Sola

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  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 6.8  (199)

Sola is a Japanese anime television series that premiered in 2007 on Chiba TV. The show follows the story of a high school student named Yorito Morimiya who loves taking pictures of the sky. One day, he meets a mysterious girl named Matsuri Shihou who shares his love for the sky. As they spend more time together, Yorito learns that Matsuri is a being known as a "Yaka," an immortal creature that drinks blood to survive.

The show also features two other main characters: Mana Ishizuki, Yorito's childhood friend who is struggling to cope with a family tragedy, and Koyori Ishizuki, Mana's younger sister who is rapidly losing her memories due to a mysterious illness. All of their lives become intertwined as Yorito and Matsuri's pasts are revealed, and their paths cross with those of other Yaka.

The voice acting in this show is stellar, with each character bringing their own unique personality to the story. Tomoko Kaneda brings a sweet and innocent quality to Yorito, while Ami Koshimizu gives Matsuri a mysterious and alluring vibe. Mamiko Noto shines in her role as Aono, a Yaka with a tragic past, and Nobuhiko Okamoto perfectly captures the playful and mischievous personality of Yorito's friend, Takeshi.

The animation is also top-notch, with vibrant and colorful visuals that bring the world and characters to life. The backgrounds are often breathtaking, with gorgeous scenery and stunning sunsets that perfectly complement Yorito's obsession with the sky. The fight scenes are impressive as well, with fast-paced action and fluid movements that keep the viewer on the edge of their seat.

One of the standout elements of Sola is its soundtrack. The show features a hauntingly beautiful score that perfectly captures the mood and atmosphere of each scene. The opening theme, "Colorless Wind," is a melancholic and haunting song that sets the tone for the show, while the ending theme, "Mellow Melody," is a soft and soothing melody that provides a calming contrast to the often intense and emotional episodes.

The show's story is full of mystery and intrigue, with each episode revealing a new layer to the plot. The themes of loss, memory, and identity are explored in depth, as each character struggles to come to terms with their past and face the challenges of the present. The Yaka mythology that underpins the story is fascinating, and the show's pacing keeps the viewer engaged as they attempt to unravel the mysteries surrounding the characters.

Overall, Sola is an engaging and emotionally charged anime that is sure to captivate viewers with its stunning visuals, exceptional voice acting, and thought-provoking story. Its exploration of themes that are both universal and deeply personal makes it a standout in the genre, and its ability to balance action and emotion with ease makes it a must-watch for fans of anime.

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Sky
13. Sky
June 29, 2007
Matsuri tries to forcefully stab Aono with her sword, but Aono moves out of the way in time; she still manages to get a wound on her shoulder. While Aono runs away, Yorito is left with an arm missing and he slowly becomes weaker since Aono is losing her Yaka powers. Matsuri tells Yorito to not intervene and goes after Aono. During the fight, Matsuri loses her sword, and Aono takes it up to shove it into Matsuri, but Yorito, not listening to Matsuri's heeding words, intervenes and he is impaled on the sword. Yorito then disappears in a flurry of paper followed by Aono's shrill cries. Matsuri does not hesitate this time to stab Aono and after the sun rises, Matsuri also disappears, but Aono is now human. One year later Aono comes back, and no one but she herself remembers who she is, or any of the incidents that happened. Aono meets with Mana and Koyori and they become friends again.
The Boundary Between Light and Dark
12. The Boundary Between Light and Dark
June 22, 2007
Matsuri has come to Aono's house and go into a conversation about who Yorito chooses to go with-Aono to a different place, or Matsuri, whom he has asked a favor from. The two Yaka begin a battle in the wrecked construction area while Yorito waits in an old theatre. Just when Matsuri is able to deliver the final blow to Yorito and Aono, the old camera in the theatre comes on and displays the sky. Matsuri has a flashback and from what Takeshi said, drives the sword into her own self, much to the dismay and horror of the siblings.
Pictures of a Reverie
11. Pictures of a Reverie
June 15, 2007
Yorito and Aono are planning on leaving so that things will go back to the way they were. Mana tries to get Yorito to tell her who he really is, but he does not say. Later, Mana is out with her friends and she brings up Yorito in conversation, but discovers that everyone else but her has already forgotten about him. Scared of what this means, Mana runs to the school roof and finds Yorito alone. After sunset, however, Mana finds herself alone on the school roof having forgotten about Yorito. Takeshi and Mayuko leave town near the end, and Matsuri goes to Aono's house with Takeshi's sword in hand.
Flickering Illusion
10. Flickering Illusion
June 8, 2007
Mana finally tells Yorito that Aono is a Yaka, but he initially does not believe her. He later confirms this after confronting his "sister" about what she is hiding from him, but Aono would not tell him. Yorito and Matsuri meet in the abandoned building where Yorito stabbed Matsuri in episode seven. Yorito asks her why he would have memories of hundreds of years ago, and Matsuri stabs him with Takeshi's sword to show him the truth. Yorito is not human, but a paper construct created by Aono with the memories of the Yorito from the past.
End of a Promise
9. End of a Promise
June 1, 2007
Aono has come to kill Matsuri in an abandoned part of town and a one-sided battle ensues with Aono attacking while Matsuri runs for her life. In the end, Aono cannot bring herself to kill Matsuri and leaves afterwards. After suffering another mental attack, Yorito is brought to Mana's place to keep him safe from Aono who later comes looking for him; Mana manages to get her to leave. Later, Matsuri runs into Takeshi again who once again tries to kill Matsuri and nearly succeeds, but Mayuko intervenes in the end and saves her life.
Indelible Thoughts
8. Indelible Thoughts
May 25, 2007
Yorito wakes up one day in school believing that the night's previous events with Matsuri was a dream due to Aono intervening with her powers. Trying to remember what really happened, Yorito collapses in school and is taken home by Mana who is soon after told to leave by Aono. Yorito is kept in his room by Aono as she controls Yorito more with her powers in order to fulfill her desire to be with Yorito together.
Gray Sky
7. Gray Sky
May 18, 2007
Yorito and Mana search for Matsuri after she disappears on the night she kissed Yorito. Almost a month passes from Matsuri's disappearance, and Yorito has almost given up hope on her return. On a date out with Aono, Yorito accidentally runs into Matsuri again inside a convenience store and gives chase, leaving Aono alone. Yorito catches up to her to find out she has been living with Mayuko in an abandoned building. Aono is left wandering in the rain alone and is angered by Yorito's desire to be with Matsuri. Back in the abandoned building, Matsuri collapses after being stabbed by a piece of glass by a seemingly mentally vacant/unconscious Yorito who seems to be controlled by Aono.
Blood of a Sacrifice
6. Blood of a Sacrifice
May 11, 2007
Yorito finally decides to introduce Matsuri to Aono under the guise of her being his new girlfriend, but when they go to visit Aono, the latter feigns sleep. Later on, Aono meets with Matsuri in a tram depot where it is revealed that Aono is also a Yaka and her powers are now returning. Aono comes home with Matsuri and Aono tells Yorito that she has permission from the hospital to stay at home for now. After dinner, Matsuri and Yorito go to Yorito's school. At the roof of his school, Matsuri explains the loneliness of Yaka to Yorito. After that, Matsuri kisses Yorito and disappears.
Pouring Light
5. Pouring Light
May 4, 2007
On a rainy, cloudy day, Matsuri and Yorito go outside and take a boat around the lake. Later on, Matsuri is ambushed by Takeshi in Yorito's home. Overpowered, she is about to give up as she notices the sky-painted ceiling in Yorito's room. This gives her the determination to fight back and flee the house, but only Yorito's eventual intervention prevents Takeshi from killing her.
Two People's Wish
4. Two People's Wish
April 27, 2007
This episode mainly focuses on the friendship between Yorito's sister Aono and Mana's little sister Koyori, both of whom are staying at the hospital. Koyori, who is to be released soon, has trouble conferring this news to Aono. The relationship between Yorito and his sister is also explored, as more information about the dolls he brings her is revealed.
Peaceful Day
3. Peaceful Day
April 20, 2007
It has been a week since Matsuri started living with Yorito and he as become visibly suspicious to Mana who wants to find out what he is hiding. Mana comes over one night and tells him that she wants to make him dinner, though after he leaves to buy some seasonings, Mana tries to search the house. While initially unsuccessful, Mana runs into Matsuri eating in the kitchen and they become acquainted.
Looking up at the Blue
2. Looking up at the Blue
April 13, 2007
After the fight with Takeshi, Matsuri gets injured and Yorito tries to protect her by bringing her back to his home. After she wakes up, she tries to thank him by making him a meal, but due to her limited knowledge of the modern world, it does not work out. That night, Matsuri intended to leave Yorito's house without him knowing, but stayed to look at the sky painted on the ceiling of Yorito's room.
The Sky-Colored Umbrella
1. The Sky-Colored Umbrella
April 6, 2007
Yorito Morimiya is a young boy who loves taking pictures of the sky, and one day in the early morning while setting up to take a snapshot of the sunrise, he meets a strange girl. After talking with her for a few minutes, she disappears and is no where to be found. The next day, Yorito is coming back from buying some groceries on a rainy night and runs into the same girl; this time he finds out her name to be Matsuri Shih?. Later on, Yorito figures out Matsuri lives in a church and goes to find her. At the same time, Matsuri is being hunted by a mysterious man.
Description
  • Premiere Date
    April 7, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (199)