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「驚愕！天使は馬鹿（キョニュウ）だった！！」 (Kyougaku! Tenshi wa Baka (Kyonyuu) Datta!!)
“Surprise! The Angel’s a Big-Breasted Idiot!!”
Astraea arrives and makes quite the splash by face-planting herself into the ground. I knew she was pretty dumb as a Delta angeloid, but I didn’t expect her to be a complete klutz as well. No wonder Nymph and Ikaros completely cast her off as a cause for concern even after learning that she’s come to Earth to eliminate Tomoki. As such, most of this episode served as a lighthearted introduction to Astraea as well as an “appreciation” of everything that she has to offer in lieu of smarts. I gather not too many people will complain about that, though I do find her oversized breasts a bit ridiculous at times even by this series’ standards. Aside from that, I actually like her character a fair bit. I’m not normally one for the ditsy type, but the fact that Astraea’s more powerful than Ikaros in close-quarters combat yet can’t even kill a defenseless Tomoki puts an interesting spin on things. Instead of just taking another swing at him and ending things right there and then, she gets caught up in Tomoki’s spiritual cleansing to rid himself of his angeloid desires. Convenience notwithstanding, I’d almost say she has an endearing charm to her character, which goes well with her character design that I particularly like (minus the excessive depiction of her chest).
In terms of humor, this episode definitely had its moments, and even took the flying pantsu of season one’s second episode and put a porn magazine twist on it. Only in SoraOto will you find such over-the-top and ludicrous depictions of having too much power at one’s disposal and using it for all the wrong reasons. A porn magazine festival with penis-shaped ice pops and an even larger one on a mikoshi? They sure know no bounds with the perverted antics. The fan-service itself was right up there too, with a wise man once saying that it doesn’t matter if they’re some unidentified alien race as long as they have breasts. Now that’s some good otherworldly advice, brought upon by a near-death suffocation by huge breasts. Subsequently, watching Tomoki chase away Astraea by defiling her with his Six Paths of Hell was without a doubt, entering the realm of hentai; however, I actually found Astraea’s attempts to catch him off guard by seducing him as a model in a porn magazine even more risqué. It was entirely driven by her own stupidity and getting caught up in the flow of hesitantly stripping down, but boy was it nosebleed-worthy material.
Incidentally, it wasn’t all about perverted fun and games, as the acorn Eishirou brought back from one of the dreams last time has paved way to be a pivotal part of the story going forward. Namely, Tomoki appears to have some inherent ability to infiltrate the Synapse core and the sadistic angels up there aren’t too happy about it. I always liked how this series manages to mix a more serious plot amidst all the slapstick fun, so it’s good to see it picking up early on in that regard. In the meantime, I’m all for seeing more of Astraea getting victimized even though she’s the assassin.
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