So-Ra-No-Wo-To 12


One girl.

Her trumpet.

An imminent war.

Who will triumph?!

(man this would be so perfect for a movie poster)

Well, there’s a rhetorical question if there was ever one.

Despite myself, I teared up a bit when Kanata started playing Amazing Grace in hopes of getting the message down on both sides. It was.. well, a brave and noble gesture. Oh well, what am I to quantify that, all I know is that it was pretty damn touching.


Princess Rio!

Of course, Kanata’s not the real reason the war stopped. Rio finally appears in the nick of time, as expected, bringing along a whole Royal Guard detachment to announce the peace deal and end the war for good.



And it even ends well for her, despite being betrothed to the Roman Emperor, who is apparently a great guy despite the rumors we’ve heard earlier, and actually let her went back to Platoon 1121 to enjoy her youth, hurr. Now I kinda wonder what he looks like and all. It’s kinda sad we don’t really see much of the Romans apart from dear Aishah.

Overall, I guess So-Ra-No-Wo-To was a nice show, even if it was a bit underwhelming at the start. Heck, the world seemed more interesting than the characters (…well actually it still is), and I think there’s quite a good opportunity to expand the universe here. Not like they haven’t capitalized on it, with a DS game coming out and all. And there’s also still 2 more unaired episodes as well, not like it’ll probably contribute anything big to the whole story or whatsoever.

Still, Soranowoto was surprisingly engaging after a while (and with lowered expectations), especially on the episodes where Rio was leaving them, and this final episode in particular (as gimmicky as it was). Oh and I guess the Mafia no Woto episode was pretty damn funny too, even if it failed a bit. It also gave us one the of the best OP’s this season, Hikari no Senritsu, which is probably going to be on my “favourites” playlist permanently.

Liked: Yes (6.5 out of 10)
Rewatch: Not in the foreseeable future.

P.S. I forgot about badass Felicia.


And Takemikazuchi is like Tachikoma Prime. That guy sure can take a lot of hits.


  1. DocAstaroth Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 12:46 am

    I agree with your review in the most parts, but you forgot the best one:

    Felicia holding a gun to Hopkin´s head was simply Badass! You really shouldn´t come between her and her crew!

  2. ewok Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 12:57 am

    Sugar overdose of over 9000 calories, but it was worth it to see Filicia capturing Hopkins hostage and making him shut up with warning shot, and of course Takemikazuchi in action. Bonus points to Rio for threatening to release her pretorian guard on those who dont comply with stand-down orders. Lives up to the Macross style of ending wars with songs, ne?
    Last one thing, Takemikazuchi was so haxxor compared to those clumsy WW2 era-like tanks… Complete with antigravitation and superconductors… Noel really is genius to make it operate again.
    Loved like subtle hints in former episodes came to fruition, from mentions of last war, ongoing peace talks, the legend of the Flame Maidens, story of boy orphaned due to Invisible Reaper (note how Noel then said to Kanata he was right about soldiers being killers?)

  3. Skribulous Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    SoRaNoWoTo was a great show. I will miss it.

    (Would be hilarious if there was a second series involving more 1121 hijinks, with a surprise visit from the Romans, revealing the emperor of Rome as a kid–or better yet, a reverse trap…)

  4. ithekro Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    Was Rio’s lasy name always Arkadia, or was that the Emperor’s name?

  5. Myssa Rei Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    ithekro: Arkadia is the surname of Rio’s father, but she never used it since she was an illegitimate child.

  6. Crusader Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

    At least they did justify how Tachikoma prime could resist all that fire given the standard AT round was a HEAT round, and probably a primitive version to boot. Supposing that Tachikoma prime was part of the last generation of MBTs produced they probably had a superior version of Chobham which was designed to defeat HEAT rounds. They mentioned it specifically which surprised me at the time, but it was either a happy accident of better planning on the part of the writers.

    I just wished Tachikoma Prime would use it’s audio module to give some rousing slogans.

    It was a great tide and it will be missed even if there is a little more on the way.

  7. Benigmatica Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    I agree, Crusader.
    Tank-kun, despite its obsolete hardware, can withstand anything if properly maintained thanks to Noel-chan.

    And as for Hopkins, he just got snow-pwned by Takemikazuchi.

    BTW Kurogane, did you get a glimpse on the emperor’s face during the preview of the next episode or you just didn’t bother it?

  8. ewok Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

    Takemikazuchi vs newly built tanks is like Abrams vs Panzer IV or something like that… Roman tanks look even worse like M-3 Grant. No contest, really.

  9. Kherubim Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    Tank-kun is not obsolete… Tank-kun is lostech… Know the difference…

  10. al103 Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

    >Who will triumph?!

    War. But trumpet gave enough time.

  11. skyhack Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

    Very nice. A nod to the Christmas armistice and a nice bit of storytelling. Liked Aishah’s version of the Fire Maiden story, as well.

  12. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 24, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    There’s still another episode?!

  13. remm Said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 2:19 am

    I’m pretty sure one of the extra episodes is gonna be about how Kanata found out the illegal distillery

  14. ithekro Said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 5:40 am

    I don’t know about another aired epiosde next week, but there are two OVAs coming later this year.

  15. Komidol Said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    Really only 6.5/10? To me, a 7/10 is a series that was good if you like that “type” of thing, or genre. I give Sora no Oto 8/10 because I think it had more to offer beyond the slice-of-military-lifeish drama that it was, that someone outside of that niche would like about it. The production were really amazing and came out of an unexpected animation studio.

    I hope at least one of the two coming OVA’s have some substance, but what is this DS game you speak of?

  16. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

    @Komidol: Oh sorry, it was for the PSP. Mixed up the platforms. Basically a visual novel set in the Sora no Woto world. Will have a new character as well.

  17. Orion Said,

    March 25, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

    DocAstaroth :Felicia holding a gun to Hopkin´s head was simply Badass! You really shouldn´t come between her and her crew!

    Heh. If I could pick ANY girl from the 1121st it’d be Felicia because of this scene. Well, that and the non-coms are jailbait and Rio can’t cook. :)

  18. Taka Said,

    March 26, 2010 @ 3:03 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who tears up whenever they play amazing grace on the horn.

  19. Mabui Said,

    April 8, 2010 @ 12:24 am

    Do I get to be the first one to coin the series G.I. Moe?

    I totally enjoyed the show, and pretty much stopped reading the anime blog space because of all the Moe hate that went around. There was some cliche to be had here, but none of it annoyed me, because there was a story and emotion behind them that made it work.

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    May 27, 2010 @ 6:03 am

    […] as well, not like it’ll prob­ably con­trib­ute any­thing big to the whole story or whatsoever.Kurogane’s Anime BlogFor the series as a whole, you can divide it into three parts. The fas­cin­at­ing world that the […]

  21. Slowpoke Said,

    April 25, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Are you ever going to blog Episode 13? Ju

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