Will Kio and the girls be able to save the Catian ship from a certain doom? Will Aoi finally have the courage to express her love for Kio? Will Manami stop trying to forget her own feelings? Will anyone really care about those last two questions? Find out in the final episode of the season of Asobi ni Ikuyo.
What They Say
The time has finally come for the fight that will determine the fate of Catia and Earth. The girls find themselves coming face-to-face with each other and with what they want deep down inside their hearts, even though they share the same strong desire to protect what's right. As he fighting gets fiercer, emotions race and wounds from the past open again, and events take a turn that no one could expect. With the beautiful Earth to their backs, what will happen to the young men and women that scream of love? Where does Earth's fate lie?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This is it. We come to the final climax, the fight to retake the Catian ship and prevent it from crashing into the Earth, which would kill all of the Catians on board. Kio and the girls have a rocket ready to head out there, but a NATO army division is headed towards the Russian missile base where they are launching from. Antonia's Maid Army, armed with Catian weapons (which are non-lethal, they destroy inanimate matter), riding on motorcycles, attack the tanks and neutralize them. Yeah, sure. At this point, there is no point in trying to maintain any suspension of belief.
On the bridge of Kio's rocket, we have relationship angst playing out, as Manami seems upset by how close Elis has gotten to Kio. It all sort of explodes in tears for Manami after she tries to urge Aoi again to make her feelings known. To be honest, this is probably the weakest part of the entire show. Yes, watching a bunch of maids riding snow motorcycles, carrying automatic weapons fighting off an entire tank brigade and an air cavalry unit seems entirely more believable than the relationship arguments between Manami and Aoi. Why they would be fighting over such an average specimen as Kio is beyond all belief. There is nothing inherently wrong with Kio. He seems a nice guy. But he also has no outstanding qualities whatsoever that would make him a believable chick magnet.
And then we get the kicker. Elis, grabs Manami and Aoi, says that they are all in the same boat, and that it will all be fine, since they can all be Kio's lovers.
Okay, folks, I'm out of here in terms of the relationship drama. I have no further comments about it beyond what I've said.
Once they are in space, things are not smooth sailing. After all, as we saw last episode, Jens, the Dog Leader, took her own ship into space and prepared to ambush Kio's little rocket. In order to allow him to make the jump to the Catian ship, the girls head outside in their armored suits, along with little spaceships piloted by their personal Assistaroids, holding off the Dogisian attack. Wearing suits that are somewhat similar to sentai outfits, the girls destroy all manner of missiles and tiny ships that are launched against them, buying Kio enough time to jump through the warp gate that the Assistaroids built for Kio's rocket. One last burst of missiles comes close, but Kio, alone, manages to make it with his ship through the jump gate. Once he's at the Catian ship, I guess it must be time for...
Action Boy Kio.
Sadly, yes, Kio dons his Catian powered suit and makes his way through the Catian ship, heading towards the Bridge. The Bridge crew, who were not affected by the time freeze on the ship, also come out fighting, to try to join up with Kio, so that he can get to the Computer Room and order the system restart. They manage to link up with him and go to the main Computer Room, but once there, the system refuses to accept his command, since he is not a Catian. But using the bell he got from Kuune, however, he is able to change his DNA to that of a Catian.
Oh, now Kio's going to become a cat boy.
Things get a bit more dramatic back at Earth. The girls manage to destroy the ship of Jens, the Dog Leader, but it winds up crashing into the large space platform that she had used before, and it begins to head into the Earth. At its current angle of descent, it will crash into the sea not far from Okinawa. So, Aoi, even though her ship is low on fuel, rushes over to the platform, trying to use her ship to change the angle of entry (which would cause it to burn up in the atmosphere). She is running out of fuel however. Manami, not to be outdone, joins her, as the two of them plan a joint heroic sacrifice to save their home. Of course, they're not going to die, because Elis comes in at the last moment to grab the two of them before they get caught in the gravity pull of the planet.
So, everyone is saved. The girls later go to visit the Catian ship and see Kio, and notice that something is slightly "different" about him.
To end the show and this series, we have an epilogue where Kio has explained to his uncle why he suddenly has cat ears, though he expresses the desire to go back to original form (apparently Catian and human DNA is very close, but not exactly the same). We also see the Catian Christmas "present" to the people of the Earth: a space elevator (a large cylindrical structure that can allow you to get into space without the need for a propulsion device). A nice little atmospheric effect comes into play when they deploy it.
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky, is a hard show to describe as a whole. It is far easier to describe its parts. The opening part, a pair of slightly confusing, but far more interesting for that, tense action thriller episodes which saw three shadowy factions pitted against each other for control over the possible first contact between Earth and an alien race, provided the possibility for a slightly different experience than the promotional artwork, which made it clear that this was going to be a fluffy fanservice comedy with hints of romance, would seem to indicate. The intrigue of the opening act, however, was quickly resolved and pushed aside, sadly, and the promos proved to be correct, as we were introduced to the eye-candy du jour, a race of space cat girls, some of whom are on the extremely busty side, while others were designed to appeal to the flat-chest fetish segment. The two human girls who would be on constant display, Aoi and Manami, would also each appeal to one side of the size spectrum. So, for much of the middle, the show settled down to being a silly fanservice comedy with the potential to turn into an inane harem show very easily. There would be diversions into action again, especially as a new, hidden enemy began to show themselves, the Dogisians, the arch-enemies of the Catians (oh, how original).
Having wasted enough of our time with relationship angst, as one of the girls could not work up the courage to express her true feelings (though she has enough courage to fight heavily armed men and women in hand-to-hand combat), another was lying to herself about her own love for the male lead, while the other girl was just horny until forced to take a little blue pill that has the opposite effect to the famous little blue pills. In the end, however, being a silly fanservice comedy with occasional forays into action was not enough. It became necessary to create a "disaster emergency" plot to end the season, forcing the rather average and nerdy male lead to become an Action Man, rushing to avert the disaster. Let's see: average nerdy boy gets super-powered suit, becomes captain of an alien vessel, and has three really quite hot girls near his age almost tearing each others eyes out to determine who gets to be his girlfriend. Wish fulfillment? I cannot think of a recent show that has fit that description more strongly than Asobi ni Ikuyo.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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