Someday's Dreamers: Summer Skies – Anime Review

The Essentials

summerskiesName: Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies
Genre: Romance, Drama
Episodes: 12
Aired: July 2, 2008 – September 24, 2008
Based On: Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies manga by Norie Yamada
Director: Osamu Kobayashi
Produced By: Hal Film Maker
US Distribution By: Not Licensed

Cast

Character Japanese Cast English Cast (N/A)
Sora Suzuki: Kana Hanazawa
Gouta Midorikawa: Tomoaki Maeno
Seiichirou Hara: Rikiya Koyama
Hiyori Yamabuki: Mikako Takahashi
Honomi Asagi: Marina Inoue
Kouji Kuroda: Daisuke Namikawa
Mage Kawada: Yoko Soumi

Review

Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies is about a girl, Sora Suzuki, who travels to Tokyo from Hokkaido to train as a mage.  She soon runs into a boy, Midorikawa, who is also attending mage training because his father was a mage (unbeknownst to him until recently), despite the fact that he can’t seem to do any magic himself at all.

The series progresses – slowly – as Sora learns more about the world, helping Midorikawa come to grips with his magical power along the way and creating a romance between the two along the way.  However, unknown to Midorikawa, Sora has a special reason why she wants to train as a mage.

This series, if viewed from very high, may not be all that bad a work, but once you start watching the episodes, several problems immediately start to show themselves.  First, the pacing, as a alluded to above, is slow.  Very slow.  Painfully slow.  I usually have a problem when doing episode reviews of having my reviews be too long and having too many screenshots.  This series presented me with the opposite problem: so little happened that I struggled to even write about what was going on.

While the development that did happen in the first 3/4 of the series of so is pretty good (however much of it there was), the last quarter of the series took a turn which turned the entire series on it’s head, and not necessarily in a good way.  Some people may like the twist at the end, but I found it needless and counterproductive.

This is all on top of the fact that the animation isn’t all that good.  The character animations look somewhat cheap, and the background animation doesn’t really impress either once one realizes that they’re essentially photoshopped real life photos.  If one likes really slow Dramas with romance thrown in, then you might like this, but this show might be a bit too slow for most people.

Scores

Story: 2/5
Animation: 2/5
Music: 4/5
English Dubs: N/A

Overall: 2/5

First Watched: July – September 2008
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: No

Top 10 Anime Openings of 2008

Yesterday I presented my list of the top 10 EDs of 2008. Now it’s time for what I thought were the top 10 OPs of 2008. Once again, I’m judging these more on the music than the animation of the OP. Also, once again, they have to be songs that premiered in 2008.

#10 – Kaiba
“Never” by Seira Kagami

This is a pretty light song, but it’s still emotionally impactful by just listening to it. There were a lot of good OPs this year that could have slid into the #10 spot, but I felt that this was the best one to put there.

#9 – A Certain Magical Index
“PSI-missing” by Mami Kawada

This song is actually more mysterious and intense sounding than the actual series was (at least the first half of it) so I’m not sure how well this song actually went with the series, but I still like the song.

#8 – Soul Eater #2
“PAPERMOON” by Tommy heavenly6

This song is a nice pop/rock song with a nice, but dark, rhythm to it which just draws me to it.

#7 – Gundam 00 #2
“Ash Like Snow” by the brilliant green

I’ve never really been all that interested in the Gundam shows in general, but this song certainly has a nice beat and sound to it.

#6 – Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk
“Swinging” by Muramasa☆

This is an upbeat and rather goofy sounding opening, but it’s really catchy. Past the first episode, it was sadly probably the best part of the show.

#5 – Nabari no Ou
“Crawl” by VELTPUNCH

This opening seems kind of unusual to me. It’s kind of upbeat, but in a kookie sort of way. In any case, I like it.

#4 – True Tears
“Reflectia” by eufonius

If I were going by animation, this would probably be #1. Even so, it still has a very good and compelling song to go along with that animation.

#3 – Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies
“fly away” by THYME

The choice between #2 and #3 was pretty tough. This song is an excellent soft rock song and it’s easy to get into the rhythm of the song.

#2 – To Love-Ru
“forever we can make it!” by THYME

Yes, THYME gets both the #2 and #3 spots in the list. As much as I avoided this series like the plague, it does have a very catchy (even if NSFW) opening.

#1 – Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino
“Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi” by KOKIA

I think this was, for me, hands down the #1 opening song of 2008. It told you right there that the show was a drama and should be taken seriously (despite the animation flaws in the actual show). I can just sit and listen to this song for hours if I let myself.

Top 10 Anime Endings of 2008

I thought I’d make some top 10 lists for 2008, and the first is the top 10 best ED songs in 2008. The only requirement is that they premiered in 2008 (sorry Shion and CLANNAD EDs!).  I’m also judging it more on the song than the animation of the ED. In any case, let’s get to it…

#10 – Birdy the Mighty DECODE
“Let’s go together” by Afromania

This is a little nice rock/pop song that has a nice rhythm and is better than most. Good enough to place it at #10 on the list.

#9 – Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies
“Kawaita Hana” by micc

I struggled on where to place this one, as the battle for 6th through 9th was close. In the end, I guess the fact that this was a slower and softer song (which I still like) had this slip down to 9th. Still a nice song, though.

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#8 – Soul Eater #1
“I Wanna Be” by STANCE PUNKS

This is probably the “heaviest” song on the list, but it still flows nicely and has a nice sound, and so this comes in eighth on the list.

#7 – Kuroshitsuji
“I’m ALIVE!” by BECCA

I believe this series is getting a new ED during it’s second half, which will air in 2009. Despite that, and even though I haven’t actually seen this series, when I was looking at EDs on you tube, this one immediately seemed to jump to the top. Also, it’s nice to have English song which doesn’t have any blatantly obvious Engrish as far as I can tell by just listening.

#6 – Shugo Chara! Doki!
“Rottara Rottara” by Buono!

I guess I have to find one guilty pleasure on the list, and this song kind of became one once I heard it while going through songs on youtube. It’s very poppish, but it has a nice beat.

#5 – Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei #2
“Marionette” by ROLLY and Zetsubō Shōjo-tachi

This is a somewhat kookie song, but it was a really nice beat, and for some reason, I just like the “Marionette” part…

#4 – Shigofumi
“Chain” by Snow*

If you’re going to do a softer sounding ending, this is how you should do it. It’s kind of hard to describe exactly what I like about it, but it’s soft…but not too soft, and still has a nice rhythm or sound to it.

#3 – Shakugan no Shana II #2
“Sociometry” by KOTOKO

When I first heard this song, I really dug it, and I still do, but it ended up not being the top song of the year. In any case, it’s still up there, and tend to dig KOTOKO songs anyway.

#2 – Soul Eater #3
“Bakusou Yumeuta” by Diggy-MO’

The second Soul Eater song on the list, I just really dig this one. It’s just rockin’.

#1 – Toradora!
“Vanilla Salt” by Yui Horie

Those who read this blog at all in December should probably have known that this was going to be #1, though it didn’t end up being as clear cut as I thought it would be at first. Still an excellent song, though.

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This is the third and final omnibus that I’m putting together, this one of the middle six episodes of Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies, which span from episodes 5 through 10, which is as far Kissfan has gotten in subbing the series, even though I believe the series has finished airing in Japan.

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Someday's Dreamers: Summer Skies – Episode 04

It’s Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies episode 4, and we get a peek at Midorikawa’s past. Plus, Midorikawa warms up to a couple of other things as well.

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Someday's Dreamers: Summer Skies – Episode 03

It’s Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies Episode 3, and the training class gets their first magic jobs. However, Sora has a rather odd request, while Midorikawa is facing a serious issue in trying to complete his request.

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Someday's Dreamers: Summer Skies – Episode 02

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