「決断せよ！天国と地獄（アップダウン）」 (Ketsudan Seyo! Tengoku to Jigoku (Appu Daun))
“Make A Decision! Heaven and Hell (Up Down)”
Astraea encounters “Tomoko” for the very first time and unknowingly lets her feel up her body in all the wrong ways, after which Mikako figures it’d be fun to abuse the Satsukitane wealth and make a game out of Tomoki’s stupidity. This week was a classic SoraOto affair with no formal introduction of Chaos just yet, but it did slip in a very interesting turn of events at the end to indicate that she’ll arrive soon. Before getting there, this episode was a matter of manly pride when Tomoki received the title of the most undesirable guy at school for all his perversions and overall stupidity. I couldn’t help but wonder what intelligence had to do with popularity — especially when newcomer Astraea’s lack thereof didn’t affect what sex appeal could overcome — so part of me wanted to blow the sexist whistle.
That of course would have only been applicable if Tomoki hadn’t dug his own grave by being a master pervert that he is. So ultimately, this was more or less an attempt to publicly embarrass him and lower his image to “worthless trash” levels on a town-wide scale, which would have backfired nicely if Tomoki didn’t show the world that he won’t betray his ideals even to the bitter end. It may not sound like a lot, but with his goal in reach and the opportunity to show all those pesky girls that he can have a piece of manure on his head and still come out laughing, passing up on it and taking another plunge into a vat of animal crap sort of puts things into perspective. Not everyone could have remained true to himself even when tempted with the easy way out, and even less probably could have accepted going for a monstrous “shit dive” without even flinching. Tomoki, you are an exemplary example for men everywhere, even if it was in the completely wrong context. (We’ll just conveniently overlook how Ikaros rigged the latter questions in Tomoki’s favor.)
As for the head-to-head idiot games between Tomoki and Astraea for the rest of the episode, it was actually pretty cute to see those two “bonding” without even realizing it. It kind of blows my mind that Astraea was able to trick Tomoki into owning himself in Othello, because I had always figured that Tomoki wasn’t actually an idiot and simply enjoyed behaving like one. Getting outsmarted by Astraea must be like hitting a new all-time low even in Tomoki’s case, which goes doubly for losing to her overall in their marathon of games. However, it did come off as the beginnings of a beautiful relationship between them. A relationship built on the idiocy wavelength resonating together, but a beautiful relationship nonetheless.
In typical Tomoki fashion, he did prove to be the more sensible one in the end by admitting defeat and welcoming Astraea to come eat with them anytime though. It almost seemed like he had won over that small processing power of hers with that gesture, but evidently not just yet. I gather that will change once the second generation angeloids come into play (e.g. Chaos), whom the Master of the Sky has made clear to Daedalus will be replacing her precious first generation ones. The secret is out about how she’s been connecting to Tomoki’s dreams and the one who sent the Ikaros to him. Oh yeah, so is her name after one and a half seasons.
[flv:Sora_no_Otoshimono_Forte_ED6.mp4 512 288]