The Best Anime You’re Not Watching: Sora No Woto (Sound of the Sky)
In a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by war, Kanata Sorami is inspired to join the Helvetian Army after witnessing a mysterious soldier play Amazing Grace on the trumpet. She is assigned to the 1121st Platoon, a small squadron consisting of five girls stationed in the remote town of Seize.
Why Nobody Has Seen It:
- At first glance it looks like a spinoff of K-ON!
- The characters come off as stereotypes (the happy-go-lucky one, the cool one, the quiet one, the tsundere, etc.)
- It’s mostly a slice-of-life show, which, combined with the moe artstyle, doesn’t usually lend itself to a post-apocalyptic army scenario
- Because it’s a slice-of-life, there isn’t really much of a plot at first
- The ending theme doesn’t match the rest of the anime AT ALL
Why Everybody SHOULD See it:
- Great development of the five main characters
- The characters amount to more than just their stereotypes
- Great design and animation on the tanks
- Episode 7.5 is fucking hilarious
- Actually gets serious and addresses the tragedies of war (not as much as it could have in my opinion, but at least it’s there)
- Shit can REALLY hit the fan (especially in the final two episodes)
- Surprisingly good at getting you on the Feels Train
- Absolutely beautiful soundtrack composed by Michiru Oshima (who previously did the soundtrack for Fullmetal Alchemist)
- The insert song “Servante du feu” is especially beautiful and carries a powerful message
- The opening is amazing; it has the same animation style as Elfen Lied’s opening (probably because both shows have the same director (not joking; look it up)) and the song is written by Yuki Kajiura and performed by Kalafina
Another story behind the scenes: This photograph is originally horizontal. There was a insane long haired dude in front of me with his arms up in the air THE WHOLE FUCKING TIME. Anna was also in the frame, the composition was great, but his arm was in the way.
The solution was to crop vertically. The intensity did not vanish.
Eluveitie was founded in 2002 as a studio project by Chrigel Glanzman. In the next year, Glanzmann decided to expand the studio project into a “real” band and recruited full time musicians. Eluveitie plays classic Gothenburg melodic death metal with elements from celtic folk music. The lyrics are inspired by the daily life as well as the spiritual life of the celtic tribe of the Helvetians. Some of the song are written in a reconstructed version of Gaulish, a celtic language that was used to be spoken in some parts of Switzerland. In 2015, the band experienced a major breakup where 3 of the musicians left the band. While the members were replaced soon after, the three musicians that decided to leave, started their own project called “Cellar Darling”, named after the first solo-album of Anna Murphy, one of the leaving band members
The endonym Helvetii is mostly derived from a Gaulish elu-, meaning “gain, prosperity” or “mulititude”, cognate with Welsh elw and Old Irish prefix il-, meaning “many” or “multiple” (from the PIE root *pelh1u- “many”). The second part of the name has sometimes been interpreted as *etu-, “terrain, grassland”, thus interpreting the tribal name as “rich in land”.
The earliest attestation of the name is found in a graffito on a vessel from Mantua, dated to c. 300 BC. The inscription in Etruscan letters reads eluveitie, which has been interpreted as the Etruscan form of the Celtic elu̯eti̯os (“the Helvetian”), presumably referring to a man of Helvetian descent living in Mantua.
The name of the national personification of Switzerland, Helvetia, and the country’s Neo-Latin name, Confoederatio Helvetica, are both derived from the name of the Helvetii.
From Old Norse helvíti (“Hell”), compound word of hel, Hel (“the goddess of the realm of the dead”) (itself from Proto-Germanic *haljō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (“to cover, hide, conceal”)) and víti (“punishment”). Compare Swedish helvete, Danish helvede, Icelandic helvíti, Old High German hellawîzi, Old Saxon helliwiti and Old English hellewite.
So no, there is no direct connection between the two words. While they definitely look similar, the nordic swear word has it’s root in Old Norse while the neo-latin word for Switzerland has a Celtic root that was later used in Latin as well (Irish, Greek and Romanian still use the Celtic root to refer to Switzerland, otherwise, helvetia and its variations it is only used in literature as a synonym of “higher poetic value”). The Indo-European roots are also different, as shown above