As anyone that knows me I will always have a soft spot for harem animes. I'm not sure what it is about it that just draws me in. Could it be the ecchi factor? High possibility. Could it be the main protagonist's true heart in wanting to help all these girls? Good chance because I can relate. Could it be that it's a small dream I've had as far back as I can remember? Chances are yes, but in any case, the main reason is because they are fun! Seeing all the possible situations that the main protagonist can get in is hilarious to me. Why else would I be on tap to watch this wonderful lighthearted anime?
So join me, my fellow ecchi enthusiasts, as we trip and fall awkwardly into the cleavage of Heaven's Lost Property.
Heaven's Lost Property DVD/BD Combo Pack
Adapted from the manga of Suu Minazuki, we follow the life of Tomoki Sakurai, a young man with panty-filled dreams of a quiet and peaceful life. One day, Tomoki is out to join his friends to witness an anomaly in the sky. Suddenly something crash lands right in front of him. It's the body of a woman with wings. Being the quiet and peaceful person that he is, he takes off. Coming to his senses he returns and rescues the girl. Little did he know she is a pet android, meaning she will fulfill his every wish and desire with magical wishing cards. Now being a horny young teenage, what do you think he will do with this power? If you said "abuse it," you are correct.
Now I don't blame the guy one bit. If I was in his situation, I would do the same thing. I applaud you good sir. Bravo. The show does calm back down, with Tomoki getting to the heart of what is really happening with Ikaros (the winged girl) and where she comes from. For that matter, who is she? The unfolding of the story was done with good pacing, keeping me interested in where and what was going to happen. That's not to mention all the lovely fan service the show provides. To some, this just kind of cheapens an anime. I am inclined to agree with that, but this show does it in such a way it's more of a treat then forced upon to keep viewers.
The quirkiness of the characters in this series shines. They cover the all the main food groups: pervert, busty girl, childhood friend, loli, weird friend that does weird things, rich girl. There are a couple missing but then the show would be too packed with characters for me to care about the main ones. One complaint I do have about this mix is how okay they all are with each other. Right off the bat, everyone is just hunky-dory with whatever type of person they are or where they come from. It just seems a little off. If you were to see these people all out together walking around town, you would turn your head like a dog at them, trying to figure out why this one or that one is in that group. It's a small complaint but I thought I would bring it up.
FUNimation has done a wonderful job with the dub of this series, which is the only language I listened to for the whole show. This is the norm for me when I get a domesticated show; always give the dub a chance. It can sometimes surprise you on how good of a job they did. I have to give a big thumbs up to Greg Ayres as Tomoki. The voice he does has just the right tweak to it for this character. I found myself laughing so much at some of the lines he can belt out. The rest of the cast did a wonderful job as well. None of them seemed too out of place as far as I could tell. The only thing that stood out for me is some cursing. Cursing is fine and all, but in some instances it didn't seem necessary or fit into the theme that was going on at the moment.
The transfer on the DVD looked really good on my computer. Everything was nice and vibrant. I didn't see any video imperfections at all during the 13 episodes of the series. There was an extra features disc with some textless openings and endings along with some trailers for other FUNimation shows. I prefer this method of putting trailers on a disc, instead of being forced to skip or sometimes not even be able to skip trailers in front of the show that I am trying to watch.
Heaven's Lost Property (Sora no Otoshimono) is a great harem comedy, full of laughs, fan service, and most importantly a good story. This series has caught my attention and I can not wait for the next season to come out. Oh, and the movie too if we are so lucky. If you have any interest in a good ecchi series that doesn't push too far over the edge of bad taste, then this series is for you.
8.0 - Great. A well executed film or series that defines its genre without resorting to clichés.
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