So Ra no Wo to first impression ~ episode 3

Whoa, this show is long overdue.  The is the third final big project of the anime season this winter and it’s been heavily criticized as being STRIKE Witches and K-ON! combined.  People, stop complaining.  You all liked both of the shows so might as well enjoy this one.  This post will be a little long but I’m making up for two lost episodes.  Let’s go!

ソ・ラ・ノ・ヲ・ト [So Ra no Wo to]

Episode One -“Resounding Sound: The City at Dawn”

A young girl named Kanata Sorami joins the army with the hope of learning to become a good bugler. She is assigned to a place called Seize, which is currently holding a festival where people splash each other with water. She is found by her superior, Rio Kazumiya, who gives her a bath and tells her about the legend of the Fire Maiden. While looking at a bell owned by Rio’s father, an owl steals it, forcing Rio to stop Kanata falling off the balcony trying to get it. As Rio participates in the festival, Kanata decides to search for the bell. She finds it hanging off a ledge, but when she goes to get it she falls into the lake, where she sees the golden skeleton of a winged creature. Stranded at the bottom of a canyon, she plays her bugle where she is responded to by Rio on her trumpet. She takes her to the Time Telling Fortress and plays the trumpet as the sun rises, introducing herself as Kanata’s bugling teacher.

“Oops, must be the wrong room.”

“I shot that right onto her face!” (NO “That’s what she said”)


And the adventure begins…

or at least some people get it easier than others.

First Impressions

Good episode, but not as up to par with K-ON and STRIKE Witches.  We shall expect to see more coming on.  Personally, I think that this is going to be a more touching and sadder series than the previous two but I’m expecting some good things.  Bring on the later episodes.

Episode Two – “First Battle: The Story of a Chair”

During breakfast, Kanata is introduced to the other members of the 1121st Platoon; Felicia Heideman, Noel Kannagi and Kureha Suminoya. Kureha shows some hostility towards Kanata, but she is assigned to show her around the fort. When Kureha takes Kanata to see the tank of the squadron is kept, which is in the process of being repaired, Kureha expresses her depression because the military often ignores the squadron’s existence. Later that night, Noel and Kanata claim they saw a ghost in the barracks, so Kanata and Kureha are sent to investigate. They learn the place used to be a school. Kureha laments that their platoon is in the middle of nowhere and is generally ignored. The two are surprised by an owl, the same one that stole Rio’s bell, but with Kureha’s help they manage to capture it. They decide to keep it and name it Shuko.

“What the – “

“I’m stalking you in yo’ sleep, boy!”

“There’s no such things as ghosts!”

“Then what’s that one-eyed girl doing then!?!?!”

They really know how to blow XD

Clearly several sizes too big for them.

And you thought Hedwig had died in the seventh book.

Episode Three – “The Squad’s Day: Rio Runs”

As the others go to pick up some supplies, Kanata spends the afternoon training with Rio. Just then, Kanata comes down with a fever, reminding Rio of when her mother fell ill. Out of medicine, Rio gets help from a priestess named Yumina, who diagnoses her with malaria and treats her. When Kanata wakes up, she explains she was overworking herself since she felt useless. She also mentions to Rio that she always wanted to play ‘Amazing Grace”, having heard from a bugler she met when she was little. Rio then plays Amazing Grace from one of the tanks, explaining that a squad, much like a song, is composed of many different parts.

Women, don’t use guns.  (Just kiddin’)


“Need some… some juice to make me better…”

“… there, there… we got you your crack like you wanted.”

Infant shot = Kawaii

“So this is what Shinji, Rei, and Asuka went through…”

Keep watching!

So far, the series has been pretty interesting.  I don’t care if the character designs look similar, but the plot seems to be interesting and better than a lot of the other series airing this season.  Keep on watching, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a surge of trumpet sales after this series finishes.

Preview: Episode 4 – “Rainy Season Sky: Quartz Rainbow”

On a side note, Kaza is back so he’ll take care of this series.  Welcome back!

8 Responses to “So Ra no Wo to first impression ~ episode 3”

  1. 1 kaza
    21 January 2010 at 10:16 pm

    shitz dude!! are you taking over Sora’n Woto??? aaawww mmmaan… I know I was late, but I just got back on schedule yesterday… and I got the vids already… *pout pout*

    Crap….don’t tell me I’m too late????………..

  2. 2 Béla
    22 January 2010 at 12:48 am

    I really can’t get into the weak drama these first three episodes shown so far, but I like the quality and the music. Just hoping they will come up with some interesting storyline before the show ends.

    Anyways, did Hedvig really died? I am so dissapoint. I was depressed for days when I’ve seen Dumbledore dying, you better be kidding now. D=

  3. 22 January 2010 at 4:04 am

    Wooo! Nice review.

    Did you know that Hedvig is a Swedish name ^^,

    Also, why moe-blob D:

  4. 4 Béla
    22 January 2010 at 6:31 am


    Yep, I know. Moreover, Sweden isn’t the only country in Europe they are using it, I could name at least one more. But anyways, yeah, sorry. I mixed it up. Thanks.

  5. 5 Poro
    22 January 2010 at 10:39 am

    @everyone using hedvig instead of hedwig
    i thot it was hedwig. but yeah it dies. ponders if owl tastes better than chicken since owls are meat eaters.
    i cant believe that you managed to summarize all of these at once! nice

  6. 6 SPIRAL
    22 January 2010 at 5:51 pm

    well maybe owl DOES taste better. mmm, gotta catch me some of those and hopefully I won’t find a mouse in it when I gut it… lol

  7. 7 blindability
    24 January 2010 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for stepping up, Spiral and taking care of this while Kaza was away.
    You’re so reliable.

  8. 8 al103
    27 January 2010 at 10:02 am

    >People, stop complaining. You all liked both of the shows so might as well enjoy this one.

    Hated both of them, but like this one 😉

    >Clearly several sizes too big for them.

    Which shows that scriptwriter did his research. After all army have only two sizes – too big and too small.

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