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White Lolis Can’t Shoot

January 14, 2010

So, Sora no Woto not only has no clue as to how music works, it also has absolutely no idea how the military functions.

I think it’s safe to say that this series ranks as one of the most inept anime series of all time, and we’re only two episodes in.

Two girls, both of whom have gone through basic training, freak out over a few mice and an owl. They don’t just jump because they’re surprised, they run away screaming and crying. On top of this, one of them attempts to fire at said owl. This girl is supposed to be the platoon’s “gunner,” but not only does she miss a near-point-blank target, she also falls back because she can’t handle the rifle’s recoil.

If she made it out of boot camp, she’d at least be able to not fall on her ass when she shoots a gun. And if she was prompted to “gunner,” you’d think she’d at least be able to hit a moderately sized target that’s ten feet in front of her. No, not only does Sora no Woto expect us to believe that someone who can read music can’t play an instrument, it also expects us to believe that a private in the army has no basic rifling skills what so ever. Do the writers really think we’re this stupid?

Then again, the highest-ranking member of this platoon is the reincarnation of Belldandy, minus what little spunk Belldandy had to make her tolerable. Also, the anime expects us to believe that a military would assign five incompetent teenaged girls to protect a small village on the border of their nation and “no man’s land.” I think it’s safe to assume that this “no man’s land” is the region between the two warring countries that acts as a buffer during the armistice.

Yes, the writers of this anime really do think we’re stupid enough to buy into this crap, probably because they assume we know just as little about this stuff as they do.

There’s no other way to interpret Sora no Woto: this series is meant to be an attack on people who don’t like moe and slice of life anime series.

Sora no Woto is taking numerous aspects of anime enjoyed by “the enemy” and turning them into fodder for the fanboys that enjoy seeing little girls traipse around doing nothing. It’s taking giant robots and stuff that blows up and turned them into broken tanks no one can pilot and girls that can’t fire straight. It’s taken a wartime setting and turned it into an after-school club for military brats. It’s taken the seemingly tense and foreboding settings and storylines we like and neutered them to become the same as your typical high school anime.

This is no longer about moe series being moe and non-moe series being non-moe. Like Railgun and other recent series, this is an invasion into enemy territory. The lolitas and slice of lifers aren’t content with just their shows, they want to take away everyone else’s shows as well. They want the mecha series and war series and shoot-em-up series and anything else that gets made into an anime. They want to see Gundam turned into a series about girls who are Gundam fans but never pilot mecha. They want to see Hellsing turn into a harem situation where Walter is a buxom maid, Integra is a damsel in distress, and Alucard is the slacker cousin of Dracula who used a magic spell to become a vampire who doesn’t need to drink blood.

They want to destroy our way of life, and they’re winning.

This is war, and war is hell.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2010 9:00 AM

    gundam is all about gay rockstars piloting poorly designed robots now. what you outlined sounds better.

    • Landon permalink
      January 14, 2010 2:30 PM

      If it was adult women talking about Gundams, then yes, I’d kinda like that. If I’m not getting robots exploding, I’d at least like to see a woman in an anime who isn’t half my age for once.

      Why can’t there be more otaku who get their fetishes from The Graduate rather than Lolita?

  2. Orion permalink
    January 16, 2010 2:56 AM

    Considering the “gunner” is all of – what, 8? – I’d be surprised if the recoil from a rifle didn’t knock her on her backside. Give her time – if she survives to 12 she’ll be scary with a rifle in her hands.

    There’s virtually no backstory yet but this setting looks like what would have happened if the “Great War” had gone on for a full generation instead of grinding to a halt in 1918. The only institution that seems to have survived is the military and when confronted with 5 war orphans – as these girls obviously are – nobody had any better idea what to do with them than induct them and send them off to “guard” the most backward, out-of-the-way spot in the Empire where they couldn’t get in trouble, make trouble, and had a reasonable chance of growing up. I’m interested to see how well that works out.

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