Early Impressions: Sora no Otoshimono

24 10 2009
JG Sora no Otoshimono cover

Sora no Otoshimono

It might be easy to write off Sora no Otoshimono as a cheap piece of juvenile fantasy. After all, the plot centers on an ordinary high school student who rescues an angel, who just happens to have a magical collar around her neck that, when imprinted, gives sole posession of its chain to said ordinary boy. In other words, the show seems to be based on a fetish of having a beautiful woman willingly chained to an adolescent boy, with the promise of fulfilling any wish he desires.

So it might be a surprise when the boy (Tomoki) asks first for money, then to be invisible so that he can spy on all the attractive girls at his school, read dirty magazines, and eat a gourmet meal in his room. Seems most American teenage boys would have thought much worse things to do in such a situation. Tomoki, who tells us early on that he desires normalcy and peace above all else, seems to go against this premise, until one of his wishes backfires.

JG Sora no Otoshimono

Any wish I want? Hmmm....

Ultimately, what seems like an open door for a fistful of hentai scenes quickly turns into a very funny show. Sohara, a bubbly female friend who always karate chops him (usually for doing something perverted) and Sugata-senpai, described as a perverted genius, provide plenty of comic relief and enough character to lift Sora no Otoshimono above the pack.

Not that the show is clean family fun: plots that involve flying panties and handcuffs make their appearance, giving the show a definite ecchi flavor. The best comparison might be with To Love Ru: The ecchi stuff is definitely there, but it isn’t the sole focus on the show.

JG Sora no Otoshimono 2

Sorry Tomoki, but life is about to get very un-normal.

Overall, based on both the manga (up to the midddle of volume two) and first episode of the anime series, Sora no Otoshimono is just different enough to be worth checking out, though maybe not an out-and-out hit. Its not the gourmet meal Tomoki asks for from Ikorosu, but its a step above fast food.



One response

7 11 2010
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