Sora Suzuki is a 16-year old girl who lives on the countryside of Hokkaido with her mother. She has the ability to use magic, which seems to be something quite ordinary in the setting of the story. She heads for Tokyo to attend an internship, which prepares her to become an officially recognized mage. After attaining her title, she plans to carry out the request of her deceased father.
In Tokyo she makes new friends and gathers new experiences, meanwhile leaving a big impression on most everyone she meets.
Someday's Dreamers II: Sora, (also known as Someday's Dreamers II ~Summer Skies~ and Mahou Tsukai Ni Taisetsu Na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~ in Japan) is the sequel to Someday's Dreamers, dealing with the same basic premise of a magical internship, but with totally different characters and storyline. The anime series is based on the manga by Norie Yamada and Kumichi Yoshizuki, running for 12 episodes in 2008, produced by Hal Film Maker.
Despite the magical theme, it is very much a slice of life show, emphasizing the relationships between the characters. This is not to say that some of the magic feats aren't impressive though—especially Sora's. The series is also notable for its highly detailed backgrounds, set in real-life locations, which are used for large amounts of scenery porn.
This series provides examples of:
- Beach Episode: The bikini-less variety.
- Boy Meets Girl
- Chekhov's Gun: The note Sora is reading at the start of the series.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Morishita.
- Contrived Coincidence: Sora just had to be around during the freak accident with that truck.
- Country Mouse: Sora.
- Distant Finale: Skipping five years.
- Downer Ending: Always subjective, but it can leave the viewer feeling a bit cheated.
- Fanservice: What fanservice?
- Go Out with a Smile
- Greek Chorus: Yasuko, in a way.
- Ill Girl: Sora.
- Inept Mage: Which makes sense for apprentices.
- Mental World: Evoking one is one of Sora's powers, which becomes important later on.
- Meaningful Name: Sora means "sky", leading to a lot of aerial imagery.
- Memento MacGuffin: Sora wears her father's watch all the time.
- Mood Whiplash: Aside from some relatively minor issues, the show is rather light and happy—until episode 10.
- Mundane Fantastic
- Mundane Utility: Mages are actually prohibited to do this, although they sometimes cheat.
- Not What It Looks Like: Used non-comically.
- The Promise: Made by Sora to her late father.
- Polly Anna: Sora.
- Psychic Powers
- Real Place Background: The locales of Biei, Tokyo and Kamakura can be clearly recognized.
- Scenery Porn
- Shy Finger-Twiddling: Done by Sora after she saves lives using her powers.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: The teachers at the mage school seem to be of this type.
- Slice of Life
- Snow Means Love: Sora uses her magic so her friend Michiru can confess to a boy in the snow—indoors, no less.
- Soap Opera Disease: Sora's heart condition.
- Stock Footage: Background characters have the tendency to reappear throughout the show.
- Street Musician: Yasuko, who performs across Shimokitazawa station, and whose songs more or less form a commentary on what is happening.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Guess who.
- Tsundere: Asagi.
- 12-Episode Anime
- Wham Episode: Episode 10, when it is announced that Sora has a terminal illness.
- Wizarding School