Sora o Kakeru Shoujo

Title:Sora o Kakeru Shoujo
Sora Kake Girl
Sora o Kakeru Shōjo
The Girl Who Leapt Through Space
The Girl Who Leapt Through the Heavens
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Notables: Animation - SUNRISE
Music - Ali Project
Set in the year 311 of the Orbital Calendar, at a time when humanity has migrated to countless colony clusters in space - a space colony girl named Akiha Shishidō encounters a malevolent artificial intelligence named Leopard that has been installed on a colony. Akiha is joined by an Inter-Colony Police officer named Itsuki Kannagi, a taciturn young girl named Honoka Kawai, and a robot named Imoko "Imo-chan" Shishidō.

The project's title is an apparent wordplay on Toki o Kakeru Shōjo or The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Yasutaka Tsutsui's classic novel that was adapted into several live-action television series, live-action films, manga, and an acclaimed anime film.

(sourced from ANN)

New series set to start airing on January 6th '09.
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While the title may be a word play on Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo, the story is everything but .....

Set in a future in which humanity has founded cities in space (and they have surrendered Earth to the 'hippies'), Akiha Shishidō is the teen aged rich heiress of a major business conglomerate, who is struggling to deal with issues of family and school. One of her adventures goes wrong and she somehow gets involved with the deranged and demented AI (artificial intelligence) of a lost and forgotten colony ship. Now suddenly she finds herself at the center of everyone's attention and involved in strange politics and hidden agendas.

Opening with a madcap roar and a fast tempo (reminiscent of Gurren), this series just starts at a sprint and does not stop. Not a lot is explained, but the comedy and action is fast enough to prevent anyone from noticing.

With interesting characters, good animation and great Special Effects, this series is something that I will be looking forward to and following ....

Last updated Wednesday, January 28 2009. Created Wednesday, January 28 2009.
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Where is this going? That was the number one thought which came to mind after watching the opening episode. I think I learned as much or more about the premise from our synopsis here as I did from watching the initial episode itself. There is plenty of weirdness but I didn't know what to make of it. Would Sora and her small gang be marooned on Leopold's abandoned space colony? This show features some of the uggliest (without being superdeformed) men ever, Pillsbury Dough Boy-like aliens, and some pretty wild action scenes. Still, I was at a loss to explain what was going on; this seemed almost dyslectic. I almost dreaded watching more episodes for fear of the additional bewilderment which I'd surely wind up with.

Around episode three I finally got a grip on this show (or perhaps accepted that I never would have a firm grip), and began seriously enjoying this. This show is pretty freaky; characters often behave in very non-stereotypical manners, which I like. The facial expressions and SD scenes are fun. I didn't know where this was going, but it did seem to be going somewhere--and that's good.

I like the wacky spirit of absurdity here. My theory of comedy is that what's funny is what is unexpected, yet, when you think about it, still makes sense; and in that case this would often be stuff that's really unexpected (i.e, comes out of left field) yet manages to retain a link to what you were expecting. In other words, it's unexpected enough to be seriously funny without going so far that it would lose some of it's comic edge. Does this make any sense to you? Also, the three girls work well together: Shishido, the straight-woman, Honoka, the (sort of) Rei-clone, and Kannagi, the mature one. Plus, of course, the vain and moody Leopard. How often do you see an awesomely powerful Artificial Intelligence entity who is also pretty much an idiot? The bizarre things he says ("I will surely make up my self-fulfillments and strike back at them!"), and his strange habits (like the things he collects) are great fun. Also fun are the two girls who are continually getting harassed by their superiors as they try to discover what's going on. I looked forward to new episodes of Sora Kake Girl.

Episode nine was a surprise--a story which apparently has nothing at all to do with the main plot, but simply uses the same characters, as if in some alternate reality. It is sort of a parody of baseball, and involves certain female players who possess the awesome "QT Power" (joke), which puts them in another league compared to ordinary players. This was great fun and firmly held my interest throughout.

As the series progressed I was having a hard time keeping track of all the subplots and supporting characters. This dampens my enjoyment a little, but the series remained fun to watch. I kind of feel that this might have worked better as a single season series, but I won't complain too much. Everyone has some character and originality to them, but what's needed is a handful of principal characters who grab the spotlight and run with it, while everyone else accepts their supporting character status. At least that's my impression. Anyway, one thing which has become clear is that Pizza Hut was a major financier of this series!

Yes, my final conclusion is that Sora Kake Girl overstayed it's welcome and would have worked better had it been only 13 episodes. The bizarity wore off long before the series was over, and the countless twists and turns of the plot became tiresome. My interest fell off significantly during the second half. It was clear by the end that nobody was going to get hurt, which made it hard to convince the viewer to take the climactic battle seriously. I didn't completely understand what was going on (as usual); it seemed kind of disjointed and confusing, but still fairly fun.

My favorite line: "Grasp my iron rod!" --Leopard

also: "Kneel to your master, you worthless hippie-barbarians!" --Tsutsugi

Last updated Sunday, July 26 2009. Created Wednesday, January 14 2009.

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