If you don't have enough catgirls or aliens, or better yet, alien catgirls in your life, this just might be the show for you. Yet, the surface appearance and eye candy may well be a cover for a much more sinister plot.
What They Say
One day, a young Okinawan boy, Kio, encounters a voluptuous, beautiful girl named Elis. She's an unusual looking girl, with cat ears and a tail. Apparently, she's an alien. Kio gets into quite the predicament before his homeroom teacher Maki, and his childhood friend Manami, due to Elis's sexy behavior stemming from her lack of knowledge of Earthly customs. Just what is her reason for coming to Earth? In addition to this, a mysterious organization lurks behind the scenes.
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Wait a moment here, I thought we were getting alien catgirls? This whole entire opening scene looks like something from Full Metal Panic, and I'm not talking about the comedy school bits. We have shadowy organizations, and super black-ops outfits talking about stuff that I have no idea about, in the background a TV broadcast says that there's some kind of strange message that has been broadcast to the Earth, a simple single phrase: "Let's Play!"
In a stormy sea, a naval vessel of some sort is tracking a small and suspicious boat. Drug runners? Illegal arms merchants? Pirates? We have no idea. But they are heavily armed, and even start firing rockets at the naval vessel. At which point the little girl who looked like she was miles away, watching everything by satellite uplink gets into what can only be described as a high-tech exoskeleton mecha suit, suddenly emerges from out of the naval vessel, and then gives a complete beat down on the terrorists? criminals? who are in the suspicious boat. As it turns out, there are both illegal weapons and drugs on the boat, so perhaps we have a little of both here, criminals and terrorists. Where are my cute alien catgirls?
Oh, wait, then we get a UFO suddenly appearing out of the skies, which prevents the super-agent girl in the super suit from capturing the captain of the suspicious vessel. Instead, he hits a remote switch which explodes the boat. We do not know what happens to super-agent girl.
That's because now we come to see some Average Looking Young Boy carrying groceries. This is Kio, who is apparently coming to attend a family funeral, as his grandfather has died. He is met by his uncle, who engages in the standard sexual laced humor that passes for witty repartee in shows of this nature. Being asked about a girlfriend and answering in the negative, Kio's uncle points him in the direction of a young lady who has joined their gathering, a young lady with a nice figure, cat ears on top of her head and a tail coming out of her back.
Wait a moment. Ears? Tail?
Okay, so we have our catgirl, named Elis. She even has a bell collar. And apparently she has a taste for Okinawan food, rattling off a quick list of local dishes, obviously meant to tell the audience "this is Okinawa." It's also amusing how when she formally introduces herself, she has perfect formal Japanese manners...considering she's a catgirl alien. But let us pass on from this, just as the animators pass on immediately to a bit of fanservice, as they have Kio bow straight into the level of Elis' breasts. Of course he reacts in the standard embarrassed way, losing his composure to the extent of accidentally drinking beer, which immediately knocks him out. When he comes to, he is in bed in his own room, trying to remember what happened. He vaguely remembers going to his grandfather's funeral gathering, and then meeting the catgirl, getting drunk and passing out. Of course, moving his hand around in his own bed, it's perfectly natural for his hand to come upon something nice and plump and soft. Like a pillow. Such a perfectly round pillow. Wait...that can't be right.
Of course, Elis is in bed with him, and she's barely dressed. For those who have been starved for fanservice lately, this looks to be the series to answer your prayers. Though you'll have to wait for the DVD version to see everything, as there seems to be a lot of BRIGHT SUNSHINE to prevent seeing some things. And just when things couldn't get any more awkward for Kio, his next door neighbor Manami comes over to talk to him, especially to find out about the girl who came home with him last night. Manami isn't jealous, she just likes to tease (and pose with her decent breasts and do a little panty flashing for the camera) Kio. Of course, when Elis comes downstairs still in a state of relative undress, Manami is amazed at Elis' size and volume. As if things couldn't really get worse for Kio, suddenly in his house appears Ms. Itokazu, his teacher, who when she sees Elis, assumes the worst about Kio: that he has become some sort of debased otaku, who only likes busty girls who cosplay as catgirls. Of course, she is also a touch impressed and jealous of Elis' bountiful bust.
And then it appears some fisherman have discovered Elis' spaceship. The ship's navigation computer warns Elis, and she has the ship fly off and disappear for its own safety. After that, which was seen on TV while Ms. Itokazu and Manami were watching, the two human women leave, both with oddly determined faces. We then see Elis doing what will likely become a common element to this show, sitting around eating food specialties from Okinawa. But it appears that Kio and Elis are being watched. They are being watched by Manami from next door. Ohh, how cute, she's a stalking childhood friend? No, not quite. The equipment is not simple stalking gear. He house is also filled with military grade weaponry. Something's not quite right here. Manami puts on a headset and talks to a mysterious woman in a car, asking to be "put on the case." It would appear that Manami is not some simple Okinawan girl.
And then we have the teacher, Ms. Itokazu, who obviously is also not going to be all that she appeared on the surface. For she goes back to her place and immediately starts up her computer. There, she enters a virtual chat room area where she is greeted as Ender-san. Apparently she and her net friends are also very interested in aliens, especially in the whole First Contact part. She notes her disappointment at meeting a silly catgirl alien as the first contact between humanity and life out there. Ender-san needs help, however, to continue watching Elis, so she asks for support. Whoever she is working for, they have powerful friends as well, as her net contacts inform her that they have friends in the military, and support will be coming.
Well, it must be time for school or something, since Kio has to leave the house, but he doesn't want Elis coming along. He promises her that if she watches the house and does nothing, she can have anything that is in the fridge. At the mention of food, she is all smiles. As Kio is walking, he is met by yet another young woman, Futaba, who lent him some DVDs to see the other day. She is the shy type, as we can tell from the way she speaks and acts. It seems that she's a film buff as well, and suggests that they rent some DVDs together (perhaps she has feelings towards Kio?), but before that can happen, a man in a car comes along and offers her a ride to her father's house, as he is on his way to see him (she appears to know him and he calls her familiarly "Aoi-chan," so he is not a stranger). She gets into the car...and becomes a different person. Suddenly, she is quite, but not from shyness. There is a sullen boredom that permeates the look on her face. The man apologizes for interrupting her chat with Kio, and he even teases her a bit, asking if she likes that boy. He also suggests that he tell the boy about Futuba's real personality, at which point she threatens to kill him.
Aoi Futuba is just a cover. The girl's real name is Momiji, though that is just a cover name as well in all likelihood. Apparently, she works for yet another shadowy organization, one that seems to know all about aliens. Momiji herself is not quite human, as she has the ability to materialize objects out of nowhere. She is also apparently used as an assassin at times, and her new job is to take out an "illegal immigrant" and the man who helped her. The targets end up being Kio and Elis, naturally.
So we have not one, not two, but three, three shadowy organizations which may or may not have government ties involved in either watching or trying to kill Elis and Kio. While boobs jiggle all the way. I'm not entirely sure what they are trying to accomplish with this one. The fanservice parts with Elis are light and fluffy, pure cotton candy for the eyes. But with all of these secret organizations running around, they seem to be setting the stage for quite a bit of intrigue and possibly some more action along the lines of the opening scene. At the moment, it's almost as if we are watching two shows at the same time, but perhaps they are trying to see if they, too, can balance the two elements in the way that Full Metal Panic has successfully done, though we have yet to see whether they will develop Kio and Elis in any way beyond just having her bounce around and him feeding her while being slightly embarrassed.
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky, is a slightly odd show at the moment. It's schizophrenic. One part of the show is a light-as-a-feather fanservice comedy festival, with an overly bouncy catgirl named Elis come to play with a timid young high school boy, Kio. The other side involves a multitude of shadowy organizations who are intensely interested in Elis, though they certainly differ in their agendas. One seems content only to watch, another may plan something a little more drastic, and the third, the third is the most troubling of all, as they have issued orders to have not only Elis, but also Kio, eliminated. And all of this in just the first episode. I have no idea where they are going with all of these plot elements.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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