Reviewed by: Jason Stillion
Review Date: January 19th, 2016
Last Updated: Dec 10th, 2016
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Director: Mamoru Kanbe
Japanese Release: 2010
Official Website: Nozomi
Version Reviewed: Nozomi Dvd Set & Crunchyroll Streaming
Language Reviewed: Japanese with English Subtitles
Length: 12 + 2 Special Episodes / 25 minutes each
Official Nozomi Trailer
Plot: Kanata’s is a 15 year old that enlisted in the military of the Helvetia Republic. She’s assigned to the 1121st platoon, located in a remote fort located in the town of Seize, Trios. Helvetia has been at war with it’s neighbor, but is currently 6 months in to a cease fire.
Review: Being a fan of music composed by Yuki Kajuri and performed by Kalfina, I love the opening music. The focus is mainly about Kanata, but to a lesser extent, Rio. The setting is a fantasy European, with World War I & II technology. Examples are lanterns & candles for lighting, Bugle’s are used for all army signaling between troops and tanks. The city of Seize is fleshed out with it’s festivals, characters, traditions, and shown by the interactions with the characters. For it’s unique setting, it’s refreshing low on exposition, and very good about “showing” vs trying to “tell” you about the setting.
Note: There are two special episodes, one is an epilogue that takes place 6 months after the events of the final episode. The other special episode takes place in the middle of the series. Crunchy roll labeled this episode as 7.5.
There’s an “alternate” episode 1 on the Nozomi dvd set. The main difference is how they cut out the normal intro, and wove the intro song in to the beginning montage of Kanata’s trip to Seize.
My Grade: 4 out of 5 = “Loved it”
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