Sora no Otoshimono Forte – 12 (END)
「明日に羽飛く彼女達（フォルテ）」 (Asu ni Hapataku Kanajo-tachi (Forute))
“The Girls (Forte) Flapping Their Wings in the Morning”
After the climactic battle with Chaos last time, all I was really expecting in this finale was a lighthearted epilogue of sorts. While that’s pretty much what we got, this last episode surprised me by slipping in the big question at the very end: Which girl would Tomoki marry? In the back of my mind, I was already convinced that Tomoki wouldn’t be able to answer the question that should never be answered in a harem-esque series, but they sure made it interesting when Mikako had all the girls come out in wedding dresses and forced the issue with a gun pointed at Tomoki’s back. In addition, both Ikaros and Chaos’ recovery was all in order, with the latter returning to her original form and joining Tomoki’s flock of first generation angeloids. Overall, it was a more satisfying conclusion to this second season than I was expecting, and comes with the added bonus that there’s a movie in the works. Quite honestly, the surprise announcement at the end got me psyched about a third season, but a movie isn’t bad either considering that they’d probably go all out on the big screen.
This was a sequel I was excited about ever since it was announced, and it delivered more of the goofy, perverted, and surprisingly heartfelt moments that I enjoyed in the original. Astraea’s addition to the cast was a nice one and started things out with a bang, and the story moved on to the overarching subplot regarding Nymph’s wings before finally addressing Ikaros feelings towards Tomoki. The overall progression never felt stagnant by dwelling on anything for too long, and instead revisited them over the course of the twelve episodes in a less predictable and more enjoyable manner. Much like the first season, it gave us glimpses of the serious side of the story relatively early before bringing it to the forefront with the arrival of Chaos. Episode eight was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the season, with Nymph’s emotional outpouring and Astraea’s act of defiance against her sadistic master. The only thing that trumped that showing was the climactic struggle in episode eleven, which went all out in terms of action, story, emotions, and animation to really give off a fulfilling, intermediate conclusion.
Without all the plot development surround Synapse, I probably would’ve enjoyed this series for its slapstick laughs. However, the fact that it goes beyond an all-powerful angelic android falling from the sky to serve as a love interest for the main character, takes it out of the typical romantic comedy category and puts it a notch above into what I like to consider “fan-service and harem done right”. I tend to watch a lot of fairly mediocre high school comedies, and Sora no Otoshimono has a little bit of an edge to it that makes it a series I’d potentially recommend to people who don’t care for fan-service to begin with. The fact that it does have an ongoing story is the big reason behind that, plus a cast of amiable characters with their various nuances to go along with it. Of course, this series is still tough to recommend when it purposely plays up the perverted side of things as much as it does, so ultimately it’s only a series that I would safely recommend to those who enjoy romantic comedies already and are looking for something a step above the norm.
Looking back, this series was never one that had me hanging on the edge of my seat every episode and longing for the next one, but I was almost always thoroughly entertained by the time it rolled around. It’s easy to get in and makes me a bit sad to see it end, though I still feel that it’s best enjoyed in doses. With the movie announcement, that already gives me something look forward to in the future. Hopefully a third season isn’t too outlandish either, once the manga progresses further along. Anyway, it’s been a fun ride yet again, so thanks for reading and sharing your own thoughts every step of the way.