Something is weird today. Something not quite right. Aria-shachou, asa desuyo…
Wait, wrong show. Did I ever mention that Sora’s seiyuu sounds a lot like Akari? Yes, the chick that voices a pocket-sized moe blob that pees on your head and has a two word vocabulary consisting of “honyi” and “sunya-o” just happens to sound a lot like a gondola rower on terraformed Mars. Only in anime.
Sora starts her day by tracking down all the local cats, not only because she seems to think cats are cute, but also because in anime, all stray cats are cute and do not carry rabies. But (!) the cats aren’t in their usual places! Where could they have run off to?
Today is a bit different from usual.
For example, today’s lunch consists of foie gras flavored cream-filled buns. Today’s classroom pet is a lobster. And today we eat bread with our left hand while drawing with charcoal on our right. Don’t mix up those hands!
Hey, is that a cat making eyes at the lobster? Hey, is that a cat making eyes at the pet chicken the teacher brought in?
Indeed, today is quite a bit different.
Daichi barricades the lobster tank. LOBSTER MUST LIVE! LOBSTER MUST SURVIVE!
Teacher brings in her secret weapon! Inspiration in form of a… clay bust that looks like… whoops, no time to see, as chicken mcdoorstop provides an excellent moving object to trip on.
Hey, the cat is back to its usual spot. Today was different, but now, everything is as it was.
You know, all common sense indicates that I should have fallen asleep watching this. And yet, while my mind seems completely empty due to the fact that absolutely nothing happened, I’m wide awake. How is that possible?
I believe it’s because this show is able to fill me with something entirely different – not plot, not action, not anything readily identifiable, but rather a sort of emptiness. It’s not that kind of retarded emptiness or that ignorant emptiness, but rather the kind you wish for after a hectic day at work. The kind of calm and quiet mind after the noise of the looming biochem test or the English essay has finally blown over. That sense of relief you get when you wipe the last item off your to-do list. Then again, that list probably never ends for some people, but to watch an episode of Sketchbook can definitely make you feel that moment of calm.
And it does it by presenting the whole package. And making it all fit together. The soft music meshes with the soft voices and the soft colors. The slow pacing of the scenes mirror Sora’s slow pace of life. The only that doesn’t really fit is the fact that the mascot of the local bowling alley is an extra-terrestrial cat, when no multicellular life was purported to exist on pre-terraformed Mars.
As for my format in blogging this show, next week I’m going to try something different – I’m going to cut down the summary portion to a super general episode synopsis, instead adding some mouse-over captions to the pictures. It will probably fail horribly, but I think it’s worth a try.