Anime Review: Sora no Otoshimono Forte Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 11/4/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Sora no Otoshimono Forte Episode 1

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!

tl;dr review: Tomoki and friends explore their dreams in Dive Game; Tired old harem anime formula, nothing to see here, move along, move along.

The Skinny: This is the second season of ‘Sora no Otoshimono’, and it appears to pick up where the previous humor series left off. Peace-loving pervert Tomoki has settled in to life with the angeloids Ikaros and Nymph, but he continues to have the same disturbing dream. With the help of Nymph, Tomoki and his friends participate in a ‘Dive Game’, where they enter Tomoki’s dream while in a waking state. But due to glitches, they end up in the teacher Eishiro’s dream (searching for the New World), then Mikako’s (trigger-happy violence freak), and finally childhood friend Sohara (fantasizes about doing the humpty-hump with Tomoki), all with comical results. They finally access Tomoki’s dream, but he’s adamant it’s not his dream; instead, it’s a sterile landscape with dead evergreen trees and a massive unreadable monument. Returning to reality, Eishiro realizes something’s up, and confronts Ikaros who he suspects knows what really happened. He then returns to the spot where the unusual events started a year ago, when without warning a laughably-large-busted angel falls from the sky.

Assorted video captures from the episode – click on each one for a full-sized view:

My Thoughts: I purposely went in to this show knowing nothing about Sora no Otoshimono, using this as a sample to see if I would be interested to go back and watch the earlier series. Hmmmm, let’s see. Alien/angel/non-human(s) descend from the sky/another reality/space and pesters hapless loser high school boy. They all end up living together and various which causes all sorts of hilarious hijinks involving compromising or sexually questionable situations. It’s pretty much the same basic set-up as…Oh My Goddess, Sekirei, Tenchi Muyo, Girls Bravo, and who knows how many other harem anime shows that are aimed at the sexually-repressed fist-pumping pimply-faced teenage otaku crowd. Bleah.

While I have a fairly strong dislike of the whole concept of harem anime, it’s not an automatic disqualifier. If the show has some otherwise interesting plot or hook, I can deal with it. Alas, this show does NOT. Same tired formula, same tired jokes. There is an attempt to overlay an actual darkly-tinged plot involving Tomoki’s dreams and accessing another world, but that plot really only exists as a vehicle for the boobs-and-sex jokes, not the other way around. I pretty much knew within the first *minute* this show was crap when it opened with an unfunny morning wood scene.

Additionally, the voice acting of the main character is so exceptionally bad with a grating, whiny voice that it’s worth noting how awful it is. It’s like they went out of their way to find the most annoying possible voice for the character.

For more info:

Random Curiosity Review: http://randomc.net/2010/10/01/sora-no-otoshimono-forte-01/
Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sora_no_Otoshimono
Opening video sequence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pce7sRFLiOU

The Verdict:

The tally for Fall 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, The World God Only Knows, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Shinryaku! Ika Musume

Failing grade: MM!, Star Driver, Iron Man, Fortune Arterial, Motto To Love-ru, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Yumeiro Patissiere Professional, Tamayura, To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): Bakuman, Yosuga no Sora, Arakawa Under the Bridge x2, Tegami Bachi Reverse, Otome Yokai Zakuro, Kuragehime, Robin and His 100 Friends, Agriculture Girl, Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu Special, You Are Umasou, Hakuouki: Hekketsu Roku, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Special, Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi

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