Sorakake Ends

SoraKake

Ah, finally SoraKake ends.

I have got to say, the last 6 episodes have been a real rollercoaster ride, compounded by the fact I just marathoned them all in one shot (which is generally the best way to watch ANY Sunrise show lately) and it’s really hilarious to see how the balance of power and the antagonist keep on changing over those 6 episodes, with the only constant in place being Nami as big, or even bigger, as a bitch as she is.

I especially found it funny that Imo-chan served as the final catalyst in to pushing Nerval to become good again and give up on his plan to make every human in to boxes, especially after 20 episodes of us grooming the viewers to see him as a very powerful existence with a twisted aim. The swiftness in which he makes his decision to give up that plan and finally see humans as they are is both surprisingly funny yet natural at the same time.

On the other hand, the sudden change from reluctant helper to megalomanical destroyer of Leopard was pretty unexpected and combined with the change of heart from Nerval, really did make me find it hillarious at first and then awe after it the facts sinked in. It’s pretty rare to see such switch of antagonists in any show and I’m pretty respecting of the writers to do that in Sorakake.

But… all in all, I still think that that was merely to cover the fact that there are still a lot of things unexplained yet about the whole show, such as the true meaning of the ‘Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo’ moniker, the Shishidou family (how are they related to Kagura, etc), Enigma and the Brain Colonies. Kagura also would benefit from a bit more backstory and it’s almost criminal how little airtime Takane gets :(.

Well, that just means there a big avenue left for Sunrise to start churning out a sequel or side-stories of the SoraKake universe and I’m pretty fucking sure they’ll capitalize on that sooner than later. Till then, let’s hope the Picture Dramas will reveal more background details as they come out on the Blu-Rays.

9 Comments

  1. DiGiKerot Said,

    July 5, 2009 @ 12:09 am

    the true meaning of the ‘Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo’ moniker

    I’m pretty sure the line in Episode 25 about the Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo being the one chosen to lead the ExistenZ into battle against rogue Brain Colonies is probably all there actually is about the moniker, hence why Kagura used the title to refer to Nami whilst she was leading them.

    The whole “What’s really the deal with Kagura” thing is pretty much what myself and everyone else has been picking up on. Given the nature of the show, it’s really hard to figure out if it’s just Sunrise screwing with us, or if there really is something more to it. I mean, it certainly wouldn’t be the only red herring in the show – Star Sylph’s alternate “Phoenix Form”, which was mentioned in some promo-material and the second OP didn’t actually appear in the show, for example. There’s also the suggestion that that Kagura really was just playing everyone, and in fact the Anti-QT blast didn’t really do anything to her after all – I mean, even as Aleida she did somehow manage to magically not do anything that was fatal to anyone important (though she did kill a bunch of Takanes ninja subordinates).

    Unfortunately, it’s probably just a result in the change of senior writing staff as the show went on – the shows credits suggest that Jukki Hanada took an increasingly backseat approach to the show as it went on (he went from being in charge of series composition as the series started, to merely being “composition advisor” as it ended). I wouldn’t suggest there was a radical change in series direction, but it probably resulted in the marginalisation of his favourite plot-points in favour of those Tatsuto Higuchi liked, which is probably why some of the subplot resolutions seemed a little rushed at the end. If this meant we got more of the glorious Tsutsuji and the delightfully insane Nami that we might have otherwise, I’m happy with that.

    But, again, it may well just be Sunrise messing with us. They did that a lot with this show.

    The DVD/Blu-rays actually come with more additional content than just the picture dramas – the booklets for each volume contains a short story covering additional material, running around eight pages a volume, which probably contain more substantial material than the picture dramas do. Just a shame I don’t do moonspeak ^^;

    Takane is the cover girl for the fourth DVD/BR volume, by the way, which presumably means that she’ll get the picture drama for that disk, which presumably also means that we’ll be seeing her boobs (not that you don’t see her boobs on the BR version of episode 8, given that they demisted the bathing scenes).

  2. Panther Said,

    July 5, 2009 @ 2:18 am

    Kurogane: Yeah Takane needs to get more airtime. Plus the shift from protagonist of sorts to antagonist for Leopard was pretty much unexpected indeed, made the series more entertaining towards the end.

    Digikerot: Awesome. I WANT MY TAKANE. <3

  3. Kurosama Said,

    July 5, 2009 @ 5:22 am

    “”””it’s almost criminal how little airtime Takane gets :(. “”””

    Its a total Sin, crime or “LO qUe Sea” xD

    Need a Takane Ova

  4. Bill Said,

    July 5, 2009 @ 8:10 am

    I love the part when Leopard shoot Nerval with pleasure.

  5. phossil Said,

    July 6, 2009 @ 7:44 am

    I think It was a long journey..

  6. lord_jagganath Said,

    July 6, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

    planning to marathon this and CGII ( yes i have yet to watch it) back to back.
    Mad or just aching for a brain melt…?

  7. JeffryZin2009 Said,

    July 6, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

    ‘Ah, finally SoraKake ends.’

    Well Kinda. That Bastard NAMI will GO TO HELL FOR GOOD.

    That’s IT!! I’m gonna DROP THIS SHOW FOR GOOD!!

    WHY THIS SHOW TOTALLY F*CKED UP MY LIFE since Mai HiME!!

  8. Kraker2k Said,

    July 8, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

    What Imo-chan said really made me laugh “So who are the good guys?” or something along them lines. And yes Takane onee-chan needed more love :(

  9. Karedis Said,

    August 29, 2009 @ 10:34 am

    So I just marathoned the last 12 eps.

    WHAT HAPPENED TO MY HAKO-CHAN?! They STILL never showed who was inside!

    Also, Nami needs to join Tsutsuji’s EMPIRE and start doing more crazy shit while ordering Benkei around.

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