Sora no Otoshimono: a good anime, an excellent fanservice series

The new year has come upon us, and another decade of quality and travesty anime has arrived. To me, however, it doesn’t seem to start with a bang. Rather, it has started rather innocuously and weakly, as the anime serving for this current season has been quite weak. Nevertheless, there are some curious and interesting series to watch, such as Seikon no Qwaser and Chu-bra! If anything, they will try to stretch the boundaries of good taste. Perhaps they will even be known to cross limits no ordinary (non-hentai) anime series has succeeded in before. A likelier chance, however, is that they will fall flat and be grouped with the other failed experiments of fanservice.

I’m glad, however, that there are still some studios and some anime that can pull off a decent, fanservice-based show. I particularly thought that Sora no Otoshimono was a good watch, even with the character archetypes we have been familiar with ever since Love Hina came out. It was done by the same studio that did Ga-Rei Zero, AIC. I have much respect for the latter anime, and consequently for the studio as well. This merely added to the respect I already have for them: Ikaros is a lovable (if quirky) angel hiding a dark past that is kindly accepted by her perverted ‘master,’ Tomoki, who is the object of love by quite a number of ladies. It may sound banal (and it is, as it doesn’t try to escape the boundaries of its genre), but it’s a very good example of its genre, having pantyshots as good as its plot (which is quite good).

The soundtrack was also pleasing: Soba ni Irareru Dake was a melody I really appreciated, and the quality of the different EDs (each episode has a different one until the last episode) serve as another testament to the effort put into the show and the show’s quality itself. Sora no Otoshimono will not end up as one of the greatest anime of all time, but it is one of the best examples of its genre and one of the few that actually had a decent plot and made the fanservice work.

Happy new year to all!

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4 Responses to “Sora no Otoshimono: a good anime, an excellent fanservice series”

  1. Miha Says:

    I love the effort that went into Sora no Otoshimono. So many neat ideas implemented; while not completely original, they were taken to new heights. I thought it celebrated the craft of Japanese animation pretty well. Also fanservice; I echo your thoughts.

  2. Ryan A Says:

    NYMPH! Yes, I rather enjoyed this series. Grew on me much more than expected, really. Each girl adds a nice element, and Ikarus is adorable. It looks good, but also wasn’t disagreeable for the most part (some of Tomoki’s escapades were way over the top).

    Fanservice is easy to hate on, but hopefully series like this continue to pop up and shine light on the concept of ‘openness’ when it comes to service…. reminds me of that Os Mutantes compilation Everything is Possible.

    Cheers, I hope the new year is going well for you!

  3. jp_zer0 Says:

    The best part of this show was the first episode. The others felt like filler until the last ep or so. I’ll always like a sex-change episode though.

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