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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • 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 #03

Sora No Otoshimono Forte Episode #03 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     October 15, 2010
Release Date: October 15, 2010


Sora No Otoshimono Forte
© Crunchyroll

It's off to the wrestling ring for the gang in the midst of a festival which means lots of very tight outfits, bright lights and a lack of anything resembling a story.

What They Say
Hey, it's Tomoki. The time for Autumn festivals are upon us. They're always nice. You dress up in Yukata, window-shop. You can catch goldfish and there's always the candy apples. Cotton candy, okonomiyaki, and the shooting booths.... Sorry, I kind of remembered something bad that happened. Haha... I'm not one to get fooled twice by the same trick! Even if the Prez, Satsukitane, is using the festival to plan something...

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sora no Otoshimono Forte has been fun in its first two episodes as it's played heavily with fanservice and silliness in a way that really worked well for me. The cast of characters is pretty fluffy in general and it plays well with being over the top. The third episode starts off just as odd and silly as other episodes, but it unfortunately plays heavy in a wrestling series of gags for awhile that left me feeling pretty cold. It does run with the dirty level rather well though as Tomoki, wearing a mask, manages to feel up the female participants very easily and with some success before everyone turns against him.

Because of the whole wrestling concept, it's all about the various characters getting involved in the matches with their wacky pro-wrestling names and costumes. And with Tomoki playing the masked warrior well under the named Masked Dupants, it showcases all the various ways the girls act and how their quirks come out even when they're playing like this. Tomoki's nature, even in his chibi form as he's in for most of this, only adds to the surreal nature of it while making it cute and cuddly at the same time. Everything builds towards that one big match with the finalists when Mikako arrives on the scene in a full on cowgirl outfit that's definitely sexual and flies against the way Tomoki looks in his costume.

In Summary:
Sora no Otoshimono Forte really won me over in the first two episodes with what it did in terms of humor, style and sexuality, but this third episode left me feeling very disinterested. While the other episodes had a semblance of a plot and forward progress to it, this one is all about wrestling matches for the majority of it. That does allow them to really get into the fanservice side since the girls all wear skimpy outfits and Tomoki is all hands on in general, but it lacks the kind of fun that I found in the first two. The charm of the show was taking the real world stuff and turning it askew in a heavily fanservice mode but this one in a strange way seems like it goes too blunt. Too obvious. And with a complete lack of interest in pro-wrestling and all things associated with it, the only appeal here is the fanservice but even that feels forced in a way that it didn't in the previous two episodes.

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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general hentai 11/15/2010 8:45:06 PM

I disagree with this review. However, unlike the esteemed reviewer, I have seen the first series, and this episode draws heavily from references and knowledge of the festival episode from the first season, and other references from the first season.

I'll be curious to see how this works out when the DVD release is finally reviewed, because, by that point, the reviewer will have a better frame of reference to work with (It still won't be his favorite episode, but  a D ? No way). Far too low of a grade.

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