Season 1 Episode 1

Resounding Note - Streets of Dawn

Aired Monday 11:55 PM Jan 04, 2010 on TV Tokyo
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Resounding Note - Streets of Dawn
When Kanata was a child, she was rescued by a female soldier carrying a shiny gold trumpet. Now fifteen, she decides to join the military and be a trumpeter. What awaits Kanata when she receives orders to join a small unit in a town called Seize City?moreless

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  • Sorami Kanata arrives at the city of Seize into her initiation as a trumpeter for the unit station there, to discover that it won't just be learning the trumpet as her mission.moreless

    A-1 Pictures Inc. is at it again with its recognizable art style and mixed comedy/drama-esque storytelling. Sorami Kanata, a young trumpeter trainee gives me the impression of a typical clumsy-moe anime character, but the sudden perfect pitch insights, willingness to attempt professionalism, and the animation studio's proven tendency to allow effective dialogue-less plot advancement keep me interested in her. From her friendly decision to join the wine-splashing portion of the festival to her recognition of the pitches of glass accessories artfully contrasting to the sketch effect on people...

    Here we are introduced to Kazumiya Rio, first the person telling Kanata to back off the glass store to the random strict stranger admonishing her wine-splashed uniform - only later do we (or at least Kanata?) realize that she is a higher-ranking soldier in the unit. Am I reading into it too much? Perhaps. But the vagueness keeps me interested, and the cut to Felicia and Kureha (and Noel later on) are plot devices that naturally embed into the introductory episode.

    Everything seemingly random is suspiciously so important - the well-animated owl that swoops by and steals the bell, leading to a cut to the Fire Maiden festival and the winged demon... we are exposed to the world of SoRaNoWoTo in a way that doesn't reek of fantasy nor simplicity. It's like the story plot is being laid in front of us in such a way that we only think of it as a road to the next device - though, it actually is the plot itself.


    - typical A-1 Pictures animations, which is a good thing. Only a few animation studios give me a sense of good liquid physics and wind. We see that in Kanata's ride to Seize and the Fire Maiden festival. The details of character actions are focused on something always moving - your eyes don't get distracted by a strangely immobile shirt sleeve, a common annoyance in other anime.

    - cuts from light to dark are very dramatic and the art is just beautiful. Seeing the large mysterious skeleton glowing in the ocean, contrasting with the dark night above the murky ocean surface. The flashback uses selective contrasts and shading, also drawing the eyes toward the importance of the scene.

    - the festival is just so deceptively "side event" but I suspect it'll be important to the latter episodes. Half of the episode is on the festival, and yet you don't get a feeling that they're just throwing a plot device at you.

    8.5 for high first impressions and high expectations.moreless
Mayuko Takahashi

Mayuko Takahashi


Guest Star

Yu Kobayashi

Yu Kobayashi

Rio Kazumiya

Recurring Role

Mayuno Yasokawa

Mayuno Yasokawa


Recurring Role

Eri Kitamura

Eri Kitamura

Kureha Suminoya

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Regarding the villagers splashing each other with wine - it's most likely based on a real festival in Spain called the Haro Wine Festival, where everyone fills up various containers with wine and "attack" each other.

    • Kanata sees a "fish" figurine and reads the price as 10 yen and 25 sen. The sen is a subunit of yen (where 1 yen equals 100 sen) that, since 1953, is no longer in circulation.

    • The town of Seize is based on real world Cuenca, Spain.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Kanata is apologizing to getting lost again the day before)
      Kanata: Um... I-I'm very sorry about yesterday!
      Rio: Damn right, you are.
      Kanata: I-I'm sorry! But...
      Rio: I'm kidding! But from now on, don't do stuff like that. Not for something as stupid as this bell. (she holds up the bell she is wearing)

    • (Kanata is playing a wake-up reveille, although it doesn't sound very good)
      Old Woman: The girl they've got playing this morning isn't very good.

    • Kanata: Sometimes, getting lost means that something fun happens. But that's only when you meet someone new. It's no fun being alone.

    • (Rio is holding Kanata's stained and wet uniform after the festival)
      Rio: Looks like you made quite the target... Couldn't you have dodged a little?

    • (Rio points at Kanata through the window and Kanata runs off)
      Naomi: What's wrong, Rio?
      Rio: (referring to Kanata) A kitten had too much fun at the fair, and it ran off in the wrong direction.
      Naomi: Can't be helped... Cats always take their time getting places. That's why they're cute, you know.
      Rio: If it were a stray, it'd be OK. But it's a domesticated cat.

    • Kanata: (referring to her trumpet) I can finally let you sing.

    • Sergeant: Odd to see a new recruit, now that the draft's over.You volunteered?
      Kanata: Yes! I wanted to learn how to play music. I mean...
      Sergeant: An honest girl... I like that! Good luck, kiddo!

    • Sergeant: If you're nice to the trumpeter, you can hear them sound the retreat better.

  • NOTES (1)