Last fall Sora no Otoshimono had the element of surprise when it shocked anime fans around the world for being an intelligent fan-service anime that weaved in a compelling story and an inspired sense of humor. At it’s conclusion, I hoped it would get a sequel because I genuinely wanted to see where the story went and because Tomoki is one of the most awesome male main characters of the last few years. I must not have been alone because here we are a year later and Sora no Otoshimono is back.
Rating for episode 1 – 10.5/12 Strong A
Rating for episode 2 – 10.5/12 Strong A
Anticipation Level: 4.5/5 High
From the first season we learn that high above the Earth is a secret domain where supremely powered beings live in extreme comfort, a truly heavenly paradise. These gods, little g, are not the enlightened beings we’d imagine and act more like demons; they’re cruel and hold only contempt for the lower beings known as humans that inhabit the world far below them. It’s little surprise, then, that when one of the attendants to these hedonists, an angel by the name Ikaros, is sent down to Earth that her elimination is ordered.
In the meanwhile, Ikaros is found by Tomoki – a normal, hot-blooded teenage boy – on Earth and since she lacks a master, he instantly becomes her master. As a heavenly attendant she’s been given immense power to fulfill any request of the gods and now Tomoki has this power at his command. In-between assassination attempts, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what Tomoki does with Ikaros’ power nor is it surprising when he sometimes goes a little too far.
The second season starts with the revelation that Tomoki’s dreams have been interacting with this heavenly realm which should be impossible and the gods are not happy about it (guess what they want to do with this “Downer”).
The Fine Print
With any anime that gets a sequel, fans of the first season always worry that the second time will not measure up to the first season. Sora No Otoshimono is no different so I was happy that AIC A.S.T.A. made the effort to reassure the fans within in the first 3 minutes of the first episode that the second season was going to be at least as epic as the first season.
And AIC A.S.T.A. hasn’t slowed up yet; they might just be able to surpass the first season and push Sora No Otoshimono 2 into the top slot for the fall season of anime. So far, by every meaningful measurement, the second season has at least matched the first season. The animation looks slightly better this time, still not quite Kyo-Ani or Bones quality but well above average. The first two episodes have already featured 2 different OPs and 2 different EDs. The vocal work is top-notch; Souichirou Hoshi (Sanada Yukimura, Keiichi Maebara) is great as Tomoki, Saori Hayami (Saki Morimi) plays Ikaros divinely, Mina is pitch perfect as Sunohara, Kaori Fukuhara (Tsukasa Hiiragi) doesn’t disappoint as the new angel character, etc. The humor remains fresh and inventive. The story keeps getting more interesting and my desire to see those gods brought low in defeat continues to strengthen.
I highly recommend Sora No Otoshimono Forte. The only groups of people who might not enjoy this is those that dislike anime with fan service at any level or the “cultured” anime fan that would never admit to actually enjoying anime. Since this is a sequel, I know many people reading this will not be able to immediately start this series but I think Sora No Otoshimono is well worth catching up on.