The end of the second season has arrived and it's all about lightness, fluffiness and fanservice. Life is good.
What They Say:
It's Tomoki. The sun shines down gently. The smell of a gentle breeze. The nostalgic sound of the waves. You enjoy season because your friends are there to spend them with you. This moment will eventually become a memory, but why look back on all of this now? I just want to spend more time with everyone. I want to make the most of these cheerful, irreplaceable days I have with those creatures that fell from the sky. Peace and quiet really is the best. By the way, I seem to be getting... "carried away" quite a bit lately.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sora no Otoshimono Forte hit its high mark in the previous episode when it comes to the main storyline of the series and it did it fairly well. Being the kind of series that this is however, the team behind it knows they can't end things on a serious and emotional note, which is why this episode is all about boobs. Lots and lots of boobs. With everything having been settled, the girls are getting back into their lives with Tomoki pretty well. Nymph has regained her significant processing abilities with the return of her wings and she's using that to help restore Ikaros back to full functionality. But she's being a good older sister in telling Astrea that she has to grow up on her own rather than to have Nymph fix things for her.
For Ikaros, the return of her memory has her remembering a time recently when Tomoki said that she could stay with him forever. Because of what she's learned about proposals recently, she takes that to mean that Tomoki wants to marry her so she's all about getting closer to him and trying to get that settled. Tomoki naturally doesn't want to hear any of it and blocks it out well enough, especially when there's a whole lot of bathing suits to be gawked at while at school on such a warm day. When Tomoki cross dresses, I have to admit it's positively hilarious because first he looks good that way and second he's so in love with the ways of women that he's even fascinated and in love with the simply beauty of the girls bathroom. But he does have his limits, which is reassuring.
The kinds of situations that he gets himself into are a lot of fun and this one is no exception. Having him trapped inside the girls stall while Sohara is outside sawing her way in has him experiencing some rather amusing moments, from remembering things his grandfather taught him to his less than pleasant escape through the toilet so he can be washed out to sea, purified and all. It's goofy and all, but it has its own charm that really allows it to work. It's reminiscent in a lot of ways to how Urusei Yatsura would work in how they'd go out far (for the time) to make a gag no matter how unrealistic the situation, yet still within some sense of reality. Tomoki's view of the world and his lecherous ways may be over the top and it's easy to see why some would not enjoy it, but watching how the show balances the serious stuff, the emotional connections, with the outlandish physical comedy gets me almost every episode.
While I didn't catch the first season of Sora no Otoshimono, this one has me looking forward to it quite a lot. It provides the kind of humor that's good to have once in awhile and certainly not what I want out of a lot of series, but the staff here has hit just about everything right (outside of that awful wrestling episode). Ending the series on a lighter note, mixing it in with the expected marriage related material, is all very predictable but it's the charm of the characters that makes it work for me. It serves as mostly an epilogue to things but only in the smallest of senses. What we get here is that even after the big events, life continues on, though with some changes that do advance the overall storyline. Sora no Otoshimono Forte has ended with me having a very big smile on my face and feeling very pleased by it.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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