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  • Audio Rating: NA
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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
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky

Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Episode #05

Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Episode #05 Review

By G.B. Smith     August 11, 2010
Release Date: August 11, 2010


Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky
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Aoi and Manami prepare to rescue the kidnapped Kio and Elis, though it seems that the cat cultists' leader wants nothing more than to have a little harmless fun. The Dogs, however, have other intentions. 

What They Say
Continuing from last episode, Kio finally finds himself in bed with Elis, now completely within her mating season. Able maids take care of their every desire, and a girl in a sex micro bikini storms the ship, fueling chaos everywhere. Just what will happen to Kio and Elis? Meanwhile, Aoi and Manami, in their bathing suits showing off as much skin as possible, attempt to save the two, but a mysterious freak with a hidden camera watches them from the shadows.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
So, it seems they got tired of Star Trek and have this time opted for a Mission Impossible rip-off for their opening. And I didn't notice it before, but there's a Charlie's Angels pose by the three main girls in the opening animation. I guess the production team for this show has a thing for referencing older shows from American TV.

I will give the writers credit for one thing, and that is while they play with the tired cliche of Alien = God to backward cultists or people, at least Elis, who notes that she's not supposed to claim god status (it goes against Catian regulations, apparently) does try to do the smart thing with it: she orders her captor-worshippers to let her and Kio go free. Sadly, these cultists are more interested in declaring the existence of their god rather than obeying their god, and refuse. Instead, they bribe Elis and Kio with food, all the while Antonia, the wealthy spoiled brat leader of the cult, intends to get closer to her god.

Watching from the shadows is the Dog Leader, who has a plan of her own: she intends to send the Cat Cult (shorter than typing Cat-Ear Corps: Underside of Kitten Paw) to the bottom of the sea, along with Elis and Kio. On top of that, Aoi and Manami are visiting their friendly neighborhood weapons dealer, trying to amass a small arsenal with which to storm the huge Cat Cult ship, the Androala, a floating fortress. The only thing they need is a souped-up boat to reach the ship. Sadly, the only boat on the open (black) market was already claimed by someone else. But that someone else just happens to be Yuuichi, Kio's uncle, who happens by the weapons dealer's place (what does this guy do for a living??!? Seriously?), and tells the girls where the boat is (it was bought to be used as a prop in low budget action movie). Looks like things are about to get full of explosions and stuff.

Meanwhile, now that Elis has been fed, she decides it's time to go home. Her attempt to break out of their prison, however, backfires. While Elis has her powered suit, it's currently in "Mating Season" mode: since Catians in their mating season do not make rational decisions, the suits are automatically set to reduce their powers during that period (quite logical, but unfortunate in its timing). So, they are stuck. The Cat Cultists have another trick up their sleeves, and they present a present to Elis: a copy of an Assistaroid, made using Earth technology. The appearance is kind of right...except that the scale is quite a bit off, as this "Assistaroid" is taller than Elis (and much taller than Kio). The combat maid who presents it assures Elis and Kio that it is a robot, and not someone in a suit.

It would seem that the "Assistaroid" would like to play with Elis, and so off they go to the ship's built-in amusement part (it's a REALLY big ship). While there, the "Assistaroid" takes Elis for a ride on the merry-go-round, while Kio watches. As he wanders over to some of the arcade games, he notices that they are all single-player arcade machines. He wonders aloud whether the person in the suit would like to play with them, at which point the combat maid, who sports a nasty looking scar on her face, pops out of nowhere to state again that it is a robot, and not a suit with someone inside (if you have been smelling a rat...er...a seriously demented cat-fancier for some time now, your nose is working just fine).

In the meantime, Aoi and Manami are putting the final touches on arming the boat when the director of the movie that bought it appears. It seems that the girls made some sort of deal that they would appear in the movie in order to get on the set (and steal the boat). Unfortunately for them, the director, who is flaming with a capital F and only likes to use girls in his films, appears and asks them to put on their costumes for the movie shoot. They reluctantly agree to do so, but later run off with the boy, while in costume (their costumes are incredibly small bikinis: flattering on Manami, not so great for poor Aoi, whose charms are probably better played up with a different type of swimsuit). They've hijacked the boat and head out, but the director, undaunted, plans to follow them and shoot the whole thing on film.

As we cut back to the ship and the amusement park room, it appears the giant "Assistaroid" is sleeping next to Elis, being all tired out from playing. The combat maid is weeping, as she's never seen her mistress so happy and peaceful (yeah, cat's out of the bag now). At that moment, of course, the alarm siren goes off, and the Androala goes into combat mode (and sports more weaponry than a battleship). Maya, the chief combat maid whose name we finally hear in this episode, takes command on the bridge. The eyepatch maid we saw earlier wonders why Maya is so worried about one little boat coming at them, but Maya notes that Good Luck Momiji is headed at them, and she is one to underestimate at your own peril. Aoi and Manami begin their attack run, and their personalized combat Assistaroids get their own little part to play, as they hack into and take over the Androala's fire control and radar systems.

As if things are not hard enough for the Cat Cultists, it is at this moment that the Dogosians (or whatever they're called again) make their move. They have advanced weaponry, of course, since they are an advanced alien civilization as well, and the Dog Leader also seems to have a squad of her own robots to deploy. Aoi, Manami and the Assistaroids get on board the ship, and start doing major damage to it. The eyepatch maid, Commander Sara, decides to personally go out to stop them. Unfortunately for her, the one enemy she comes into contact with is neither one of the girls nor one of the armed Assistaroids, but instead one of Elis' cute ones, who was brought along as a electronic warfare unit. Sara has a weakness for cute things and cats, so instead of shooting it, she hugs it. In the meantime, Elis and Kio have not been entirely idle: Kio has put on Elis' power suit, and since he has no "mating season" the suit is now functioning normally, and they can escape from their room. Aoi, in the meantime has disabled the reactor on the ship, so that should be the end of the things, but the combat Assistaroids, during their sweep of the ship, have come upon the Dogs. It's not easy for Aoi either, as she is attacked by a woman wearing a powered suit that is just like hers. Except now we learn that the powered suits are Dog technology, and so Aoi is unable to use its powers against a Dog. Aoi does, however, manage to disable her opponent's suit (as she knows all about the suits' powers and weaknesses, and tries to escape. The Dog Leader, however, manages to hit her hard, and it doesn't look very good for Aoi.

Meanwhile, Kio and Elis join up with Manami and try to make their escape, though they are intercepted by Maya and Antonia. A standoff (on a sinking ship) ensues, but then Kio tries the power of making a moral lesson by speech, pointing out that Antonia has no friends, and that is what she really needs. The speech works, as Antonia realizes her evil ways. Whatever. The problem now is Aoi. Manami cannot contact her, and the Assistaroid with her, who can monitor people's vital signs, informs her (via signboard, of course) that Aoi is unconscious in the engine room. That's too far to go and save her, says Maya, but we know that they're not going to leave her behind, as Kio has that "I'm going to save her" look on his face. And so he does, going to the engine room and saving Aoi. Aoi, who is barely conscious, believes it's all a dream, her being carried away to safety by Kio as the ship is sinking around them, and thinks about telling him about her feelings for him.

Cut. Yes, it ends right there.

In Summary:
In this episode, they decided to ramp up the levels of fanservice and action considerably. We get quite a lot of fighting and explosions, with yet another three-way battle (this show likes to pit three sides against each other), as the Cat Cult has to fight off an attack on their ship by Aoi and Manami on the one hand, but also the Dogs, who have decided to have a hand in bringing down the Cat Cult. On the fanservice side of the ledger, we have Aoi and Manami in a pair of micro bikinis, which works very well on Manami, but isn't quite as flattering on Aoi, who opts for her supersuit later in the rescue mission. We also see more of the Dog Leader, who also likes to wear a small bikini. This isn't a show that will set new standards or surprise the viewer greatly, but it seems to be reliable in terms of providing big explosions and equally large breasts.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

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