「西瓜（トモキ）喰います」 (Suika (Tomoki) Kuimasu)
“Eating Watermelons (Tomoki)”
You would think that if you paired up the smartest first generation angeloid with the dumbest, some middle ground would be reached in terms of collective intelligence. However, things don’t quite add up that way in practice as Astraea brings out the worst in Nymph. Stealing from Ikaros’ watermelon garden. Now that’s just stupid. The real kicker was Nymph trying to spur on some rapid growth with her hacking when Ikaros came home. Why she would listen to Astraea’s suggestion is beyond me, but it sure made for some slapstick fun when Tomoki got dragged into the mess and was transformed into a second mutant watermelon. For that, we can thank Nymph’s “brilliant” idea of planting the Tomoki’s seed after he was eaten alive and spat out. Angeloid stupidity must be infectious or something. With Nymph’s attempted cover-up and Ikaros coming at them Terminator-style to protect her master, the best part of it all was how Tomoki was a complete victim this time around and Mikako was nowhere to be seen. All that was needed were a couple of angeloids who weren’t smart enough to use a card to materialize themselves some food, and the high jinks got rolling almost immediately. Given the refreshing and hilarious change of pace from seeing Nymph fall to such levels, I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing more humor from her in future episodes.
The real treat this week was that all of the above happened on top of the formal introduction of Chaos (
Iguchi Yuka Toyosaki Aki). As someone who hasn’t read the manga, I was a bit surprised to find out that she wears a nun’s habit. It was only a couple of episodes ago that I was poking fun at how Index is an angeloid, but I wasn’t really expecting her to look like a smaller evil version of her. Funny how that worked out as if to say the joke’s on me, because it sure felt that way to a certain degree. (Edit: It looks like everyone’s suspicion that Yuka was going to play Chaos was quickly put to rest.) As creepy as Chaos is, the latter half of this episode had some really good character development from Nymph, as well as overall story progression from Eishirou. In the latter case, I actually got a good laugh out of how Eishirou was making complete fools of the Gamma harpies by diving in and out of Synapse up until Nymph was lured away by Chaos in disguise and put him between a rock and a hard place — namely, pointblank with a Prometheus cannon. Even at times like that, the comedy was front and center like it should be. In the former, it was nice to see Nymph’s longing for a master brought up again, simply because she brings a surprising amount of emotion when she’s dwelling over the thought of being unwanted. I couldn’t help but feel bad for her when Chaos went on to toy with the delicate state she’s already in, so I’m really looking forward to the moment that Tomoki, Ikaros, and the others swoop in to save her again.
Judging from Nymph’s tears after thinking she destroyed Chaos with her Paradise Song, it seemed like the emotional damage she sustained was harder to take than the strangulation she received shortly after. Of course, that won’t be true if she actually ends up biting the dust, for which Eishirou will hopefully be able to do something about now that Daedalus is with him. Good humor and good story progression. It looks like this sequel is finally picking up steam on the more relevant side of things.
* A Sora no Otoshimono movie was recently announced on the official website.
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