The Synopsis and Appeal of the Anime “Sound of the Sky”

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Story

In a world that has fallen asleep, five girls guarding a fortress play out their gentle, heart-stirring days. It’s a future that’s both near and far. The scars of a war too long have tainted the earth, and the world is quietly entering a season of decline. Cities devoid of people, seas where fish can no longer live, weapons from a distant past. Yet the sky is still filled with light, and the metallic timbre resonates loudly from somewhere. Kanata Sorami, 15 years old. A girl who joined the military with a small longing and a big dream, her days are about to begin, so bright they’re noisy, and just a little bit sad.

Character

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Kanata Sorami
the heroine of this work. She is a bugler, a communications officer (in training), and a loader, with the rank of Private Second Class. She admired the trumpet music of Iria that she heard in her childhood, and volunteered for the military thinking that she could study music if she joined. Her personality is cheerful, active, and a bit of a natural mood maker who does things at her own pace. And she’s just a little bit clumsy.

Rio Kazumiya
a bugler and communications officer, with the rank of Sergeant. As a fellow bugler, she becomes a direct superior and mentor to Kanata, guiding her both professionally and personally as a good senior. She has a tomboyish and cool personality, and at first glance, she seems to have a strong core that is not disturbed by anything. However, she has a side that is not good at ghost stories, bell peppers, and cooking, and when she drinks alcohol and gets drunk, she becomes a crybaby.

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Kureha Suminoya
she is in charge of the gunner (artilleryman) and her rank is Private Second Class (same rank as Kanata, but she is ‘senior’). She is fundamentally kind and appropriately scared for her age, but she has a personality that pretends to be strong without honestly admitting it.

Noel Kannagi
she is a mechanic (mechanical engineer) and also a driver (pilot). Her rank is Corporal. Usually, she is taciturn and her facial expressions don’t change much, but she responds when asked and occasionally makes spontaneous jokes. She also shows a kind side, caring for Captain Felicia who is suffering from trauma.

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Felicia Heideman
she is the commander (tank commander = squad leader) of the 1121st squad. Her rank is Second Lieutenant. She always has a gentle impression and doesn’t give many orders, she has prohibited the squad members from calling each other by rank in daily life, and she takes the initiative to create a relaxed atmosphere in military regulations, showing many gentle behaviors that are not typical of a soldier.

The charm of this work

Once there was an advanced civilization, but it perished at the end of a war, and humanity now lives in a parallel world reminiscent of the 1940s. Environmental pollution is progressing, and humanity is slowly dying out. Science and technology continue to advance in a distorted direction, and the future of humanity is not visible.

However, even in such a world, humans do not stop warring. In the work, despite the war being over, the characters live in this world that is both ugly and beautiful, dragging the aftermath of the disaster. It makes you believe that there are beautiful things even in a dying world.

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