Sometimes an episode title can give away too much. This episode is called "Shock! The Angel's a Big-Boobed Bimbo!"
Need we say more?
What They Say
It's Tomoki. Ikaros and Nymph have been acting strange lately. It's like they've started to think about the other sex. They blush and get uneasy. I see them and I can't help but get turned on, even though they're not human. In order to rid myself of all worldly desires, I decided to train deep in the mountains at a Zen temple. Cool, aren't I? But, even though I went out of my way to train, Ikaros and Nymph, even Sohara, made their way to the Zen temple--what a pain. They need to quit doing this stuff.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The opening episode of Sora No Otoshimono Forte was a surprising bit of fun and easy to get into without seeing the first season. Sometimes it is good to watch something so completely devoid of mental calories, especially when you watch a regular stream of shows with stories and plots that carry on for a bit. Sora basically gives you a lot of fanservice, dramatic situations and fun all mixed together. There are serious elements to it that come into play, such as the arrival of a new character at the end of the first episode when the angelic like character arrived, who has been named now as Astrea.
Said new threat isn't quite of a threat though because as the others point out, due to her makeup as an Angeloid, she's great at combat but is essentially an idiot because of her low processor ability, something the others have to varying degrees. When she makes an attack against Tomoki, one of many, she pretty much collapses outright. She's beautiful and has great combat skills but lacks the mental capability to really back it up in any meaningful way in a situation like this where she's trying to get ingratiated into Tomoki's life so as to strike against him. What she does provide is a rather large breasted character in compromising positions for us to look at and another hassle for Tomoki to deal with. Astrea doesn't provide a whole lot in her personality but she ends up in quite the competition with Tomoki as he's going through a bit of his own mental training.
Much of the episode deals with the silly fun of Astrea and the kinds of situations that Tomoki gets in with all the girls, including a heart wrenching scene with Ikaros where he loses something quite valuable. There is a moment where things touch upon the larger issue that the season may be tackling as the main trio comes across the small tree from Tomoki's dream and wonder what the real meaning of it all is. The heavy handed foreshadowing is definitely heavy handed, but it provides that small bit of serious material that it needs to balance the massive amount of silly and perverted. There's a lot of white streaks and symbols blotting out the dirtier stuff, but they take it pretty far at times without that as well, such as when Tomoki lands face first into Astrea's crotch for a strong close-up that was blunt to say the least.
Though I may not always get to it on a Friday, Sora No Otoshimono Forte is a perfect Friday afternoon show. It's light, simple, fun and funny as it deals with a young man who has far too many beautiful women in his life who are totally nuts in very different ways. Tomoki's pretty cracked in the head himself in a few ways, though he has his charming moments as well such as when his stack of adult magazines are found and they're targeted for destruction. I'll admit I don't exactly have high expectations of this show, not that booby fests can't be really serious (Divergence Eve, anyone?), but Sora No Otoshimono Forte intends to be about the fanservice and fun with a decent dash of seriousness to try and tie it all together. It revels in its own nature to the right level but knows when to go over the top, such as right at the twenty minute mark with one of the best parades I've ever seen in anime. For that alone, this is a stellar episode. And that's even before we get into the special ending sequence for this episode. Just... perfect.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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