although it starts of slower then most animes but picks up quickly.The story is interesting and is very "deep", tackling many subjects such as existence, isolation and other. The story also makes effective use of symbolism and foreshadow, such as the sky, the night which the audience may not recognize at first but will realize along the series. Its these attention to details and little things that make the story exceptional.
It is also worth noting that this series has one of the best endings ever, it is not a generic "happily ever after ending" which has been done to death, not much more can be said without spoiling the story, however the ending does not leave the audience feeling sad or "empty" as it wraps up all its loose ends and reveals everything to the audience.
The art is great, the action scenes are beautifully choreographed. However, my only gripe is that all the characters had a very triangular chin, which i can't stand.
Voice acting is wonderful, especially the voices of matsuri and Aono. The theme music employs a light piano melody, which isn't spectacular by itself, but when combined with the animation onscreen, it really comes alive.
Characters in Sola may seem empty and lifeless at first, however once the audience watches the entire series, this will be explained and the audience will realize what a fantasic job the directors have done. Character design is also exceptional, especially Aono and Matsuri
Overall, Sola is something truly beautiful. It is hard to tell you how so without revealing the plot but I am 100% sure anybody who watches this series will be deeply touched by it's wonder story.
Nov 16, 2008
At First I did not believe but later on after I watched this anime without bias like someone here
I've found that Sola deserve it's place for the best 2007 anime (Well , I wish Higurashi-Kai were 2nd)
Before I seriously watch series anime , I did watch a lot of movie both Hollywood/popular ones and (So-called) Arthouse/Indie ones. I watched many Asian drama/romance some are boring as hell but some has it's value as good spiritualizers. And one of the directors I like best is Shunji Iwai who've made splendid All About Lily Chou-Chou , Picnic , Love Letter (renamed as "When I close my eyes" in US)
What do they have to do with Sola?
I'm going to say that Sola could match any Japanese Drama/Romance movies and even better than some. For more as drama/romance movie-watcher I know that the Characterization will not be the same as action (movie or anime) which they should make it obvious to make the story on with action and focus on character personality only to move on and on. But Drama/Romance ones are to make their personality more ambiguious. Still someones might find that "Oh! they lack of personality" just because they're unable to cope with ambiguity.
Sola has Love-Triangle theme BUT it's UNCONVENTIONAL ONE! Many may found that it's absurd for some fighting scene. But if you've read a little of japanese culture or literature you'll know that fighting is something more than competition, it's something more meaningful than "Oh! I'm going to kick yer asses hard!" like in some action anime.
And , seriously , how can you said that girl characters are sexual pet in this anime? Haven't you watch the scene where Matsuri get close to Yorito first (and...kiss). Don't you see how Aono is manipulative in both apparent and deeper ways. Every! I really mean Every! girls in this anime have power over men characters. Mana , Yorito's close friend , do not fall in love with him like in many other conventional romantic anime (or even some movie) and she tried so hard to manage things around her to be in appropriate way.
Adding that , I recommended Sola for a woman who have been working for Gender Issue. And she said she like it!
Will you still want to act like a Pseudo-Feminist and ween "Oh! why hero get all girl" like a crybaby? It's you who need to grow up.
And for character , the best character for this anime , surprisingly it's Matsuri. She may seem like Everygirl character but that's when you judged her from "Action anime Characterization". Matsuri is common in personality and yet more real (Well I'm talking about personality so exclude her speciality) . She acts cute as many real girls do (not overact) .She is not too innocent and yet not too teasing , she express innocent appropriately I mean she's not forced to do.
Haven't you ever appreciated scenes when Yorito and Matsuri were together?
They are very simple romantic scenes that I even recall some in my real life. They're simple yet heart-warming and wonderful.
Still this anime add humanistic value to it. There will be a moment when you dislike some characters and later on you sympathize them. Some characters seem to have conflict , but later on you'll know that how much they want to be closed together like before. This anime portray human's tragedy without being (needlessly) sophisicated.
Music is one of the most important things that make Sola Atmospheric , apart from it's splendid background. But the flaw is Character Design which make some character less charming.
In later Episodes of the anime , where all breezy scene in first half ep. has been blown away , the story tend to get more focused about meaning of life and death. It may not portray this issue as more intense or intellectualized one. But still it move our heart. Existential theme is nothing new , but I appreciate how they fit this theme into the story without ruining it's Drama/Romance approach.
Do not let moe-moe appearance fool you.
Sola deserve more than average Romantic anime. It has no harem , no fanservice , free from sex appeal , innocent and yet brilliant
Finally , many of Sola scenes make me feel the similar way I feel for Shunji Iwai's movie. Feeling that is deep and hard to explain.
If you want shallow existantial story without soul ... go away read more
Aug 16, 2011
Sola is a story about a high school boy named Yorito, who loves to take pictures of the sky. His older sister Aono has been in the hospital for several months, and is visited frequently by his friend Mana and her sister. Yorito doesn’t devote much time to seeing Aono in the hospital, and Mana gets annoyed by this. Instead of caring for his sister, he prefers to spend his time taking pictures of the sky (.... I know, right?). On top of that, he has been becoming close to a mysterious girl named Matsuri whom he met by chance one early morning. What he doesn’t know is that Matsuri has her secrets, and there may be more to her than meets the eye. The story is actually pretty good. It’s fairly original, and as I vaguely mentioned before, the addition of supernatural elements makes it much more interesting.
Another thing that bothered me was how bland the characters were. For example, we have Aono who is your generic “silent girl” role which has become pretty overused these days. I have nothing against Silent types! They rock my socks. But, Aono in this case did nothing for me. Mana, plays the typical “childhood friend” ( Even though they had just met recently ) so there’s nothing very interesting about her either. Overall, Matsuri was the most interesting as well as Tsujido Takeshi ( A side character who you can think ofas the bad guy or the good guy, it’s up to you. )
The visuals are pretty standard, and aren’t very impressive, to say the least. They aren’t terrible, but I think that the viewer’s enjoyment of the series would have been greatly amplified if this series had better animation. The music however, is very good in some parts, and is one of the aspects I enjoyed most about the show.
Ultimately, Sola is a good anime to watch if you have a great deal of patience. It’s sad that such a good story is essentially ruined by poor pacing. Perhaps, reading the manga would satisfy my dissatisfaction of this series.
Dec 21, 2011
Well, I say we tackle the negatives first, because I'm a 'glass-half-empty' type (figuratively- in the literal sense, I'm more a 'drain the glass, refill it, drain, continue ad nauseam [literally]' type) and I love looking for faults in things- firstly, it probably hasn't helped that the characters and plot have been reused countless times after this came out. I don't know if they were clichéd at the time of release, but they sure are now, which limits the enjoyment of both. Calling them 'plagiarised' would be going too far, but a few of them could be described as generic and unoriginal.
Secondly, the plot is really quite slow-paced, despite the occasional fight scene which is obviously (some might say clumsily) trying to attract the viewer's interest and make them feel that something is happening. In fact, you can't help but get the opposite impression- that not much is happening, if anything at all. And when things do start happening, they're weird and, saying this as quietly as possible, similar to Air (which was made in 2005). So far, we've got elements of unoriginality and clichés. Time to go look for some redeeming features...
Unlike many anime, Sola does have genuine merit on the art and sound front, it's extremely well done (for its time; animation techniques have improved noticeably since then). The opening music is catchy enough that it will stick in your memory, and you might find yourself humming it if you are engaged in particularly repetitive manual labour or studying (or that might be just me, which would be awkward). And you can't really hum the chorus as some of the notes are too high, but we'll ignore that. Also, the characters aren't all tediously unoriginal, and there are some very funny moments in the series, despite the genre. I'm still laughing at some of the jokes weeks later, much to the concern of those in physical proximity to me when I start laughing for no apparent reason.
It is also a short series, at thirteen episodes; whereas too many episodes can kill a series through repetitiveness, I think too few can strangle it just as surely through lack of exposure to any sort of publicity that can keep it in the spotlight, and I reckon that's what happened to Sola. I personally have a preference for short series like this, so if you're like me and don't want to watch the same stuff over and over again, then Sola is a good option.
Pour conclure, I haven't told you anything which will swing your opinion one way or another. If you hate romance/fantasy anime or people taking pictures of the sky or assaulting vending machines and household appliances, then Sola is very clearly not for you, as it features all of these quite heavily. If you live in England and would like to see a blue sky for the first time in about eight months, then you might want to watch this, because staring out of the window isn't going to help, and of course, if you do like romance/fantasy/vending machine killing anime, then this is obviously an anime which has been aimed specifically at your particular niche, and you will be in heaven, as someone has finally catered to your needs. If you do find yourself in one of these situations, then I am very happy for you. If you are undecided, watch the first two episodes, and you should have an opinion one way or another.
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Apr 19, 2008
Characters designed by Naru Nanao, Check
One of the writers from Kanon the game, Check
Charming slow paced romance, Check
Mamiko Noto playing an energetic, rain loving, zettai ryouki wielding character, Check!
Perfectly consistent and plot-hole free?...ok, I guess not
I guess I’ll start with my complaints with the series. Sola started very slowly with an almost slice of life feel. The premise is quite typical of the romance genre. You have your typical boy meets interesting girl and both fall in love. The way the characters interacted was very charming as well as having an overall happy mood with a sense of sadness/intrigue in the backgrounds. That intrigue comes from the fantasy elements, in particular, yakas. This isn’t what bothered me, in fact I liked the inclusion of fantasy elements, its just that Sola doesn’t know what it wants to do. First we have the nice calming slice of life aspect, which characterizes the beginning of the series. However, the 2nd half, was dominated by the fantasy/action elements, which was distinctly different and will probably alienate those initially watched Sola for the slice of life aspect. While this was a perfectly normal setup the transition wasn’t very smooth. How else can I easily categorize this anime into 2 distinct parts, first half and 2nd half?
Also, I felt that quite a few characters were neglected. Mana and Koyori really felt like token friends and didn’t contribute much after the 1st half. This was quite a shame as I much rather liked Mana, unfortunately (or is it fortunately?) she was a perfectly normal person. Takeshi and Mayuko in the end fell in to a smaller and smaller role, especially when their background was explained. In addition, there were several aspects that I felt they should have really expanded on/explained. For example, the sword that Takashi wielded. Even worst there were a few character inconsistencies especially near the end, something I won’t delve into as to avoid spoilers. In general, I thought the writing was weak.
Structure-wise, once again had a poor transition between the 1st half and the 2nd half. Also, I really hated that fact that they explained so much near the end. While we can infer most of what happened, I felt that it could have been better if they simply told us what happened earlier. I must admit that it was quite interesting to discover the source of conflict juxtaposed with the falling action during the 2nd to last episode.
Ok enough of the bad…
During the first half the way the characters interacted was quite charming. In particular, I loved the exchanges between Matsuri and Yorito. Their growing love for each other was nice to watch. In addition, there are scenes of immense beauty and serenity. The 2nd half, the story started to hit and when it hit, it really went. Each episode was fast paced and exciting. Also, they torture the viewer each week with a cliffhanger, this is something that should be marathoned. Not only should it be marathoned for the painful cliffhangers, it should be marathoned due to the fact that Sola breaks down under scrutiny, as evident of the above paragraphs. However, what made me rate this an 8 is that when I was watching I was quite entertained. I just wished that I had watched it when the series had ended instead of watching weekly.
As for the technical aspects, there isn’t much to talk about. The music was very serene and overall quite nice. VA work in particular was very good, especially Matsuri and Aono. Although, I wasn’t really fond of Yorito’s VA, everyone else was pretty good. Animation-wise was above average and featured some nice fight scenes and beautiful scenery. While I love Naru Nanao’s artwork I felt that Sola didn’t do as good a job with converting CG art to anime art. Where as I though Da Capo and ef ~A Tale of Memories~ did a much better job.
In the end Sola probably won’t stick with me for a very long time, I hate to say it but it was a bit forgettable. Also, there were a few problems with the structure and the story itself as well as consistency. However, that won’t change the fact that when I was very entertained when watching. Just remember to marathon the series.
Feb 7, 2009
Let's start with the aspects of this anime. The story is really a common one at the begining: "a girl stays in the house of a boy for any reason at all". Other thing is that this boy (Yorito) has kind of a obssesion with the sky and everytime he can he take's pictures of the "different skies". Don't worry you'll learn the meaning of this later on in the story. But putting aside the common events like this there is a great deal of fighting and use of supernatural powers (sort of vampire like) and the plot twists that makes a story really interesting. The thing is that, overall, the story is shown in a really annoying way that really ruins it baddly. The reason are this flashbacks to the distant past that occur in the begining of one or two episodes and on the last one. I think this flashbacks do a really bad job trying to give some spectation to the viewer. Well at least in my case I found those flashbacks really irritating and out of context. They definitely spoil what could have been a fantastic tale.
The art and design in this anime is really well done, it reflects what the anime is aiming for depending of the event: sadness, darkness, etc. The looks on every building: Yorito's house, the hospital, the doll shop, the church, the school (lol take a look at it's endless roof xD!) and specially the different type of skies shown in the anime are very nice to watch. The character design is one of a kind in every character specially Matsuri and Aono look really great and opposite one to each other. So almost from the begining you know that there is going to be serious problems between these two girls.
Now the sound is the best this anime has to offer: it's rich and the BGM's are adequate for each ocassion. The opening is really good (adding it to my list), the battle songs are amazing (a techno-electro mix) and the sad themes are really heart breaking. The sound really does make this anime feel awesome and different from any other due the quality of each and every track.
Talking about the characters these are really awesome as well, specially Matsuri. She just looks gorgeous and her personality is just so different of what you expect when first glancing at her, very funny indeed. She is so different in just too many ways: from her war cry when trying to get her favourite juice (Sennoooo!!!) to her sort of a "french" look, she really makes a difference with any other character I've seen. All the other characters are very well designed but it feels like Matsuri's personality and looks totally opacate the other characters, a pity because there are other interesting characters in this anime that I would loved to see having a more important role.
I spended less than two days watching this anime. I know I watched it in a rush but overall I really find it very fun and worthwhile watching but this is not a "must watch" anime so if you are aiming for something really GOOD and sad then go watch Kanon, Clannad or even Air (that if you haven't yet). On the contrary if you'd like to watch a anime that has drama-love but action, supernatural ocurrences and great battles as well then this is the one for you. In the end this anime is different from the lot but not as good to be called a unique or innovating anime. This ends sad as well so if you must watch it grab you pack of tissues or just do as I did: right after you finish it watch the the DVD Special 1, only the first one (it's about a waterpark), you will find it really funny. But don't watch the second DVD Special (it shows some bonus scenes about what happens before Yorito meets Matsuri and it ends precisely when that meeting takes place) right away because you will end up as sad as you were when finishing the anime...
Nov 16, 2013
Probably what attracted me to Sola was Aono because I love silver-haired girls but the real reason I decided to watch it was that the person who came up with the concept of Sola was Naoki Hisaya who was the main writer of Kanon, a favorite series of mine. Another notable point is that the original character designs were done by Naru Nanao who did the designs for Da Capo but I haven't seen that yet so that wasn't what attracted me.
Story 10: This anime deals with the existence of a being known as Yaka stated by Matsuri as 'the embodiment of human agony and pain'. Yakas are never aging and have a few other abilities. They are hurt by exposure to sunlight and as such cannot see the sky but the wounds can be healed if the exposure is serious. The story is about a boy who loves the sky called Yorito who meets Matsuri, a yaka.
The story starts off a little slow at first but once it gets started, the anime is spectacular and many mysteries are revealed. The story isn't too original at first but it ends up being great.
Art 10: Obviously, since this anime was created in 2007, the art isn't the best you've ever seen but it really suits the anime and the character designs are really good particularly for Aono and Matsuri.
Sound 9: The soundtrack was the best music I've ever head the pleasure of listening too. That includes the OP and ED which are beautiful. The only thing is the voice acting. I just didn't feel like they suited the characters and performances weren't the best but I did like Aono's voice acting.
Character 9: Matsuri and Aono are amazing. I loved them both but if I had to choose it would be Matsuri. There was just something about her that made me fall for her instantly. Another two characters that I loved were Maruko and Takeshi. I loved their back story and their interactions were very interesting. The rest were so-so. The character development is outstanding. I loved seeing their pasts. Even the characters I didn't like had their really good moments.
Enjoyment 9: I really enjoyed Sola. It probably has the best character development ever. And the last few episodes were really good and made even better by the fact that it was thundering then hailing at my house during those spectacular scenes.
Overall 10: This is an amazing anime that's very underrated. It's a really good watch but if you're looking for a generic harem comedy, look elsewhere. read more
Oct 20, 2013
The story of Sola in general follows the main character Yorito who encounters a girl named Matsuri and allows her to stay at his house. Slowly a relationship develops between the two. Without massive spoilers, I find the story of Sola to be entertaining and heartwarming. Sola demonstrates that excessive action/combat is not necessary as the primary driver behind a story.
The art of Sola is well done and rather colorful, since Sola could be interpreted as a play on the word of Sora, there are definitely a lot of moments in which the anime demonstrates the quality of its art in the form of all the views of the Sky.
The sound of Sola is well done in my opinion, the music works wonder in the moments of drama that amplifies the feeling of "What's going to happen next?".
The characters of Sola is probably what makes this anime good. Yorito encounters Matsuri and they both slowly find themselves falling in love with the other as time passes just from the common day interactions between the two. I can think of few things in life more heartwarming than that, a relationship that builds up from friends to love without any of the negative drama that tends to follow teenage romance. (No, I am not buying you a diamond necklace for high school prom with my minimum job at Mcdonalds even if you threaten to leave me if I don't)
Overall, Sola was quite enjoyable and can serve as an excellent breather between watching action packed combat based animes such as Dragonball Z. read more
Sep 9, 2012
The story is quite something, the mystery starts at the first episode but every episode what you originally thought how the story was going to develop, turns out to be even more mysterious, suspense keeps increasing every episode and to me that is something very important in a series, that grasps you in a way that you desperately want to know what is going on and that the main story is not only great but just plain awesome!
In regards to the animation, I honestly believe this is studio NOMAD's best series yet, I've seen some of their other works and by far, sola is the best one when it comes to animation, background detail, and character animation consistency.
When it comes to the music, Ceui's Bikan no Fuukei (first episode opening theme and insert song in some of the episodes) is my favorite song of the series. The OP/ED themes are good, but Bikan no Fuukei is soooo related to the story and the characters that if it were the _only_ song featured in this anime, it'd be OK :P.
Overall, if you like fantasy, romance, sibling-love (not the bro-con/sis-con one, you have a lot of choices for that one) and drama, this is a must watch! ;) read more
Feb 23, 2009
Essa temática do céu lembra bastante AIR TV, que de certa forma, também falava dele. Mas diferente de AIR, Sola o coloca como tema central. As Yakas (além de Matsuri existem outras) personifica bem essa temática. Muito irá se falar delas ao longo da série, e todos os dramas pessoais, as envolvem direta ou indiretamente. O resultado final desse enredo inicialmente simples, é bem satisfatório. Confesso que da primeira vez que assisti Sola, não me impressionei muito. Porém, na segunda vez, foi uma experiência das mais gratificantes, e posso entender perfeitamente por que a série fez tanto sucesso entre os japoneses.
Tudo bem que num país onde uma das principais seitas religiosas é o xintoísmo, que prega a harmonia com a natureza, isso pode não ser uma grande surpresa. O tema principal se encaixa bem na visão de mundo deles, até mais do que em animes como Ruroni Kenshin e Naruto, que embora tenham elementos da cultura japonesa, apresenta-os na forma mais tradicional possível, e as vezes um pouco longe da realidade. Sola os coloca de maneira implícita, e mostra o quanto o céu é muito mais do que um vazio espaço azul, com nuvens o preenchendo. Tudo isso, com um enredo bem planejado, longe de furos, embora nem tudo tenha sido explicado perfeitamente. Mas nada que tire o mérito dessa série, esse é um anime relaxante e gostoso de se assistir. Depois de vê-lo, não será anormal passar a enxergar o céu de outra maneira.
A sensação passada pelo anime pode ser percebida logo no tema de abertura. A música Colorless Wind tem uma forte ligação com a personagem Shihou Matsuri, enquanto que o vídeo ilustra bem a temática do anime. O enredo pode parecer banal a primeira vista, mas não se deixe enganar. Tente entendê-lo nas entrelinhas, e você verá que se trata de uma história bem costurada. Os personagens mais importantes, Yorito, Matsuri e Aono, tem um forte conexão entre si, e Aono e Matsuri em especial, já deixam transparecer isso no começo da série.
Os marinheiros de primeira viagem, ou aqueles que estão assistindo o anime sem prestar atenção podem não perceber, mas desde o começo Sola vai sutilmente revelando pouco a pouco o seu marcante enredo. Quanto aos personagens mais secundários, Mana, Koyori e o casal Takeshi e Mayuko, vale dizer que eles tem um papel importante na história. Mana protagoniza uma das cenas mais tristes do anime, Koyori tem grande importância na história de Aono e o casal Takeshi e Mayuko ligam-se a protagonista feminina Matsuri. Resumindo, Sola é um anime com um enredo simples, entretanto difícil de se entender por completo.
Por que não assistir?
Confesso não ter visto nenhum grande defeito em Sola. Isso não significa que seja perfeito, e alguns pequenos detalhes me fizeram tirar alguns pontos da série. O primeiro, e talvez uma das minhas principais reclamações relacionadas a animes, é a trilha sonora. Ela é melhor do que a de My Self, Yourself (avaliado a pouco tempo atrás), mas está longe de possuir o nível das músicas de AIR TV. Não existe a desculpa de que 13 episódios é pouco para se ter uma boa trilha, afinal o próprio AIR é um exemplo contrário a essa teoria, assim como a primeira temporada de Rozen Maiden, que embora fuja um pouco do gênero, é um ótimo exemplo de trilha sonora.
Outro ponto negativo é a falta de atenção em alguns pequenos detalhes na história. Por exemplo, como o Takeshi conseguiu aquela katana? E de que forma ele descobriu o segredo para ajudar Mayuko? Tudo bem que se trata de algo bem paralelo ao enredo principal, que por si só é muito bom, mas seria legal se tivesse uma explicação melhor. Algo que pode ser uma reclamação, pelo menos entre os mais desatentos, é o tempo que demora para a série empolgar. Para mim isso não é um problema, mas ninguém assisti animes sabendo o que esperar, então vale a pena destacar esse detalhe. Somente no episódio 8 a série entra de vez no clímax. Entre o 1 e o 5 tudo ainda é bem light, e pode ser bastante chato para alguns. Os capítulos 6 e 7 já empolgam mais, porém continua bem longe de causar um grande impacto.
A parte boa, é que nenhum episódio pode ser descrito como filler, e praticamente todos tem ligação com o enredo. Mesmo esse começo travado não é um problema impossível de ser superado. Dê uma chance ao melhor anime de 2007 no Japão, pode não empolgar instantaneamente, mas caso consiga entender bem, é uma série que será lembrada por um bom tempo. read more
Apr 30, 2009
Yorito loves to photograph clouds. He seemingly lives a normal, if not dazed life. He vistis his sister, Aono in the hospital, who is suffering from an affliction that is never explained. He's friends with a sweet girl, Mana and her sister Koyori.
One morning, while waiting to see the sunrise, he meets a strangely familiar vampire girl, Matsuri.
This is an unusual vampire anime, for a variety of reasons. One being that it doesn't really focus on the vampirism as much as the immortality of the chracters and the pain it can cause them, and the inevitable loss of loved ones.
Matsuri is such a person. Both haunted and hunted for her vampire blood. This is a whimsical anime that has darker undertones that mostly deal with what happens when you try to make yourself happy at the cost of others.
Without giving too much away, none of the characters are what they seem, and as they begin to realize this, they have to make heartbreaking decisions--which ultimately leads to Yorito wanting to show Matsuri the sunrise.
All of the characters are superficially silly but genuine. Each has their own personality and are generally likeable for they all have a motivation for their actions, even if they seem cruel on the outside--with the exception of Matsuri, whose kindness and sweetness actually hides a selfish act she's hoping she can get redemption for. The music is light and airy, and fitting, and there's good use of skies and bright colors to emphasize the fleeting and precious mortal world.
There are two "DVD" specials that accompany it, one being a fanservice filler episode and the other being a prequel to the events of the story--and the meeting of the two main characters.
This is a sad little romance that tries its best to smile through the pain, and one of those sweet anime that can't do much wrong. read more
Dec 22, 2011
With the problems presented, it could have been really good, but ended up just being bland a bit confusing.
Magical characters are presented, but they're used more to cause angst and drama than anything else.
The chemistry between the main character and his love interests is lacking and uninteresting. There doesn't seem to be any at all.
The art and sound are fine, but nothing new or spectacular.
The only thing that really interested me was the relationship between Takeshi and Mayuko, and they are side characters.
This anime wasn't really worth my time, in my opinion. read more
Oct 28, 2007
My Personal Views: (hahahaha), you have to have a little desire in a love or passion for or of something more pure and honest to undestand the first half, the later half you need some experience in letting go and contentment (I THINK) to be able to appreciate the ending. Although the ending did PISS ME OFF!!!!!!!!! that' why I gave it a nine =
TWO THUMBS UP!!!
Feb 12, 2012
Aug 20, 2009
Art... Anything special, except, I liked the sky landscapes, very strong.
The opening and ending themes were masterpiece, but the other music repeats very often... All in all, I liked it.
Characters are unpredictable and individual. Very good.
The first 6 series are very different, from the last ones. Like two different directors. The first part was much more like a slice-of-life, but the others are drama. Masterpiece final episode! (no spoilers ;) )
Nov 20, 2012
I will not lie, I like to watch romance anime. I don't know what it is, but I am a fallen victim of things like romance or supernatural anime, which is usually the reason why I ignore this site's rating system, because people rate on ingenuity, not things like enjoyability. One thing about anime (especially romance) is it is very predictable...I was wrong about Sola. One thing I hate about Hollywood movies or movies in general is that I am always able to guess the ending, I listen to a song I have never heard and I guess correctly a word they say. Let me just speak on behalf of all those who have seen more than about 10 days of anime, you will think you can guess what will happen, and guess what, you won't, so here is to a great show I think everyone should watch and can enjoy. read more