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Yosuga no Sora – 12 (END)

「ハルカナソラヘ」 (Haruka na Sora he)
“To A Distant Sky”

It wouldn’t have been a finale if they didn’t save the best arc for last. In terms of having a flair for the dramatic, this one sure delivered as I found myself feeling sorry for Haru when Sora forced him into a corner about their relationship. It’s like I could see his mental breakdown happening before my very eyes as he was torn between his feelings and his moral principles.

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December 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm Comments (103)

Yosuga no Sora – 11

「ソラメクフタリ」 (Sorameku Futari)
“Uncertain Couple”

I knew it was coming, so it didn’t come as any surprise to see this series tread into highly controversial territory by depicting an incestuous relationship. What did come as a surprise though was how none of the censoring seen at the end of the last episode was really present, meaning that Sora was out in the open for everyone to see both with and without Haru.

** WARNING: NSFW. Please don’t say I didn’t warn you. **

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December 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm Comments (146)

Yosuga no Sora – 10

「トリノソラネハ」 (Tori no Sorane wa)
“A Bird’s Fake Cry”

Either the producers are aware that Sora’s going to be the hot thing that boosts DVD/BD sales or there’s some serious bust-size discrimination going on with the censoring of her solo bedroom scene. I’m thinking it’s the the former due to the taboo nature of a Haru x Sora pairing, but it’s a lot more fun when I assume it’s the latter and demand that smaller-sized girls receive equal treatment.

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December 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm Comments (76)

Yosuga no Sora – 09

「ハルカナオモイ」 (Haruka na Omoi)
“Distant Feelings”

Sparks fly in the conclusion of this arc to settle things once and for all between Nao and Sora. Haru is nowhere to be seen either, as the bus stop goes up in flames when the two girls meet. It was a life and death struggle…

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November 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm Comments (61)

Yosuga no Sora – 08

「ナオクラキソラ」 (Nao Kuraki Sora)
“The Dark Sky”

As seen in the ending sequence and confirmed this episode, a very innocent Sora did stumble on Nao having her way with Haru when they were younger. However, if that didn’t scar her childhood memories and convince her that Nao was trying to take Haru from her, a repeat of that in the same house should help in that regard.

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November 23, 2010 at 12:52 am Comments (103)

Yosuga no Sora – 07

「ツミナオトメラ」 (Tsumi na Otomera)
“Sinful Maidens”

With Kazuha and Akira’s routes wrapped up, the series takes us all the way back to the end of episode one to explore a couple of other possibilities, namely Nao and Sora. As the shared episode between their routes, this was mostly about Nao and much less so Sora, which may explain why Haru’s twin sister will be getting five episodes to tell her story.

** WARNING: NSFW **

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November 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm Comments (68)

Yosuga no Sora – 06

「アキラメナイヨ」 (Akiramenai yo)
“I’m Not Abandoning You”

Thanks to the overlap between arcs, the conclusion to Akira’s story has already arrived only two episodes after Kazuha’s. Despite the relatively brief feel as a result, I actually like how the story comes at us fast and “heavy” without all the introductory preamble again, which is seen here when Haru confronts Akira about the missing birth records.

** WARNING: NSFW **

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November 9, 2010 at 3:26 am Comments (80)

Yosuga no Sora – 05

「ヤミアキラカニ」 (Yami Akiraka ni)
“Clearing the Darkness”

Continuing on from episode two, the story takes a drastically different turn when Motoka doesn’t show up and Haru gets to talk to Akira instead. As a result, Haru doesn’t have to go around town questioning everyone about her past, since Akira is more than happy to tell him about how she’s Kazuha’s half-sister.

** WARNING: NSFW **

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November 2, 2010 at 2:43 am Comments (77)

Yosuga no Sora – 04

「ハルカズハート」 (Harukazu Haato)
“Haruka’s Heart”

It’s not quite the same as Amagami’s omnibus format where the story completely resets after every girl’s arc, but Yosuga no Sora employs something similar with a bit of episode overlap throughout. Using this approach, the writers seem intent on providing four four-episode arcs with only twelve episodes in total. Pretty clever.

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October 26, 2010 at 3:48 am Comments (113)

Yosuga no Sora – 03

「ツカズハナレズ」 (Tsukazu Hanarezu)
“Indecision”

Despite the beach portion of this episode, I couldn’t help but feel that the entire thing had a very somber mood to it. It all started with Kazuha revealing that Akira is the illegitimate child of her father, putting a very literally meaning on the “big sister” conversation Haru overheard last time.

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October 19, 2010 at 12:32 am Comments (110)

Yosuga no Sora – 02

「アキラハズカシ」 (Akira Hazukashi)
“Akira, That’s Embarrassing”

It’s almost as if writers this season are having the time of their lives scripting fake-outs and parodies in their premiere episodes. Well in Sora’s case, her tease had me thinking that Haruka should have responded with, “Oh I’ll size you up all right.”

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October 15, 2010 at 1:27 am Comments (31)

Yosuga no Sora – 01

「ハルカナキオク」 (Haruka na Kioku)
“Distant Memories”

Well, it looks like my question surrounding whether or not this would be a fairly clean adaptation was answered this very first episode. feel studio isn’t being shy about playing the twin incest angle, even though it’s been portrayed as something that innocently developed during childhood.

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October 6, 2010 at 2:43 am Comments (106)