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Sora no Otoshimono, the popular 2009 release, is back for another season and is keen to pick up right where it left off. Dubbed Forte, this season continues the theme of angels falling from the heavens with the addition of another well-endowed leading lady to add to the already pleasant-looking cast of characters which fuels the speculation that the present gang needs to have a new addition in which to rock the boat, so to speak.
It's clear from the start that these angels aren't exactly your run-of-the-mill halo-wearing harp-wielding stereotypes as the more teenage themes make themselves evident right from the off. As in the first season, Tomoki is once again afflicted with dreams that are most peculiar, but fortunately, the rest of his life has returned (for the most part) to what it was before these buxom goddesses came into his life. The compliance that Ikaros and Nymph have towards their 'Master' is pretty unnerving from what I've experienced but one thing that I have to give this series credit for is the quality of the visuals – if you've not watched anime in 720p before, YOU MUST. You'll be blown away.
Tomoki may not be the most endearing male lead I've come across in the anime that I've sampled over the years, but he seems to hold his own and doesn't beat about the bush about what he is – a teenager who is going through a lot of emotional changes as well as physical (which is touched upon QUITE considerably!). So another plus is the honesty of its characters. There are several amusing and extremely surreal elements (pterodactyls – 'nuff said.) that help make Forte quite an intriguing show to experience.
However, one thing that is of concern is the sheer ratio of male to female characters. Granted, fanservice is quite prevalent in most modern anime but the way that some of the female leads are portrayed and interact with Tomoki implies that they don't have much confidence in themselves and one sequence fairly early on in this season is just simply wrong and makes me groan with despair.
But despite this, I will say that Forte doesn't have the troubles of being one-dimensional like some of the more modern seinen series. Them, as a whole, have led some to question anime and its integrity. Thankfully, Forte is a happy-medium in this regard – it doesn't deny that fanservice exists, but it takes pride in the way it presents its narrative to its audience in a way that redeems most of its flaws. It's certainly an interesting show to catch up on or start anew should you not have seen the first season.
Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector is the follow up to Super Robot Wars Original Generation which I have not seen. So this review is of Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector as a stand-alone show. It revolves around wars fought by robots so powerful that you could go as far to call them super. Having only watched as far as episode 5 I am unsure where the inspector element comes in to the mix I am yet to see. With all the Super Robot action going on I’m unsure where it could add it in.
The super robots are piloted by the usual cast of characters. The quiet one who looks like Heero from Gundam Wing/Sousuke Sagara from Full Metal Panic and excitable cool blond friend are both present. There your typical busty loud and flirtatious character and another busty yet introverted serious character representing and rounding out the girls; of course, the whole female side of the cast are on the well endowed side. In the credits they are all seen splashing around on the beach glistening in their little swim suits.
In case you have not guessed by now it’s not lacking in fan service. There is a lovely blonde pilot who seems unable to move the mecha she uses without bouncing all over the place. But Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector is a mecha show so all the fan service is punctuated with robots fighting. They fight in the air and on land and even at sea. They use hand to flying rocket powered hand combat and use massive laser guns. No matter what kind of robo scrap your hoping for they seem to have all the bases covered from yearly on in the season.
As you can see from the images the mecha are all very well designed and notably different, at least when it comes to mecha piloted by the named characters. Most of the mecha are different colours and it’s easy to match the characters to the robots. As this is a show based on a video game there is a fan base which already exists to welcome the show but if you’re not familiar with the Super Robot Wars franchise then I would imagine this would be enough to draw you in.
As a fan of anything that involves mecha I love the show. It’s fun and fast paced. It manages to fit some good humour into the story at times and has really sucked me in. If you think it’s your kind of show why not check it out here on our site?
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As they cross blades, Gin asks Ichigo if he recalls their last encounter, to which Ichigo responds he does not remember Gin’s “heart” being present back then. Ichigo’s answer prompts Gin to display his Bankai and its incredible power. Meanwhile, Isshin notices a change occurring within Aizen.