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First Impressions: Sora no Otoshimono

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Summary: Now I'm watching the sky for my very own Pet-class Angel Android.

Summing up Sora no Otoshimono as one of stories where a hot alien/angel/robot subservient girl happens to pop up in the life of an undeserving boy is an injustice. No, wait. No it's not. That's exactly what it is. You could just as easily call it 'that show with the flying panties.' Another horny robot show. But there's a story here, and you might miss that if you write this off too early. 

I always feel like I'm defending anime of one type or another, and it may be too early to call, but I think that 'the flying panties' show is headed somewhere. Main character Sakurai Tomoki is the horny pervert that, once given the power, goes around groping girls, turning invisible and printing money. He's a turd. But he also has dreams of a mysterious  flying girl, dreams so moving that they bring him to tears.

Tomoki is comfortable with his morning wood.

Tomoki was a totally unremarkable lazy/horny daydreamer until one evening, while waiting for friends next to an ancient tree on a hillside, a hole opens up in the sky. Among the debris that falls to the ground is a winged creature, a red-haired, shapely angel-robot. Tomoki, not in perv mode, actually mans up and saves this angel-robot from the falling debris.

Looking skyward

For this, or for some other unknown reason, this angel, this Pet-class Angelroid, becomes the dedicated servant of Tomoki. And here's the good part: even beyond her lovely looks and large chest is her power to do anything she is asked of. A billion yen? Done. Turn invisible? No problem. In fact, this angel, Ikaros, is powerful enough to wipe out the human race if asked. Tomoki asks for it all, proudly running around naked, enthralled with his newfound power.  I won't ruin what happens, but things get emotional, and these two end up promising to stay by each others' side. Aww.

Damn.

This was surprising. For every ecchi scene, there was another that contrasts with something like moral choices, or hints of a deeper plot. Even beyond a budding relationship between the two is the constant reminder of the mysterious dream Tomoki frequently has. Though most of the first episode was spent introducing characters and plot, I got the strong sense that there's something more here than fan service. Later episdoes seem to be moving in an interesting direction.

What I liked:

  • Tomoki is glad to be a hornball, no clueless and reserved protagonists here
  • Funny fanservice
  • emotional depth in a comedy? Good idea
  • Fantastic art/backgrounds and lovely character design

What I didn't like:

  • First ep does not open on main character
  •  Secondary character introductions are rough


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