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Old 2007-04-06, 20:05   Link #81
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Watched ep 01...

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Old 2007-04-06, 20:17   Link #82
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I loved the OP animation for ef-the first tale. The church in ef-the first tale looked a lot better to me (Shinkai and CG of course). Now that you mention it, the 2 girls do look similar to me.
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Old 2007-04-06, 20:43   Link #83
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This one works for me through one episode. Character design is good. Backgrounds are good. Animation is...okay. Voice acting is excellent. Best I've heard (and most I've heard) Honda Youko since Uta~Kata. Story is intriguing. Direction/storyboards seems crisp. Romantic moments work great. Plot could be interesting. Human relations make sense, and are sensitive. Transcends its cliches. A professional job all round, in my opinion. I'll certainly be back for episode two, anyway. Still waiting for Yahagi Sayuri to appear.
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Old 2007-04-06, 20:50   Link #84
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Watched episode 1 as well. I think the graphics, songs and atmosphere are the strengths of the series.

A slice-of life with no harem and an extra dimension added is how I would describe it.

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short summary of episode 1 and some screencaps of the sky
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Old 2007-04-06, 21:04   Link #85
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I agree completely with the last two posts, couldnt have said it better.

I didnt come expecting much, so this was a pleasant surprise.
The twist at the end hooked me too, I hope they don't cop out the second half of that scene in ep2. I want to see what happens.
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Old 2007-04-06, 21:49   Link #86
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Screenshot for episdoe 1:



When an episode doesn't override the sound effect of the element with the background music, i.e. the sound of the falling rain, then it's a very good start for a series for me. When the bgm does come into play it is appropriate and soothing. I liked it very much. This is the kind of atmosphere I was hoping for from the show Hitohira, and Sola delivers. The way the characters were introduced in the episode has also allowed focus on each segment that plays out in the episode without crowding those scenes with bunch of characters. And yet there were seven characters introduced in the episode!? I'll be very much looking forward to the 2nd episode to confirm the show will maitain this kind of pacing demonstrated in the first episode.

One question: Is Sola the Japanese way of spelling "Sora" as in sky? Or does Sola has a separate meaning altogether?
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Old 2007-04-06, 21:55   Link #87
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Hmm...I think Sola is just a weird way of romanizing "sora" in Japanese, but sola also is the feminine form of "alone" in Spanish, so it could have a dual meaning
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Old 2007-04-06, 21:57   Link #88
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One question: Is Sola the Japanese way of spelling "Sora" as in sky? Or does Sola has a separate meaning altogether?
That, or they may be referring to light (solar? lol). Or both? Maybe even loneliness?
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Old 2007-04-06, 22:53   Link #89
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One question: Is Sola the Japanese way of spelling "Sora" as in sky? Or does Sola has a separate meaning altogether?
"r" and "l" are utterly interchangeable in Japanese.
Some people I know will even waver inconsistently between using l's or r's when roomajizing words, even within a single sentence.


Don't think too much of it
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Old 2007-04-06, 23:07   Link #90
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Are they interchangeable in actual Japanese words? "Sora" isn't a borrowed word. Although, I sometimes see "zu" as "dzu" or "du" for some reason.
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Old 2007-04-06, 23:22   Link #91
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I hoping that the dual meaning was intentional. "Sky" and "alone" are 2 themes represented in ep. 1.
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Old 2007-04-06, 23:25   Link #92
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Are they interchangeable in actual Japanese words? "Sora" isn't a borrowed word. Although, I sometimes see "zu" as "dzu" or "du" for some reason.
Well, "l" does not exist in Japanese (romaji), so "r" is usually used as a substitute.
So for example, a foreign word "luis" becomes "ruisu"
Maybe this is the same principle applied in reverse.
I think a good precedent is "lamune" the anime which comes from "ramune" the drink.

So I do think sola here means sora, especially because it is consistent with the theme presented.

However, if most characters got killed and only one character is left , I would accept the other double meaning, that of "alone"
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Old 2007-04-06, 23:31   Link #93
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But....

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Old 2007-04-06, 23:40   Link #94
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But....

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I admit that's true, I guess I was just over-dramatizing my condition for the dual-meaning

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Old 2007-04-06, 23:44   Link #95
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Didn't we already have this discussion about the title?

Anyway... glad to hear about the atmospherics -- precisely what I was looking for. I stripped the audio out of the drama CD and listen to the musical track too often for my own good (what can I say, I moved to Oregon because I love the rain... now it doesn't rain much anymore ).
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Old 2007-04-06, 23:46   Link #96
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Here's hoping for someone to sub this. After I've burnt all my completed anime to DVD, I'm going to watch a lot of first episodes of this season. Sola's among my top priorities.
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Old 2007-04-07, 00:01   Link #97
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I want to watch this ASAP, but I am not in the mood to watch another RAW right now.
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Old 2007-04-07, 00:55   Link #98
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I can't explain it, but I've never wanted an anime subbed more than this one (of the new stuff)...

Maybe it's because I miss shows like Canvas2, Da Capo, and Da Capo Second Season. *shrug*

Anyway, I somewhat fear for the animation. It reminded me of the TV broadcast version of YoakeNa during sola's first scene in the hospital. Fortunately, that wasn't seen much throughout the episode.
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Old 2007-04-07, 01:38   Link #99
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Maybe it's because I miss shows like Canvas2, Da Capo, and Da Capo Second Season. *shrug*
This season has a relative lack of shows that can be compared to those you listed, and after seeing this first episode, I think that sola came out being one of the better ones of that type that are airing. There's a lot of interesting elements here, so I'm looking forward to how the story develops.
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Old 2007-04-07, 03:20   Link #100
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Tsukihime with AIR sorta vibe.
Least that's my initial impression from episode 1.

I think the guy's sister is also another vampire? Her room is totally devoid of sunlight and when he tried to push open the curtain, she tells him no.
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