Sky of Iriya, Summer of UFO
Alex: What happens when a cliche gets done right? It’s sometimes a complete mess, and sometimes a really interesting result. Iriya no Sora is the latter of these two.It starts harmlessly enough; our main character is hunting for UFO’s one night, and breaks into the school to go for a swim.Despite the fact that this seems completly random to people like us, apparently thats normal in Japan or something. Whilst he’s there, he runs into a strange girl who can’t swim, and everything takes off from there.
It goes without saying that this girl in question is a pretty mysterious character, but the way that it the series uses its limited amount of time to both entertain and engage, as the strange story surrounding the mysterious girl becomes revealed at both a slow and fast pace, trying to keep the viewer interested with both a strange combination of fanservice, entertainment and mystery.
The story itself is very hit and miss, and being such a short story, it’s hard to tell if its good or not.At one point you get a comedic fight scene between the obligatory younger sister and the club president, and at another point you get a great episode which focused heavily on the romantic aspect of the two main characters, and thats what helps make the romance the best part of it. It’s a brief romance which would obviously end in tragedy from the start, but that doesn’t make it any less impacting when you watch the two main characters slowly break down and struggle to save themselves.
All in all, Iriya no Sora is a dark romance coupled with a sci-fi story of war and aliens. The characters are deep and powerful, even without very much development, because the development they do get is pretty good.
Mimi’s Score: 6 Meeps out of 10 (Fine)