Celestial Method

Alt title: Sora no Method

TV (13 eps)
Fall 2014
3.062 out of 5 from 1,924 votes
Rank #5,254
Celestial Method

That saucer has always been in the sky... "I'm here to grant wishes." A mysterious saucer appeared in the sky above Kiriya Lake. When it appeared, the world panicked. But when it simply remained there, the terror disappeared. Eventually it became a tourist area, and people gradually lost interested. When two girls meet, it's a sign that things are about to happen again. A new story, where feelings change people.

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Episode 1

Saucer City

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Episode 2

Their Promise

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Episode 3

Where Memories Live

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Episode 4

A Fragment of Emotions

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Episode 5

Flower of Light

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Episode 6

True Friends

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Episode 7

What I Lost

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Episode 8

What She Believes

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Episode 9

The Meaning of Goodbye

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Episode 10

Where Wishes Go

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Episode 11

Night of the Meteor Shower

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Episode 12

Saucerless City

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Sora no method is a story about a group of 6 kids and their friendship. The protagonist is a girl called Nonoka, who after an absence of 7 years goes back with her father to the town where she had lived previously. Hovering over this particular town is a giant alien saucer which has been hanging there in the sky for (surprise surprise) 7 years. Nonoka has just sketchy memories of the time she lived there as a little girl, but when she gets back she re-acquaints herself with her old friends and slowly her memories start getting clearer. Everything revolves around the saucer in the sky and the cute little girl called Noel who seems to have some mysterious link to the saucer and to the 5 kids. The visuals and animation are good, it's pleasing enough to watch. As for the sound, I just skipped OP and ED, while in general I didn't notice the background music nor was I disturbed by the voice acting - so all good in that respect. I think the characters are pretty average; each one has a distinct personality which comes across quite clearly but no one is particularly memorable; even though Noel is surely the one that you get to care about the most. The story too is narrated well in regards to pacing and atmosphere. All the previous mentioned aspects, even though I consider them to be good, cannot make up for the story's evident shortcomings.What makes this anime less than satisfying is the premise, the characters' motivation and the story itself which is quite lame.  Just as an example, there are a couple of episodes dedicated to Yuzuki where her hatred for the saucer is really played up a lot; but when the reason for that hatred is revealed, you are just dumbfounded as to how lame it is. And this happens a lot. Good storytelling is not enough if the story itself isn't worth telling.


The one I looked forward to this season alongside Amagi Brilliant Park, was this the one? Probably. What struck me was this looked like it could keep up with PA Works's beautiful animation and visuals, and the story was something nice and tragic between friends, Something I quite enjoy as they make nice stories sometimes. Well, Celestial Method was in some way successful in one way but dissapointing in another. It definitely has the PA Works feel in terms of tragesy and visuals but It sort of the same as a PA Works anime. They are 90% boring and unsuccessful. Nagi No Asakura was perfection in terms of everything and PA hadnt delivered ( for me anyway, Im not keen on Glasslip nor Shirobako) since. 3Hz kind of tried to do so And I do enjoy this series a lot, but it didn't deliver as much as I wanted it too. It has been done better than a regular PA anime, but still isn't perfect. The story is quite nice, quite tragic and sad yet very uplifting in parts. I don't mind a Melancholy feeling or atmosphere, and it certainly brings it across nicely, But when they resolve anything in this series, the reasonings are a little plain and boring, so you start to feel a little rubbish when you start getting a good feeling for whats going on and kind of ditch it with bad reasons. Atleast they explain everything in Celestial Method about why and what is happening, RIGHT GLASSLIP? I think a lot of people picked this up for the same reason, which is one cute-ass Loli. She's cute, and energetic, and does all the cute things you wanted to happen so thats why people are watching. Its a complete shame that even Rule 34 and all those Lolicon's have already demolished this characters innocence. The other characters are pretty plain so theres nothing to look out for. They work though, I guess. Music is nice and chill, makes nice atmosphere and is noticable when listening in, but I expect good music in these genres otherwise, you cant set the correct moods and you fudge the entire anime up. Art is what they call "MoeS**t" so if you're into it, which I don't mind at all, then you may not enjoy watching the over cute style with its nice bold eyes and colourful designs. In honesty, theres a lot in this anime that could throw people off completely and I'm not entirely surprised. So not something new or original. Its a nice watch if you are into this but thats about it, I can't exactly recommend it to you unless you want to watch an anime just for an energetic Loli. I like the story and atmospheres but its a shame they couldnt make this a little better, but its expected I guess. A 3 and a half from me. Okay story, Okay music, Characters are plain but thats what i expected. I got what I wished for just not the same impact i was hoping for. This will probably get hidden in the dust when the new season starts, So not really something I recommend

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