What exciting adventures are we gonna go on today?
Back to school!
Why don’t we start from the beginning? Maybe I’m being too harsh on Sora no Woto. After all, it has a promising concept: women in the army. Even in the 21st century, many women are still being pigeonholed into certain career tracks: teacher, secretary, social service, childcare, etc. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to show women succeeding in roles typically reserved for men? Like the army, for instance. Of course, Japan doesn’t have a standing army, but it does have a Japan Self-Defense Force and a lot of women enroll so that they can avoid “womanly careers” like the ones mentioned above.
Alright! What’s our first mission today?
To play the bugle horribly… but let’s stay positive; it’s just the second episode. It’s not as if military command only sends out people who know how to do their jobs. Dunno how to fire a gun? Don’t worry about it, kid — you’ll learn out there on assignment! Okay, what’s the next assignment!
Breakfast. Well, you can’t do good work on an empty stomach… next?
A… a tour? N-next?
Investigate a ghost? What the fuck? Are we Scooby Doo? By the way, why would you even need those giant backpacks when investigating literally fifty feet from headquarters? Why not something useful like… a flashlight? Lost technology? Okay, a goddamn torch.
I really want to believe Sora no Woto isn’t moe trash, but it doesn’t help when the girls act like schoolgirls rather than mature women in the fucking army.
Running away from rats. Oh, just standard military protocol.
Glomped by your commanding officer? Just standard military protocol. It’s just what you do as a captain. Private feeling a little down in the dumps? GIVE HER A HUG.
Running and falling due to an owl,
doing housework in an apron (before you protest, “Duh, what else do you do housework in?” — do you think privates in the army get all dressed up when cleaning the mess hall, do you?),
throwing a tantrum in the middle of a meeting,
being cripplingly scared of lightning,
and falling after firing a gun. It’s as if she’s never used a gun before! All standard military protocol! Man, they got owned by an owl. It has only been six months since the armistice according to the last episode. That means fighting had been going on for a long time. That means people are usually experienced in that sort of stuff. I’m just assuming, but I still find it silly that these five girls even managed to find way through basic training. It’s a good thing they’re not in charge of anything big or importa-
Oh. Oh dear.