Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo - Episode 11

It may not be quite baseball-esque in its randomness, but it does seem that every episode of Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo tries to top the last when it comes to choosing what to put at the center of its storylines. Last episode was a girl in a box, and this time around it's someone stealing mirrors.

That isn't to say that "box girl" has been forgotten, as her rescue remains a top priority - Akiha on the other hand is told to carry on as per normal at school until a course of action is decided upon, but of course she ignores this and goes to see Leopard in the hope that he can shed some light on the disappearance of all these mirrors, a mystery which they hope will lead to said box girl. Akiha skipping school is prefaced by a hilarious scene where Imoko tries to mimic Kazane - It's a simple bit of humour, but is arguably worth the cost of admission of this episode alone.

Away from the whole box and mirrors sage, Nami finally gets to take something approaching centre stage in this episode - Feeling left out in recent goings-on, and all but ignored by both Akiha and Kazane, she runs away from home, only to inadvertently find that her modelling career is on the slide too. The despair that comes from these painful revelations leads her straight into the hands of the enemy, which could make things very interesting....

As ever, parts of Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo remain as indecipherable as ever, yet somehow it keeps at least a modicum of entertainment value with its colourful animation and character designs and a steady yet unspectacular pace - Certainly not the kind of series that you should consider picking up as it reaches its half-way point, but the kind of show that you just can't find it in your heart to drop once you begin watching it. Yes, it's average, but it's a fun kind of mediocrity to enjoy.

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