Quick Review: Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo

     

In the year 311 of the orbital calendar, humanity has migrated to countless colony clusters in space. Shishido Akiha, whilst timidly seeking her own place in a family full of highly skilled sisters, encounters an eccentric and egotistical AI by the name of Leopard. This meeting sends her life – a happy if directionless one accompanied by her family’s maid and best friend, Imo-chan – into upheaval as Inter-Colony-Police officer Itsuki Kannagi and taciturn young girl Honoka Kawai barge into her life.

(-partially based on the summary from ANN…)

     

Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo is something that I could never have watched had I not fulfilled some other criteria, namely, being a fan of certain other Sunrise series. Whilst there is a semblance of a plot – albeit a convoluted and almost nonsensical one with at least 5 characters changing sides at least once if not more – the main draw of the series is its parodying nature. Right from the title, which takes its origins from the novel (and film/anime adaptations) Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, SoraKake let the viewer know that it wasn’t to be taken seriously, and the main foci of its parodies come from Gundam, Code Geass and a whole host of other Sunrise series (try kurogane’s posts for a few of the references). Even then, it was hit-and-miss for this viewer, for whilst Leopard himself was a pretty brilliant send-up of Lelouch (complete with megalomaniac voice courtesy of Fukuyama Jun), right down to the fact that he was missing a pair of “golden orbs,” silly things like the “Tea Meister” name got old pretty quickly.

     

Some people would say that regarding SoraKake solely as a parody show amounts to under-appreciating it. The box-humans, for example, are clearly a comment on hikkikomori, the young people who choose to withdraw from society and live solely in their rooms, with their mothers and computers providing for all their needs and wants. Should I try to analyse it, I’m sure that I would find more evidence to support the idea of SoreKake as a satire that addresses a range of issues in the anime/manga industry as well as in Japan as a whole.

However, I picked up this series pretty much only for the lutz, and whilst there was enough random craziness and Leopard to keep me occupied from start to finish, it’s not a series I will sit through ever again. 7/10…though full marks for doing everything that it set out to do.

About karice
MAG fan, amateur translator and political scientist-in-training. I also love musicals, travel and figure skating!

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