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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
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  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 16 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: Sora No Otoshimono Forte

Sora No Otoshimono Forte Episode #01

Sora No Otoshimono Forte Episode #01 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     October 02, 2010
Release Date: October 01, 2010


Sora No Otoshimono Forte
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Delving into the dreams of the teenage cast can only lead to a whole lot of danger and naughtiness in the season opening episode.

What They Say
Hi, this is Tomoki. All's well in Sorami City after we fought off the Harpy assassins sent from the New World, the Synapse. Peace and quiet is the way it should be. But, it seems like Ikaros and Nymph are doing their best to mess that up. Though recently, I've gotten used to that, too. I just wish nothing else goes wrong. But, I had that dream with that girl in it again, even though I hadn't had it in a while, and that was the start of another mess... Wonderful.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Having missed the first season, I get to go into this season without any knowledge of it but the opening minute sets it up pretty nicely as we're introduced to a young man named Tomoki who awakens to quite the erection while two very attractive young women are sitting around him. That's enough of a problem in itself, but when he hears that Sohara is in the house and coming to see him so he has one of the women, the very busty Ikaros, to essentially shoot at it in order to get it taken care of. It's an extreme but it shows the kind of fear he has and the general way the show will actually work.

The series is a pretty standard mini-harem setup and they do a nice little recap after the opening to fill in some of the basic blanks and get the cast introduced before moving forward. Tomoki's been having a dream lately, something that's bothering him since it's not the standard kind of dreams a young man would have with such hot women in his life that are very friendly with him. So using their special technology called the Dive Game, everyone takes a leap into the dreams that Tomoki is having. Unfortunately, it sends them into other people's dreams first and it's a pretty interesting world that comes up there, since it starts with a killer pterodactyl chasing after them. Another nice element of the show is made apparent early here with the chibi-size versions of the characters running around like mad in a panic having fun. Forte is showing off its style easily and with a really nice level of character design and animation, it's quite a bit of fun to watch.

The visit to a couple of dream worlds is a good part of the fun here, especially when a really perverted dream world shows up and Sohara is such a fixture in it with Tomoki chasing after her that you can't help but laugh out loud. Sohara's reaction to it is very amusing because of the reason for her reaction over it but it's just a lot of fun watching all the variations of Sohara that comes into play and how various versions of Tomoki tries to take advantage of it. Thankfully, the show does spend some quiet time going into what the reality of Tomoki's dream is and I have to admit I was impressed by the music of the show, especially during this sequence, as it gave it more weight than I expected from a harem comedy series. That edge of seriousness being introduced early on is rather welcome since it allows the show to carry it throughout all the episodes without feeling like it's out of place when necessary.

In Summary:
Sora No Otoshimono Forte's first episode was a good bit of fun as I had no idea what to expect having missed the first season. It's easy enough to jump into and it makes me want to see that first season as well. The characters here are fun, if a bit basic, and it works nicely in getting us to know them in a manner that's silly and outlandish but has plenty of appeal to it since it gets to the core of a few of them in a good way. Granted, we do see the harem aspects several times and there's the push for a new character as well, but the opening episode has a good balance to it and I like that it's a bit more out there in its fanservice elements to run with it rather than play coy about it. I went into the show knowing nothing about it and now am looking forward to the next episode, something that doesn't happen with harem shows these days all that often.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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