Sora no Otoshimono Flying Panties Event Videos Posted (Update 2)
posted on by Egan Loo
Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The Gigazine website has posted a report with photographs and videos from Saturday's Sora Fes! — a festival for homemade model aircraft, including many inspired by the flying panties seen in the Sora no Otoshimono television anime series. In addition to the 160 paying attendees, Sora no Otoshimono anime director Hisashi Saito, Award-winning science-fiction author Housuke Nojiri (Rocket Girls, Usurper of the Sun), Kazuhiko Hachiya (the artist best known for developing OpenSky's life-size jet-assisted glider inspired by Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind), and TBS television announcer Jun Suzuki appeared at the event. During the event's final session, over 100 rubber-band-powered flying-panties models were launched simultaneously.
Last year's animated adaptation of Suu Minazuki's Sora no Otoshimono modern fantasy manga created a stir with its ending animation footage, which featured a flock of flying panties in formation. Nojiri wrote the novel inspiration of the Rocket Girls anime, but he was not directly involved with the Sora no Otoshimono anime. Nevertheless, he was inspired by Sora no Otoshimono to supervise the mass production of model ornithopters (flapping-wing airplanes) shaped like flying panties.
Crunchyroll is streaming the Sora no Otoshimono anime in North America and other regions. Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint published Nojiri's Usurper of the Sun novel last year, and it will publish Nojiri's Rocket Girls novel this July. Bandai Entertainment released the Rocket Girls anime in 2008.
Update: Crunchyroll is no longer streaming the anime. Thanks, bayoab.
Update 2: Nico Nico Douga is hosting another video from the event:
Grammar of attendee count fixed. Thanks, Shiroi Hane.
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