According to the official website, two extra episodes will be included in the Blu-ray and DVD volumes 4 and 7 of "Sora no Woto". The volumes 4 and 7 will be released on June 23rd (episode 7.5) and September 22nd (episode 13), respectively.
While I complained about the messy finale and the moe, I gave Sound Of The Sky praise for being awesome everywhere else, and took it as a highly enjoyable and relaxing package. I loved spending my time in the peaceful town, experiencing whatever the script brought, and I wouldn’t mind taking time to visit the setting a couple more times. Thus come in these specials.
Part 1: In which the cast has a watergun fight.
The first special involves Kanata and the rest of the cast having a mock battle in order to see who gets to see the secrets of Clocktower Fortress’ cellar, or who gets to keep it under wraps. It ends up being a fun little side story inserted after episode 7 in the anime, but it contrasted horribly to how down to earth the mood of the show was up until that point. Out of nowhere, a playful fight in the middle of relaxing everyday life scenarios, followed by a drinking party leading to unexpected light sexy times. I wasn’t as impressed with it as I was with the other episodes the show had to offer. It felt more like half-assed filler than an opportunity to bathe in this world even more and see what more interesting stuff we could get out of it. It would be better to come at it once the show’s done and over with for awhile so that the tonal change doesn’t feel too conflicting, but even then the content they give doesn’t offer more than a few fun laughs.
Part 2: In which Kanata talks to everyone about dreams.
The second special acts as an epilogue to the show. After a few smart visual motifs to show how far the cast has come since the show left off, it proceeds into a short story that feels closer to what the show had to offer. It fleshes out some of the side characters and expanded the setting in terms of lovely visuals. It was the stuff that made the show shine bright in the first place and it certainly didn’t hurt to see more. We also get significant exploration for Rio’s character, and even though the main cast received equal focus in great development in the show, I might have liked a tad bit more from Rio. The ending is as good as the final note from the anime, and since that finale flopped in earlier places, this epilogue could be a better place to leave off in some areas. So this one is an addition that doesn’t drag the show down in any way.
Production values are nearly as good as in the actual show. In contrast with some rather plain backgrounds in the watergun episode, the epilogue has a splendid scene with a ruined castle and a deep blue sky with windy clouds executed gorgeously, solidifying my adoration for the setting.
So what’s the takeaway from these specials? A fun episode for a lighter mood, and an aftermath that offers enough to be satisfied. Certainly not a bad coupling of extras, just underwhelming considering the levels that the anime his so often. If the show’s done and over with and you find yourself wanting a bit more, this pair should work fine.
The two special episodes of Sora no Woto (episode 7.5 and episode 13) are quite different from each other, yet satisfying to watch in their own unique way. In particular, I feel that viewers who finished the main series should definitely watch episode 13, as it serves as an epilogue and provides more details about our characters and the world they live in that will hopefully enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of the show.
Episode 7.5 revolves around a water gun fight between the characters and goes into some of the “shadier” business practices of Platoon 1121 (though I make it sound way more darker and serious than it actually is). This special is a lot more light-hearted and jubilant compared to the rest of the series, and I actually found it to be one of the more enjoyable episodes. Although I admired the symbolism, themes, backstories and hints about the post-apoco world of the main episodes, it feels nice to leave those aside for just one episode and to watch the platoon members relax and have fun. The antics resulting from the “shady” business practice were also hilarious to watch, especially when they cause some out-of-character moments.
Episode 13 is quite different in tone and scope, but no less satisfying to watch. While I enjoyed the ending to the original series, I could not help but feel it ended a bit too soon and left a couple of loose ends: I wanted to know more about the post-apocalyptic world they inhabit and about how a certain character will now lead her supposedly new life. Thankfully, this episode managed to tie things up nicely. We first learn about the dreams and goals of the platoon members, which sheds some interesting insight about their characters. The most interesting goals come from Kanata and Rio: the two already had a connection that was insightful and dynamic, but I feel this episode really fleshed out their relationship. Rio’s dream also granted us a small peak into their bleak world: though the planet is still dying and wars are still being waged, there might be a tiny glimmer of hope somewhere out there. Finally, the episode (and the show) ends on a high note: even if the world is doomed, we must never stop reaching for the future. This final message struck me hard and served as a solid ending to a solid series.
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There needs to be more specials like this. Instead of goofy off-topic plots that lead to nowhere, these specials actually deepened my sense of appreciation for this show. However, one cannot categorize both specials into one mold - the first special, episode 7.5, came during the series, while episode 13 came after everything was said and done.
I'll clarify: episode 7.5 was a goofy spin-off. Sure, it had a plot element, but that was superseded by humor and comedy. I actually enjoyed this much more than the funny moments during the actual series - I ended up pausing at some parts to laugh, because the girls were just so darn comedic it was hard to keep a straight face. The story, though ultimately stupid, had a deeper undertone to it. Episode 13 was almost the exact opposite. A couple loose ends were tied up, but then BAM the hammer fell. Rio and Kanata have this epic conversation concerning certain loose ends not explained in the actual series. I don't want to spoil it, but man, they go really deep. The ominous tone returns, rearing its ugly face; but there are bright spots in the world. I loved the overall theme as well; it's sort of a metaphor for even today's modern times.
The art was, as usual, stellar and detailed. I enjoyed the scenery and environment, lush as ever, alluding to 18th century European architecture and layout. The characters, as usual, are drawn K-Onish sort of, cute and with very wide eyes. Interestingly, the colors often contrasted with the mood this time, becoming the antithesis of the more brooding conversations that were made.
Intro and ending were exactly the same as the main anime; I listened to both, again. The opening sounded nostalgic and hopeful, while the ending was cheerfully optimistic. I always loved the sound effects; nothing wrong with this, either.
A short review, but for a relatively short series of specials. These were much more serious than I originally had anticipated; however, it was way worth the time it took to watch it. Rather than being slice-of-lifey or a little stupid, these went over the top with symbolism and a great theme of life everyone should aspire to. Little Kanata has grown out of her shell, and is ready to take on the world. One small, fleeting, unsteady step at a time. read more
The first special, Episode 7.5, has a very comedic tone. It was just another slice of life episode, but it was probably one of the most hilarious episodes out of the entire show.
The second special, Episode 13, is set after the finale of the show and takes a more serious tone. In this episode, we get to learn about “dreams and goals”. This episode really shows how many of the characters changed, especially the protagonist, Kanata. We also see how the recent battle affected our main characters.
The art and music for the two specials are as stellar as usual. In 7.5, the characters show a more comedic and fun side, while Episode 13 has some of the best character development in the entire series.
One episode light-hearted and comedic, the other solemn and deep. But in the end, both were great. read more