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So Asobi ni Iku yo! has me thinking about my sadly neglected science fiction.
I recognize this feeling, though: It's so cool! I have to write something! ...then I get in front of the computer with the word processor running, and nothing.
A lot of the Catian technology is past the Clarke Limit: it's indistinguishable from magic. But in the OP, Eris is flying a one-man ship in an amazingly blue sky, and it fires my imagination.
BTW, AsoIku is set in Okinawa. It's 26° north of the equator, yet in the final episode the Catians give Earth a space elevator with its lower terminal near Okinawa. Then again, their technology is beyond the Clarke Limit, as I said, so they've probably got several good solutions for the problems that would give rise to.
Building something like that would be a pretty big deal for us, of course; but Captain Kuune decides to do it as a lark, as a Christmas present. That is "indistinguishable from magic", damn it.
I really want a couple of assistaroids, too.
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I don't know how correct it is, but when I see the sky depicted as being incredibly blue, I think of the Japanese phrase "aozora", which means "blue sky". The sky really does get that intensely blue on occasion--it's not just an anime thing--and every time I see it in real life the same phrase comes to mind.
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AsoIku isn't the first anime series I've seen that was set entirely in Okinawa. Stratos 4 was set on Shimojijima, which is considered part of Okinawa. It's southwest of Okinawa, though, halfway between Okinawa and Taiwan.
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Damn it, Google Earth is a time suck.