Someday’s Dreamers II: Sora

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(AKA: Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies)

Genre: Slice of Life/Fantasy

Creator/Studio: Norie Yamadi/Hal Film Maker

Distributor: Sentai Filmworks

No. of Episodes: 12

Suggested Age: 7+

My Review: 8/10

Summary: This anime is set in the same “universe” as the first Someday’s Dreamers. However, it has a different protagonist, a country girl named Sora.  Sora is learning how to hone her magical abilities through a school setting. She is given assignments by a teacher that allow her to do magic for clients, but other than that, she is forbidden from doing magic until she obtains a license.

Review: When I finished reviewing the first Someday’s Dreamers, I thought I might as well review the sort-of sequel. While both programs take place in the same “universe”, it’s not necessary to watch the first series to understand this series.  In fact, if you watched this without having watched the first program, you wouldn’t be lost at all.

The animation is done by a different studio from the first. Hal Film Maker seems to be using a more “photo-realistic” approach with traditional anime style and realistic-seeming backgrounds.  The style can take some getting used to, but I liked it a lot.

Sora is an enjoyable protagonist.  She has no idea why those like her are barred from practicing magic without a license besides what she does for clients.  She learns through her assignments that there are both positive and negative consequences to performing magic.  It is these consequences that help her to realize the responsibilities of her powers.  This creates an arc that allows her to grow.  The pacing is somewhat slow, which caused a problem toward the end when it became more rushed.  That was my main problem with the show, and it’s why I’m giving it an 8 out of 10.

Sub/Dub: I only watched the sub.

Music/Score: Very pleasant. The theme song is my favorite, unfortunately I can’t share it.

Violence: (0/10)

Language: (0/10)

Sexuality: (0/10)

Religion: (0/10)

Related Media: Both this and the first series are based on the manga of the same name.

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