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Dated 10 July 2005: Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu (UFO Boobs)

Foo Fighter
A UFO from Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu A.K.A. UFO BOOBS.

Just so you know... THRUST VECTORING? Passé. The new stardard for air supremacy is FOLK DANCING.

FOLK DANCING RULES THE SKIES. THIS BABY CAN TURN ON A DIME, UFO BOOBS STYLE.

On a more serious note, I find Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu to be an underrated OAV. Much of the directing is very well done, and is reminiscent of Futakoi Alternative and some episodes of Evangelion (mostly in the establishing shots and scene transitions). It appears the director might be relatively inexperienced, but I'd definitely be interested in seeing more of Naoyuki Itou's work.

The last few episodes have taken the show into kind of a dark place, so I'm also curious as to whether episode six will end on a complete downer.

Iriya and Asaba
Iriya and Asaba

I guess I should expand a bit for people unfamiliar with the show. Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu seemed like a cute enough fanservice show. The promo art was mostly cheesecake. Hence, I started referring to it as UFO BOOBS because there was no way I was going to remember its proper title, Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu.

The first episode had the kind of fanservice you might expect from a show with this art style, including brief nudity. Of course, it also had schoolkids packing submachine guns....

Since then, the show has gotten somewhat bloody, and a bit brutal at times. It's good, but some viewers may find it disturbing. To my knowledge, this is a six-episode OAV, with the final episode due shortly. It doesn't look as if it's going to end on a happy note, but as a credit to the show, I think I would be equally satisfied with either a happy or a depressing ending.