Manga Review: Sora No Otoshimono

Odds are you have seen and read this series through. It has figures, figmas, and plenty of other tie-in merchandise. It has glowing reviews on other blogs, and a reasonably cool English name. Heaven’s Lost Property. Seriously, how cool is that? HEAVEN itself lost something, and there should be plenty of either fun or awesomeness while they try to get whatever it is back.

And here is the problem-I read it, and, well, it seems that the few glowing reviews got some sort of jewel encrusted gold book that printed money and gently massaged their back while supplying them with free concubines. I, on the other hand, got a poorly written, poorly executed book that tries to appeal to emotions and be a love drama and an action book at the same time.

Probably the reason I really dislike this is because I was so disappointed by it. People were loving these glowing great moments that simply weren’t there.

Well, I’d better start with the plot and characters, which is a technical term for saying I want to type lots of words without actually saying anything useful.

Plotwise, it’s about a boy by the name of… screw it, wikipedia, help me out here. Tomoki Sakurai is a young man whose motto is “Peace and quiet is the best”, but he finds it difficult when he has to put up with his next door neighbor with a killer karate chop, Sohara Mitsuki; Eishiro Sugata, an eccentric scientist bent on discovering the “New World”; and Mikako Satsukitane, a borderline sadist. One day, while he was witnessing a strange anomaly in the sky, a UMA (Unidentified Mysterious Animal) falls from it. What falls from the sky is an Angeloid named Ikaros, who soon becomes Tomoki’s servant. From then on, more Angeloids come to him, and with this, he finds himself struggling for his peace and quiet, but at the same time finds pleasant things the Angeloids bring him.

Ah, thank you.

Let’s delve into the issues. A good series will have a character change and mature as the series progresses. They learn new things and improve themselves. they may learn to fight, and then learn when it is acceptable to fight. The mature and grow as not just characters, but as people. Sora no Otoshimono wasn’t paying attention that day-characters actually regress to the complete opposite of what they were, and in mere pages.

Tomoki was the simple guy who kept trying to like a quiet life, with no sign that he was a perverted character. Ikaros fell from, well, Heaven, apparently, and he tried to help her, despite incredible danger to his own life. Right, so the guy who likes a quiet and simple life goes agead and rescues a girl while massive stone columns fall around him.

And then shortly after that, he turns into a massive pervert and the exact opposite of a ‘quiet life’ character. In one chapter. There isn’t even a transition-he just suddenly IS a perverted character.

Ikaros is emotionally dead at first, and stays that way pretty much all of the series, although they seem to be trying to make her fall in love with Tomoki. Actually, the only time Ikaros shows real emotions would be anger, when Tomoki broke the watermelon she always carries around. Additionally, she looks a bit like Chi, so if you want a cute persocom who can grant wishes through massive amounts of Applied Phlebotinum (in the form of her cards), then Ikaros, but not this series, is for you.

Heaven itself isn’t exactly heavenly either-the man running it keeps trying to kill Tomoki and Ikaros, and comes across as a bit mentally unstable, in constant war against those who oppose his opinions and beliefs. So that means he is more like a religion than an actual god. the difference is he surrounds himself with an angeloid harem, whom he forces to his will.

Heaven in this is also a floating, invisible city that can only be accessed through the characters’ dreams-in fact, later on, an angeloid escapes through some dream machine that the scientist guy uses to go to ‘Heaven.’

So, that begs the question-how exactly did Ikaros fall to earth? How did the other angeloids get there? Apart from the one who goes back through the dream thing that is. Why is it only Ikaros they want, seeing as the guy has apparently unlimited abilities to produce models betetr than Ikaros? WHy not just let her be and replace her with a dozen more? Instead of sending them to fight a main character (who will nealry always win, unless it is THAT kind of series) just keep around a dozen models that have better specs than Ikaros.

In fact, why is it only Ikaros they want back? They later introduce another angeloid called Chaos, who brings nothing but utter Chaos and it totally uncontrollable. Plus, she is psychotic.

Tomoki after a short while spends all his time as a deformed or super deformed (chibi) character, only rarely ever reverting to a normal character.

Heaven here isn’t heavenly, Ikaros seems more like she escaped than is lost, and she seems to choose to belong to Tomoki. So the title is basically not very accurate on every count.

I tried to like this, both personally and professionally. Sadly, it just doesn’t do it-the series is nothing but a collection of tropes, most of which try to appeal to your crotch (specifiably, the angeloid outfits, gender changing, and perversion of some characters to name a small amount). Sadly, even the tropes are heavy handed and overtly obvious. You can literally see it grind gears into a new trope and you will wince as it tries something else out. It also changes focus rapidly-at more than one point, it tries to surprise the reader with something, such as an attack by other angeloids, a parent appearing, or something else. Given how the series changes focus like a car changes from 5th gear to reverse, the tree hitting change to an attempt at surprise is not even worth caring. In fact, you become thankful they are just pulling a minor sudden change instead of a major one. Most of the things would be surprising, at leats if the series didn’t feel the need to pull a surprise nearly every chapter, to the point you simply wonder what new thing will appear this time.

Score: 2/5 not good

Pros: It’s funny in the way a clown trying to tell a depressing joke is funny-you laugh more at the attempt than the actual jokes

Cons: heavy-handed in everything would be putting it mildly. It doesn’t just use tropes to tell a story, it abuses them in ways that would make even the most masochistic person think they went overboard.

Recommendation: Don’t read it. Maybe the anime will fix everything, but that is doubtful. There are things similar to this that are far better in quality and in enjoyability.

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4 thoughts on “Manga Review: Sora No Otoshimono

  1. First off yes, the anime is much better, and also if I may, can I debate you on one of your paragraphs?
    “So, that begs the question-how exactly did Ikaros fall to earth? How did the other Angeloids get there? Apart from the one who goes back through the dream thing that is. Why is it only Ikaros they want, seeing as the guy has apparently unlimited abilities to produce models betetr than Ikaros? Why not just let her be and replace her with a dozen more? Instead of sending them to fight a main character (who will nearly always win, unless it is THAT kind of series) just keep around a dozen models that have better specs than Ikaros.”

    First, Ikaros fell to Earth because Daedalus freed her, and wiped her memory. Going through the Dive Game Transport “or there dreams” is the only way Tomoki and the gang can get to Synapse. Any of the Angelroids at any time could just fly up to Synapse if they wanted too, but it’s cloaked so Ikaros didn’t see it when she flew up in one of the early chapters (episode 3 of the anime). They don’t fly the gang up there because the Angelroids are kind of passive aggressive when it comes to them going to Synapse. Nymph will operate the Dive Game for Suguta, but that’s as far as she will help.

    The Man Of Synapse (the guy in “Heaven” according to the DvD credits) wants Ikaros because of her Uranus System Core, the most powerful core in all of synpse. It’s eaither very rare, or very hard to replicate. It’s possible MoS can’t even create one seeing as all the first gen’s were made by Daedalus. Also the Angelroids he sends after her aren’t better than Ikaros seeing as she can destroy every one he sends after her.

    Let me make something clear about my personally feeling with this show. Sora no Otoshimono is NOT without it’s flaws. But for each of it’s flaws I can find so many more things about it to like. You bring up some valid complaints with the series, and since I didn’t read the early chapters of the manga it might be abysmal for all I know. I can see why some people might hate this series, but for me personally I love it.

  2. well i just thought it was interesting to watch/read and enjoyed it thoroughly some parts of the anime i liked less than in the manga and some in the anime i liked more aswell but in total i thought it was a very good series although i thought it went over the top of being perverted but hey it is generaly funny or interesting.

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