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- Age Rating: 13 and Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: Crunchyroll
- Running time: 24
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p
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- Series: Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Episode #03
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Episode #03 Review
By G.B. Smith
July 28, 2010
Release Date: July 28, 2010
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky
What They Say
The Catians come to the table to negotiate opening diplomatic relations with Japan. Using their cute, glamorous, and sexy bodies as weapons, they come armed with an invincible fleet of school swimsuits, taking in the staffers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with their charm. Meanwhile, Manami and Aoi start living with Kio and Elis in the Kakazu residence in order to hide themselves from the organizations they were once with. It seems as if a rocky road awaits them as a complex web of feelings develop between the four, and feelings of temptation run throughout the household as the three beauties, plus Assistaroids, settle down together. What will happen? No...What will you do about this, Kio?The Review!
Put your phasers on Meow and get ready for the next voyage with our favorite alien catgirls on their mission to explore the strange new world that is the Earth. Uh, yeah. Just turn off your brain and enjoy the copious amounts of fanservice.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
One thing seems clear with the opening of the third episode: the writers are big fans of the Western science fiction franchise Star Trek. To the point where the opening to the episode is a parody of the well-known beginning to that storied show. We had a reference to Trek in the previous episode, and one wonders whether it might become a running gag. It is not, however, the main focus of this show, which is what they get in short order: they go straight for the school swimsuits.
Yes. Those of you who have wondered where your next fix of unrepentant fanservice would be coming from, wonder no more. As we have all female body types and stereotypes prepared and ready for you in tight-fitting school swimsuits for your viewing pleasure. So, the Catians have chosen to approach the Japanese Foreign Ministry wearing school swimsuits, as they apparently read that it is one of the best outfits on the planet. They read that, of course, from one of Kio's girlie magazines. Well, it's pretty clear where the original author's mind gets its inspiration from for this series.
Anyhow, the negotiations for diplomatic recognition go forward, and then the catgirls return to Kio's house, where they plan to stay until formal ties with Japan can be arranged. Also coming there are Manami and Aoi, who are now both on the run from their former agencies. They came originally to say goodbye before going on the lam, but the Catians invite them to stay in Kio's house, since they are taking it over and making it temporarily into their embassy on Earth, thus making it a place where terrestrial intelligence agencies cannot penetrate, since any incident could lead to a violation of international (or in this case interplanetary) law regarding embassies. Now, the two girls now have a safe haven for the moment, living with Kio and Elis under one roof (the rest of the Catians return to their mother ship).
The Dogs are not taking all of this lying down however, as the chief Dogisian woman (whose name we still have yet to learn) and her Muttley-like sidekick talk to a couple of humans. She notes that Dogisia came first to Earth, and will not tolerate the Cats coming along and doing whatever they want. So, the seeds of future conflict are sown.
Of course, having Elis, who is completely clueless about propriety and proper behavior on Earth, living with Kio and the two human girls who are closest to him, naturally leads to the same old, tired tropes. Kio wants to take a simple bath, but Elis comes in and winds up fondling him, with Manami walking in and throwing a jealous fit worthy of just about every bland, paint-by-numbers tsundere character out there (I say tsundere, because in these types of shows, it is pretty obvious that she secretly likes him, and will eventually soften up and show her sweeter side to him at some point). Kio's embarrassment is furthered when he tries to flee from the physically abusive Manami and runs into Aoi while he is still undressed, wearing nothing but Elis on his back. It gets worse when he tries to cover up Elis' breasts...by grabbing them.
And so it goes. At least the writers bring in some comic relief, as one of the Assistaroids (who can't speak) provides a comforting word to Kio via a sign that can swivel to reveal new text on demand. No.6, as we can call this Assistaroid (they have no names, but have now each been assigned a unique number, except for a pair of "twin" number 17s), provides a sane person with whom Kio can talk.
The action is not entire gone from the show either. As Manami and Aoi try to settle into their bath and trade some personal information (Manami reveals that she liked Kio, but does not think he likes her; Aoi has telekinetic powers, which is why her family abandoned her when she was very young and the world of black ops took over her life), an intruder appears, and so Manami and Aoi both go into secret agent mode, grabbing guns and chasing down a woman who has tried to kidnap one of the Assistaroids. While naked. Instead of bright sunlight or interior lighting (as when Elis was naked earlier in the episode), we instead have a great use of shadow, which is very intense over some parts of their bodies, while their faces, of course, remain perfectly visible even in the darkest corners outside. The mysterious would-be Assistaroid-nappers are caught, but escape using a stun grenade. Their identity is not revealed at this time, though we get a hint right before the end credits.
That night, Manami and Aoi have a little heart to heart talk, and Manami offers herself as an ally to help Aoi get Kio, since if she doesn't do anything, a certain large-breasted catgirl will easily win Kio's heart. So, the tried and true (and tired) Love Triangle rears its ugly head. As expected. (And if we wait a bit longer, it will soon become a Square, as we know that Manami also likes Kio. I wonder how many more young females who secretly love him will show up?). We do get two more pieces of information near the end. First, Manami's former CIA handler, Jack (which is actually an acronym/nickname for some long and ridiculous four-part name beginning with the letters J A C and K), tells her that yet another organization is interested in Elis, and at the very end, we see the woman who attempted to kidnap the Assistaroid apologizing to a girl on a huge ship. A girl with a long animal tail.
Expect more animal antics ahead.
The third episode of Asobi ni Ikuyo lays out the ground plans for this show: fanservice; typical harem hi-jinks; a splash of actions and gun play; rinse and repeat. On the positive side, the character designs are fairly attractive, and you get a range of them to enjoy. On the negative side, this show trades in all of the same old tired cliches that have appeared in shows where you have one somewhat unimpressive teenaged boy surrounded by at least 3 attractive females who are close in age. Thus, we get jealousy, we get overly provocative flirting and we get lots of blushing from the shy girl. I'm sure many of you have seen this play out numerous times. At least it's not horribly boring so far, but this is hardly the show that you will remember years from now and want to rewatch. Unless you have a particular fascination with Elis' breasts. Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English SubtitlesReview Equipment
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