What better way to spend a festival than to go fishing for busty young women?
What They Say:
Episode 9 - A Fierce Fight! Fishing at a Carnival of Dreams...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Considering the more serious nature of recent episodes, it's not a surprise to find Sora No Otoshimono Forte playing more to the silly side this time around as they deal with a festival. A festival of fun of course with lots and lots of fanservice. It's the kind of episode that starts off with a yo-yo kind of event by having lots of buxom girls in a pool, in bikini's, bouncing up and down against their will. It's so dirty, so Tomoki, that it's positively hilarious watching it play out. Having all of them tied up inside it and then having the guys leap in, tied themselves, to rope up their prize is the kind of contest that needs to go worldwide.
The first half of the episode is dedicated to this game and the way it plays out, with such things as Nymph being considered a minnow of a catch compared to some of the other whoppers. There's a great sequence where Sugata and Tomoki go hunting for a legendary whopper which harkens back to classic seafaring material. Of course, transposing the great fish with a massive pair of breasts in a bikini top takes it to the next level, as does having Tomoki writing a letter to Ikaros that she reads about him proposing to her when he gets back, yet not being able to because of the hunt for the great legendary whopper. It's a cute bit of simple drama that gets played out here that's done purely as comedy and manages to work on some strange level.
One of the more amusing mini stories in this episode focuses on Tomoki giving Ikaros and Nymph and allowance. The two of them aren't sure what it all means, Ikaros especially, and both of them want to buy something for Tomoki himself instead of something for themselves. They go on a little quest to their mutual friends to try and figure out what it is they should get him, separately, and you just know it's going to end badly. Especially with Ikaros since she's still the one who has least adjusted to being 'normal' in this whole situation. Nymph at least has a few more emotions to her which helps her figure out what it is she wants to do. Of course, Nymph is also a bit more selfish and opts to actually use her allowance for herself.
With the show having taken such a serious turn recently, it's definitely welcome to go back to something so fanservice heavy. The serious episodes were a lot of fun and I'm very intrigued by them, but this is one of those shows that I want to watch and enjoy because it is raunchy and perverted with its cast. This episode succeeds very well just on the opening story with the yo-yo fishing contest that has everyone trying to get a whopper of a busty girl. It's completely silly and surprisingly fun and enjoyable. This series definitely has its own tune that it marches to and you have to be open to it. And if you are, you get something decidedly fun to watch. While it weakens a bit towards the final mini story here, the overall result is one that had me laughing and smiling throughout.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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