English: Sound of the Sky
Synonyms: So-Ra-No-Wo-To, Soranowoto, Sora no Woto, Sora no Oto
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2010 to Mar 23, 2010
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.571 (scored by 17364 users)
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Let's start with what they have in common. The two shows share a similar premise in that it's about five girls in an organized group who play music. The art style is remarkably similar, and the characters tend to have cute moe characteristics both in their aesthetic design and personality. Both shows spend much of their time using music as a central catalyst to develop the characters' personalities and interpersonal relationships, and this serves to demonstrate how powerful an impact music can have on peoples' lives.
But that's where most of the similarities end, as while both shows have a similar basic premise, they end up taking that premise in two completely different directions.
K-On! is a cheerful and lighthearted slice-of-life story about a girl who joins a club of girls aspiring to become talented rock musicians, and what music can do to touch the lives of others and truly bring people together into an inseparable family. Sora no Woto is also an occasionally lighthearted (but overall much more serious) military drama in a war-torn setting about a girl who joins an army regiment as a war bugler in hopes that she can learn the trumpet, and how the power of music can echo throughout time and transcend inexorable cultural divisions to heal a broken world devastated by endless war.
While both shows have slice-of-life scenes that go beyond the musical setting, K-On! spends much more of that time developing connections between the characters through liberal use of comedy, whereas Sora no Woto tends to delve into the intricate and sometimes dark past of many of the characters and the history of the war-ravaged world. Due to this, K-On! maintains its cheerful, lighthearted atmosphere throughout the course of the entire series as appropriate, whereas Sora no Woto can often switch--sometimes even without warning--between cheerfulness and powerful drama.
Both go highly recommended. Fans of one should definitely try the other, and non-fans can decide which ones to watch depending on whether they enjoy a relaxing high school slice-of-life (K-On!), a deep military drama (Sora no Woto), or both.
Main characters are very similar. Lots of moe.
the characters are quite similar
Stylistically, there is a great deal of similarity between the character designs and personalities somewhat. Even from early on in the series', you can tell that the two just match up. If the style of one appeals, chances are the other will be worth a look as well. The stories may be somewhat dissimilar, but both involve a group of girls, in one case a music club, and in the other an army regiment, and their music.
Veeeeery similar art and both have heroines playing instruments
The animation looks the same, it's about music and main heroines are very simmilar.
Another show completely based on 'moe'. Also, music is a central theme in both and the art styles are identical.
Same art and deals with music a little. Basically its K-ON joins the military.
character designs very similar... and the art, too...
animation: also fluid.
K-On and Sora No Woto shares some major similarities in its content. K-On is an anime about group of girls who's playing guitar or w/e. Now, in Sora No Woto, they grabs trumpet in military setting. Art style and Character design is surprisingly similar, which makes us feel like 'isn't it a rip-off?'. Sora No Woto has possibility of becoming 'moe based' anime, like K-On did.
What more to say? Both have a really similar animations that at some angles the character between the two anime looks the same
It really reminded me of K-On! Character wise and the animation of the two really looks similar. The only difference is the military atmosphere. If you're a K-On! fan, I think this is a whole new twist to your imaginations.
Have you seen Yui in the war?
Sora no Woto is K-ON....If it was based on a music playing military platoon.
Seriously though, its a 5 member platoon. They all act and look almost exactly like one of the K-ON characters. (except Ritsu, and mio looks different)
Some characters look the same and act the same
-Rio looks like Mio and they act the same
-Katana is similair to Yui
There are others that are similair except this show is a little more serious about some things.
It has the same atmosphere - even if the heroines are cute and nice, the reality is still bitter sweet.
Seemingly unassuming slice of life shows which eventually take a more dramatic, sinister twist. The settings in these shows are fascinating and mysterious, and play a huge role in the story, as much as the main characters themselves.
Similar setting: an isolated, ancient outpost near a small medieval town with odd traditions.
Similar style: cheerful slice-of-lifeish with periodic depressing points.
Similar focus: characters and their pasts.
A friendly, yet initally immaturely self-centered protagonist: check
A highly respected, yet sometimes moody leader who takes the protgonist under her wing: check
A motherly and sedate character: check
A mechanically-inclined character: check
Sora no Woto is just Haibane Renmai with a K-ONesque art style
Both are series that have a LARGE, and more complex universe, that... really only serves to accent/fuel the actual purpose of the series: The unbreakable bonds formed through identical circumstances.
Both also have some fine art and have a legendary composer(ironically, both composers are primarily known for one or two specific series).
They both start off with simply creating their own peculiar aura as well as setting up their own way of life. It isn't until later when those commonalities serve more as an obstacle than a stimulant.
They both have wonderfully sweet casts.
Sora no Woto's world is touched upon more than Haibane's. Less mystery in that department. Still, character mystery, in addition to secondhand character growth is present. Complementary enjoyable side stories are here too. Admittedly, the topic is a bit darker.
Haibane's world serves as one BIG allegory or theory. Nothing is really answered about those things as they serve to assist with the character's ensuing destinies. The powers that be all also a bit more in control, though with better, purer intentions. Haibane's soundtrack is also more of a home-run than Sora's. Lastly, Haibane's functionality is sooo differently well done that it earns the title of "classic".
If K-on similar in music motives and character design, than Haibane Renmei is similar in atmosphere.
We have small closed society inside the city. Platoon 1121 is honorable part of towns life, but they aren't part of town itself. Same as Graywings honored within the city, they are outcasts in peaceful world.
The beginning of Kanata's and Rio's relationships resembles Reki's and Raka's.
And of course we have this quiet sensation of something hidden, but it is not dangerous, but simply unknown.
Gentle slice of lifes that get dramatic towards the end. Both excel in atmosphere and world building. They also both have great soundtracks. Sora no Woto isn't quite as "deep" as Haibane Renmei, character-wise or theme-wise, but it's still got plenty of merit of its own.
Very similar art style and characters, has the same atmosphere of a peaceful, secluded town in a very unknown world. The only key difference is that Sora no Woto tends to open it's world a bit more, while the Haibane world is only limited to both people and locales inside the wall. In fact, I was quite surprised that the two series weren't made by the same person. 0_o
Sora no woto is setting is a post-war era where the previous humanity was nearly wiped out. Very little culture and knowledge seems to have survived. Throughout the series you just try to piece together what's the world is like from the main cast daily interactions.
Similar to Haibane Renmei, it is some what of a mystery as to what the world around them is like. A female main character joins an existing group of characters to learn their way of life. Each episode is structured like a slice of life genre, and also the entire cast is female. You can expect character development to unfold slowly with each episode. You have a bunch of cute/moe moments but the over arcing story is rather tense.
Sora no Woto does have some sad moments, but I wouldn't call it a tear jerker like how Haibane Renmei built up to. But overall I think you would see similarities you might enjoy in Sora no Woto.
While both are essentially atmospheric slice of life series with a focus on world-building, there are some key differences. The contrast between the serious and the lighthearted is more dramatic in So Ra No Wo To while Haibane Renmei's tends to be subtler in all aspects. Furthermore, the post-apocalyptic setting of So Ra No Wo To is beautifully tangible and chillingly possible with the story taking place in a colorful town littered with cultural relics from our own world while Haibane Renmei's magical realist universe is more allegorical in nature with fantastical elements alongside the mundane.
Ultimately both series are wonderfully paced atmospheric pieces that forgo plot in favor of letting the characters explore and guide the viewers through meticulously crafted environments.
Beautiful art, a decorative town with a deep history, a young, eager girl and don't forget some soothing, wonderful music.
Slow paced series about girls learning to do something (sora: playing trumpet, aria: operating a gondola) in a fictional, fantastical setting. Both have an emphasis on that setting as well as quiet interactions between the main characters.
The visual art and the music reminded me so much of Aria's atmosphere. Enthralling.
Both take place in futuristic versions of modern day cities. The main characters are learning something from their seniors and some characters are kind of alike. Also, there are very few male characters, who are not extras, in both series.
Plotwise: Both shows are about a main character being trained by a superior, and her interactions with the new world around her.
Characters: Both are primarily female casts, and every character in Sora No Woto bears a resemblance to a character in Aria. Also, where Aria has cats, Sora No Woto has an owl.
Setting: Both take place in imaginary worlds around cities where the people and land has a rich history and traditions. The difference here is that Sora No Woto has a wartime setting, where Aria does not.
Artwork: Beautiful backgrounds and landscapes, stunning visuals all-around.
Slice of life set in a sci-fi, future setting. Both series play off their own worlds very well, with a strong focus on interactions between the main character and the main setting of the anime. The characters also share some similarities, the most notable being Kanata & Akari and Filicia & Alicia.
They both give off very similar vibes, and if you liked one you'll probably like the other.
Aria the Animation is about a group of young female gondoliers learning with their seniors and generally having a good time with each other in a slice of life, futuristic setting.
Sora no Woto is about a group of young female soldiers learning with their seniors and generally having a good time with each other in a slice of life, futuristic setting.
There are heavy sci-fi implications on both shows' universes, but these seem to be secondary, and almost overlooked. Both stories focus more on the girls learning about their worlds, their trade, themselves and each other, while exploring and interacting with their surroundings. There's drama, but not necessarily conflict. Both shows provide the viewer with slow pacing, relaxing music, beautiful scenery, lighthearted comedy, interpersonal relationships, character development, warm fuzzies and the occasional sappy line.
The characters are almost a direct match to each other:
Akari/Kanata - they're both pure-hearted main characters, rather awkward about their skills, very friendly to everyone they meet, easily excited about new things and very prone to sappy lines. They both say "suteki" a lot.
Aika/Kureha - they're both bratty tsundere types, very perfectionist and quick to point out other people's flaws. They constantly act like know-it-alls, though deep inside they're just insecure and eager to please and impress their seniors.
Alice&Athena/Noël - Noël is the quiet, reserved and serious type, like Alice, but she can resemble Athena a lot in carelessness when she's tired. She seems to be naturally talented at what she does, using her impressive skills with little effort.
Akira/Rio - they're both "cool big sister" types who try to enforce strict discipline, though beneath their assertive attitude they care deeply about their juniors. They both confide and share a deep bond with Alicia/Filicia, who are closer to them in age and maturity.
Alicia/Filicia - for crying out loud, not only are they a complete clone in appearance and personality, they also talk in similar fashion and even share the same quirks. Even their names are remarkably similar. And they're both #1 ranking in their groups.
In Aria they have cats, which act as mascots and represent each company's president.
In Sora no Woto they have a owl, which acts as a mascot and represents their organization logo.
Having watched Aria first, and considering the chronological order, I suppose I can say that Sora no Woto is by far the closest thing to Aria I've seen so far. The major difference is that Sora no Woto might occasionally address some disturbing war related themes, which are completely absent from the slightly more lighthearted and optimistic Aria universe. But even these, while expected in a war setting anime, are actually very rare.
Also, in Sora no Woto, embarrassing remarks seem to be allowed! ^^
Both series have fantastic element involvement yet at the same time are a piece of life shows.
The main cast are females and in both series the main character is going through training. The bigges part of attention is upon interection between main character and the world around.
The only real difference would be the fact that Sora No Woto is more dramatic and action based towards the end.
Minus the ecchi, So-Ra-No-Wo-To shares a lot in common with Strike Witches. As well as it shares in common with K-On and Axis Powers Hetalia.
The character design borrows most heavily from K-On. But the theme of an Occidental Japan, living among European countries and/or cultures as if a country that is European instead of Asian is a theme that exists in Axis Powers Hetalia, Strike Witches, and So-Ra-No-Wo-To. Harmoniously I might add, instead of contrasted. As well as do all share the theme of moe within the military(minus K-On).
Also as several character archetypes were borrowed in their specific form from K-On, there were also seemingly from Strike Witches. Kannagi Noel is a Kuudere/Dandere that borrows most heavily from the Dandere form of Sanya Litvyak from Strike Witches. And Kazumiya Rio is a character who works as a blend of Akiyama Mio from K-On and Mio Sakamoto from Strike Witches.
With the theme young girls in the military, Strike witches is great match for Sora no Woto. Both series take place an alternate universe, in which girls are the main characters and play the role of soldiers. While Sora no Woto takes place in a backwater town, Strike Witches' story plays on the frontline. In Sora no Woto the two nations Helvetia and the Roman Empire fight each other, in Strike Witches it's humanity against the alien race called neuroi. Both series place a heavy focus on the girls' everyday lives. The only main difference between the two series is that Strike Witches gets the most humor from ecchi scenes. If you don't like scenes with lots of pantyshots and female breasts in them, don't watch Strike Witches. But if you liked Sora no Woto you'll probably like Strike Witches too.
they both have a group of girls with special talents in the military... the main character at first joins the group and some questions "why is she here?" because of how they look (not very reliable kind of way) and soon to realise that they improve pretty fast at flying/playing... as you watch the series all the characters now trusts/likes the main characters. also, the characters have similar personalities... strike witches is more focused on fighting in the air and it's set in the past (1944) even though it looks very futuristic.. and sora no woto is more focused on music (playing brass instuments) and it's set in the future but veeery old fashioned but if u watch them you'll understand why =)
Same thing except flying. Both are military. So Ra No Wo To has some ecchi but not as strong as Strike witches though.
The lighthearted settings contain many surprisingly dark aspects. Another commonality is the dystopic world as seen from the perspective of a small European-esque landscape.
I found the feel of these two series to be very similar. Both series feature a world that is at first glance idyllic and peaceful, but is over time revealed to be deeply scarred beneath the surface. Both Fractale and Sora no Woto also feature optimistic protagonists, similar art styles and unique European-style settings, as well a general lighthearted feel despite the dark themes also apparent in the show.
Cute girls doing cute things with an interesting backstory.
Railgun and Sora no Woto are anime that take the standard slice-of-life format and seamlessly add drama and action. For both series, while the pacing and some of the more filler-esque moments suggest that the focus is on cute girls doing cute things, the plot steadily builds towards a relatively meaningful conclusion.
Railgun is shinier with more action and high-energy comedy, while Sora no Woto has a more bittersweet atmosphere and slower pacing. Both will satisfy any cravings for slice-for-life anime featuring cute girls - so long as you don't mind that those girls face significant challenges and undergo plenty of character development as well.
Both series feature lovely scenery and music, the effects of war as seen by a girl who is essentially outside of the conflict, and just generally leave you with a good feeling. Kino's Journey is more laid-back than Sora no Woto's outright upbeatness, but overall I'm definitely reminded of Kino while watching it.
"Someone told me that this world is ending. But I like this world"
Much like Kino no Tabi, Sora no Woto is a series that shares a basic message; "the world is not beautiful, therefore, it is". Despite the terrible vices, tragedies, and misfortunes that plague the world and those who live in it, it is through these adversities that the truly marvelous things in life can really shine. Both series affirm the beauty of life and help instill a desire to enjoy life, despite the darker times.
As strange as it may sound, both series can have a therapeutic effect on a viewer, through their marvelous construction of worlds and gentle affirmation of the beauty in life.
Both shows explore complex people in a complex world with a calm atmosphere.
So Ra No Wo To and Suisei no Gargantia both feature lots of world-building, strong art direction and designs (the primitive "Yunboros" of Gargantia are especially great), and an initially lighthearted atmosphere with more serious undertones. Unfortunately, many of the tone shifts in each series could have been better executed as both sometimes suffer from what I like to call "AIJOU YUUJOU syndrome." You'll see where that names comes from if you watch some of the more sombre episodes of So Ra No Wo To.
All that said, if you enjoyed one of these, I would not hesitate to watch the other.
Two fantasy worlds with similar history. Small monarchical belligerent countries. Enigmatic "legacy of ancectors".
There isn't much fan service. However, anime don't pretend to be too serious.
Characters participates in dramatic war with mecha. Protagonist is on the side of small country that is attacked by more powerful neighbour. All characters are pleasant. There is no black-and-white morality. Everyone have their own reasons to fight and things to protect.
BB have much action and concentrated on war while SW is meditative, mysterious and concentrated on slice of life.
Both have a very Similar art and the same character designer.
Both have a deepest history than many think about it, because the moe-look resemblance.
Both main characters makes a coming of age and can mature at the end of the series, in Sora no Woto the protagonist joins the military only for the objective to play a musical instrument and join a military band but ends knowing the face of war, in Hanasaku Iroha the main character change the commodities of the city for living in a turistic inn, whose grandmother is the administrator, but she don't have privileges for the family ties and must work as anybody in the inn, earning so wrong the dislike of their workmates.
Both Sora no Woto and GA are slice of life shows with an artistic spin. Both shows also focus on a group of girls. In a sense, each show gives the viewer something to learn (GA in its teachings about art, and SnW with more of an Aesop's fables-esque feel) but can also be taken at face value to be a humorous and adorable short series. Both shows are also very reliant on their visuals. GA feels significantly more lighthearted, when compared to Sora no Woto's somewhat serious atmosphere, mainly based on the setting.
Both stories focus on army and a certain form of arts (literature/music). Both series also share the unfortunate fact of being way too short. Because of this both have a rushed ending, but otherwise I personally find them both wonderful.
One more thing in common: both have a clumsy and cute main character.
Both have similar settings: a lush, green, things-got-better post-apocalyptic world. Sora no Woto focuses more on the interaction between the characters, while Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou centers on Alpha and her solo journey.
Both have a world that is struggling to survive after a catastrophic war. Past technology is pursued and preserved by the goverments to wage even more war. History has been mixed with myths. Still some believe in the good in people and not in violence.
Maidens with uniforms. Both main characters find their dream during the time when they were in life-danger. Surrounded by close friends. they try to achieve their goal of becoming a 'Meister'. Both animes take place in an allternate universe somewhere in the future, where the things we know 'today' are forgotten relics of the past.
in this anime theres a group of girls at war and they all have their reason for fighting. ( btw both anime have beautiful music )
I'm surprised not to find this here sooner. Reach halfway through Sora no Woto, and the real sinister backstory of the setting starts to poke through. Suddenly all the musical tones, all the moments of expressionlessness, the whole show is tinged with a huge stain of despair and oppression. Kind of like how Scrapped Princess pulled it off when the big tweest happens, just a thousand times subtler. But that silent slap to the face leaves a huge, resounding echo through the viewer.
A-1 Pictures has trolled us again (Birdy the Mighty: DECODE, Kannagi, Valkyria Chronicles); this show is kicking major ---.
Both anime has a special music/song that someone deeply treasures, they both involves five characters that develop their friendships through out the series, some of the characters in both anime has past challenges while some are facing present ones. They gives off the same atmosphere, in which sometimes you smile and sometimes you feel sad.
If you enjoyed Tari Tari or Sora no woto, i am confident to say that you will enjoy the other one.