sola – 13July 4, 2007
So it came to the end with Matsuri and Yorito dying (or fading away if you like) and Aono living on, holding up their memory. Sadly sola couldn’t serve the one last story twist which could have made it a all happy ending (with everybody surviving), but none the less I’d say that it was a good ending for the series. I especially liked how both of them kind of lived on, Matsuri in Aono, who’s behavior in the second half of the episode reminded strongly of Matsuri’s, which makes me think that with the transfer of Matsuri’s life force also (at least part of) the character was transferred and melted with Aono’s, and Yorito in Mana, who took over his love for the sky.
It was good to see that Aono could manage to live on this time, knowing that she will be always connected to her brother (and Matsuri) through the sky above her. I also liked that Mana and Koyori had their fair share of the aftermath in the second half. While I found her a bit useless at the start, Mana grew to me quickly at the time she proved to be Yorito’s true friend through all the things she did to help him. It’s the same for Koyori, but in a slightly shorter amount because she could never shine like Mana did (maybe she could have if she would have know what was going on). And, of course, I liked that we where treated with one last glimpse on the continual journey of Mayuko and Takeshi, with Takeshi finally stating what had to be stated, thus braking the ice after the sadden resolution of the Matsuri-Aono conflict.
In conclusion I’d say that sola was quite a nice and interesting anime to watch. It’s not one the best I’ve seen, but it surely is only one step behind them. Lots of plot twists, hints and likeable characters made it a great series to blog and speculate about, the never decreasing animation quality was pure eye candy and the background music was creating some great atmosphere, especially in the later episodes. And while I liked the calm episodes best I can’t name one episode that left me without enjoyment and eager to see the next episode as soon as possible.
And, with so much said, sadly it’s now
With the end of the TV-series it’s now a good time to speculate about the two DVD-only episodes that are to follow. One of these episodes will be one the second last DVD, number 4, and the other one on the last DVD, number 5 (thx to Random Curiosity to dig this out). Because it wasn’t shown why Yorito died in the past and how Matsuri and Aono finally split ways I’m pretty sure that the episode on number 4 will be about these bygone events. About the other episode I have no real clue. I don’t think that they will continue the story because, while the two tomato shiruko cans might indicate that Matsuri and Yorito somehow survived in physical form, it would be rather cheesy to just revive them. I can’t think of a good and fitting way to do so without devalueing the ending of the TV-series (which also gave a nice “outro” for all the other characters). So my first guess would be that the last episode will take place sometime in-between, but if they can handle somehow a good and satisfying after-the-end episode (and sola surprised me more than once with its ideas and twists), I’d be more than happy.
Well, that’s it for sola.