I don’t watch a ton of anime, so it’s rare that I get a character from a series that I’m familiar with. I preordered Ikaros before watching Sora no Otoshimono, but I’m going through the first season now and I like it a lot. It’s a fun, unpretentious show that knows what it’s trying to do and does it well. One of its goals is to establish a cast of sexy female characters that can be exploited commercially, and Ikaros here is a big part of that plan.
Sora no Otoshimono is a manga and anime that stars a teenaged guy named Tomoki, a well-meaning pervert who lives in rural Japan. One day, a female angel literally falls out of the sky and into his life. Introducing herself as Ikaros, she pledges to serve Tomoki, which gets him into all sorts of trouble as he tries to balance his desire for a quiet life with his baser instincts. When not actively serving at Tomoki’s whim, Ikaros enjoys carrying watermelons and taking long walks on the seafloor. The cast of the show also includes Sohara, his busty, insecure next-door neighbor; Mikako, a sadistic gangster and student council president; Sugata, a student who is half Stephen Hawking and half Unabomber; and Nymph, a haughty and snotty loli Angelroid. The second season of the anime introduces Astraea, the blonde girl in the back.
Grands has announced a figure of Nymph, and perhaps we’ll see one of Astraea as well, but here we have Ikaros. Sculpted in 1/7 scale, she’s about 27 centimeters tall from the bottom of that odd toothpaste-looking thing she’s standing on to the top of her head, and about 30 centimeters tall from the bottom of her base to her left wingtip. She comes more or less ready for display right out of the box; she just needs to be mounted to her base via two pegs in her foot.
Ikaros has a couple of obvious charms and they’re front and center here, with her low-cut dress hiding almost nothing. She has her trademark sad eyes and childlike, innocent expression. She also has her other trademark, a collar with a short leash, which gives her character design a big boost in kinkiness. She’s wearing her normal angel outfit rather than casual clothing, which is an attractive black and white take on a schoolgirl uniform. It’s a bit plain, I suppose; the colors of this figure probably aren’t going to excite anybody. Though really, that’s a job for her tits, not the color of her clothes.
I’m not sure where Grands came from, but Tadao Kouno, the sculptor of this figure, seems to have done work for Atelier Sai, Musashiya, and most recently Taki Corporation, which doesn’t really instill a great sense of confidence in them. Nonetheless, Ikaros looks pretty good at first glance. She looks very close to her anime design and she’s got a great body. Up close, you can notice that there’s not really a great deal of shading on her skin, giving it a flat look that clashes with the three-tone color of her hair, and you might notice some little specks of paint over her outfit and wings. From a normal viewing distance, that’s not a big deal, though.
The sculptor has done a great job on Ikaros’s wings. They look very nice, spreading majestically behind her. Certainly much nicer than Kotobukiya’s Dizzy, whose wings sadly resemble cheap plastic props. They probably won’t look as nice as Alter’s Dizzy, but how can normal angel wings contend against the awesomeness that are Undine and Necro?
The flying panties ending sequence is one of the things that Sora no Otoshimono is most famous for and true to form, one can remove Ikaros’s skirt so that everyone can observe and admire her unmentionables. Or that’s the idea, anyway; unfortunately, her underpants look more like an adult diaper than sexy panties, which greatly reduces the appeal of taking her skirt off. They also have this fake printed bow on them that looks rather cheesy. Nonetheless, if anybody wants to see her panties, it’s easy enough to do so; she easily separates at the waist to facilitate the removal of her skirt.
Ikaros is lacking a certain measure of refinement; her paint is kinda flat and she’s not as detailed as some other figures. For example, she lacks fingernails and the soles of her boots is just a featureless plastic surface. Her face also has a flattened look to it that seems unusual, particularly from the side. Even so, I like this figure; it’s a pretty good representation of Ikaros that captures her personality well. In the anime, she is borderline autistic and always wears a depressed look, and I think that this figure mimics that expression accurately. Add to that a nice rack and some attractive wings, and I think this is a pretty good figure. I don’t know how much I’m looking forward to Nymph – I don’t particularly like her – but I’m interested in seeing whether Grands adapts the other Sora no Otoshimono characters.