Sora no Manimani #01 — Trope Abuse

July 7th, 2009


And art abuse too.

New Season Disclaimer:

I try to watch at least the first episode of every new show in a season. However, do not expect anything I say to be fair or balanced. I value my own entertainment above all else and there are some genres or methods of presentation that I just plain do not like and I’m not going to pretend otherwise. I’ll attempt to at least make a cursory explaination of what did and did not please me about each show, but it’s just a simple fact of life that my tastes are mine alone. Feel free to express your own opinions in the comments, just keep it under control. This is just television after all.

You know, I’m still not quite sure what まにまに means. It’s not in my dictionary, and looking it up just returns a bunch of poetry using it like bequeath… and an Earthbound boss. It is a blemish on my soul.


I think this one somehow managed to trump Canaan for amount of trope recycling. We’ve got an energetic sociopathic girl and the whiny guy that is her plaything and coerced into her club. At least they switched it up and stole from Excel Saga to provide us with a male version of Hyatt to be the club president. What it boils down to here is that I despised Saku from the very start and then he dug himself in deeper by spending the entire rest of the episode whining about Mihoshi. Speaking of her, as if having a horrible pun for a name isn’t punishment enough, she frays my nerves to the breaking point. Pick your favorite dissocial personality disorder female and just overlay a fascination with stars and you’ll have her. I suggest Momoka from Sumomo Momomo, minus the procreation instinct.

Production’s sort of a mixed bag. It usually looks decent enough, but there are quite a few details that they clearly just didn’t quite finish drawing. I particularly enjoyed this shot, featuring not only a girl with six fingers, but a guy with a left hand attached to his right arm. Lots of other minor props and background details also looked quite deformed throughout most of the episode. Music was average enough. I liked the ED, but it just played over the end of the episode as the credits ran.

This gets a resouding "bleh" in my book. I actively dislike both of the leads and I’m not sure there’s a creative bone anywhere in this show’s production office. They’d have one hell of an uphill battle to redeem either of the two, and I’m really not willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, especially with the far more entertaining GA also on Mondays.

Sora no Manimani OP


Introducing some new girl.

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13 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Anonymous says:

    I figure it’s a reference to that earthbound boss. I mean it’s about space isn’t it?

  • Chimasternmay says:

    watching this…

  • Anacone says:

    The most irritating couple ever

  • Lero says:

    OMFG! Is Yui again??? orz

  • hashi says:

    I disagree completely. One of the best shows of the season, so far. Terrific voice-acting and good humor.

  • The Phantom says:

    Mixed feelings about this one, the comedy is ok but the characters are too bizarre to be likeable. Perhaps if they focus on the romance/comedy subplots and ignore everything else this series may shine a bit.

    I think I will stop watching this now, and check up a few episodes later to see if it has improved.

  • Honoo says:

    You know, I’m still not quite sure what まにまに means. It’s not in my dictionary, and looking it up just returns a bunch of poetry using it like bequeath… and an Earthbound boss. It is a blemish on my soul.

    … I get the feeling that the “Ma” somehow refers to the pronunciation of the Kanji for “space,” which definition might be somehow related to the show’s title and story. Not sure about the “ni” part, though. The second “ma” and “ni” seems to be about the same for me.

    • Mendou says:

      It could just be a cute way of saying “mania”, probably with some other pun in there as well. I didn’t bother watching the show to find out……

  • Irie says:

    It’s off to a bit of a slow start but I wasn’t turned off. I’ll give this a few episodes to see the romantic triangles develop. Looks like a new girl will be introduced next week.

    The voice acting is a bit over the top and hopefully will be toned down a bit. Still, it had some funny moments and the protagonist wasn’t too bad. The whole basis of the current relationship is based on his childhood trauma. It’s not really being a whiner but coming to grips with his issues.

    I think this will be an OK series and worth watching.

  • Hinano says:

    I think I may want to check this show out. I saw blushing and hugging – this could backfire though but yea will check it out. Maybe this season isn’t a complete loss after all…

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  • Anonymous says:

    LOL, I already dropped it when I hear it’s about watching freaking STARS. Gotta give credit to Aroduc for being brave enough to touch this.