K-ON!! 21, Sora no Woto 7.5: Moe in peace and war

When an extra episode of Sora no Woto appeared I thought it would be fun to pair it up with its civilian counterpart, K-ON!! I don't expect to have any sage pronouncements on the concept of moe in these differing series, but the character designs are so similar … At the time of this writing … Continue reading K-ON!! 21, Sora no Woto 7.5: Moe in peace and war

Sora no Woto finale, Hanamaru 8

There were many things in Sora no Woto 12 that didn't make sense, but that was true for the entire series. Frankly, I don't care too much. They made much of the idea that the soldiers didn't want to return to war, only their superiors did, Hopkins (“War advances civilization and science”), the tank commander … Continue reading Sora no Woto finale, Hanamaru 8

Yumeiro 16, Sora no Woto 5, Baka to Test 5

Yumeiro Patissiere starts where it left off, with Ichigo diving into the pond to rescue Satsuki's bottle of rose water. Kashino, of all people, dives in to rescue her. Still, as they're drying off, Satsuki says he's going to drop the effort to make rose cake. We know Ichigo has a quick temper, but it's … Continue reading Yumeiro 16, Sora no Woto 5, Baka to Test 5

Sora no Woto 4, Vampire Bund 3, Hidamari Sketch 4

Sora no Woto 4 continues with the serial bonding, this time with Noel, the sleepy mechanic. The only problem is we don't learn much about her except she's gifted at what she does. But we can make a few guesses. The squadron is a contradiction. On one level they're a handful of young women who … Continue reading Sora no Woto 4, Vampire Bund 3, Hidamari Sketch 4