I’m finding it harder to blog on the slice-of-life genre as episodes of Antique Bakery air each week. Because it’s more of a sequence of events in a character’s life for this genre, there isn’t much in-depth plot to blog on. However, despite this hindrance, I’m going to use the cliché line towards Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto -Natsu no Sora and say, “You had me at hello.”
Because I only recently discovered this series, I’ll cover the first two episodes. There are many little and simple things in this series that draw me in; the first being Suzuki Sora, our main character.
Character. Sora is a cheerful country gal whose purity and innocence make me envious. LOL, I risk sounding cheesy in this post. And I mean purity and innocence in a good way. It makes me envious, yes, because these characteristics are what gives her such a positive and howdoIputit, unblemished outlook on life.
Untouched by emotions such as anger and greed, Sora strives to become better in helping others with her magic. She’s one of the individuals who give his/her best output, and ask of nothing in return. Sora values other people before herself, in situations that call for the simplest to the most complex actions. Simplest? When her best friend Michiru is depressed about a crush moving away, Sora tells Michiru to confess her feelings. Using her motto of “Trial and Error”, Sora helps Michiru, using her magic to create snow that Michiru wanted to show her crush. Complex? Saving others from a derailed truck. It’s Sora’s penchant for putting others before herself that also help create the relationships seen.
Relationships. Because of Sora’s character, she easily gets along with Michiru and others, especially her mother. Off the top of my head, this is one of the few series I can think of where the main character is shown to have a deep relationship with his/her parent(s). Although this relationship probably won’t be focused on in the episodes to come (because Sora is in Tokyo instead of Hokkaido), I still find this aspect somewhat unique, and factored in to what made me love this series from first episode. And I go personal to say that I am envious once again, of the closeness of this mother/daughter relationship.
But in this slice-of-life genre, I can’t forget the aspect of romance.
Sora’s potential love interest, in my opinion, is introduced in the second episode. Gouta Midorikawa, who looks rather old to me, is cold and aloof, looking down on those who possess magic. Although not much has been explained about his situation, it seems that Gouta lacks when compared to Sora’s prowress in magic ability. When assigned to create ice out of water, Sora creates a “chandelier”, while Gouta remains hidden, the water in front of him not solidifying. Maybe it’s that Gouta hasn’t “discovered himself”, as the teacher explains that this is the essence of magic.
Colors. The brilliant array of colors used attract my attention. Nothing more can really be said about it, so enjoy the next photos.
Just notice the balance of the photo above, where the tree cuts the background and foreground in half. While the sky remains untouched, the green of the grass takes one side, and the brown of the ground takes the other. (I laugh at myself, sorry. I used to be a photographer.)
Music. Beautiful use of sounds. The BGM sounds like Irish music to me, but it works to enhance the peaceful and calming aspect of this series. Even the insert song in episode two about a jellyfish, sang by a street singer, works beautifully.
I leave you with the OP until next week, and the hope that if you are reading this, my intense love-at-first-sight has influenced you to try this series. Here’s 「Fly Away」by THYME.