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Top Picks Winter 2010 Awards-Top Seven Shows

First, I forgot to do my favorite opening and closing themes, so I’ll do them real quick.

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Top Picks-Winter 2010 Awards, Part 1: Cast and Characters

And it is now time to do the season awards! Inspired by The Null Set, I took a break last season due to being in transition between blogs, but this season I return to do it. Starting off is part one, the character and cast awards, where individual characters and casts receive awards.

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Sora no Woto review

Sora no Woto is a story set in an alternative Earth. It follows the day to day lives of five  young platoon members in the quiet town of Seize.

Why I picked this up: As a fan of K-On, it was hard not to be intrigued by the picture of a bunch of girls that looked like the K-On characters, and the description of them being involved in a war.

Why I finished it: This story was nothing like K-On beyond having slice-of-life elements. It was much darker, and an extremely compelling story. Characters that started off as flat eventually became much more complex.  The interactions and development of not only the main characters, but the people of Seize were well done. There was the presentation of young girls attempting to be soldiers that stays with you even when the show was over. Most noteworthy was that of Kureha, while the most serious of the bunch about her job, she’s also the most immature, and really gives off the feel of just being a child. The story was an original story of living in a war torn world, where in anime, originality is rare. However, what stood about above all was the setting of Seize, a city marked by war, and trying to move on, trying to take on a lifestyle of normalcy in a world where it may not be possible. There’s a lot of mystery going on in this setting, in the making of this world, and parts of it, and while it answers some, it doesn’t answer everything. The most fun I had with fellow bloggers while watching it were the possibilities of the world.

But: While great in the first 2/3, the story fell flat in the end. Too much tried to happen in too little time, and it came off feeling like a jumbled mess that didn’t make as much sense as it should. It worked, but it really could have used more episodes to better build up to these things rather then stuff it in at once. It’s like all these great ingredients were thrown in for a cake, but near the end, too much was thrown in, and it never rose properly.

Who Would I Give This To: Bliss Stage fans. So Bliss Stage buddies, if you’re reading this…

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Sora no Woto 12-End

So, it’s finally over. Honestly, while the ending episode wasn’t a bloodbath, and could actually be better, for me it worked.

Still a badass.

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Sora no Woto episode 10: Some mysteries solved

Holy info dump Batman! Though it was well executed, a lot was revealed in this episode.

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Sora no Woto episode 9: Oedipus Complex

Considering how poorly a Twilight mention went over on my Dance in the Vampire Bund post, I’m so going to get lectured on this. It’s a joke. Maybe not a funny one, but a joke nonetheless.

This episode maintains the familiar slice of life tone where the story slowly progresses while actually managing to be extremely tense at the end.

My best friend is a nature geek, and I am a bit of one, so this scene made me happy

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Are the limits of moe being pushed this season?

This has been quite an unusual season for moe. The moe is there, but it’s taken on some unusual forms, almost as if creators are trying to push the limits of what it means to be moe. I suppose before I continue, it’d be best to review what I consider moe. It’s possible to look up the definition, but fandom has twisted and warped the definition, and I doubt there’s one concrete definition out there. I remember when I was first trying to figure it out and found a whole range of definitions from the ones I looked up to various ones people tried to say to me, by favorite still being, “Moe are young girls that look like adults while being young. You, with your big boobs and nicely shaped body, are moe.”

The definition I’m looking at is that moe is a term for girls that come across as innocent and vulnerable, often being adorable and perfect women that don’t exist in the real world. You want to protect them, take them home with you, or even have sex with them.

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Sora no Woto episode 8: Not what I was expecting…

This post is SO late. I’ve been having medical problems all week which ended with me finally going to the emergency room. I’m quite behind on all anime I’m suppose to be watching, and only got around to watching this today.

Not that very much happened in this episode. It was slice-of-life, pure and simple, fun to watch, but not too much to say. The one thing I really liked was the foreshadowing in this episode.

This screenshot is relevant to my interests.

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Sora no Woto episode 7: Wow

Seriously, wow, what an episode. This is definitely the strongest one I’ve seen so far. While I was sure this show won’t pull any punches, it was confirmed in the opening scene of this episode.

Sometimes there is nothing even I can say

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Sora no Woto Episode 6: Holy cra-oh, nevermind.

I’ll start off by being a bit of a killjoy, and point out that I hope they don’t keep doing fake battles in each episode, as it’s going to get old fast. I know that it’s actually a tease for the viewers, but it’s not one that can keep up for long. Still, I personally quite enjoyed their little play, although I was a little shocked to find out it wasn’t real. Shame on you, fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice. Realistically, I couldn’t imagine Rio or Filicia taking Noel and Kureha into this if it were a normal combat situation. It’s extremely hard to imagine them as soldiers just because they’re so young.

Kanata, that outfit is terrible.

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