Saturday, 4 July 2009

Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo - Episode 26 (Completed)

It seems to have taken a long, long time, but here we are at last at the climax of Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo... and who would have thought that this final episode would have brought us a battle between Leopard and pretty much everybody else with a starring role in the series?!

However, that state of affairs is exactly what we get, with Nami and the "new look" Leopard looking to destroy everything in their path, but finding themselves up against the best endeavours of Akiha and company. This huge change in circumstances continues throughout this episode, with Nerval in particular doing what he can to assist in the operation while also turning himself in to the Shishidou Foundation, while Akiha succeeds in defeating the "evil Leopard" and bringing back to the original character that we know and love in the process. In other words, all's well that ends well, and even Miku Hatsune somehow manages to shoehorn a very brief cameo into the closing minutes of the series to see us out.

In closing, Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo is a difficult series to judge - In a sense it feels like a show that would have benefitted from a thirteen episode run, but then again come its climax it almost feels like it needed more episodes to do justice to various items on its agenda, such as the relationship between Akiha and Leopard, and the futures of Nami, Honoka an Kagura. Perhaps these items could have been covered better has the series not spent so long getting into the swing of things - It took a long time for the show to pull itself out of mediocrity and put on an entertaining face, but thankfully the second half of the series had plenty of compelling reasons to keep watching. I'd be the first to admit that this was harly highbrow entertainment, nor was it a new Code Geass or anything of the sort, but it still proved to be compelling and fun to watch and enjoy for most of its later episodes, which is pretty much all you can ask of admittedly trashy science fiction fare such as this. I doubt Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo will live long in the memory or ever find its way out of Japan, but I for one am glad to have partaken in it for the certain something that it managed to bring to the table once it hit its stride.

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