Finally here comes the end of Spring 2011, and I am watching WAY too much this season, nevermind that this is a review for the first anime I finished this season... Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai or We Without Wings –Under the Innocent Sky-. First of all this is another of those animes like Yosuga no Sora, if you can’t put up with the hardcore ecchi, you won’t watch it, this is clearly apparent in the first couple of episodes of the anime.
We Without Wings is interesting in the fact that the story is similar to that of Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate, in the fact that the actual true story doesn’t become apparent until later in the anime, however this was dealt with clumsily and lead to a lot of people dropping the anime due to lack of interest in the story. The later episodes redeem this clumsy story-telling but throwing a timed curve-ball but, as mentioned earlier, this comes in too late. It explores many aspects of society, and delves into to psychological aspects later in the anime. In my opinion, if you can make it through the crappy first 5 episodes, it does a good job at redeeming itself.
Very nice animation, and when it did delve into the explicit scene it was censored, so a plus for those who don’t appreciate such explicitness, this however does work against the anime in the earlier episode blatantly omitting fanservice shots with yellow tape, which is incredibly annoying... Yes I know I’m creating conflicting point of view, but I like fanservice not sex. The animation style is sleek and well animated, just like many newer animes.
Not really the best, I mean that added to the intensity but most of the time felt unapparent and dull, nothing truly memorable. Voice acting however plays a very important role in the story and the seiyuu performed this well, many characters were instantly recognisable through their voices, which eased the confusion of later episodes. The Opening and Ending(s) were good, setting the whimsical and happy mood, but littered with hints to the true intention of the story, which strays from whimsical to serious later in the anime.
The large cast of characters is simply overwhelming, and most of these characters are introduced in the first episode, which caused me a lot of confusion and took 3-4 episodes before I started to make sense of it all. The leading males characters: Dora, Shuusuke and Takashi are strong character and are well developed (based on the circumstances) are clearly define individuality in personality... The leading females however, with their quirks, felt too similar to one another and none really stood out as an amazing character. Secondary Character play a large part of the story and everyone seems interconnected (similar to Durarara!) which makes gives it some redeeming points.
While not the best anime this season, it was definitely worth watching, though stupid I felt for the character and grasped their situation, this anime I think will be like the H2O ~Footprints in the sand~ debate, some people will think it is absolute crap and others will really enjoy it. I really enjoyed the anime and would recommend to anybody who liked: Chaos;Head, Yosuga no Sora, or H2O ~Footprints in the sand~. It’s one of those animes you take seriously and enjoy or you judge it and don’t enjoy it.
If your reading this please tell me what you think ^.^