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anime: Sora no Woto summary

A video comment summed up the weirdness of this series effectively:

'Cute Japanese and European teenage girls, wearing Wehrmacht uniforms, exploring a Japanese school in a Spanish town full of French people who make Venetian glassware on Switzerland's French border, in a country that has a soldier princess playing Amazing Grace on a trumpet, following a Shinto-Christian religion with a miko-nun, treating tropical diseases only children get, accepting yen as currency while not being able to read kanji, celebrating Spanish traditions mixed with Chinese New Years legends, shooting at African owls (that try to keep them away from schoolgirl ghosts) with German rifles, being led by a traumatized commander who is afraid of lightning, tricking Italian mobsters to keep them from moving in on the girls' bootlegging operation which finance their paycheck and supplies, playing war games with a nun and getting pissed drunk, pissing themselves and becoming baby factories for the Pope, creating biological weapons while still little kids and killing thousands, all while at war with German-speaking brown-skinned Americans with bindis on females' foreheads from a Roman Empire lead by the Pope that follows a monotheistic religion that believes in the Judgment Day, while piloting a finally fixed multi-legged, demon-slaying, weather-reporting, stealth-sniper and simulation training mode capable, AMAZING GRACE SINGING, Engrish-speaking, talking like a SPESS MEHREEN,wall-climbing, 200mm coil gun-firing "son of the god of fire" supertank from the past (aka Tank-kun).'

Not mentioned: a beautiful, gorgeous even, yet disconcerting opening. (Why are their eyes almost never open? What's with the butt pan?) I don't think the series itself was particularly fanservicey or objectifying, though it's been some years.

The summary doesn't mention featuring a transformer owl. I'd thought the show was being weird after the owl introduction, until our club leader played that video during break. "It's real? Holy crap!"

And as you might guess, Amazing Grace is the plot song. Some series or movies have one, like "Aimo" in Macross Frontier or "Country Road" in Whispers of the Heart.

Mild series recommendation. But mostly I wanted to share the surreal.

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