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First Date: Sora no Otoshimono (aka Flying Panties Anime)

My "first date" with a show, including story summary, review, and other vital statistics.

Vital Stats:

Title: Sora no Otoshimono
Japanese Title:  そらのおとしもの
Studio: AIC Asta
Licensor: Crunchyroll
Director: Hisashi Saitou
Based On:  Suu Minazuki's manga
 

The Story

 
 

The Review

Let me get a quick letter out of the way first.
 
Dear Japan,
 
Can we please move past the fantasy that a HIGH SCHOOL AGE girl will, upon barging into a guy's room (and not for the first time), will be so horrified and offended by his natural body reactions (i.e. morning wood) that she will actually shriek and beat the crap out of him? It's just stupid. And it makes your sex education look even worse than it probably is.
 
Love,
me.
 
That aside, I found myself enjoying Sora no Otoshimono considerably more than I expected. To be sure, it's a fanservice-fest, especially as Tomoki explores his newly-granted powers to look up girls' skirts and grope his next-door neighbor, and frankly, I found that whole chunk of the episode pretty obnoxious. But other than that I thought it was rather cute, although nothing particularly new-- even lead female/angel Ikaros looks sort of like what would happen if Ai from Video Girl Ai was designed by CLAMP and the Strike Witches team and then given bigger breasts. 
 
Perhaps it's the fact that the lead character is an ass at the beginning but gets his comeuppance almost immediately is what provides the series its charm; in a moe series like this we're used to one of three protagonists: the "normal" guy, the "wussy" guy, and the "perverted douchebag," the latter of which is usually unrepentant because he usually stars in a comedy. The earliest such example I can think of would be Ataru Moroboshi, of Urusei Yatsura fame, but more recently you could watch He Is My Master for its lead Yoshitaka, whose nicest act always turns out to be the result of some selfish motive. But not so here: we've got what is essentially a "normal" guy who turns "perverted douchebag" when handed his super-powered angelic slave, only to be honestly smacked down as fast as possible.
 
The two girls, Ikaros and Mitsuki, are pretty standard cookie-cutter girls so far. Ikaros is essentialy Yuki Nagato-- stoic --but programmed to be a nearly omnipotent servant robot. Mitsuki is every mildly-tsundere childhood friend character who bullies and/or mothers the object of her affection. Both are well-acted, and hopefully they-- and Tomoki --will develop nicely.
 
The animation is decent, and the voice acting is fine, if not particularly outstanding. I liked the song they played at the end, which I'm guessing is actually the OP, since it doesn't match the flying panties ED sequence. All in all, I'd say the show will probably be pretty good for a moe comedy with a touch of fantasy, but nothing you'll slap yourself upside the head for missing, either.
 
 

Ratings (of 5):

Story: ♥♥♥ 
Animation: ♥♥♥
Characters: ♥♥♥
OP/ED Themes: ♥♥♥

Overall: ♥♥♥ 
 

IF, THEN, BUT

If you like these shows, you might like Sora no Otoshimono.
- Mahoro-Matic
- Queen's Blade
- Sekirei

Release Info:

Released: October 5th, 2009
Length: Ongoing; unknown
Features:
- English subtitles 
- Simulcast-- watch here
Slimon Oct. 20, 2009 at 3:46 p.m.
heh ... morning wood.
lanaswifton Oct. 20, 2009 at 3:58 p.m.
Nice letter. 
 
I thought this show was a piece of crap though.
AjayRazon Oct. 20, 2009 at 7:11 p.m.
haha, great.  
this looks crazy, flying panties and eradicating all human life isn't really my type of thing XD 
Void_Wizardon Oct. 20, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
I'm checking this out sometime everyone should watch the flying panties ending.
Chengyon Oct. 20, 2009 at 8:43 p.m.
This series is pretty funny, im really enjoying it atm :)
MoonStormon Oct. 21, 2009 at 4:29 a.m.
What a bad ending. Never pull the it was all a dream crap on me.
ethan staff on Oct. 21, 2009 at 10:41 a.m.
@MoonStorm: Like Bobby on DALLAS?
cfatalison Oct. 21, 2009 at 10:44 a.m.
eehh isn't it still going?
giaon Oct. 21, 2009 at 11:03 a.m.
@cfatalis said:
" eehh isn't it still going? "
It is indeed-- currently only three eps have aired :)
cfatalison Oct. 21, 2009 at 11:15 a.m.
@gia said:

" @cfatalis said:

" eehh isn't it still going? "
It is indeed-- currently only three eps have aired :) "
thought so , it can't end that soon
giaon Oct. 21, 2009 at 11:36 a.m.
@cfatalis said:
" @gia said:

" @cfatalis said:

" eehh isn't it still going? "
It is indeed-- currently only three eps have aired :) "
thought so , it can't end that soon "
I think he meant the ending of the *episode* ^_^

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