Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1 (a J!-ENT Anime Blu-ray Disc Review)
January 11, 2012 by Dennis Amith
Funny, perverse and just all out crazy! “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1” is an anime series for fans who love harem anime with a sci-fi element and a dose of raunchiness. If you want to spice up your anime Blu-ray collection, this anime series is for you!
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TITLE: Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1
DURATION: EPISODES 1-14 (350 Minutes)
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (16×9), English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0, Subtitles: English
COMPANY: FUNimation Entertainment
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Originally created by Suu Minazuki
Directed by Hisashi Saito
Series Composition by Yuuko Kakihara
Character Design by Yoshihiro Watanabe
Art Director: Hiromasa Ogura
Chief Animation Director: Hiromasa Ogura
Anime Production: AIC A.S.T.A.
Featuring the following voice talent:
Saori Hayami/Brittney Karbowski as Ikaros
Souichiro Hoshi/Greg Ayres as Tomoki Sakurai
Ayahi Takagaki/Jamie Marchi as Mikako Satsukitane
Iori Nomizu/Kara Edwards as Nymph
Mina/Trina Nishimura as Sohara Mitsuki
Tatsuhisa Suzuki/Eric Vale as Eishirō Sugata
Tomoki’s life was normal until a wish-granting angelic android named Ikaros fell from the sky and started calling him master! Of course, thanks to his raging teenage hormones, most of Tomoki’s wishes have something to do with panties. And that makes things pretty complicated, because one simple wish can lead to a rampaging robot made out of frilly undergarments or turn bloomers into bombs capable of blowing up entire neighborhoods!
If Tomoki doesn’t learn to control his impulses around Ikaros and be more careful with his wishes, the chaos will only get crazier. Luckily, even with such a dirty mind, Tomoki’s heart is in the right place. His hands, however, are a completely different story.
In 2007, mangaka Suu Minazuki created the manga series “Sora no Otoshimono” (Heaven’s Lost Property) which was published in the manga magazine “Shonen Ace” and is still ongoing in Japan.
With the popularity of the manga series, an anime adaptation by AIC was produced and aired on television on Oct. through Dec. 2009, with a second season that continued in Winter 2010 and a film that was released in June 2011.
Now, “Sora no Otoshimono” has received its anime debut in the U.S. courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment with a hybrid Blu-ray/DVD release in Dec. 2011.
Directing the anime series is Hisashi Saito (“Bamboo Blade”, “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”), screenplay by Yuuko Kakihara (“Fairy Musketeers”, “Kage Kara Mamoru!, “Persona 4: The Animation”), music by Motoyoshi Iwasaki (“Hamtaro”, “Geobreeders 2”, “Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat”), character design by Yoshiro Watanabe (“Bamboo Blade”, “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”, “Onegai Teacher!”) and art direction by Hiromasa Ogura (“Jin-Roh – The Wolf Brigade”, “Ashita no Joe 2”, “Spirited Away”).
The series continues with FUNimation’s more mature-themed anime series along with “Sekirei: Pure Engagement”, “Rosario+Vampire”, “B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time” featuring perverse humor, fan service and sexual themes.
“Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property” focuses on a young high school teenager named Tomoki Sakurai, a perverted young man (who was influenced by his equally perverted grandfather) who has panties and sexual things that are constantly on his mind. And if there is one girl he occasionally likes to check out, it’s his neighbor and childhood friend Sohara Mitsuki. Who is aware of Tomoki’s perverseness and is unafraid to give him her special karate shop and knock some sense into him.
Despite how she tends to dislike his perverseness and constantly beats him up, she knows deep inside that she is in love with him. Sohara is also aware that for some reason, Tomoki has had some unusual dreams involving an angel which tends to awaken him like a nightmare since he was young.
Meanwhile, with the start of a new school year… Tomoki meets Eishiro Sugata, a scientist who is trying to discover a “New World” and his friend Mikako Satsukitane, a buxom sadist who has a mafia background and is also the Student Body President.
One day, while Tomoki was outside, he sees something in the sky, a UMA (Unidentified Mysterious Animal) and she happens to crash land on Earth. The UMA reveals herself as Ikaros, a “Pet-Class Angeloid, Type Alpha” and together, the two are bonded by an invisible chain and Tomoki becomes her master.
In the beginning, Ikaros is an emotionless individual and because she is bonded to him and goes wherever he goes, it becomes somewhat of an annoyance for Tomoki, but at the same time, he realizes that with her abilities, it can help him make his perverted dreams come true.
Eventually, Sohara, Eishiro and Mikako learn about Ikaros and the two young women try to help Ikaros learn about how humans behave, while Eishiro tries to learn more about her programming and why she was sent to Earth, especially why she chose Tomoki. And in order to keep the activities of Ikaros private, they join Eishiro’s “New World Discovery Club” to see if Ikaros may have some tie to this new world of Angeloids and Synapse that Eishiro is currently researching.
Meanwhile, another Angeloid has appeared on Earth, and her name is Nymph, an “Electronic Warfare Angeloid, Type Beta” who can’t stand humans and is sent to Earth to confront Ikaros. But similar to Ikaros, the more time she spends with Tomoki and friends, she gets to learn about human-kindness and what a nice master that Ikaros has. Unlike Nymph, her master (Master of Synapse) is abusive, maniacal and evil…but because she is tied to him, she will do as he wishes.
It is then revealed after a confrontation between Ikaros and Nymph that she was sent by the sadistic leader “Master of Synapse” to possibly destroy human-kind, something Ikaros does not want to do…especially now that she has started to discover newfound emotions…love for Tomoki. But not just Ikaros, but also Nymph as she wishes more and more each day that she had someone like Tomoki as her master.
As the Master of Synapse plans his scheme against humanity, will Ikaros and Nymph follow his evil orders? Or will they follow their heart and emotions which they have become aware of because of Tomoki?
“Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1” is presented in 1:78:1 and one has to remember that this is a TV series not an OVA or film, so production is standard for what you would expected for a television anime series. But I have to admit that this series does offer a bit more when it comes to detail and shading. The fact that there are so many locations featured, the characters are featured in various outfits, hanging out all over town and the artistic backgrounds are well-painted. For the most part, this anime series is well-animated.
Also, there is a good amount of lighting effects, especially when featuring the Angeloid’s in battle or Ikaros wings come out. If anything, I found “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1” to be a series that looks better than most anime TV series and AIC A.S.T.A. did a pretty good job with it!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1” is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese DolbyTrue HD 2.0. It’s important to note that despite me typically watching anime series in Japanese, I chose to watch this series with an English dub, primarily for the dynamic range of the lossless 5.1 soundtrack but mostly because FUNimation Entertainment really enhanced the perverseness of the series through its dialogue. From Tomoki’s lyrics for his hard nips song to Nohara joking around with Tomoki of sniffing her underwear, there is this boldness when it comes to perverse dialogue than the Japanese version. It’s much calmer than extreme and because of that, it worked for the English dub.
Dialogue for the most part was crystal clear as was special effects, but I didn’t notice too many use of the surround channels until you reach the confrontation between Ikaros and Nymph and what takes place at the end of the first season.
It’s important to note that while “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1” does not sport the FUNimation Entertainment dub voice actors audio commentary (which I was hoping to hear), we do get many of the textless ending theme songs. But this is probably what I enjoyed with every episode, the voice talent singing songs via anime theme songs from the ’70s, ’80’s and modern-style themes. For anyone who has watched classic anime, will definitely enjoy the different ending themes featured in this series.
- Textless Opening Song: “Ring My Bell”
- Textless Closing Song: “Soba Ni Irareru Dake De”
- Textless Closing Song: “Misaki Meguri”
- Textless Closing Song: “Taiyou Ga Kureta Kisetsu”
- Textless Closing Song: “Senshi No Kyusoku”
- Textless Closing Song: “Yukei Yukei Kawaguchi Hiroshi”
- Textless Closing Song: “Natsuiro No Nanshii”
- Textless Closing Song: “Furimuku Na Kimi Wa Utsukishii”
- Textless Closing Song: “Wild Seven”
- Textless Closing Song: “Hatsukoi”
- Textless Closing Song: “Bokura No Daiarii”
- Textless Closing Song “Champion”
- Textless Closing Song “Akai Hana Shiroi Hana”
- Textless Closing Song: “Haru Ichiban”
- Trailers – FUNimation Entertainment trailers
Intriguingly perverse, reminiscent of “Urusei Yatsura” and “Chobits”, “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property” is an anime series that will appeal to harem anime series fans, especially those who love fan service.
It’s actually an interesting month for FUNimation Entertainment as there have been quite a few of these mature anime series with sexual themes, but with series such as “Sekirei: Pure Engagement” and even “Rosario + Vampire”, the male protagonist is typically reserved and not much of a pervert. But with “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property”, the character of Tomoki is a total pervert constantly thinking about panties and what FUNimation Entertainment has done, especially with the English dub is further enhance the perversion.
While the series tends to focus on Ikaros trying to become more human and obviously developing feelings towards her master, part of the absurdity and perverted comedy is Tomoki’s way of using both Ikaros and Nymph to make his perverted dreams come true.
For example, when Tomoki wishes that Nohara would stop wearing her teddy bear panties, Ikaros uses her magic to make Nohara wear no panties at all (when panties are rejected, they fly out the window like a bird) because she wants to make her master’s dreams come true. So, one episode focuses on the group trying to find panties that Tomoki can wear, while Nohara tries her best not to let Tomoki see her naked.
Another episode features Tomoki using the angeloid’s magical cards by changing his physical form to a woman, so he can enter the public baths and give Sohara and Mikako a scrub while they are naked.
And of course, being the perverted guy he is, when Ikaros and Nymph discover his stash of naughty videos, they start wondering if that is how women should be acting towards men.
So, make no doubt about it, this sci-fi harem anime series is perverted and full of sexual themes but its important to note that there is no full frontal nudity or intercourse or anything like that. Private parts are covered by hair (or some cloud) and if anything, the series is more comedy-driven through Tomoki’s behavior and of course, the harem element as we know that Nohara, Ikaros and Nymph are falling for Tomoki.
As mentioned, the series does have some of that “Urusei Yatsura” craziness but also the “Chobits” style of an angeloid who acts almost like an emotionless android but overtime, her emotions start to come into play through more exposure to Tomoki and friends.
So, while the majority of the series does feature more lighthearted to crazy, wacky plots…it does get a bit serious and emotional towards the end.
As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is good but it’s a TV Series and one should not expect anything near OVA or film quality. The lossless audio is good but it’s the English dub that actually makes this series even more perverse and for special features, while no audio commentary, you do get plenty of ending themes.
Overall, “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1” was a fun, perverse anime series. There is no doubt that this will surely entertain anime fans who enjoy harem anime series especially with that sci-fi element with a bit of raunchiness as well.
If you are into that… then “Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – Season 1” is for you!
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