Sakurai Tomoki has been having the same strange dream since he was a child and would wake up in tears. Sugata, an upperclassmen at his school, believes the dream to be of the new continent. Later that night, while waiting under the cherry trees for his friends, an angel comes flying down. After saving her life, she introduces herself as an angeloid named Ikaros, and becomes bound to him, claiming him as her master and fulfills his wishes.
What results is a series of antics that gives Tomoki the power to fulfill his deepest wishes, ignorant of the dark forces that plot from above.
Everyone has a perverted side to him or her, whether they want to admit it or not. It’s the very fact of life of which makes us human in every which way, to heighten our sexual desires in private or in some cases publicly. For us that are of the latter and are fans of anime, the ecchi genre has fueled that encompassing aura in our psyche that makes us like to see sexy and beautiful girls. Throughout the millions of ecchi manga that are of an overabundance over the past decade or so, there’s always that one truly remarkable ecchi manga that each of us thinks puts all the rest to shame. For me, Sora no Otoshimono comes to mind the most.
It’s important to realize that, with how typical ecchi is as a genre, it’s not the kind of medium that has had its fair share of brilliant writing or story with most of them being stale or forgettable on almost every level. There are some that do manage to give some creative characters in the mix and add some interesting plot devices that eventually don’t help to their credit, especially in the harem sub-genre. With that said, Sora no Otoshimono can be construed as that one shining beacon of light that dissipates the overwhelming shadow of blandness that has plagued the genre in this area.
While the story itself may not be the best in overall story since there is an uninspired villain whose intentions on being evil seem to just be evil even with the explanation at the end, that’s not the best way to describe the good quality of Otoshimono. What the writing does make it up for is how brilliantly paced the story is from how it slowly builds up the development of the story and how it balances out the comedy and the drama with each individual chapter. There’s no sudden awkward transition from comedy to drama in one page to another or a couple down the road. Although there are a few instances of this happening in the manga, they don’t feel very contrived of those moments and they feel fitting based on the context of the situation. It takes it’s time to let us take in the mystery on the potential scenarios that they might hint upon in the next chapter.
The one word to describe the greatness of Otoshimono’s comedy is “magical.” In the sense that, the comedy is absurdly childish and inane in almost every scenario, with flying pantsu in the sky and a little chibi Tomoki running around naked with his Angeloid partner in crime Ikaros. Yet despite this, it has a ton of charm to every single joke. It doesn’t feel afraid to push the boundaries of what a perverted protagonist, such as Tomoki, can do in any comedic situation and is self-aware of this fact as the jokes themselves can be clearly seen at face-value. Normally with comedy this inept with crude gags that involve tormenting poor girls in sexual positions would seem childishly mean-spirited, but Otoshimono manages to one-up this humor by giving it more of a slight edge in creativity that makes it fun to read instead of squirm in pure disgust. The creativity involves great comedic writing that feel fresh and bold in every attempt at doing so, from how it draws out “one page moments” where there’s one gigantic comedic moment that truly shines throughout the chapter.
When there is a good comedy to be found in any medium, there has to be a colorful cast of characters that manages to pull off their own charisma to make the comedy work, right? Well, have no fear because there’s plenty to be found in Otoshimono. I’d like to begin this by talking about the manga’s main source of fun and energetic charm, Sakurai Tomoki. To me, this bundle of perverted glamour is this generation’s Kintaro Oe, of Golden Boy fame. His general perverted nature comes into full circle with an extremely captivating presence thanks to the great comedic timing he has in these specific scenes in question. That is not to say that Tomoki is always the perverted nut everyone on the show makes him up to be, like Kintaro, he has a big heart to his actions and is written very well in being a more three-dimensional character in that he cares for beautiful girls despite always being lecherous to their innocent bodies. It’s one of those things where it’s so hard to dislike him in spite of how despicable his actions might be if someone did the same things in real life.
Another main character that needs to be praised is the beautiful Angeloid Ikaros that Tomoki first possesses after she falls from the sky to Tomoki’s peaceful life. Ikaros unfortunately has no emotion to speak of to constitute anything to show that she is happy, sad, or anything from facial expressions alone because of how her Angeloid type was built in the first place. In essence, this is a very nice explanation of letting in a typical anime character with an unemotional appearance to make her have a purpose for being this way rather than pander to the dandere crowd. Her lack of emotions serves as a brilliant development to her character as she is Tomoki’s master and he teaches her all of the things that contributes emotional value. It’s sort of similar to how one would teach a little child how to live their lives accordingly in how to function in social interaction and that’s not to say that in a negative fashion in Ikaros’s part. You feel an emotional attachment to Ikaros because you want her to realize her true nature because of the upbringing that she was brought up in a dark past in synapse from her previous master, to which the writer built it up extraordinarily well.
Of course, that’s not to say that these two delightful leads are what make the manga’s cast great, oh no. I can say without hyperbole that there’s not a single character in this manga that is unlikable or poorly characterized whatsoever. They all have a unique charm in giving us endless hours of joyous entertainment thanks to their own special gag that involve a part of their distinct level of humor that feels genuine and original. Many may point out that they are cliched to their very nature with Sohara and Nymph being the tsundere archetypes and Astraea being the stereotypical dumb blonde character. To which I agree that they are, but in a good way. They are cliched but at the same time they manage to become inherently more than their initial archetypes in special thanks to how amazing their characterization is. The comedy that involves either than more than makes up most of that as well, which can be warrant praise enough to look past their cliches by this very element alone. This right here is how you write great comedy. To succeed in wonderful comedic characters, you must give them a lot of things to work on otherwise it’ll fall flat very quickly and Otoshimono gets it right from beginning to end.
To preface each character individually to expand this, the cute little Nymph starts off as your typical tsundere who calls humans bugs and wishes to squash them. Like I said before about how great the characterization is, Nymph’s growth from disliking Tomoki into falling for him feels more natural thanks to the great pacing because of how Tomoki actually works hard to get her attention in showing her that she’s a special person despite her slave nature to her own master. Her love for Tomoki feels absolutely genuine, along with the rest of the girls who do. For instance, Hiyori, who appears later in the story, starts off her character with being in love with Tomoki from love at first sight and this could easily be conceived as contrived or lazy from a writing standpoint, but it surprisingly works based on how nice the dialogue is that details her deep reasoning for liking him in the first place.
Sohara, Tomoki’s childhood friend, manages to become more than just your quintessential “childhood friend living next-door” character. Her hilarious attempts in literally chomping down Tomoki’s devious antics is always fun to see from how they built it up so dramatically as a horrifying experience to go through. The last girl that Tomoki has for his Angeloid harem is Astraea, the big-breasted blonde girl who loves to eat anything that is in her way. Always calling Tomoki baka even with her ironic attempts at trying to be cool, only to be put down by her own stupidity. She ultimately proves herself worthy in not only being an entertaining character but being an ultimately important character later on that brings her characterization in full circle.
There’s Mikako Satsukitane and Eishirou Sugata which I’m putting them together since they’re very poignant to describe with them together. There’s an essence of sarcastic humor from Mikako because of her funny sadistic quality to her, while Sugata has more of a serious side to him even though there have been many moments with him that are worthy of gut-busting laughs. Then there’s the tragic character Chaos, whose name is quite fitting compared to how much she has gone through in her lonely existence. I use the word tragic loosely in my opinion, by the fact that although her struggle to understand what love is is endearing for many, I couldn’t help but find it a bit redundant after the fourth mistaken communication that makes her upset. Not to say she doesn’t have her moments but out of all of the girls she’s the weakest of the bunch.
Going back to the story, I will say that the ending was a bit anti-climatic to say the least. With the last few chapters before it being the most serious than the rest of the dramatic chapters in the past, you’d think that they would have more guts in giving us a ballsy ending that makes us question how great an ecchi story such as Otoshimono can be. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case and all we got was a rushed ending that is not bad by all means but it could’ve been so much more than what many would’ve hoped for. If they had done one last plot arc that ran for at least three or four more chapters on the last chapter alone, then I would’ve had less problems with it.
The artwork for Otoshimono is no less than stunning from how creative the characters are in their comedic chibi forms to how immensely beautiful they are in the more normal scenes. I would argue, however, that the show did more justice with the artwork because of how lush the colors were that they added to the animation. The manga still manages to be pretty to look at thanks to Suu Minazuki’s brilliant skill with his drawing utensil. There’s never an instance where a drawing felt like it was rushed or done superficially. All of the dark lines on the edges of the character make them very pleasing to see whether to be emotional or delighted about what is on the panel.
To set up my final thoughts on this manga overall, this is one hell of a manga to experience. It’s one of those things where even if you are not a fan of the ecchi genre in general, there’s still plenty of other things to experience that will please fans of any other genres such as action, science fiction, and romance; all packed in, in one glorious set of volumes. It’s hard to pack in melodramatic moments and hilarious comedic scenes together in one story in any medium and prove to be successful, but Sora no Otoshimono manages to be one of the few to succeed in almost every measure. There are a tremendous amount of moments that will make you laugh, cry, or both but most importantly, those moments will be unforgettable and you’ll have this manga to thank for those great memories.
I've read a considerable amount of ecchi manga with black haired protagonists trying to cope with his uncontrollable harem life. The twist is that this one out of many is seemingly the only black haired protagonist to truly embrace his dark perverted side.
This manga sticks out like Tomoki's wine bottle (reference), and is possibly one of the best ecchi/comedy/harems you will ever find and read in your entire life.
Every chapter brings on a creative new way to make you laugh, this manga does things with panties that you would never imagine in your life time. You won't believe some of the stuff you see, cause I guarantee you would never find it in manga anywhere else.
Sora no Otoshimono is a perversion comedy series that provides more for the reader than just tactless fanservice. The series unfolds as a series of comedic episodes interspersed with large chunks of dramatic plot movement at a moderate frequency. These comedic episodes derive their humor from Tomoki inspiring man to reach out towards ever greater heights of perversion. The dramatic arcs experience a full 180 degree shift in tone, becoming heartwarming, heartbreaking, or heartrending stories that move even the most stoic of readers.
The storyline of Sora no Otoshimono starts off fairly generic: Sakurai Tomoki is an ordinary over-enthusiastic pervert with recurring dreams living an ordinary, perverted life in the town of Sorami. Suddenly an angel falls from the skies into his lap; she claims to be Ikaros, an "entertainment purpose" angeloid and declares Tomoki to be her master. Hilarity ensues. The story is developed fairly slowly, with most chapters, save dramatic ones, pushing the plot a little at a time. Most of the plot is focused on the budding relationships between characters, so savor the action and conspiracy theory you get while you can.
The artwork in Sora no Otoshimono is easily the strongest point of this manga. Minazuki Suu has a unique style that makes her pictures look soft and ephemeral like mist under the morning sun. The curves on her female characters are luscious and the scenery in the backgrounds are gorgeous. Most of the humor in the manga comes from the art and not the dialogue; the facial expressions during key punch line moments have been the most unique and creative that I have seen. Rather than a single 'wtf' face as I will call it during gag moments, she manages to draw a variety of emotions on her characters during punchlines which increases the repertoire of gags she can use. There's Tomoki's 'wtf is he/she/that doing here, oh god I'm screwed' sweaty face, there's Tomoki's 'wtf, the answer is so simple, it's like I've reached enlightenment, but I'm still screwed' sort of serious face, and then there is Ikaros' 'smile'. The characters are drawn with two different styles, normal vs. chibi, in order to help further define the tone of the story at that moment. You know that sh*t is about to hit the fan whenever Tomoki is drawn in his normal form.
The characters are the driving force behind this manga; it is their interactions that make this manga so funny, and it is their ordeals and pain that make this manga so moving. Admittedly there are weaker characters; I personally don't like Sohara because she doesn't do much besides be the "childhood friend." However as a whole the characters are quite solid. One of the strongest characters in the series is Tomoki himself; despite being the male lead of a harem he is quite the loveable guy. He is the most bodacious, daring, persistent, shameless, creative, talented, and brilliant pervert I have ever had the honor of given my full respect to. Just bow down and worship him when you learn of the "Tomoki Peeping System." True he is only a juvenile pervert, meaning he can't handle the "real thing," but he is still manly enough to garner a higher popularity than some of the female leads in his harem.
I look forward to Sora no Otoshimono every month for the plot, even though it is primarily an ecchi manga. I know it is weird to call this manga "tender-hearted," but that's how many of the (non-ecchi) parts feel to me. The only time I had ever cried while reading manga was at the end of Elfen Lied when the main protagonist finally learns the real name of "that" girl. That was before my eyes watered on three separate occasions while reading the first 50 chapters of Sora no Otoshimono. Minazuki Suu has had experience writing powerful drama before, and this experience shows in her ability to move the reader without needing pages of non-comedic content as setup. But having that frightening ability does not mean she paid with her ability to write comedy. The comedy is supposed to be the strong part of this series. I have been praising the small bits of drama over and over again in this review, but that doesn't change the fact that this manga started out as, survived as, and gained popularity as a ecchi comedy manga. So this means that this entire time, I have been underrating the comedy aspect of this manga. If I can enjoy the secondary drama in this manga to this degree, imagine how enjoyable this manga would be for someone who appreciates the comedy aspect.
Although I have been referring to Minazuki Suu as 'her,' it turns out she is actually a guy. Go figure. His drawings are so feminine that if I was friends with him personally, I would make fun of his masculinity on the basis of his artwork. But with all due respect; great mangaka.
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Sora no Otoshimono is a typical example of a manga that tries to do numerous different things at the same time. More importantly, it is also a not-so typical example of a manga that actually succeeds with all of those things just splendidly.
I’ve always enjoyed romance/ecchi comedies in manga but this one stands out a bit because, *drumroll*, it actually has a story! Yes, you heard me right, and a really solid one at that as well.
Generally, Sora no Otoshimono has two different sides of it going on side by side progressively. On one hand we have the more serious, over-arching story about the mysterious Angeloids coming from high up in the sky and how they are connected to the fate of the world and its human denizens. On the other hand we have the story of Sakurai Tomoki, an extremely perverted teenager who never strays from his beliefs, and all the endeavors he comes across along with his harem, partially consisting of supernatural beings.
These two sides of the same coin might feel a bit too far from each other at times which can occasionally make it harder to really appreciate what you’re currently reading for what it is quite as much, but at the same time they’re both just done so well that I could mostly let that slide.
The grander story is not going to blow your mind away with its plot twists, but it will definitely not disappoint you. The pacing gets interrupted ever so slightly every so often whenever it switches to some non-serious chapters for a while, but it doesn’t really feel like such a bad thing as it provides a lot of character development along the way. It leaves just enough questions for you to ponder on while you take a break with the more light-hearted parts, and then comes right back at you with some really cool twists. Above all, although I naturally won’t mention any details, I have to say that the ending of Sora no Otoshimono was one of the most emotional and satisfactory ones I’ve seen in a long time, and it really felt like something way above what you’d ever expect an ecchi manga to be able to bring out story-wise.
The comedy portion of this manga is absolutely hilarious. The ecchi aspect is not much in the way of fanservice, but almost entirely used as a baseline for funny gags. And let me tell you, there is no manga out there that I’ve come across other than B Gata H Kei that pulls off perverted sketches on quite this level. And of course, it pulls off the non-perverted humour just as well.
Something that also massively enhances said jokes is the art style. The artist uses a very characteristic chibi art style for its non-serious moments and it just looks fucking fantastic! Seriously, I kept finding myself stunned at just how much a pair of perfectly square eyes or a V shaped mouth could do in order to enhance the hilarity of each and every situation. It’s overly simplistic but it allows you to instantly understand *exactly* what the characters in the story are thinking with their reactions, and with this level of humour in the first place it just delivers an amazing final result.
That’s not the only side of it though, as if we once again head back over to the serious side of Sora no Otoshimono, then we suddenly find ourselves with jaw dropping landscape sceneries, highly detailed facial expressions and spectacular special effects. I can’t say I felt like it was dissatisfactory at any point at all, the art just gave an immensely enjoyable experience for the eyes from start to finish.
It is an almost universal rule that every harem protagonist ever must be either inhumanly dense or excessively perverted. In the case of Sakurai Tomoki, he falls 100% on the latter side. However unlike the norm, in this case that is actually not a bad thing, because in the case of Sora no Otoshimono it results in one thing and one thing alone: non-stop hilarity. The way his mind works is completely outside the realm of normality and the author really puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to thinking of new absurd ways of getting Tomoki’s perverse nature to yield more and more laughs from the readers.
As far as the harem cast goes, they’re not exactly what one would call normal either (and we all know that originality is an instant plus) as it’s made up almost entirely of non-human Angeloids. Because of their complicated backgrounds and circumstances, not to mention their personalities, Sora no Otoshimono manages to smoothly avoid many of the overused clichés that you would normally find in harem series. The character development for the heroines in question is a bit up and down, but over time it really delivers excellently in that regard. Especially the last third or so of the story has considerable depth to it, as every single one of the main characters really grow on you in a way that I suspect will make many readers find it hard to say goodbye to them.
The supporting cast consists of all kinds of characters, all with their own very specific personalities, but none of them ever really feel redundant. They just add *more* to the awesomeness and there is no way that could ever be considered a bad thing.
PS: There was also some childhood friend involved there somewhere but no one cares about her.
It will make you laugh non-stop and captivate you for almost every second along the ride. It will also make you care for the characters in it as well as make you think about what is going on. I shouldn’t have to expand upon this topic any further after all that’s already been said, but the bottom line is that you won’t be able to stop reading it. Period.
Sora no Otoshimono is a very creative supernatural ecchi/comedy that will make you cry with both laughter and from sadness. It showcases why you should not blindly label a series with stamps based on their genres alone, and it succeeds in areas where so many others have failed. Look as hard as you might but there aren’t really a lot of holes to dig into if you’re feeling critical. It’s just one of those series that is extremely hard to dislike.
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