I recall saying that I’d do episodic reviews. I tried…but life really sucks and I’m just super stressed about school and my internship right now. Instead, I’ll do these shorter highlight posts to discuss some things that stood out to me during each episode. Visuals ahead.
- I’m really digging the motif of texting in this anime. To me, it’s Kimari’s (and later Yuzuki’s) lingering connection with a life of patterns and regularity. Also, both of them text their moms quite a bit. Remaining doubts and a fear of independence?
- These two are too adorable together. They make an excellent duo. They’re kind of interchangeable so far, but we’ll see about that. My prediction is that Kimari, as the protagonist, is the one with the ability to bring everyone together when conflict arises, while Hinata would be the one with surprise skills/wisdom to save everyone.
- Don’t tell me girls’ magazines actually advertise those jobs? The idea of using the female body as a tool of seduction to obtain something is brought up twice in this episode, and it kind of bothered me. Obviously, our girls are too naive for their own ideas and kind of suck at it, but behind the comedy, it’s still a little disturbing.
- I’m beginning to form this hypothesis that all of the girls share similar memories that involve haziness under the sun, puddles in an open space, and a sense of regret. That might be kind of neat.
- Ah, here’s the yuri bait. Will it ever not be a bait in this series? I’m starting to think that it’s unlikely.
- Here it is – Hinata’s quote of the day! She is indeed the fool of this anime who jokes the most but perceives the most. This is also the point when we can really see her distinguish herself from Kimari, I think Hinata’s my favourite character.
- Yuzuki has this dream. It’s a pretty simple dream, but it says a lot about her desire to break free. Or to be rescued, rather? Quite different things, actually.
Overall, Sora yori mo Tooi Basho continues to be funny and energetic, and is advancing towards the girls’ goal at a satisfying pace. All of our girls – including the stubborn Shirase and the friendless Yuzuki – are pleasant people who don’t really stir up more tension than they could have in their interactions with each other. After seeing that Yuzuki and her mom are the reason the girls end up with the permission to go to Antarctica, this anime also becomes a lot more believable.