The potential of second generation angeloids is slowly coming to light, with a whole lot of darkness.
What They Say:
It's Tomoki. There's a lot of people who say they've seen ghosts. But, if you listen to what happened to them, it's usually their friend's friend that the story ends up being about. And then it's always just some stupid story they hear on TV. Also, when someone brings up a scary story that they think is scary, it never is to anyone else. Why is there always one person in a group that is the "spiritual one," that can see or feel ghosts, or whatever? Oh, me? I have two strange creatures living with me, but I don't have an ounce of a sixth sense.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sometimes a simple visual moment can really set the tone of the series. While the show starts off dark with some tidbits about the second generation angeloids and their potential ability to dream, which suggests how far they've come but also how dangerous, what really gets you in the mood for the episode is after the opening. And that's having Sugata sitting by the river fishing only to reeling in Astrea, hook in mouth, yanking her out of the water, with her practically enjoying the whole scenario. While she's simply intent on teaching him a lesson, her strange ways and just the look of her as she's being yanked out is positively hilarious to watch.
This episode has a bit of a fun focus in general, which isn't a surprise when the episode title has the word watermelons in it. That means it could either be very pervy or just food comedy oriented. Or both, knowing this series. Ikaros' love of watermelons is one of the main themes to it wherein Astrea and nymph ends up gobbling down the whole field of them that Ikaros has worked hard to grow. When she shows up afterward, they panic in trying to come up with a solution, which leads to some magic that creates massive intelligent tentacle oriented watermelon monsters. Just that concept alone is silly enough to work here since it lets them have fun with weird creatures for a bit and sneak in some nasty tentacle action in a PG-13-ish way. Similar to the earlier piece, it's the kind of random comedy that I do find very appealing with this show when it wants to go this route. And seeing Ikaros' calm and collected solution to it all is even more amusing to watch since she plays the straight man.
While the comedy is pretty good in this episode, it doesn't go too far over the top compared to previous episodes. It's not focused on a larger gag, such as the wrestling or dream world and the like. It has the smaller moments, but it's also focusing more on the character issues with the first generation angeloids and their feelings over things. Ikaros feels out of sorts, Nymph gets put off by Astrea and the way she's so condescending towards everyone else and Astrea for her part is having trouble figuring out what it is she should be doing. She's still intent on killing Tomoki since she hasn't been given instructions otherwise, but she really like the closeness the others have and the kind of fun they have, so she knows killing Tomoki would bring an end to it all. Sora No Otoshimino Forte has certainly explored minor character issues before and does it decently here, with a well placed focus on Nymph and her wing related issues. It's not deep, since it's the very simple approach, but it has the right level of emotion and connection to make it likeable, though not moving. It does end up going towards the main part of action for this episode, but the underlying issues are still dealt with well enough.
Sora No Otoshimono Forte has a decent episode but it's the kind that really takes a bit to get to the point, which isn't bad. The focus on the various girls to different degrees and some of their issues that haunt them adds a nice bit of depth to them, or at least reinforces the issues if they haven't been all that prevalent this season, which helps to showcase what weaknesses will be exploited going forward. And Nymph is the one that gets the brunt of it this time around, both emotionally and physically, as an interesting second generation angeloid appears with a nun-like appearance. While not as in your face as past episodes or wholly as intriguing as Sugata's journey to Synapse, this is the turning point for the show where it's going to start moving forward more with the core storyline.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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