Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Episode #11 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:G.B. Smith
Review Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Release Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

So, all they have to do is get to the ship and stop it from imminent destruction? Not that hard. But not as easy as it seems. 

What They Say
Episode 11: I've Come to Look For It

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
So, picking up where things left off last time, everything that could possibly go wrong has: the Catian main ship is on a collision course with the Earth, Captain Kuune is unconscious, and Elis and friends have barely fought off an attack by Dogisian Assistaroids themselves. At least the Earth itself doesn't have to worry too much, as the Catian spaceship is programmed to self-destruct before it might crash into a planet. Of course, that means the death of the crew, except for those isolated on the bridge.

The only way of stopping the death spiral is for the Captain to issue an override command, but as she is unconscious, there is no way to do that. The second in command, Commander Melwin, does not have the authority so long as the Captain is alive (thus, the Dogs rendered her unconscious without killing her). Now, considering the rather blunt and unimaginative deus ex machina events of the previous episode, it should come as no surprise that we get another one, this time one that will help our heroes: Captain Kuune's bell, which is her personal Assistaroid and data organizer, suddenly attaches itself to Kio. Before Kuune fell unconscious, she transferred her bell to Kio, which apparently meant that she also temporarily transferred her status as Captain to him, making Kio the new Captain of the Catian ship. So, all they have to do now is make their way to the ship, and he will be able to issue the system restart command. The frozen crew outside of the bridge? That gets taken care of by a visit to Ichika, who gives Elis a special seal that will undo the time freeze. It appears that people have been illegally selling the special seals, and thus that's how the Dogisians got a hold of them. As for getting up there, leave that to Antonia, who plans to buy a rocket for Elis, just because she asked (it must be nice to have more money than one could ever possibly figure out what to do with). While an Earth rocket doesn't quite have the capability to travel to the Catian ship, Elis isn't worried, as the core of her own personal spaceship, the Ruruso, which would not have been destroyed during the attack, will come to her and with it, she will be able to build a basic warp drive with some help from the Assistaroids.

See? Isn't that all very convenient?

Of course, it's not all that simple, as the Dogs managed to get all of the rockets on Earth tied up. Their only hope then is to build their own. With the use of Kuune's bell, apparently Kio can reorganize matter at the atomic level, but he has to be able to imagine clearly what it is that he wants. While imagining the body of a spaceship is not too hard for a layman, imagining the engine, down to the smallest parts, is not likely so easy. So, they need to at least find an engine. They do...in Russia. Through a contact of Maya, one of Antonia's security maids, they manage to get a hold of the engines from disused ICBMs.

So, everything is fine, yes?

No, of course not. Some suspicious character lurking in the shadows sees the group. Later this suspicious fellow grabs Kio when he is alone. All of this time, we have some more worthless "who really loves" Kio angst, with Manami and Aoi even arguing over the matter. All this while, no one thought to watch Kio? An alert goes off, and so everyone rushes to find out what's happening. So, of course Aoi runs into the man holding Kio, and manages to free him. Non-lethally, unfortunately.

To add to their problems, now a NATO army is apparently headed towards the missile base, their cover story being that they are there to take down "terrorists" who have overrun the base. The gang now only have three hours to finish the rocket and make their escape. Kio builds the rocket, but as he is finishing it, the enemy is approaching. Jens and Muttley are also preparing to make a move.

Looks like things are building up to a climax with the next episode.

In Summary:
Things look grim for the Catians: the Captain is unconscious, the ship looks headed for destruction, most of the crew are frozen in time, and Elis and the gang have no way to help. Then suddenly, it's discovered that the Captain being unconscious is not a problem, the ship can be stopped from destruction, the crew can be unfrozen, and a means of getting to the ship can be procured. Well, looks like those insurmountable problems were not so insurmountable. A few distractions get thrown in, but are also handled quite easily. Since it is fairly obvious that Elis, Kio and the gang are going to save the ship, though we'll probably have one more useless annoyance from the Dogisians to put up with, there really is no tension, no drama. Only annoyance, the annoyance of having to sit through a completely unexciting "dramatic" conclusion to a show that would have been better off remaining light and fluffy.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

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



Mania Grade: C
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
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