Title: ヨスガノソラ (JP) Sky of Connection (Eng)
Genres: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Plot: Tragically orphaned by an automobile accident, the Kasugano twins travel to their grandparents’ countryside residence via railcar, hoping to reconstruct the shards of a shattered life. With an uncertain future, Haruka Kasugano clings to memories of the past, hoping to find the strength he needs to protect his ailing sister. With a destiny irrevocably tied to that of another, Sora Kasugano clings to moments of the present, drawing comfort and security from the company of her brother. Two lonely souls so physically alike, yet spiritually divergent, unaware of the challenges these conflicting expectations will unveil in the days to come.
(This Series is based off of an Adult Visual Novel developed by Sphere)
Impression: I went into this series with absolutely no expectations from the beginning. The only thing I knew about the series is that it was based off of an adult visual novel that was released for the PC in 2005. As expected of AT-X, they had very minimal censoring which seems to have given many people the wrong impression for this series and simply writing it off as ‘hentai’. Going beyond the nudity the is present in this series, there is a lot of drama and some very amazing stories.
The series has come up with a unique way of presenting itself. It uses ‘common’ episodes to lay groundwork for the Haru to fall in love with 1 of 4 girl, with the first 2 episodes being in-common to all arcs. By separating the series in this kind of fashion, they are able to tell a story without repeating the same things to get to the same point and the story stays to the point, which is how they are able to tell 4 stories in only 4 episodes. I must say though, 2 of the 4 arcs seemed to be missing a lot of plot development, the Kazuha and Nao arcs, and seem to suddenly move to quickly without allowing for too much of an emotional build-up.
Akira’s arc on the other hand was probably a highlight of the series, next to Sora’s arc. The emotion running through the whole Akira arc is really nice and makes it a worth-wild 2 episodes as Haru opens up Akira’s past and helps find out the truth about where she is from and who her real mother is. Its a nice arc and arguably the highlight of the series.
Sora’s arc is probably going to stay in everyone’s mind for a long time due to the controversial nature of the entire arc. The emotional build-up from the Kasugano twins’ past really makes this arc stand out from all the rest. Many people wrote this arc off as immorally wrong and refused to watch it, but it wasn’t simply about Haru falling for his sister and lusting after her. The entire series itself built up and added plenty of emotional build-up even from the other arcs. Sora’s Hikimori lifestyle made it even more emotional when she actually begins to show a cute side after Haru lets his lust for Sora consume him. It really drives it home when Haru is torn between loving his sister, his morals, his relationship with Nao, and what society thinks of him as he is emotionally split and doesn’t know what to do. The best part of the entire arc would have to be when Haru and Sora are drowning in the lake behind the Shrine Akira lives at and it appears like it was a suicide until somehow it seems that Sora managed to save herself and Haru, believed to actually be a result of the mystery of the lake itself. After being reborn, the twins decision to move and live abroad gave a nice touch to the ending as to stay where they were was not really much of an option any longer after what happened. In my opinion, the Sora arc itself may have just made this series one of the best series for all of 2010.
This is certainly a series to remember for years to come and might possibly be one of the last series like it with the new ban being passed which will allow the Tokyo government to basically say what can air and cant air. Then again, this is an AT-X broadcast that is not found on local television in Japan so it is possible that there may be more good series like Yosuga no Sora to come. At this point, all we can do is sit and wait.