When a hurricane heads directly towards Sorami City, you know there can be nothing good about it.
What They Say:
Episode 11 - 'After an Elegy of Illusions'
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Tomoki fraught with nightmares about the girls being laid out dead before him and things about the second generation angeloids, there's a lot of impending darkness in the series at this point. When you add in a lot of heavy rains and a hurricane heading towards the city, it only adds to that atmosphere. And with some of the girls at home at this point instead of at school since Ikaros is ill,, the darkness feels even more omnipresent than it would otherwise. Thankfully, Tomoki knows how to make the best of every situation though and admires the way the water makes the white tops of the school uniforms on girls show what lies beneath it.
This kind of setting has all the makings for a good fight scene though, outside of the bras that Tomoki is hunting up, as Astrea gets to deal with the second generation one that has arrived in the form of Chaos. There's a lot of potential for a good sequence here and Sora no Otoshimono Forte wants to play up two sides to it. While Chaos and Astrea work out the aggression in the real world, Tomoki is sent into the Dive Game world of his dreams with help from Sohara in order to deal with the threat from there. The contrast of the dark ominous skies of the real world with the rain and winds and the lush greens and calm steel of Tomoki's access to the dream world is really nicely done. It's so bright and striking in that world in comparison that it makes the real world seem all the darker because of it.
There's a lot to like as Chaos causes what her name is, but chaos herself is still a weak opponent in terms of character. Though this isn't her first outing in the series, she simply doesn't have enough of a personality to actually make her interesting. She has that kind of cold craziness about her that does make her fun to watch in the most basic of senses since she'll go the distance in a fight, but having her fighting against the girls doesn't raise things to the right level, especially since Ikaros is ill and she's not exactly a threat or a challenge for Chaos. It works a bit better with Chaos going against Astrea, but as weak as it is when she goes against Nymph it's even weaker with Ikaros. There's emotion to be had from the girls because of how it plays out, but against the backdrop of Chaos it just doesn't come across as credible as it should.
While Sora no Otoshimono Forte is unpredictable in how far it will go with fanservice, it is rather predictable when it comes to the actual storyline itself. But considering that it's been a background focus for awhile, it's not exactly surprising. As events rise up here, it takes on a decent tone with the main girls showing off their abilities and a nice little twist that will be sure to please Nymph fans, but the drama overall simply feels too manufactured. I really loved the opening half with the contrast between the two approaches and the visuals for the real world with the impending hurricane, but Chaos simply doesn't have enough to her to carry off what she has to here.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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