The larger plans go into motion and Ikaros is forced into quite the problem as she must now kill Nymph.
What They Say:
The Voices of the Songstresses and the Angels Echo Through the Sky.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Unsurprisingly, manipulation is the name of the game in Sora no Otoshimono Forte as events are now tricking Ikaros into crushing and destroying Nymph. The maneuvers to destroy the first generation of angeloids is going ahead fairly well, but even Ikaros isn't quite able to do it since she just tosses her far away. It's bad enough in itself, especially in that Ikaros can't tell that it's not really Tomoki, but the whole cycle of events is crushing for Nymph. She's fought hard to not be considered just a pile of junk but it keeps being reinforced over and over to her. But all she wants to do is to help save Ikaros yet she doesn't even have wings. It's overly dramatic, but it's fitting with what Nymph has gone through.
This kind of drama is par for the course with this episode though as we see the angeloids struggling over what they are and their place in the world. Nymph highlights the feelings rather well when she talks about not having dreams and her lack of wings, and even Astrea is moved by it though it doesn't stop her from following through on her orders. With her really only being recently added to Tomoki's world and lifestyle, she's found it to be really enticing, but her ties to the other world are still far stronger and she's unable to break away from the tasks given to her. Her struggle has been apparent from almost the start of her introduction to the series and it comes to a good head here, especially as she's more powerful than most of the others yet more child-like in how she express herself.
The action side of the show really is a big part here overall as it lets the character designs and overall style of animation really shine. It's fanservice heavy by nature, but it's sort of there rather than being a defining focus. They have it, but they use the actual scale of the battle and the varied style of attacks to a really great level. It's an anything goes kind of style where the animation shines beautifully even in just the streaming format. The variety of the attacks, the colors of the sky alone, and the detail to all of it helps make it feel a bit more epic than it probably should. Though the choreography isn't anything to really write home about, they did a good job with it overall and delivered well on the action side.
Sora No Otoshimono Forte is in kind of an awkward phase at this point where they've hinted at enough of the main story pieces and have now started to engage in it, but I'm not quite sure it's a series that really needed to go so hard at it. A lot of the show has been about massive amounts of fun so far, and I definitely expected a serious arc as it got closer to the end, but the movement it makes here feels off somehow, like it's just a bit too early and a bit too big. That said, it does touch on a lot of the basic issues that have been toyed with since the start of this season and more so in the last few episodes. I almost suspect that this episode will play out better when watched with other episodes around it as opposed to a standalone piece, just to smooth the flow of it all.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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