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!