When I started watching this I thought 'Asobi ni Ikuyo' AKA 'Bombshells from the Sky!' would be a subpar fan service heavy series where what plot there was would just be an excuse to show the many female characters in a variety of revealing ways... thankfully it was better than that. I suspect the creators had a tick list of things that might appeal to a male viewer; guns, action, comedy, sexy aliens, cute little robots and a fair amount of fan service although that decreased in later episodes along with the comedy as the action increased. The protagonist of the story is a boy from Okinawa called Kio who meets an alien called Eris at his grandfather's funeral. Eris isn't totally alien of course; like most 'sexy aliens' in science fiction she looks almost human; the only obvious difference is that she has cat ears and a tail... she is a Catian who has just arrived on earth! Early on she finds herself being hunted by one group who believe that the first contact with an alien race should be with something more impressive and another who want to treat her as a deity! Kio gets caught up in the middle along with his two female friends Manami and Aoi; who unbeknownst to him were heavily armed agents! Later on a greater threat to Eris and her people emerges; the Dogisians... who are of course dog people.
I enjoyed this series a lot more than I expected to; the characters were fun even if they were somewhat cliché. The fan service wasn't over done and there was always steam or 'lens flare' obstructing anything too naughty, at least in the version I saw. The early episodes contained plenty of laugh out loud moments and as the drama increased in later episodes I was keen to see how they would thwart the dastardly Dogisian plans. The actions scenes were well handled and sometimes had a nice comic twist... Catian weapons don't kill; they just destroy anything non-living... such as clothing! If you enjoyed series such as 'Strike Witches', 'Sekirei' and 'This Ugly Yet Beautiful World' it is likely you will like this one too.
These comments are based on watching the series in Japanese with English subtitles.
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