Sora no Otoshimono is an incredibly remarkable series. As an ecchi genre type show, it surpasses the vast majority of them in terms of almost everything imaginable. Besides having a lot of fanservice, it is remarkable in terms of production quality, comedy, story, and character development. All in all it is a show that in spite of (or maybe because of) how ecchi it is, it manages to be solidly entertaining in every important way you can imagine.
Two high quality seasons do the series justice, with a third as of now currently in the making. Generally, the way the series progresses is through a mostly episodic format. Each season would start by introducing characters, engaging them in comedic situations, and later expanding upon the story in detail. The only problem with this format is that it is initially misleading for those who want to judge the series immediately upon watching a single episode, but as a whole the series is able to offer incredibly well-rounded entertainment as a result.
Now one of the fundamental problems with this movie is the episodic nature of mixed comedy and drama lends itself to awkward execution for a standalone production that is meant to run for over 90 minutes. Sora no Otoshimono does not have a plot that is told continuously from start to end. There are breaks in between action due to the comedic nature of the series, and story arcs are fairly brief. The brief nature of these story arcs isn't necessarily a bad thing, but for this movie it creates a situation where a lot of time is wasted simply trying to overextend the plot so that it fits in a 90 minute time window.
The first 40 minutes of the movie go into the introduction of Hiyori Kazane, a character who was briefly seen late into the second season of the series. Through flashbacks and reused footage of the previous two seasons, we see from her perspective how she has held constant romantic interest in Tomoki. Understandably, this recap of previous events is somewhat helpful for viewers who have not seen the first two seasons. However, it also comes off as redundant as in each flashback from different episodes over the course of 40 minutes, essentially the same thing happens. While Tomoki and his friends are up to some shenanigans, Hiyori is watching from the sidelines, narrating how she wants to have fun with Tomoki, but is scared to say anything to Tomoki or much less look him in the eye.
As the character of focus in this movie, Hiyori proves to be a rather uninteresting character. She can be summed up as being a bad case of Yamato Nadeshiko, or in other words an ideal, soft spoken, and submissive Japanese woman. If there is anything entertaining about this personality, Hiyori's naivety around Tomoki's perverted schemes comes off as comedic, but as a character she exhibits very little development or enlightenment to strengthen any interest in her.
The movie does have some good things going for it in spite of its glaring fundamental problems. The best part about this movie is that like the seasons before it, it maintains high production quality. Animation for this show is top notch especially during the few high action scenes. Voice acting for each of the familiar characters is appropriately executed. And even though Hiyori exhibits poor characterization and development, Hikasa Youko, who is probably known better for many strong-willed female roles, does an excellent job delivering her soft-spoken nature.
All in all, Sora no Otoshimono, or at least the part of the story in this series that was chosen I do not feel lends itself to being able to support a full feature length movie by design. While the series maintains a solid story, it does so in bits and pieces with comedy scattered in between, and it is not set up to normally maintain an extended plot arc. As such, most of the movie watching experience may feel largely like a waste of time when half the length of the feature is occupied by flashbacks involving reused footage with commentary from Hiyori. This production in this way fails to maintain what made the seasons before it so entertaining, by losing the ability to jump and flow readily from comedy to drama to maintain viewer interest. The level of freshness and energy that the TV series could maintain for episode duration simply could not be accomplished for this movie.
To be fair, the execution problems the movie has are not uncommon for a lot of movie adaptations for other popular series, due to the nature of movies picking up at a place somewhere in the middle of the story. If you can accept that in your viewing experience, you can at least appreciate that this movie does have amazing production quality to redeem itself.read more
I don't know why all the previous reviewers gave this such a good score. Most likely they're looking too deeply into it, and not just looking at in on a normal level, more rather, a English Literature level. The movie was terrible. Simple as that. but I'll break it down, just so you don't get a wrong Idea about it.
The story of this movie follows on from when Nymph, Ikoras and Astraea had defeated Chaos evolved. the first 40 minutes (give or take) is a recap of the previous two series of Sora No Otohimono (Heaven's Lost Property), of which the movie is a sequel to. Not many people enjoyed it but I did, mainly because it showed a lot of the comedic parts and also because I enjoy the character, Nymph, a lot, and it showed a bit of recap on her. Even so I found it unnecessary. I'm not sure if anyone else does this, but as far as I am concerned, I never watch a movie that is sequel to a series, before actually watching the series, why would I? moving on, the storyline then starts to develop at a steady pace showing more of Hiyori and her experience with the Tomoki and friends. It mixed comedy with drama, and I enjoyed that, even though the transition was quite poor. The turning point for me was Hiyori's death. That's when the storyline really sucked. from Hiyori's death on, it was rushed. Simply as that, it's as clear as a bell (pun intended [Hiyori for those who don't pick up on it]). Obviously, they wanted this 'production' to only last 90 minutes, and that's where they lost their touch. I down graded them from a 8 or 9 to a 6 because the next 30 minutes made me want to cry, cry from pity of this movie. They destroyed a lot of anticipation from late season two (where Hiyori was introduced, and so was these 'capsules') all the way to Hiyori's death. They poorly told the purpose of the capsules, and only showed the obvious. (the Manga may have done the same, I do not know, I'm only stating what I have observed.) They should have got rid of the recap and allowed the storyline more space to grow. In regards to plot, the last 30 minutes went through all of the main structural point (Problem, Suspense, Climax and resolution) so fast and so confusingly, I really wanted to punch my laptop screen. I believe the producers and directors deserve to have had a pay cut on this 'production.' I feel sorry for Funimation for having very little to work with, but had no choice (well they did but, you know what I mean) to dub this because of the popularity of the previous two seasons. My disappointment is great. I would have given the storyline a 4 (harsh but if you've seen it and didn't watch it on an English literature level, you'd understand) but the first 60 minutes I did enjoy.
On a happier note, I love the artwork of this anime. The colours are bright and colourful, they easily manipulate your emotions because once a sad scenes appears, they'll dull the colours that it's a bit of a shock and a large transition that you also feel sad. This was not so much the case in the movie, but even so, the other aspects were still there and just as good. I love the chibi forms of all the characters are amazing, they supply such a comedic atmosphere. The clothing designs suit the characters a lot too, and I find a lot of them cute on Nymph. This may not seem so important to some people, but it's good to see a variety of clothing on character, makes them appear more interesting. also the scenic and angeloidic attacks artwork is amazing, I love them. The scenic may not be detailed sometimes, but they don't have to be detailed to look good.
I didn't pay much attention to the sound, but the soundtrack is fairly good, and the sound effects of the angeloids are awesome.
Although 6 may sound harsh, when you think about it, this movie supplies very little character development of the original characters. Even when Nymph was about to brave up and confess her love to Tomoki, or Ikoras wanting to sacrifice herself with Hiyori (the second), it seemed so awkward and felt like it wasn't suppose to be there. They gave very little time to lead up to it and have a proper feel for the happenings. Hiyori is a bit of a boring character really. She's the typical quite-spoken, shy and kind girl. Although she braves it out in Tomoki's challenges, it doesn't say much about her personality because the purpose is to supply comedy of her doing such ridiculous things with her kind of personality. On the whole, I do enjoy that sort of character, but compared to the other's changing and different personalities (such as Nymph being a stuck up, superior-feeling, mean personality, to a more tsundere (kinda), fun, soapy-loving personality) she comes of as. Plain.
I'm putting them two together because the reason why is the same. I found the enjoyment and overall of this movie very disappointing. my anticipation had been destroyed with a poor Plot at the end, and a 40 minute recap. It was somewhat enjoyable, like I said before, but unnecessary all the same. In comparison to the previous seasons, this is just bad. I believe they should have cut down on the numerous and some of the time unnecessary comical relief episodes of both season one and two, and changed this movie in 3 or 4 episodes into the season, allowing a continuous and flowing transition from the storyline and also, giving the plot more time to develop and prosper. Very disappointing, and I'm sure I'm going to be just as disappointed with the next movie; Sora no Otoshimono Final: Eternal My Master.read more
Been waiting for this movie for a long long time, and we now get to see Tomoki's quiet and peaceful life get interrupted again. Few minutes into the movie was a hilarious start. This movie does have ecchi element, but those ecchi moment is what made this series famous, no nudity but just panty and boobs. So feel safe to watch it if you are worrying about ecchi element.
I just can't stop grinning when the message pops up "Have you guys forgot someone?" (not 100%, but close enough translation). Then I burst into laughing as Tomoki leads the OP, a very funny OP that is timed very accurate with the motion. After that we get to meet our new heroin Kazane Hiyori, there is a lot of blushes we see coming from Hiyori whenever she sees Tomoki. Despite the fact that the recap at the start was somewhat long, with some new additional scenes that Hiyori is in it, but I don't mind it it just felt nostalgic, got to see our characters again. Up to the point where Hiyori finally gather her courage to join the 'New World Discovery Club' in order to get close to Tomoki, then the story start progressing. Minutes of this movie goes by fast reaching to the point of where the climax of the movie begins. Comparing to the 2 seasons I think this movie have the power capture the emotional feelings of the audience. The story telling will jump from between Hiyori and Tomoki point of view. The pacing of the story has good not too fast nor slow, although you may feel a bit rushed when Hiyori's arc begins after those recaps, but is not true because the pace have been controlled well. Just like the two previous seasons the switching mood of the story has always been great, an instant click from funny moment to serious, serious to hilarious, hilarious to sad, so this is also a highlight of the story. There is some part in the manga of Hiyori's arc is not include in this movie, but nothing major all the important point are here.
The visual appeal are very pleasing, whether is the normal sized characters or the SD version characters both worked. One art work that i need to give credit to is the huge clock work design on Zeta's back. The details is amazing, all the clock mechanics was well displayed, overall look great. The battle visual effect is great too. The art is fantastic.
Great to hear some new songs the funny OP, the insert songs, the ED song. As well as some old songs such as Tomoki's infamous solo song, plus 'Fallen Down' by Ikaros. Such good music is never hurt to hear it again. The soundtrack is also good, some may be forgotten but once you hear you knew it was familiar.
I love it cast as funny as they can be. They are also lovable everyone of them. Hiyori as the new character has done well as being part of the New World Discovery club, as well as a very memorable character.
This movie have entertained me from start to finish. I enjoyed every second out of it, juicing the orange to it max. The story is emotional enough for me to feel for the characters, and funny enough to made me laugh every few minutes. Oh, just to let you know there is more after the credit. This movie is one of those better ecchi anime genre, and would recommend to give it a try.
This movie I think is well worth the wait, and well worth a hour and 36 mins of my time. read more
Like many other people I have waited for what seems like forever for this movie but the wait was worth it.
This is by far my favorite anime ever no questions asked. I enjoyed this movie alot even though it's not its usual happy self. The beginning of the movie was hilarious, but gradually turned more serious through out the movie.
The first half is more of a recap of what's happened so far but threw the eyes of hiyori and how she reacts and responds to the events that were not shown. First a sudden turn around happens to Tomoki that has never happened to him before. Then a serious twist happens that caused me to go O Shit. Finally the saddest part the ending which again from the expreinces of the show I never saw coming.
I enjoyed this movie very much but like I said is sadder then its normal self.
I give everything a 10 out of 10 except enjoyment which got a 9 because I love to laugh but this was more serious then the rest of the series.
DON'T SKIP THE LAST 40SECS OR SO OF THE ANIME. read more