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So-Ra-No-Wo-To: Impressions


At first impressions, So-Ra-No-Wo-To seems like your standard moeblob type show.  That is, just a group of girls hanging around and not particularly doing anything important.  Mainly there’s just a series of scenes of them doing cute and silly things without much substance behind it.  It’s akin to a slice-of-life style show, but even they have dramatic moments at times.  Now, I said that this was my first impression of the show.  There’s a lot more to this series than what exists on the surface level.

Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice in the very first episode is the spectacular detail to the backgrounds and scenery.  The overall art in the show is really well done and there are many breathtaking moments based on camera work and visuals.  The show also has a military focus from the get go, but it feels very lax.  Almost like they just wanted an excuse to have them in military uniforms.  This detail actually becomes much more key as the story progresses and we see more of the war that happened and is still possibly going on.  Episode seven in particular is a detailed story that shows us what the war was like from the perspective of the captain when she was on the front lines. It’s very dark, dramatic, and gives you a new perspective on the captain who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.  It takes the captain’s light hearted and motherly attitude and puts it in a whole new light as we see the events that lead her to have such a personality.  We also find out, as the episodes play out, that the series actually is post apocalyptic and takes place far into mankinds future where the seas are nearly devoid of life and civilization only exists as a desert wasteland nearby that is full of destroyed ruins.

While only on episode eight, I see a lot of potential for this show and recommend that you try and watch at least up to episode seven to really see what this show has to offer.
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