School Days, Higurashi and Yosuga no Sora: Anime’s Blood and Sex Trilogy

With only a few exceptions, I will talk about anything anime related here at Shallow Dives in Anime. This means that I’ve covered a wide range of different shows, from the comedic, to the action packed, to the straight up lewd. I quite enjoy this approach, mostly because I believe you can find a good story in any genre if the effort is put in. Throughout the two years I’ve done this blog however, there have been three shows that really stood out to me. Anime that talks about interesting ideas, or have compelling stories, or take risks in what they show. Some are better than others, not all of them are considered ‘good’ by the fandom, but they are still worth talking about. I’ve spoken about them all before, but after the cut let’s discuss School Days, Higurashi and Yosuga no Sora, or as I call it. Anime’s Blood and Sex Trilogy.

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: Quiet Beauty

While we keep things shallow here at Shallow Dives in Anime, that hasn’t meant that we shy away from looking at all aspects of a series. One such show, one that I never thought I would honestly discuss was Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, we are least alone.

It has been a show that has, probably rightfully so, meme’d and joked about by the anime community for years. Considering the show’s content, I am not surprised. However when sitting down to watch the show, cover to cover, putting all of that aside and judging the show for what it is. I can’t deny that I really, really enjoyed it.

Yosuga no Sora is a story about loneliness, regret, and sacrifice. A story that doesn’t shy away from its erotic elements and embraces the truth that teenagers will be intimate with each other. A story about young souls trying to move forward even when shackled by their past. Coupled with one of the most beautiful themes to ever grace the medium, Yosuga no Sora is a show that deserves to be more than what the memes have made it. Links to all my posts on the series, including a conversation with fellow blogger Infinite Zenith can be found after the cut.

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Tune of the Week(ish): Yosuga No Sora’s Kioku

Watching Yosuga no Sora: In solitude where we are least alone, was an interesting experience. Looking at the series for what it is, away from the memes, the jokes and it’s reputation. I found it to a very well done piece of work that didn’t pull its punches when it came to the content.

Most of all though, I absolutely adored it’s soundtrack, which remains one of the best in the entire anime library. Whatever you think of the show, this theme is hauntingly beautiful. The Tune of the Week is the main theme of Yosuga no Sora: Kikou, conducted by Bruce Wen-li!

Sitting down with Infinite Zenith: Yosuga no Sora

Hey guys.

It’s collaboration post time! While my good friends at Ecchi Hunter are busy with their own posts, I knew that I couldn’t let my look at the anime Yosuga no Sora: In solitude where we are least alone, end without a chance to sit down and talk it out with a fellow anime blogger. Infinite Zenith had recently watched the series as well, and was more than happy to sit down and hash out some thoughts! It was a damn great conversation and I admire Zen’s ability to dig into themes and settings (where I mostly go ‘yeah, that looks nice’). Of course I bring my own takes on the series that I hope were just as interesting!

I hope you all enjoy our conversation as much as we did having it!

Check out our post here!

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Final Thoughts on Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone.

Anime’s greatest strength is it’s ability to be many things, and tell so many different stories. That diversity of views, the ability to take almost any concept, from the heartwarming, to the tragic, to the comedic, to the just plain insane. When other people sit there and ask “why?” Anime proudly stands tall and says: “why not?”

That has been the mantra that I have approached here at Shallow Dives in Anime. I don’t turn away from series just because they are strange, or address controversial or even taboo themes. These things deserved to be talked about, to be judged fairly and with open eyes. Whether you end up enjoying it is up to you, but to dismiss something out of hand just because it tackles something you might not approve is, in my view, the height of arrogance.

This month I have done such a thing, and after the cut, join me as I give you my final thoughts on Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone.

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: The Sora Arc

Our look at the anime series: Yosuga no Sora: In solitude where we are least alone, continues! And we have finally, finally got to the the infamous arc, but before we even start, I want to get this out of the way right now.

The portrayal of close sibling to sibling relationships is something that is part of the anime make-up. It is not part of every single series, but it is something that crops up more often then that. It’s there, it happens, and I’m not going to waste my time hand-wringing over that. This look at Yosuga no Sora was not to point and laugh at the series and its reputation, but to actually take a honest and serious look into the story. To judge the series fairly on what it is. It’s uncomfortable and unsettling, but that what art is sometimes. So join me after the cut as we dive into the final arc of the series: The Sora Arc!

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Sora Kasugano: The girl who doesn’t want to be left alone.

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: The Nao Arc

Our look at the anime series Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone continues! We have covered the first two arcs and we are now moving on to the second half. Like with before, these two arcs have points were the plot diverges into each character. Today we are looking at the first of these, so join me after the cut as we dive into The Nao Arc!

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Nao Yorihime: The girl torn between guilt and desire

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: The Akira Arc

Our look at the anime series Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone continues! Last week we discussed the first two episodes and the Kazuha arc, which I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. This week we move on to the next two episodes which cover the other part of this story. Join me after the cut as we dive into next part of the series: The Akira Arc!

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Akira Amatsume: The girl who doesn’t want to rock the boat.

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Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone: The Kazuha Arc

It’s February! That means it is the month of love! While it isn’t our Summer of Love quite yet, I wanted to celebrate this month with a series I’ve been meaning to look at for quite a while: Yosuga no Sora: In solitude, where we are least alone.

Now wait! I know what your thinking! “Dewbond is reviewing that weird twincest series? Look dude, we were on board with the hentai shit, but this? THIS?”

We’ve all seen the jokes and memes about this show, I won’t deny them. But Shallow Dives in Anime isn’t a blog that shies away from anime, any anime. I’ll review whatever I feel like I want to talk about, and frankly I am really interested in giving this show a fair and honest review. I want to look at series for what it is, not what the internet has made it to be. So this month, I’ll be reviewing Yosuga no Sora, all twelve episodes, one arc at a time with my final thoughts on the series as a whole afterwards. Lets not waste any more time, join me after the cut as I dive into the first arc of the series: The Kazuha Arc.

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Kazuha Migiwa: The rich girl bound by duty.

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