Anime of Tomorrow
Yosuga no Sora (review)
Final impression – emotional, but not tear-jerking 7/10
Following the death of their parents, Haru and Sora move out of their spacious apartment in the city and head back to their family’s house in the countryside. Beset by money woes and the loss of their family, they have to readjust to the small life and begin by rediscovering their childhood friends. The girls Haru played with as a kid have grown into young women, and they haven’t forgotten the nice boy who was always there when they needed a friend. Beset by troubles from seemingly every direction, Haru constantly must balance his love life with taking care of his antisocial twin sister, Sora. In doing so, they shed the innocence of their childhood and begin to grow into adults.
It really baffles me how it was possible this anime was able to be aired. I’ve watched hentai with fewer sex scenes than Yosuga no Sora (admittedly you never get to see too much, but it’s darned explicit compared to the usual fare I deal with from h-games turned anime). The development of the plot follows the formulaic standard that was set by Amagami SS just a season earlier; Yosuga no Sora separates the story arcs of the different girls into distinct “plot universes,” with each path following to its eventual conclusion of having that girl become Haru’s lover. This is opposed to the traditional way of having the story meander from girl to girl, ending each indistinct arc with a “let down” / “lets be friends” ending before the conclusion with the main girl he was destined to hook up with anyways. The music is really nice and the drawing style is very pretty. But given its very open portrayal of sexuality, Yosuga no Sora isn’t for everyone.