12 Days of Anime, Day 3: Music Is Forever

One of the things that I liked about Sora no Woto was how the current setting that the story is set in came from essentially an amalgamation of whatever anachronisms were left over of the past following an apocalyptic war. It was a little disappointing that not much was done to really explore the setting, as the focus was clearly on the girls of the 1121st Platoon. But I did enjoy the bits and pieces that were given to us, as we struggled along with the show’s inhabitants to make sense of a world made up of a mix of elements of different cultures and traditions, where new meanings were given to things that we currently consider as institutions. And things like this make me think about the transience of things, where even with the desire to be known after death is present for many people, that realization might not be a given long after the fact. That being said, one idea about the series seems to be that while many things are lost to the wayside of time, some things are universal, and as such can remain with humanity even as life keeps moving onward. One such thing is music, and it’s demonstrated with what could be considered the show’s leitmotif in “Amazing Grace”:

There’s no specific moment from the show I’ll use here, but just the idea that music doesn’t even need words to have an impact on people, to the point that it can bring even warring factions together, is a desirable one.

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