「天翔ける虹色下着（ロマン）」 (Amakakeru Nijiiro Shitagi (Roman))
“Soaring Rainbow-Colored Underwear (Romance)”
No pantsu and handcuffs. Whether you have these fetishes or not, Sora no Otoshimono will have you talking about this week’s episode one way or another.
From a blogging perspective, I rather enjoy these completely ludicrous, over-the-top, “omg you did not just air that” type of episodes because they pretty much speak for themselves. I don’t have to explain much here, other than a bit about the older style card Ikaros gives to Tomoki this time. Being the goofball that he is, Tomoki cuts Ikaros off again before she can give a proper explanation of the card. Only later does he find out it grants the user compulsary wishes. Much to Sohara’s misfortune, the card notices Tomoki’s distaste in her choice of underwear and strips her of it, along with anything else she tries to put on in its place. To make matters even worse later on, Tomoki handcuffs her out of the blue when the card gives him a pair. An absolutely gorgeous girl in a short skirt, no pantsu, handcuffed. Oh snap.
Needless to say, hilarity ensues if you’re not uptight about this form of ecchi comedy. Personally, I really prefer this kind over the boobs-in-your-face version, since the latter lacks subtlety and “class”, for lack of a better word. Here, much is left to the imagination and could even make for a funny story without the visuals. While the visuals definitely help in the fan-service department, the wacky premise holds the comedy down on its own. Throw in a seemingly perverted female character with Mikako, who’s the student council president no less, and it only gets better. They were pretty clever with the no pantsu comedy too, coming up with scenarios such as walking over a shallow puddle and then Tomoki’s solution for it. Aside from Sohara going commando against her will, the fan-service was pretty good with her trying on almost anything and everything, including a fundoshi provided by Eishirou. Retelling jokes never seems to have the same effect, so you’ll just have to see this one on your own.
Absent from the first episode was the series’ opening sequence and theme song. In addition to featuring music by Yoshida Hitomi and Hayami Saori, it also has one of the best and cutest sequences I’ve seen this season. They even managed to fit in a bit of choreography to the music, except for Mikako who just likes to wiggle her fingers for fun. Surprisingly, we got a new ending sequence/theme already, making me wonder if they’re going to have a character song every week. Like last time, the sequence corresponds to what happened in the episode, so we have flying pantsu here. Now that’s something you don’t see everyday.
For me, Sora no Otoshimono and Nyan Koi are tops for comedies this season. The difference is, I get to enjoy the “tasteful”, ecchi-er side of things here. I admit it’s pretty stupid at times, but boy is it ever entertaining. It never hurts when production looks fantastic either.