「空の女王（オトシモノ）」 (Sora no Joou (Otoshimono))
“The Queen (Thing that Fell) from the Sky”
I hate to say I called it, but there was really no other way I would’ve wanted things to conclude here. With the arrival of the Gamma Angeloid harpies and their Prometheus weaponry, Nymph’s master decides to toy with her until the bitter end. Tricked into believing he’s worried about her, Nymph cooperates with them but asks that they let her try to convince Ikaros into returning to the Synapse.
I can’t really blame Nymph for wanting to believe that her master actually wants her by his side, but realistically there was no way that sadist cared about her. All he wanted was to punish her for getting close to Downers by having her destroy the Uranus Queen and return thinking she’ll be praised, only to dispose of her right after. To that end, he has the harpies (Neya Michiko, Okamoto Maya) pretending to be support for Nymph in case talks with Ikaros break down. Meanwhile, everyone’s preparing for the Christmas party at Tomoki’s place. No one’s aware that Ikaros has already detected the attack from the Synapse and realizes they’re after her. Before engaging the Gamma harpies, she finds Tomoki to say goodbye, believing that he’ll hate her once he knows she’s a weapon of mass destruction.
When Ikaros meets up with Nymph, she explains that she already knew Nymph has been trying to take her back to the Synapse. However, their conversation doesn’t last long as the harpies lying in wait using Nymph’s P-Stealth fire at Ikaros, destroying one of her wings. Shocked, Nymph protests that this isn’t what she agreed to, so the harpies reveal that they’re only after the Uranus System’s variable wing core before deciding to destroy the rest of Ikaros. Nymph loses it at that point, thinking of how sad Tomoki will be, and fires her Paradise Song at the harpies to stop them. Her attack proves insufficient though, as the harpies quickly get up and tear off Nymph’s wings one by one. Tomoki then arrives with the others, after Eishirou predicted where they might be and Mikako offered them a lift, during which Sohara reveals that the Christmas party is meant to double as Ikaros and Nymphs birthday parties to try and cheer them up. (Mikako and Eishirou had suggested Christmas since they’re both angels.)
Somehow, Ikaros manages to get herself to her feet and releases the safety on her variable wing system to active her Uranus Queen mode. This in turn regenerates her wing, but all Nymph is concerned about is how Tomoki is witnessing it all. Before acting, Ikaros apologizes to Tomoki for keeping the fact that she’s a strategic type Angeloid from him all this time. Much to her surprise, Tomoki says he knew all along and actually feels sorry for her, knowing that she has a soft side from seeing her take care of watermelons and raise a chick. He goes on to say that he’s glad she’s a weapon now because it means she can save a friend, and asks her to help Nymph. With a huge weight lifted off Ikaros’ shoulders, the harpies quickly prove to be ineffective against her Aegis Shield, but even more so when she activates her Uranus System to chase them off.
On the ground, Tomoki and the others focus on freeing Nymph from her good-for-nothing master (Mikako’s suspicion) by twisting her chain enough so that they can cut through it. Having been freed, Nymph realizes what it feels like to smile from the bottom of her heart and notices how spacious the sky looks from Earth, just as it starts to snow.
Things concluded right after with a credits scroll accompanied by a Hayami Saori-led version of the ending theme from episode one, “I Just Want to Be By Your Side”. Regardless, the climactic impact was made when Tomoki told Ikaros that he’s fine with her being a weapon since he knows she’s not merely one. Likewise, Nymph was saved from her horrible fate despite losing her wings in the process. While I realize there’s still so much more going on with the Synapse and Angeloids we have yet to be introduced to, this was an awesome way to wrap up a one cour series. It was full of action/emotion and tied up all the issues they’ve built up thus far. As cool as it was seeing Ikaros use her Uranus System to kick ass (which is more or less a huge cloaked spaceship judging from the sponsor message), I was really drawn in by the emotional scenes.
In particular, I really liked how Ikaros approached Tomoki to say goodbye. He was too carefree to notice what she was getting at and put a Santa mask on her partway through, which probably helped Ikaros hold back the tears. The screenplay there was really well done, much like when Nymph lashed out at the harpies when they were about to destroy Ikaros. Let’s not forget how Tomoki and everyone desperately tried to help Nymph and show her what it means to be a friend either. To contrast all this, they had some difficult to watch yet powerful scenes with the harpies ripping off Nymph’s wings. All in all, a very dramatic finish befitting of a series that has impressed me every step of the way. Over the course of the season, they’ve shown us how it’s not all about ecchi fun here.
Looking back at the start of the fall season and how I was going to skip this show, I can’t believe what I would’ve missed out on. Thankfully, I checked out the first episode of every series that remotely interested me (and blogged them) and Sora no Otoshimono’s premiere was all I needed to get hooked. I mentioned before how this would’ve been the second series on my list to cover had I decided to cut back on shows like I originally planned. As such, I’m hoping they’ll announce a second season sometime down the road under AIC ASTA again; I would be totally all over it.
In terms of who I’d recommend this series to, if you’re into anything remotely ecchi, this one’s an easy sell. It has that, plus a whole lot more. For everyone else, if you can tolerate some slapstick ecchi humour, then you have to check this series out. Production quality is top-notch even though it isn’t high definition, the character designs and personalities are awesome, and the premise is simple yet done well. Reading a synposis of this series would probably mislead someone into thinking it’s some rehashed gimmick that’s been used time and time again. I can’t argue against that being the case in all areas, but it just works here with all the ways they supplement it.
If you’ve only been reading my posts and following along, do yourself a favour and check out the series yourself. It’s only thirteen episodes, so what do you have to lose?