Sound of the Sky Blu-Ray
About Sound of the Sky Blu-Ray
Sound of the Sky includes episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Mamoru Kanbe, plus two special bonus episodes.
In a lonely corner of the world, on the edge of No Man’s Land, sits Clocktower Fortress. It’s home to the 1121st Platoon of the Helvetian Army, and their newest member is a 15-year-old volunteer named Kanata Sorami, who enlisted to learn how to play the bugle. When she was a child, Kanata was saved by a beautiful soldier and found inspiration in the clear, golden sound of her trumpet. From that day forward, Kanata decided music would be her life. As the other platoon members train her how to be a bugler and a soldier, Kanata's enduring optimism will inspire them to look for happiness and beauty, even in a world haunted by war.
Special Features: US Trailer, Alternate Version of Episode 1, Episode Previews, and Art Gallery.
- Publisher: NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama
- Themes: Adventure, Music, Slice of Life
- Age Rating: 14+
- Run Time: 355
- Year Created: 2010
- Release Date: 6/6/2017
- Dimensional Weight: 1
- Region Code: A
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Ratings & Reviews
A Not so Typical Slice-of-Life
by B.Fox -
Nowadays slice-of-life anime settings have, for the most part, been stuck in a rut called "School and Neigborhood/Town Hijinx". Don't get me wrong some of the strongest slice-of-life animes out there are like that, but Sound of the Sky is definitely a breath of fresh air in this stagnant genre. Post-war fragments scattered throughout the area and the subtle hints of some of the girls' dark pasts during the war added layers to the characters and setting that normal slice-of-life rarely ever have. This is a good anime to get if you want a change of pace to your slice-of-life viewings.
A Slice Of Life And Death
Sora No Woto (Sound Of The Sky) is a slice of life that tackles some fairly serious themes. Without spoiling, it is equal parts fun and serious, as light as it is dark. The animation is also really nice, and the ending is very catchy. And if you consider yourself a music lover, there are some moments that will hit you hard.
One of my favorite shows. I recommend it to all my friends. If you like slice of life, you need to watch this.
Excellent show-although the characters look like refugees from K-On this is a much darker show. Since it deals with war it gets very serious at time but that is offset with moments of brevity. The music is first rate, I've seen this on bluray rips and it is gorgeous.
A Delightful Gem You Shouldn't Miss
I had not heard of this show until it recently became available and I am so glad I did. This heartwarming tale of friendship is gentle and charming, in addition to filled with moments of great emotion and humor. I truly enjoyed it. The music is also brilliant and suits the show perfectly.
If I had any complaint about it at all it would be the small ecchi content in both the opening and outro which seemed surprisingly out of place. This is a very minor complaint however, the show was excellent and is highly recommended.
"Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound that Saved a Wretch Like Me,"
"I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see."
As a young child, Kanata Sorami got lost and was rescued by a beautiful blonde military officer playing Amazing Grace on a trumpet, which changed her life. Now at 15, she has joined the army as a bugler.
Note: This release has several nice-to-haves: character bios, line art galleries, full episode previews that must be viewed separately (only the first half are available on the Blu-ray due to error), an alternate version of episode 1 including the regular season opener with the credits showing during it rather than during the following opening scenes as in the broadcast version, and a couple of must have extra episodes: 7.5: "Drinking Party – Fortress Battle", which fills in a key gap in the storytelling while providing a hilariously over dramatized PSA about the dangers of drinking and water gun fighting, and 13: "The Sound of the Sky – Dream's Horizon", which provides a more rounded and satisfying conclusion.
A special series that evokes hope in adversity
For the longest time, I avoided Sound of the Sky because of the moeblob character designs. It wasn't until I'd seen a trailer for it that I was compelled to get past my preconceptions to watch a few episodes and realize I'd done myself a disservice in passing on it for so long. It's a compelling story of people continuing to see the best in life, despite the ghosts that haunt their memories and a world on the brink of death.
If you're like me and you're a sucker for a melancholy atmosphere, then this deserves your attention.
Beautiful, emotional, and thought provoking.
In a world ravaged by war, Sound of the Sky follows a soldier named Kanata who joins the military as a bugler. Unlike other SoL shows, SotS does have an underlying plot, so it's less episodic than others. Like any good SoL however, the characters are the real stars of the show. Kanata's squad are all unique characters with backstories that are explored subtly and slowly over time. Set alongside juxtaposed backdrops that show both the horrors of war and the joy present in everyday life, each character tries to overcome their personal struggles to find their place in the world.
Another impressive aspect is the soundtrack. It is able to reinforce feelings of joy, fear, despair, and calm with ease. The overall art style and visuals are excellent as well, with unique designs inspired by a real French town.
Overall, SotS is a slice of life that wants to send a message. It is beautiful, emotional, and thought provoking, and it shows that there is always joy to be found in the world.
Should Join the Ranks as a Classic Anime Series
by MKY -
A-1 Pictures produced a great show as it contains more elements then normally seen in a slice of life serial. While there's plenty of light-hearted humorous moments, the real strength is in the character development and back-stories from a recent war between Helvetia (Spain or Switzerland) and the Roman (German) Empire.
A great series that showcases many various locals/environments in an allusive way to viewers. From the allure of a peaceful town, a futuristic technological battle tank (Tamemikazuchi), to the revelation of an ancient World War, 'The Wastelands of War' that tells of armageddon from a onetime advanced age, and the planet thrown backwards to a pre 1940 type era from that war.
"Sound of the Sky" delivers with the light humor, background stories, likable characters, and a dramatic ending that has Private Kanata 'Sounding' her Bugle/Trumpet that reminds of the Hollywood films "Gunga Din" & "Sergeant's Three" and highly recommended for a memorable finale.