Damn idiots. I got tricked so easily by Aroduc and Totali on IRC about nipples in my most anticipated anime of the summer season. It’s a pity that I actually got tricked so easily, but it’s good that the arrival of Maho Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Natsu no Sora is finally coming to us here. Below is the silly IRC conversation for laughs.
The questionable image is here by the way. Bastard.
Edit: We have finally released Episode 1 for your convenience. I recommend that you check out the downright awesome HD version, because it is just spectacular. If you want, come visit our IRC channel to visit us, chat or lurk for the fun.
Enjoy. I think we will do much better in terms of speed for episode 2. So look out for our next release!
A girl, Suzuki Sora, tells her dog, Joe that she would be looking for her mother. Sora’s mother received a call from Hara Seiichirou, a personnel from the Tokyo Magic division.. The man informed her that Suzuki Sora’s apprenticeship had been confirmed, and she will also receive a call from the Bureau of Magic. Sora found out about it and was taken by surprise at the sudden decision by the Bureau of Magic.
Nonetheless, Sora’s mother encouraged her, and Sora decided to meet her dad to tell him about the news. It turns out that her dad was dead, and she was simply speaking to him at a tree where she met a promise with him. Sora’s friend, Michiru, called Sora on her cellphone, as she has something to discuss. It turns out that Michiru fell out of love, an unrequited love toward Toyama. Toyama, their classmate, was about to move out, and Michiru was sad that she did not have a chance to share the beautiful winter scenery with him. Sora simply urged her to reveal her feelings to him.
At night, Sora left after eating a sumptuous meal prepared by her mother. Sora met up with Michiru and told her that life is all about “trial and error” (using the words of her mother to her). Michiru finally confessed after Sora created a magical snow within a plastic warehouse, and it seems that Toyama agreed. Michiru also described her love will be preserved like that of a Akiko, a wheat variant that preserve itself in the harsh winter.
Michiru thanked Sora for all her advice and help, and Sora is clearly happy with what she has done. In an email, Michiru asked Sora to find love as well, as the feeling of love is wonderful. Sora simply mumbles to herself that she does not know about love. The next day, Sora left for Tokyo, wondering how Tokyo will be like.
Should you watch it?
How about yes, yes and yes? Maho Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Natsu no Sora is my most anticipated show of the summer season, and it has not disappointed at all. In fact, it has slipped in the most-watch folder in Impz’s anime series for the summer season. Many people have blogged and loved it a lot, such as Memento and Totali. Let me add myself in the list of people that enjoyed this series too.
One of the main draws of this series is the slice of life element. I really feel that the series tries hard and successfully portrays this show as a normal world where people fall down when they are excited, the peaceful harvesting of crops and the little talk about life. That is the charm of slice of life in my opinion, where it feels like you are simply immersed into this anime world. To me, this is the perfect series for me to watch while I sip my afternoon tea (I am quite an old man, that’s why).
The role of Sora as the main character is just an excellent choice. I really like her as a character. She’s carefree, innocent and sometimes clueless about things. Nonetheless, she has a very appealing character that draws you to her, making it hard for me to hate her at all. Michiru is also quite cute, and the scene of winter snow is very beautiful, though lacking a bit of impact.
Graphics wise, I hardly have any complains about it. Hal Studios has done a very excellent job, which is unsurprising since it is also the animation company that made Aria. The music is extremely nice that fits the mood of the series, just like how Hana no Kaze fitted the first series. There is a carefree feel in the music, which gives me the feel of wanderlust. I like it.
So, the bottom line remains. Who should watch this? If you like fanservice, you will not find anything here. If you like a fast paced story with action, this is not for you. This anime is those who wishes and appreciates the finer things in life, relax and enjoy the scenic feel of the series as it brings you the greatest magic of humankind: the ability to bring happiness.