Production: A-1 Pictures
Publisher: Nozomi Entertainment
Blu-Ray Release Date: June 6th, 2017
A world torn asunder by the throes of war. Old knowledge is lost among the dead bodies. However, humanity survives this terrible onslaught of war… only to have history repeat itself. A-1 Pictures and Nozomi Entertainment present Sound of the Sky, a post-apocalyptic slice-of-life, military anime. Many thanks to Nozomi Entertainment for the review copy!
Sound of the Sky starts with Kanata Sorami, an outgoing girl with a kind spirit. She is heading for her new deployment in the 1121st platoon. She joins the military to learn music, as that is the only place it is taught in this world. There, she meets the other four members of her platoon: Felicia Heidemann, the Captain whose love knows no bounds; Rio Kazumiya, the cold-faced caretaker who can’t help but look out for everyone; Kureha Suminoya, the hotheaded tsundere-like with a huge heart; and Noel Kannagi, the genius engineer with a reserved nature that stays up late more often than not. Together, they live as the only military unit in the city of Seize. They laugh; they cry; they have drunken escapades, but most of all, they grow and learn together. In a world teetering on the brink of yet another huge war, find hope every morning with the sounds emanating from the sky: a trumpet that resounds greatly for peace.
For me, Sound of the Sky is a very laid-back, relaxing anime. The characters are brilliantly developed with each passing episode and the setting is pretty good. What happens after the apocalypse? Do demons run around and take over? Or does life go on? Thousands of years later, has humanity recovered? Well, in this show, not so much, but it isn’t primitive either. The military platoon that Kanata has joined resides in what used to be a Japanese school building. Cultures from many old lands have melded together in their country of Helvetica. I enjoyed the well-told story and felt emotional when needed (I.e, I cried at least twice). The show has a semi-slow start, but packs a really big wallop.
Overall, I would love if more people watched Sound of the Sky. On two discs, you get bonus episodes, art galleries, and an OVA. Plus, the quality of the picture is top notch. I watched the blu-ray via my PS3 (also the source of the in-show images of this review) and the art was gorgeous. Coupled with a fantastic tale and excellent pacing, I actually wish there was a second season just so I could stay in this world a bit longer. Posting this at 11:21 AM PDT because this show eventually will make you take notice of that time. For the price of $49.99 USD on RightStuf, you should go get it as soon as you can.
Lolinia gives Sound of the Sky a Drastik Moé Measure of 8.1 out of 10.0 (81).