OP Sequence

OP: 「光の旋律」 (Hikari no Senritsu) by Kalafina
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There was a proper OP sequence this week, and it emphasized the kind of images we saw connected to the legend from last week’s episode. It was unique enough that I uploaded it.

Summary:

As Kanata gets used to her new environment, she meets her fellow soldiers, including their commander Felicia Heidemann, tank pilot and mechanic Kannagi Noel, and gunner Suminoya Kureha. Kureha is the one tasked with showing Kanata around, and she’s not too happy about it, but she uses the chance to boss Kanata around a little. Along the way, Kureha explains that there’s just five of them, and she outlines their arsenal, which features their under-repair tank, and how they are tasked with maintaining the border of their region. Kureha thinks that this is an important location and takes her duties very seriously, and while she acknowledges how their group can be lax, she’s very defensive about what they do.

Later, the girls learn that Noel saw a ghost, and Kanata confirms that she saw something too earlier. She and Kureha thus get sent to investigate, and Kureha reveals that this particular old building has been this way since before they started using the location as a fort. They make their way into what resembles an old classroom, and Kanata finds a book of contemporary writings, but it’s in a language she can’t read. Kanata isn’t too scared to be in a place like this during a storm, but when a large pack of rats charge their way, both girls run away. Their exploration of the place leads Kanata to guess that this used to be a school, and she even finds a music room with a broken piano. Kanata thinks that this is all great, but Kureha isn’t so proud, and their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of an owl. After Kanata falls, a scared Kureha shoots at it and misses, but the bird gets knocked unconscious anyway. The girls capture the owl, and when they bring it back to the rest of the group, Felicia decides to keep it. The next morning, Kanata finds that her seat at the dining table, which had been a stool, is now a proper chair thanks to Kureha.

Preview

Note: Since the episodes don’t have preview segments that show anything, I’m going to start taking preview images from the previews found on the official website.

This episode served as an introduction to the other girls and their environment, however it was clearly Kureha who got the bulk of the screentime and bonded with Kanata the most. She fit the archetype of the feisty younger character, which I’m not a huge fan of, but what was surprising was that Kanata turned out to be a much more level-headed and less ditzy/clumsy character than I thought she’d be, and that’s a plus to me. Despite all that though, I found myself liking Noel’s character the most out of the five. She’s like Yuki from Suzumiya Haruhi except cuter and with more emotions, plus she works with a tank all the time.

Aside from the characters, what I found most interesting about the episode was the history and environment that it’s building up. It was nice of them to show the geography (featuring the seemingly notable No Man’s Land), and they’re hinting that something happened that caused Japanese to become a lost language, with French taking over as the dominant written language, and for the school to be later turned into a fort. They also confirmed that the tank will probably be the spider mentioned in the legend since it’s a walker of some sort. I’m hoping all of this is leading up to some revelation of some previous conflict that may or may not be connected to the demon of the legend. In any case, this is a story that has shown a lot of promise, and it plus the production quality is more than enough to make me want to keep tuning in for more.

52 Comments

  1. I find all the subtle implications that this is some time in the future pretty intriguing. In the first episode you could see some guardrails for a road underwater by the giant skeleton.

    longhaul
  2. Aren’t we forgetting something here? THE GHOST? During the “exploration” part of the episode, pause it during/after when lightnings strike. There are several….disturbing scenes.

    Whoeh
  3. This show certainly has some potential. Hopefully viewers will stop crying “ZOMG K-On 2.0!!!” as the series progresses. It’s kind of getting tiring when people keep comparing them.

    fragbet
  4. Omni: “, I found myself liking Noel’s character the most out of the five. She’s like Yuki from Suzumiya Haruhi except cuter and with more emotions, plus she works with a tank all the time.”

    people who work with tanks tend to die.

    Isara anyone?

    lime
  5. And so it was that baka-chan, dosei-chan, autism-chan, funka-chan, and haha-chan got to know one-another over a great banquet prepared from the finest fruits and preserved meats pilfered from the townspeople. Unaware of the trials that they would soon face, they spent their day hunting ghosts and discovering that the owl had more perseverance than nihongo.

    Their Gundam is broken and their government has brought them together because it plans to make them sacrifices to the demon, but with the broken tank they’re going to have a hard time repeating history. Autism-chan and the magical owl will have to redirect main power to the forward phasers if they’re to do battle with a mecha as useless as Nunnally’s legs.

    The show tries to mix the cute and the serious, and how the balance will change as the show progresses is the only thing I’m interested in. They could go the FMP route and do regular bipolar switches between frivolous slice-of-life and gritty combat, they could start off with saccharine moments to endear the characters to the audience and then start piling up tragedy, or they could remain boring and tease the audience with all of the evidence of some great historical conflict while they have tea and eat scones every episode. I’ll give them 100 yen to do the latter, because it would be really funny.

    The owl is already my favorite character of the show. I hope it eats everyone’s bacon in the next episode.

    m
  6. Yeah for more So.Ra.no.Wo.To! I really am back, so means I’ll join Omni in watching this show! Wasn’t bad anyway, so wouldn’t be complaining…

    Yeah, thanks Omni for the previews from the official website, the loading from an online player is terrible…

    And here I’ll place a bet: That tank is never gonna show up repaired. If it does, I’ll hate the anime. Period.

    kaineng
  7. I was on the fence trying to decide if I should keep watching after the 1st one. After watching this 2nd episode I’m going to keep going. Just the fact alone that they talk about Japanese as some sort of “ancient” language surpised me cause I now realize this is some sort of a futuristic anime and not a WW1 or WW2 series. This series has some definite potential to be good. I still think it seems alot like Strike Witches. In fact the commander seems very similar to one of the girls in Strike Witches just with a better personality (non-Tsundre).

    Splash
  8. so what does the future have in store for this show is just comedy/drama the whole time or will there be some actual fighting/action.. i don’t want to watch an anime about a girl learning how to play a trumpet.

    rofl
  9. I’ll watch until they bring out the cake! Once the cake comes to the table the show is over or if Nagato err Noel start time shifting to record everything… 🙂

    Still is a moe blob and I’m hooked. The despair of continuing with your task (a military squad) forced by reality and abandon is something that can get more ugly than the demon or ghost.

    Island Esper
  10. Usually Women in asian military tend to be officers.

    I am not really following this one to be honest. But I am keeping tabs on it to see if anything worthwhile develops. So far I would have to say no.

    When I was in Korea though, I would run into girl officers all the time but never enlisted. When asked one replied “All women who go into the military are made officers” with very little elaboration. I guess it is like the adage that you do not send women to be infantry (Ala, The Civil War, The Great War (WW1) WW2, Korean war, Vietnam, bay of pigs etc) While this has changed. A number of countries still follow this rule.

    I just felt like sharing this.

    Kaede
  11. Gosh, still seeing useless “blah blah blah K-ON!!!!” posts. I liked K-On, don’t get me wrong, but gosh, it’s like some of you guys don’t realize that the artists work on more than one project. This has really nothing to do with K-On other than the characters were obviously drawn by the same person.

    Eclipse
  12. Because no one has done so, here is a list of ghostly images that I’ve managed to catch during lightning strikes:

    About minute 15:23: Behind the girls is a ghostly apparition with long hair, seen between them.

    About minute 18:32: Part of a silhouette is seen in the window (you can only see a hand and part of a head)

    About minute 18:51: A ghostly hand appears behind Kanata.

    That’s all I’ve found.

    C7
  13. I for one was rather amused by Rio and Kureha’s “heck no we’re not scared of ghosts!” shouting/show me your war cry motivational ‘pep talk’ hah. ^^; Also how they drew/animated Kanata’s earnest lowly private standing at attention pose was to my eye very good. I know everyone’s comparing this to K-ON but I feel like Kanata has a lot more in common with Akari from Aria than Yui (personality wise, not looks wise obviously). ^^

    白い牙
  14. Actually this is NOT drawn by the same person who did K-ON!.
    Different studios, different artists.
    Apparently the guy of this show is just a wannabe, and Horiguchi, who did K-ON art, is the original. Even the guy himself admitted he liked Horiguchi’s art so much that he wanted to draw just like her.

    DC/AC
  15. oh wow. I WONDER IF HISTORY IS GOING TO REPEAT ITSELF HMMM.
    oh well. as others said this could aptly be called k-on in the military. however i like both k-on and military related anime (but please dont take over the world to save it by placing all the hate on yourself and then getting killed by some gay indecisive angsty syaoran look-alike) so i’ll keep on looking forward to the unravelling mystery!!
    and WHO ON EARTH would trust a bunch of teen girls to form a platoon??? they are obviously short on numbers…tho i do support conscription abolishment

    QnTiria
  16. My prediction regarding the story is that the town will get invaded and the girls will need to defend the town. I don’t really see any supernatural turns up happening, though the demon in the lake makes me think otherwise sometimes. It would seem more “realistic” for a foreign army to hit the town since it’s positioned on the front lines and is the least defended (5 soldiers and an inoperative tank). They would cross from No Man’s land where they would be least expected as well. Surprise attack if you will. Then the girls defend it with the help of the townspeople.

    Either way, I’m quite expecting something big to happen down the line. Great anime so far. I love the animation quality, really top notch.

    Horus
  17. The No Man’s Land, japanese becoming a lost language, the amalgamation of cultures present, the whole demon legend as well as the bones in the lake, and the comment made that there are a lot less people in that particular country then there used to be point towards a world ravaged by something.

    I also wonder if the ghosts are just easter eggs, or if that will also be developed as the story goes along.

    Currently lots of questions, hopefully the series delves into them.

    So Very Odd

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