「激闘！夢の一本釣り（ジャンボカーニバル）」 (Gekitou! Yume no Ipponzuri (Janbo Kaanibaru))
“Fierce Battle! The Fishing (Jumbo Carnival) of Dreams”
This series never ceases to amaze with the ridiculous ways the characters kill time. Lately, it’s been all Mikako’s doing as well, so her latest idea deserves special praise for being right out of the book of something I’d expect from Tomoki. Tied up girls in bikinis floating helplessly in the water by their arms and hormone-pumping guys going “fishing” for the one with the biggest rack? That’s like combining the kinkiness from bondage with the embarrassment from exhibitionism and feeding the end result to a bunch of perverts. While not to the same degree as uncensored scenes, this was some “beastly” fan-service in its own right, given how suggestive the sight of a bunch of girls shrieking from getting caught is. It was absolutely criminal in the very literal sense of the word, and clearly trying to make one’s imagination run wild by objectifying women without a care in the world.
I guess I could look at it as a game of cat and mouse with fishermen and fish, except I can’t really vouch for any of the girls getting enjoyment out of the chase when their arms are tied behind their backs and completely at the mercy of their captor. This goes for Nymph too, who was bright red at the thought of getting her breasts measured by Tomoko before she was tossed back into the water for being a “small fry”. Between being insulted in such a manner and getting her breasts measured with ink prints, I’m inclined to believe that Nymph would’ve secretly preferred the latter so that she wasn’t singled out. Incidentally, I would’ve liked to see Astraea and Sohara’s reactions to Tomoko plucking them out of the water, but Mikako took the honors for the former and the latter was depicted as the ultimate catch. In Sohara’s case, I didn’t really mind since I love it when this series kicks the comedic melodrama into high gear over the silliest things. It sure didn’t hurt to see Ikaros in a wedding gown either, which seemed totally irrelevant at the time yet proved otherwise in the second half of this episode.
Much like this series tends to do, some story-related progression comes from the over-the-top antics, so Ikaros’ ongoing attempt to understand love was front and center again. As such, I felt kind of sorry for her when when no one was able to give her a proper explanation. After all, it was just last episode that she was in tears fighting Chaos and suffering more from her inability to comprehend love than her actual injuries, so I was hoping to see someone help her out in that regard this time. Unfortunately no one did, leaving Ikaros even more confused over an emotion she’s already experiencing. While I hope that Tomoki will ease the pain in her reactor (i.e. heart) sometime soon, I do enjoy seeing this love sick side to Ikaros. It’s very cute and endearing and has me looking forward to the moment that Tomoki will sincerely reassure her that she can stay with him forever. Granted, he nonchalantly did just that this very episode, but it was only to save himself from getting his face smashed through the wall any more than it already was. What Ikaros really needs at this point is a hug, so hopefully Tomoki catches on sooner rather than later.
Other than that, Chaos is still kicking around as suspected, so it’s probably only a matter of time before she’s brought back to the surface. It’s kind of creepy how she’s convinced that inflicting pain to others is how one shows their love, though it does go hand-in-hand with that sadistic personality of hers.
[flv:Sora_no_Otoshimono_Forte_ED9.mp4 512 288]