In the future in Onomichi, Hiroshima fish disappear from the sea around the world and only whales live in the ocean. The Ministry of Fishery decides to set up giant experimental Universe Fish Tanks in space. The Onomichi Universe Fishery Union is established and begins to train space fishermen. Female fishermen are in demand due to the strengthening of an equal employment law for men and women. Six new female space fishermen are selected, and the story centers on supporting their growth.
Don't listen to the negative opinion/low score, you simply have to have a very high IQ to understand Sora to Umi no Aida.
...Okay, not really. But in this season filled with unwatchable eye-cancer and promising shows that keep deteriorating at an alarming rate, this reasonably enjoyable CGDCT show got beaten down for stupid reasons, so I feel compelled to defend it even if it won’t make my top 100 list any time soon.
As much as I’d like to just start talking about the show, a lot of the reasons people feel so negatively about it are actually completely unrelated, so let me refute them
“It is made to advertise mobage”.
And Fate is a porn visual novel. Both those fact are completely irrelevant.
“The premise is stupid.”
Let me tell you about this thing called “anime.” Sometimes it has ridiculous premises. I fail to see how girls fishing in space with the power of mobile-app based gods is dumber than, say, a bunch of teen-aged losers building a time machine out of a microwave. Nothing in this universe so far contradicts its established rules, which means the premise is completely reasonable.
“This is an SJW propaganda”.
This is the main reason for the influx of 1/10 scores and it’s pure delirium. Japanese Air Force very recently allowed women to become fighter pilots. Sora to Umi no Aida took a relevant topic of women entering a male-dominated industry for the first time ever and used it as a throw-away line to explain an all-girls cast and give them some instant drama. Yet some people are so paranoid that they prefer to believe that a japanese production committee, which I remind you, has a goal of advertising a mobage, was actually trying to appeal to tumblr feminists all along. This show advocates feminism about as much as Goblin Slayer advocates rape.
Now, for the reasons to actually watch this show:
- It has quite peculiar production values. While they are not the best, it would be a mistake to call them low. Low production values are usually associated with poor planning/budget and lead to technical errors/schedule slips. This show is the inverse - it's like it is done by amateurs who have no experience but are otherwise competent and get most of the stuff right. It's most obvious with the voice acting - several VA’s literally has this as a first job ever and you can hear it. Is the voice acting bad? No, on the contrary - the result is technically competent, but with the added bonus of not sounding like every “anime girl voice” ever. Same goes for the screenplay/directing - it often goes in unexpected directions that make no sense, but are enjoyable nonetheless - because you haven’t seen those developments in a hundred of other shows before. Have you ever seen a beach episode where half the cast straight-up refuses to go to the beach? Have you ever seen a beach episode where some complete randos show up instead to take their place? Sora to Umi no Aida unexpectedly has an art-house/indie film appeal - it's refreshingly unique and non-formulaic, even if the reason for this is creators simply not knowing how to do formulaic.
- If that sounded too esoteric, the next reason is simple - this show is fun. If you like CGDCT shows, this one has girls, they are reasonably cute, they do things and those things are also cute. Fun. Art/Voice acting/Story are in a solid 6-7/10 territory, which makes it better than 60%-70% of the similar shows.
There is humor and it is good. There were multiple moments where I laughed out loud.
To summarize, this show doesn’t make me bored midway through the episode, doesn’t offend me with stupid writing, is fine to look at, makes me laugh and is overall entertaining. Fun things are fun.
In the future, Japan likes pisces and fishes even more than today, so they have started farming them like crazy. Farm them where exactly? In outer space, of course! That's right, this is a story about astronaut-fishers who like sushi. The average price of a flight this big is like 3 billion USD, but these fuckers really love them fishes, so price such as this is hardly nothing. Let's go space fishing! The pacing is super weird because episode 1 held everything that has and is going to happen in the series. The rest is just repetition or filler. People eating fish and acting
like it's the greatest thing that has ever happened in the world. Which might true, considering the characters are living in the world of this anime.
Word of the day: Astronaut Syndrome. It's this thing that commonly occurs in Hollywood movies when the big guys are looking for actors to fill the roles of basically any intellectual or otherwise highly demanding career roles in the movie -such as an astronaut. They go to check the possibilities and see a sassy single mom who has "bit of an attitude", a dude whose street name irl is big ebola, and a third who holds the guinness world record's for how many marbles man can fit inside his anus. Then these big dudes be like "yea, we want these guys." and then they become astronauts in the movie. Sometimes it is comedic gold and other times it is this anime, but it is never believable. In this case, we have 6 teenage anime girls who don't have personalities, instead they entirely rely on their hair colors and behavior that is "so damn anime" and now they are in charge of the biggest space-fishing operation known to mankind.
The real main character's biggest trait is that she is bit of a klutz. The other ones are stupid, and this isn't even an insult as they were purposely made stupid and annoying because apparently, that's the point of this series. That's right v.2.0. The entire series is about these girls acting like clowns. Whenever they do anything, it is executed/concluded or otherwise shown with an over exaggerated anime reaction.
The single best part of this show. Outer space water-planets hold some nice fleur/vegetation, the water physics don't exist at all and in generally it rarely feels like we really even are underwater. Not that it's even relevant anymore. The character design is super anime. Below average art in every way, but let me repeat what I said: the single best part of this anime.
Explosions from Hollywood blockbuster, people who can speak Japanese are speaking it. Some music is there. Don't have much to add.
Sora to Umi no Aida is yet another anime that shows how creative the Japanese can be, and their willingness to milk the same theme to exhaustion.
The story is different but it was not and it seems that it will not be well explored in future episodes, being a situation of "this work this way and you need to accept it". The construction of the world is based on the same principle: they explain only the basics so that you accept everything as it is. It's a world where humans can travel to distant worlds that are scientifically unlikely and use advanced technology to fish
extraterrestrial fish using the help of deities generated by a mobile application; but which in general context is little different from the real world except for the sexism that is much larger.
The art is good, with beautiful scenery, and the animation did not stand out either positively or negatively to be mentioned. There is BAD CG but not is BAD enough to disrupt the experience.
The same thing of the animation can be said for the sound, it does not stand out in any way delivering an ok experience.
The characters are completely canned, with only the protagonist standing out a little (she is much more retarded than the average retarded characters). The chemistry between them works reasonably and it is a bit early to judge their development.
In terms of entertainment the anime is ok. I managed to have fun in the episodes that passed, mostly because so much did not make sense. If you like cute girls anime and you are out of ideas of what to watch then it might be worth taking a look. But it is just another anime of this style, if you want a quality and innovative anime, for now it does not fit in. I will review it angain in the future(I think).
I thought the show had a lot of strong points that they executed pretty well, but that it was like having a lovely chocolate cake frosted with unko. The good points were the setting and the plot setup. I really liked where they were going with the space fishing, and I liked the "Women breaking into a male-dominated industry" plot setup. The characters seemed okay and capable of being fleshed out well, and they gave good reasons for a newbie MC to be put on the same level as more experienced characters.
However they then decided
to put them in fanservice suits and spend the last half of the show always mysteriously panning the camera low (for some reason). Pretty much any pretense of setting up a feminist-friendly plotline gets blown right out of the water once the characters are reduced to sex objects. Furthermore the introduction of supernatural god-entities which manifest through phone apps was completely unnecessary. The setting is strong enough that with the proper focus on characters, the writers wouldn't need to rely on supernaturally-powered mech fight scenes to carry the anime. And, of course, all of the female gods are either top-heavy or the one character model obviously designed to appeal to a specific cross-section who is always portrayed in a way to expose her crotch.
I started confused, then got really hopeful, but as soon as I saw the boob-plates on the suits they were wearing all that hope left me like wind from a whoopee cushion. I recommend skipping this anime.