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Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Episode #12 Anime Review

This is it. We come to the final climax, the fight to retake the Catian ship and prevent it from crashing into the Earth, which would kill all of the Catians on board. Kio and the girls have a rocket ready to head out there, but a NATO army division is headed towards the Russian missile base where they are launching from. Antonia's Maid Army, armed with Catian weapons (which are non-lethal, they destroy inanimate matter), riding on motorcycles, attack the tanks and neutralize them. Yeah, sure. At this point, there is no point in trying to maintain any suspension of belief. On the bridge of Kio's rocket, we have relationship angst playing out, as Manami seems upset by how close Elis has gotten to Kio. It all sort of explodes in tears for Manami after she tries to urge Aoi again to make her feelings known. To be honest, this is probably the weakest part of the entire show. Yes, watching a bunch of maids riding snow motorcycles, carrying automatic weapons fighting off an entire tank brigade and an air cavalry unit seems entirely more believable than the relationship arguments between Manami and Aoi. Why they would be fighting over such an average specimen as Kio is beyond all belief. There is nothing inherently wrong with Kio. He seems a nice guy. But he also has no outstanding qualities whatsoever that would make him a believable chick magnet. Read More Click Me!

Asobi ni Ikuyo - Season 1 - Episode 11 - Review: " I've Come to Look for It "

So, picking up where things left off last time, everything that could possibly go wrong has: the Catian main ship is on a collision course with the Earth, Captain Kuune is unconscious, and Elis and friends have barely fought off an attack by Dogisian Assistaroids themselves. At least the Earth itself doesn't have to worry too much, as the Catian spaceship is programmed to self-destruct before it might crash into a planet. Of course, that means the death of the crew, except for those isolated on the bridge. The only way of stopping the death spiral is for the Captain to issue an override command, but as she is unconscious, there is no way to do that. The second in command, Commander Melwin, does not have the authority so long as the Captain is alive (thus, the Dogs rendered her unconscious without killing her). Now, considering the rather blunt and unimaginative deus ex machina events of the previous episode, it should come as no surprise that we get another one, this time one that will help our heroes: Captain Kuune's bell, which is her personal Assistaroid and data organizer, suddenly attaches itself to Kio. Before Kuune fell unconscious, she transferred her bell to Kio, which apparently meant that she also temporarily transferred her status as Captain to him, making Kio the new Captain of the Catian ship. So, all they have to do now is make their way to the ship, and he will be able to issue the system restart command. The frozen crew outside of the bridge? That gets taken care of by a visit to Ichika, who gives Elis a special seal that will undo the time freeze. It appears that people have been illegally selling the special seals, and thus that's how the Dogisians got a hold of them. As for getting up there, leave that to Antonia, who plans to buy a rocket for Elis, just because she asked (it must be nice to have more money than one could ever possibly figure out what to do with). While an Earth rocket doesn't quite have the capability to travel to the Catian ship, Elis isn't worried, as the core of her own personal spaceship, the Ruruso, which would not have been destroyed during the attack, will come to her and with it, she will be able to build a basic warp drive with some help from the Assistaroids. Read More Click Me!

Asobi ni Ikuyo - Season 1 - Episode 10 - Review: "I Came to Get It "

It's Christmas time (already?), and Elis is excited to learn about Earthlings and their religious beliefs, only to be disappointed when Kio tells her that in Japan, everyone celebrates Christmas, but very few actually follow the religion that gave it birth. As Elis, Kio, Aoi and Manami stroll along a mall all decked out in Christmas decorations, Manami takes the opportunity to urge Aoi to make her move. Christmas is a great time to score relationship points, by giving a gift and doing something special. She notes how Elis and Kio have not made any progress as a couple, so Aoi should take the opportunity to launch an "attack." Up above on the Cat Mother Ship, the crew is talking about Christmas as well. It appears that they will be allowed to get in on the gift giving and holiday cheer as well, as the Catian Government back at home has passed a special resolution allowing it (they don't normally allow gift giving?). Their little reverie on Christmas and the joy that Santa Claus brings is interrupted, however, by an attack by the Dogisians: while the Dogs cannot operate openly, they have dirty tricks available to them, such as launching obsolete human satellites at the Catian ship. They do not present much of a threat, but they still are annoying. Having dispensed with the primitive attack, the Captain, Kuune, announces that she is going down to Earth, as she's been invited to Kio's house for a special Christmas meal. She's also planning on bringing Kio a nice present. Read More Click Me!

Asobi ni Ikuyo - Season 1 - Episode 9 - Review: "The Great First Assistaroid?"

No cute opening song this episode. As we start, the Cats are again in full Star Trek mode, but something is a little different this time. The Catian ship we see is bringing a very important visitor to Earth, the first Assistaroid. This was the first one created, the ancestor of all of the cute little robots we see running about. It's a rather big deal, though Elis tells Kio and the girls that they're not ordered to make any special preparations, though over at Antonia's place, we see the Assistaroid that Elis gave to her, named Neko-tan, ask permission to take a few days off to go and see its "grandmother." There also seems to be a special Earth song that the Catians really like...which turns out to be nothing more than the opening song to some old anime named Captain Future (which, by the way, is a real show, as there was an anime adaptation made in 1978 based off of the original stories and novels published in an American pulp fiction magazine of the 1940s and 1950s, with many of the stories being written by Edmond Hamilton, who is mentioned in the show here). Anyhow, the First Assistaroid finally shows up, and she proves something of a surprise. She is not a short little robot looking creature. Rauri, for that is her name, is a rather attractive cat android. She is of normal height and she can speak. While Elis goes out to get some snacks, Kio talks to Rauri...or rather, Rauri gives Kio a lecture about why the Catians stopped making human-like Assistaroids, going on about how people get taken in by the illusion of speaking and looking like humans and therefore do not know how to react properly to an android: whether it be pretending they are a human or going the opposite route of becoming afraid of their ability to mimic humans and seeing them as a threat. This is rather deep philosophic stuff...and completely out of place for this light-hearted fanservice show. Read More Click Me!

Asobi ni Ikuyo - Season 1 - Episode 8 - Review: "We Dueled"

This time we have a Starsky and Hutch opening. Clearly, the producers are firmly in the 60s and 70s with their TV opening fetishes. So, we have yet another meeting of the Cat Cult, except now Antonia has informed its members that they are to stop worshipping cat ears and cat tails and instead be prepared to live with "people" who have those actual things. Elis then comes on to make some chit chat. After the video message for the cultists, we switch to Aoi giving Kio his first gun lesson, teaching him how to shoot properly. Well, he wanted to learn how to fight, and you can't find a much better teacher than Aoi. In the meantime, Elis is having tea with Ichika, and a boring nerdy conversation ensues (where else would you have Arthur C. Clarke's maxim about magic and technology quoted?). Manami comes along to join their little tea gathering. We then have a quick cut to the Dogisian leader, who is hatching a plan to stop the Catians from establishing diplomatic relations with the Earth. She keeps the details hidden, but it's apparently unscientific. We cut back to Aoi continuing her training of Kio, though she begins to wonder where Manami is, since she should be practicing herself. When Aoi meets up with Manami later, the two get into an argument, Aoi not realizing that Manami deliberately left Aoi alone with Kio to further her attempts to win his heart. Manami, on the other hand, does not understand that Aoi takes preparedness for battle at all times very seriously. The two of them start shooting each other, though the result is not blood as they are using Catian quasi-antimatter bullets, which only destroy non-animate matter. The result is a lot of clothing damage which is not shown on screen thanks to the timely intervention of a group of Assistaroids holding up their little signs. Read More Click Me!

Asobi Ni Ikuyo - Season 1 - Episode 7 - Review: "I've come to Swim"

I can't say that the opening this time "bewitched" me, but it would seem the references to earlier TV shows are continuing. Summer vacation is over and Elis has decided to go to school. Kuune, the Catgirl in Command, decided to allow Elis' request to go to school with Kio, as a means of making it up to her for having her mating season ended early. Thus, Ms. Itokazu, with obvious displeasure, has to introduce Elis as the new transfer student. But wait, it gets better. In addition to alien Elis, there is another sudden transfer student: Antonia... I'm not going to bother with the rest of her name, Antonia the leader of the Cat Cult. Along with two of her maids, except now they're all dressed as schoolgirls. (Note that neither Elis nor Antonia and her maids are in official issue school uniforms for Kio's school). Suddenly, Kio is surrounded by curious classmates, though Antonia's guards scare them off. Except for the president of the Movie Club, who approaches Kio to ask about the club trip. Plucking up some courage, the club president asks Elis if she'd like to come along, and when she says yes, he hands her an application form to join the club. Since Elis is going, Antonia is going, and that prompts Manami as well. Aoi wonders why, but Manami only has to mention the words "Kio," "Elis" and "Alone" (put into a complete sentence with words I'm leaving out) to get her to understand. So, instead of a standard club trip by bus, a grand motorcade of armored limousines and protective motorcycles heads off. Read More Click Me!

Asobi ni Ikuyo - Season 1 - Episode 6 - Review: "Ep 6"

So, this time we get the "Charlie's Angels" parody opening. Someone on staff really likes old TV shows. Anyway, to get serious, the Catians are analyzing the fight that took place on board the Androala, and have now discovered that the Dogisians are involved. Oh, did I mention that they're doing this analysis while completely naked in a sauna? (The Assistaroids are creatively deployed to provide censorship instead of magical steam or incredibly bright lights with no apparent source). It appears that the Dogisians are not supposed to open relations with any other worlds, because of a blockade imposed by the Orsonians (what? Now we have a "Mork and Mindy" reference? Someone really likes old TV shows). Read More Click Me!

Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Episode #05 Review

So, it seems they got tired of Star Trek and have this time opted for a Mission Impossible rip-off for their opening. And I didn't notice it before, but there's a Charlie's Angels pose by the three main girls in the opening animation. I guess the production team for this show has a thing for referencing older shows from American TV. I will give the writers credit for one thing, and that is while they play with the tired cliche of Alien = God to backward cultists or people, at least Elis, who notes that she's not supposed to claim god status (it goes against Catian regulations, apparently) does try to do the smart thing with it: she orders her captor-worshippers to let her and Kio go free. Sadly, these cultists are more interested in declaring the existence of their god rather than obeying their god, and refuse. Instead, they bribe Elis and Kio with food, all the while Antonia, the wealthy spoiled brat leader of the cult, intends to get closer to her god. Read More Click Me!

Asobi ni Ikuyo - Season 1 - Episode 4 - Review: "I Came to Kidnap"

So, it would appear that the Star Trek opening lines parody is going to be a recurring thing, as we have it yet again. Okay, picking up from last episode, we now see who that mysterious girl on the ship was: she's the leader of some crazy cat-loving (or if you work for the animation staff, "loveing") cult called the "Cat-Ear Corps: Underside of the Kitten Paw." To top things off, this cult has now discovered the existence of Elis, and have hailed her as their leader and object of worship. Back at Kio's house, things are getting rowdy, since Elis is apparently coming into her mating season, as happens to Catians every 16 cycles. It makes her brain chemistry go a bit haywire, and even just the scent of catnip wine (is there really such a thing? I would think our own real world feline masters would have forced us to give it to them all the time were there such a thing) makes her extremely drunk, sending her into a frenzy of silly dancing and boob-shaking. Fortunately for Kio, before he's about to be jumped, Doctor Dyureru comes along from the main ship and knocks out Elis. After Elis comes to, and Kio has run away, as the good doctor talks about him being the potential mate for Elis, with Manami complaining all the while, the doctor tells Elis that she has a mission for her: to go to Tokyo. Read More Click Me!

Asobi ni Ikuyo - Season 1 - Episode 3 - Review: "I've Come To Stay"

Put your phasers on Meow and get ready for the next voyage with our favorite alien catgirls on their mission to explore the strange new world that is the Earth. Uh, yeah. Just turn off your brain and enjoy the copious amounts of fanservice. Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers) One thing seems clear with the opening of the third episode: the writers are big fans of the Western science fiction franchise Star Trek. To the point where the opening to the episode is a parody of the well-known beginning to that storied show. We had a reference to Trek in the previous episode, and one wonders whether it might become a running gag. It is not, however, the main focus of this show, which is what they get in short order: they go straight for the school swimsuits. Yes. Those of you who have wondered where your next fix of unrepentant fanservice would be coming from, wonder no more. As we have all female body types and stereotypes prepared and ready for you in tight-fitting school swimsuits for your viewing pleasure. So, the Catians have chosen to approach the Japanese Foreign Ministry wearing school swimsuits, as they apparently read that it is one of the best outfits on the planet. They read that, of course, from one of Kio's girlie magazines. Well, it's pretty clear where the original author's mind gets its inspiration from for this series. Read More Click Me!