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「幻想哀歌（ムサベツ）の果て」 (Gensou Aika (Musabetsu) no Hate)
“The Extremes of Illusionary Lament (Indiscrimination) “
The melodrama was in full swing, but this has to be easily the best Sora no Otoshimono episode to date. It even topped the emotion-filled climax to the first season when Nymph was freed from her sadistic master, as Ikaros, Nymph, and Astraea had to work together to stop Chaos in her grown up form. Production also looked a step up from the norm, plus the characters’ proportions were better too. Nymph in particular looked a lot better because her head wasn’t a lot larger than her body, as did Ikaros. The battle in the skies on the other hand made it feel like this was the finale — especially with the music involved — and quite honestly it could have been.
I don’t know if Hayami Saori was asked to voice a love sick Ikaros like a “normal” girl, but the change was fairly drastic and unbelievably cute. Ikaros was always cute in that innocent and naive sort of way, but seeing her try to recall memories of Tomoki turned it to that weak, frail, and looking for support kind of cuteness. It’s definitely nice to see Ikaros get some attention in this second one after all the focus on Nymph in the first one.
There still hasn’t been any real mention why Daedalus has entrusted her angeloids to Tomoki, so that’s something I wish they explained in more detail. At the moment, I assume it’s because she believed he could give them normal lives as girls and not weapons or playthings. The lock he received speaks for itself after seeing him attach it to Chaos’ chain at the end, though a small mention of exactly what it does wouldn’t have hurt. i.e. Does it limit an angeloid’s abilities or sever the connection to her master?
Ikaros’ plan may not finished off Chaos, but it was pretty cool to see it play out regardless. I particularly liked the scene with her Artemis Arrows coming from a blind spot behind Nymph, simply because Nymph just stared down Chaos as it happened. Astraea deserves credit for completed the surprise attack, since she showed that even the dumbest angeloid can look pretty cool at times.
It seemed a bit too soon for Astraea to be longing for Tomoki to become her new master, whereas it was a longtime coming in Nymph’s case. I thought we’d be in store for an imprinting scene shortly after to make it official, but the sight of Nymph recovering her wings proved to be even better. Then there was Ikaros’ declaration that their bond with their master is what makes them strong, which was pretty cool to see when she and Nymph switched back to their angeloid attire for the battle. While it was a little cheesy to learn that their powers were renewed by their feelings of love towards Tomoki, I actually didn’t mind the flair for the dramatic to balance out all the goofy humor.
While it’s probably safe to say that Nymph’s newly restored abilities played a major part in helping them defeat Chaos, Ikaros’ Apollon Arrow was something else. Given its destructive power, I didn’t think we’d ever get to see it used. Granted, it never occurred to me that Ikaros could deploy her Aegis to contain the blast like she did here. I’m still amazed that Chaos was able to survive the attack in one piece, though I figure the sight of a mangled up angeloid (aside from their wings) isn’t something this series cares to portray. The ending itself leaves me wondering if all angeloids that are sent to kill Tomoki will eventually side with him. From the onset, Chaos looked so psychotic that I couldn’t imagine her coming around and being “saved” from her sadistic master. However, now that Tomoki’s shown her some sympathy, it almost looks like it’s a guaranteed thing. The finale next time will likely expand on what happens with Chaos from hereon, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing whether Tomoki will be getting a fourth angeloid.
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