Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse – 03

I-it’s a proper OP! *tears of joy*

YAY THIRD EPISODE ALREADY YAY YAY YAY. YAY YUYA BRIDGES. YAY VINCENT LOWELL. YAY ONO DAISUKE. YAY SUGITAN. YAY FOR EVERYTHING.

Story So Far

Ah, time skip. I’m not a time skip person, but if that’s what it takes for me to watch ONO DAISUKE, I’m totally cool with it. Anyhow, this is the typical introductory episode, where all the main characters in the present are introduced. Character discussion will be in another section.

And since this is an introductory episode, of course it has to give the basic plot of this anime. TSF pilots of the fallen countries with their TSF knowledge are gathered together in the Yukon Base for the sake of expanding Imperial Japan’s stagnated TSF project (for obvious reasons). Hinted in the OP with the lack of BETA and deaths, it seems that this anime will focus more on the character developments and the progress of the characters’ relationships with each other. Maybe there will be some BETA once in a while, but I doubt the anime will have some brutal fights until the second cour of this anime (confirmed). A part of me knows that I won’t be satisfied with the lack of fights and blood, but I’m all for character development.

Anime 101

Speaking about Yukon Base, Yuya Bridges’ thought on it was rather interesting. They made it all glorious as if it’s an honor to be in the Yukon Base, but Yuya was partly right. Having a bunch of leftover scientists and pilots developing their technology feels suspicious somehow. Most of them are there because they lost their homes. LEFTOVERS. No wonder Yuya feels slightly offended with this “demotion.” What made the UN start this project? Was it to prevent lost technology? Revive the fallen countries (I doubt this)? I can’t help but smell something fishy in this Project PROMINENCE.

Meet the Pilots

This episode introduces the new characters. Once again, Muv-Luv managed to show the character’s personality indirectly through the mock battle. And since bunch of characters are introduced at once, here’s a list and some Survival Rate to make it somehow enjoyable(?).

1. Bridges, Yuya – America’s “Top Gun”

The “Top Gun” of this anime, though what he did wasn’t very “Top Gun”-ish. I suspect having Stella saving him was actually unplanned because he sure didn’t take Tarisa calmly. Pretty obvious he’s that one arrogant pilot who happens to have a hidden talent of making everything perfect but of course, his attitude is in the way. Oh, he doesn’t take things seriously either. Yuya’s bad side is somehow transparent for Yui (though it’s probably because his fighting skill can’t be compared with Yui’s real battle experience), and he’s not so fond of Yui too (Japanese issue? Seeing a half-Japanese calling Japanese a Japanese doll was rather funny) so I guess it’s mutual. Unfortunately for him, he’s doomed to be shipped with Yui and have lots of character development involving her.

Survival Rate: 90%. Protagonists don’t die until the end.

2. Takamura, Yui – Japan tragedy survivor

Bitter and emo Yui. Not surprising though, remembering how she saw her friends being eaten like that. That unpleasant experience of hers contributed to her apathetic and “strong” attitude. Yui hates Yuya at first sight for some unknown reason, but it’s obvious she wasn’t impressed with Yuya’s laid-back and arrogant attitude. It’s ironic how she doesn’t like Yuya partly because of his inexperience when she was like that three years before (minus the cocky attitude). Maybe that’s why Yui doesn’t like him; seeing the immature soldier like Yuya forces her to remember her bad past. It’s like seeing a mirror of herself.

Survival Rate: 90-95%. Who knows, the tragedy might repeat itself.

3. Barchenowa, Cryska – Russia’s Lesbian Pilot

Not much was told about her except her superb piloting skill with his girlfriend partner, Inia. It seems that she suffers from some kind of double personality too. From what I learned in anime, characters with double personalities have extremely disturbing past. Not to mention her silver hair, she’s the perfect tragic character who usually goes berserk by the end of the series. Maybe she’s a robot? Hah.

Survival Rate: 85%. Things usually don’t go well for mysterious hair characters. And her hair is silver. That’s a magnet for tragedy

4. Sestina, Inia – Russia’s Pilot’s Loli

The mysterious loli for this anime, also Cryska’s berserk button. Inia’s last name isn’t the same with Cryska’s, but somehow their faces are almost identical. I smell cloning and some DNA manipulation. Her mysterious “color ability” just makes me theory smells stronger. Also, DAT BEAR.

Survival Rate: 70-75%. Loli with silver hair in a gore anime? That usually doesn’t end well.

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Animation

Even Cryska is not amused with the animation

Now that there’s an OP *tears of joy*, I can actually talk about the animation. First, There’s an OP. Yay! Though it’s just a typical OP where the characters are shown and the TSFs go all bang bang in a mock battle instead of seeing them kicking BETA. But WHO CARES? THERE’S AN OP! The ED is also there, but it’s all about the OP. One thing I don’t like about the OP is the use of reused animations on supporting characters. I am not a fan of reused animations. But since this is Muv-Luv we’re talking about, where the low budget is not a secret anymore, the reused animation didn’t irritate me as much as the reused animation in Natsume Yuujincho OP.

Ehm, now that I’m done fangirling about the OP, the actual talk about the animation starts now. If I remember correctly, I asked for more animation instead of 3D CGI in my episode two post. Well, wish granted. With the lack of BETA, more 2D animation was used in this episode. I thought the animation would be nice in this episode, since obviously there won’t be blood and all that nonsense. Unfortunately, by the end of this episode, I wish I didn’t wish for more animation because it was just terrible. Again, this is Muv-Luv, so I’m not expecting much. But DAMN, the animation was really unpleasant for my eyes. I was virtually crying when bunch of white stacked-up boxes Takemikazuchi was shown because they look more deformed than their original deformation. Seriously, they can’t even animate the mechas properly. I don’t even- *sob* And since I’m not a fan of excessive 3D CGI, I was extremely disturbed with the CGI used for most of the backgrounds. Really, my watching this episode was not a pleasant experience for my eyes. I hope the change of director can change the animation into something better.

Yuya: “W-What did you say about my sexy abs?! You JAPANESE DOLL”

The animation was disappointing (again), but story-wise, this episode was actually enjoyable. The interactions among the characters were entertaining, and it was fun guessing what kind of attitude each character has based on their mock battle performance. Some would think that this episode is so-so though if they expect some plot progression.  To enjoy this episode, one must be really into the characters and ignore the rest (such as the HORRIBLE animation). I’m one of those people, that’s why I was able to enjoy this episode.

Preview: Yuya has a mock battle with Cryska and Inia. Maybe it’s time for him to realize his cocky attitude.

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55 Responses to “Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse – 03”

  1. The_Magus_Killer says:

    I felt so attracted to Tarisa Manandal a.k.a. Chobi. Maybe it’s because she’s a tsundere? XD

    Hopefully she won’t get killed by the BETA. If Kyon (vincent), and Koizumi (Yuuya) are in Total Eclipse, maybe we can expect the other SOS-dan members? XD

    Maybe Nagato Yuki is actually the BETA? *laughs*

    • anaaga says:

      IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW. Now we know what Nagato Yuki’s race is! Maybe she’s an evolved version of BETA ;)

      I like Irina better because she gives the yandere vibe somehow thanks to DAT BEAR. Also she’s a lesbian

    • BlackBriar says:

      I feel attracted to Tarisa as well. I guess some tsunderes work out and others don’t but it’s so cute when she’s throwing a fit about people’s rank and status. The little girl wants to prove herself.

      So far, I’m hoping none would be killed but seeing what happened in last two episodes with all the gruesome deaths, anybody is fair game. There will be no favorites so, keep your fingers crossed and hope.

  2. fragb85 says:

    Yuuya basically hates anything Japanese including his half-Japanese heritage. Ironically, the project he’s on is meant to develop a Japanese TSF

    I should point out that NONE of the Argos Flight use a Takemikazuchi. Those were American F-15 Strike Eagles. The Takemikazuchi is EXCLUSIVE to the Japanese Royal Guards.

    • anaaga says:

      His hatred for Japanese is easily noticeable. Maybe it has something to do with his childhood.

      Ooh, thanks for the info. I’ll fix is in my episode 4 post. No wonder Yui’s and Yuya’s mechas look different somehow. Though still look ugleh

  3. Highway says:

    Gonna take it riiiiight iiiin tooooo theeeee DANGER ZONE!!!

    Sorry, about all I could think of was Top Gun! for the whole episode. Oh, and how Manandal was really annoying to me. Seriously, what’s her problem? She gets absolutely schooled by the Russian Creepy Combo, almost kills Yuuya and Vincent, who are actually where they’re supposed to be, unlike her, then decides to cop a giant attitude with Yuuya? Somebody’s got short person syndrome, I think.

    Hiiiiiighway tooooo theeeee DANGER ZONE!

    The only characters I liked were Vincent and Stella. And “Macaroni” wasn’t too bad. Everyone else has a stick up their butt for reasons that the show hasn’t deigned to tell us yet. And animation-wise, the characters still don’t fit in with the background, I like the CG parts, tho, cause at least they are mostly action, rather than more “Even though I haven’t talked to you at all, I hate you for reasons that you don’t know yet!”

    • anaaga says:

      Heh, you’re not the only one who doesn’t like her rude attitude. Though it seems that there’s a reason for it. My favorite part of Chobi is when she avoids talking about something, which means that she’s scared of that certain topic. Moment of win. I like seeing characters I’m in not impressed in pain. If Chobi is more polite, I would like her more.
      With the exception of her, the other characters are so-so because they’re only introduced in this episode. Though I like Yuya Bridges already because of my Ono Daisuke bias hehe

      So you don’t like Yuya Bridges too? D:

      • Highway says:

        Not if he’s gonna act like a jerk-ass. And that ‘character development’ they tried for him was pretty lame: “I’m never flying with that guy again!” “Oh yeah? Well-”*punch!*

        • anaaga says:

          Whoops, you’ll hate him. It seems that he’ll be a bitch to Yui. Having someone whose race he hates bitching at him is not a good sign.
          Nah, that’s not a character development. It’s a rushed flashback trying to show his social awkwardness and cocky attitude. I didn’t like it that much too. It was unnecessary.

      • Allergic2Cats says:

        Ehhh, Yuya comes off to me as a typical jerkass lead. Can’t say I’m fond of that. That and the fact that after having watched the prologue episodes, I can’t help to think that the way he fights and the mentality he shows, he’s free lunch for the BETAs. I can totally see why Yui is less than impressed. I’m sure that will changed soon, but right now ehhh.

        • anaaga says:

          Heh, he is a jerkass lead, and his fighting style was pretty awful. Not a good start for a protagonist.
          But Ono Daisuke~

  4. HannoX says:

    So far this anime has done nothing for me. Three episodes in (I count the two-part first episodes as two since it was shown that way) that’s a bad sign. The mechas are ugly and the characters cardboard stereotypes (and thin cardboard at that). Other opinions may vary. I’m not a big mecha fan to start with so I don’t think I’m going to watch any more.

    I’ll get my mecha fix with the far better Rinne no Lagrange.

    • anaaga says:

      I am pretty sure the characters will develop later on, especially the main characters. I don’t know if I can say the same about the supporting characters though.
      *high five* I’m not the only one who think the mechas are ugly.

      • HannoX says:

        But 3 episodes in there has been NO character development, just staking each one out as a stereotype from a bad Hollywood military action show. Using two episodes for the prologue was a waste. That could have been done as flashbacks to fill out Yui’s character, or one episode at the most. The fact that they have gone 3 episodes with NO real character development and other things says poor storytelling to me. That doesn’t give me any hope for the rest of the series.

  5. xRichard says:

    To enjoy this episode, one must be really into the characters and ignore the rest (such as the HORRIBLE animation).

    Complaining about the animation seems like complaining that the show has mechas in them. The budget is low, it was already known how the animation was going to be like. You don’t need to use 50% of your blogging to address that issue.

    Also, this is a show specifically aimed at /m/en, a thing you are not.

    This is evident in how you couldn’t care less if the TSF they were testing were Japanese or American. This show needs to be seen with “Hard-SciFi Military Drama” googles on. Focusing on the procedures, the war, the testings, the weapons, and wondering about all the nasty military secrets that may be around the corner.

    You did this in that only in this paragraph, witch is the most interesting bit of this whole article:

    Speaking about Yukon Base, Yuya Bridges’ thought on it was rather interesting. They made it all glorious as if it’s an honor to be in the Yukon Base, but Yuya was partly right. Having a bunch of leftover scientists and pilots developing their technology feels suspicious somehow. Most of them are there because they lost their homes. LEFTOVERS. No wonder Yuya feels slightly offended with this “demotion.” What made the UN start this project? Was it to prevent lost technology? Revive the fallen countries (I doubt this)? I can’t help but smell something fishy in this Project PROMINENCE

    PD: Too bad Metanorn doesn’t have a writer that belongs to the target audience. I’ve read all 3 episodes blogs and they were quite disappointing.

    • anaaga says:

      Complaining about the animation seems like complaining that the show has mechas in them. The budget is low, it was already known how the animation was going to be like. You don’t need to use 50% of your blogging to address that issue.

      I see no issue of me complaining about the CGI being used too much on the background and about the terrible 2D animation they did on the mecha.

      Also, this is a show specifically aimed at /m/en, a thing you are not.

      ……

      This is evident in how you couldn’t care less if the TSF they were testing were Japanese or American.

      I am sorry for not caring about the mechas I don’t like. No worries, I will learn about them as the episodes air

      This show needs to be seen with “Hard-SciFi Military Drama” googles on. Focusing on the procedures, the war, the testings, the weapons, and wondering about all the nasty military secrets that may be around the corner.

      I will get to them, when they actually show it. So far the three episodes only show simple mock battles (also the fight with BETA for the first two episodes, which is basically a bloodbath).

      PD: Too bad Metanorn doesn’t have a writer that belongs to the target audience. I’ve read all 3 episodes blogs and they were quite disappointing.

      I don’t expect everybody to like what I write, especially those who are already used to mecha already. As a new fan of mecha, my writing will be terrible. I take Muv-Luv even though I am aware of that fact. Don’t worry, I aim for perfection. I will be better.

      Thank you for the feedback

      • xRichard says:

        By /m/en I didn’t meant to insult. That is how mecha fans call themselves at /m/ (4chan’s mecha board). I’m also fairly new to the scene, so I’m reading as much input as I can from different sources to have a better understanding of how the genre works.

        Maybe I was unfair for comparing your style of blogging to others who are veteran fans of the genre. Link 1, Link 2.

        Thanks for not taking my harsh feedback personally.

        PD: Erase those links or this whole comment if linking to others blogs is against the rules.

      • xRichard says:

        God, this is embarrassing. I just realized you were female.

        I’ll ask you to imagine that I wrote wo/m/en or wo/m/an instead of /m/en or /m/an in my comments above.

        I didn’t mean at all that MLA:TE was aimed at a male audience. I meant that it was aimed at “hardcore mecha fans”.

        • anaaga says:

          I laughed there. You haven’t noticed that I’m a female? That’s a first.

          I do notice Muv-Luv’s target audience, with all the fanservices and the robots. But I like mecha/robot (though it’s more to the mecha side) too, and I want to understand the genre better. That’s why I took it. And I’ll be the few females who wrote about mecha!

          It’s ok, feeedback/criticism is always welcomed as long as they’re constructive. Links too, so that I can understand how to write about mecha/robot better

    • HannoX says:

      I’m a man and I LIKE hard SF military. I’ve read “Starship Troopers” at least 3 times and “The Forever War” twice and a number of others as well. So far this is a poor example of the genre. After 3 episodes, I don’t see much chance of it improving.

      • Highway says:

        I’m about the same situation as HannoX, male, think military equipment is cool, hard SF fan. The show’s just missing things.

        I do have to say that I’m not a huge fan of the re-naming of famous jets into TSF’s. I also wonder why, if the TSF’s are mostly for ground fighting, why are they painted in air-superiority colors? Wouldn’t ground-style coloring work much better? I get that they want to keep the ‘jet pilot’ motif going (hiiiiighway toooo theeeee danger zoooooone!), but tactically it seems counter-productive.

        • anaaga says:

          Too bad I haven’t played the VN, so I can’t really answer what’s “missing” in here. Maybe by the end of this series, we’ll find out.

          But Highway, I can answer your question. It’s either Rule of Cool or Artistic License, pick the one you like better. I’ll pick Artistic License

        • xRichard says:

          The coloring implies that camouflage doesn’t work on the BETA. Remember that they are not fighting against humans.

          But in the VN, there’s a part where humans fight humans. It is shown how the TSF get the proper camouflage paintwork for that situation.

      • xRichard says:

        I did not talk about Total Eclipse’s quality as a HardSF Military because I’m not really qualified to do so. I only critiqued the blogging style because I felt he was asking for things that TE doesn’t have and won’t ever have. Basically, the Mistake #1 detailed here.

        But then you are comparing an anime adaptation to exemplary hardSF literature. That’s kinda forcing it to suck. You would make a better point if your comparison stayed in the same medium.

        • HannoX says:

          The genre is military SF. It doesn’t matter if it’s a novel, movie or anime. There are good and bad examples in all three. This is a bad example of the genre and would be a bad example if it was a novel.

          • xRichard says:

            So? You are still straying away from the point of my original comment, which was complaining about the quality of the blogging.

            Anyway, I now want to know why you think it’s a bad example. What TE does wrong?

            • HannoX says:

              My previous posts have laid out what I think is wrong; there’s no need to repeat them. Complaining about the quality of the blogging is senseless–people are expressing their opinions. Therefore, you are saying you don’t care for people’s opinions and how they express them.

            • xRichard says:

              Nice logic you got there: I give an opinion about X. Therefore, I don’t care about X.
              If I didn’t care about “the quality of the blogging” (X), I wouldn’t be commenting here in the first place.

              It’s because I care that I post. This is also why I ask about your opinion. I’m honestly interested in what everyone has to say about this anime: those who don’t like the show and those who like it.

              You complained about the mechas being “ugly”, that’s ok but it’s also a totally subjective opinion. Luckily there’re plenty of designs to choose from if you didn’t like what you saw.

              Now, I wonder what’s a good looking mecha in your opinion. Of course, we are talking about Real Robot anime here. This rules out anime like Evangelion and Langrange which are Super Robot anime, a different genre with different kind of mecha.

              And about the characters being “cardboard stereotypes”, you may be right or wrong, it’s too early to jump to that conclusion. EP3 was a new EP1, a whole new cast was introduced and there may be more about these characters than what’s been exposed. Still, “deep characters” is not an expected characteristic of the Military Sci Fi genre, at least acording to Wikipedia and TvTropes.

              Apart from these two reasons, do you any other why you think MLA:TE is a bad example of Military HardSciFi?

  6. BlackBriar says:

    Nice. An OP and ED that are worth mentioning.

    I’m slowly liking this with each episode and the new team could be the second reason for me too keep on watching. Second reason because the first is the strong yuri vibes here and that’s my second favorite thing. Gotta prepare my yuri goggles. I don’t even mind the little tsundere Tarisa because she reminds me a lot of Kore wa Zombie’s Haruna.

    The new team formed from pilots all over the world may prove to be likable. I just hope they won’t be killed off like Yui’s previous unit but that might not be the case since they will be fighting the BETA. In which case means everyone has bullseye them.

    I’ve taken a shine to Tarisa and Stella. Tarisa already has the tsundere title so I’m giving Stella the sadist title given the way she was licking her lips before firing her gun and how she seemed to enjoy fighting on the battlefield. The highlight for me were the new suits on the girls. I loved them. They are a lot better than the old ones.

    This episode covering the member’s meeting was perfect for character development. It was the best part and makes it more tragic if they become friendly and if any of them start dying. Speaking of characters, I’m expecting more Cryska and Inia in the future. It’s hard trying to keep the yuri beast caged.

    It’s already obvious Yui and Yuya are going to butt heads with each other for a while due to inflated egos. And Yuya being half Japanese while disliking some aspects of it (especially the way he was looking at Yui) will surely bring out some inner turmoil. It’s also probably making him feel hypocritical.

    • anaaga says:

      I really like the OP. It was cool. I didn’t like the ED that much because of the timing. Not even one second after the episode ends and they already shove the ending. It feels rushed. I do like the animation for the sky in the OP/ED. Why can’t they do the same with the actual episode

      The only yuri I see is the Cryska x Inia pairing, though there might be some little Tarisa x Stella. But the Russians are hot, so I guess it’s ok. Not to mention their mysterious pasts and their weird personalities

      Oh yes, Stella biting her lips was a plus. Though I prefer Inia’s biting at the beginning of the episode.

      I have a feeling that Yuya is going to appreciate the Japanese more, thanks to Yui. Maybe it’s time for him to stop hating his Japanese blood.

      The color in the new suit is nice. The mix of blue and silver makes the silver a little less pale. I like. Not to mention how they look nice on Yuya Bridges
      I like Yui’s custom color pilot suit the most. It looks nice on her. I wish they allow normal pilots to choose their own color for their suits and robots *sigh*

    • Highway says:

      Sorry, Yuri + Mecha is in the next post down. ;) I definitely don’t really want to see anything like that out of Cryska and Inia, that would seem really squicky to me. And I don’t really see Tarisa and Stella getting together that way. I could see Stella + Vincent as a pair tho, and Macaroni (I’m just gonna call him that from now on) gets left out in the cold, the curse of the playboy character.

      More colors for suits would be good. I didn’t really see that the suits were much different, just that they showed them more without all the extra frames and braces, although that was an improvement.

      • anaaga says:

        Depends on your yuri goggles. Tarisa and Stella change their clothes together, that’s enough reason for me to ship them ;)

        • BlackBriar says:

          LOL. I believe my goggles are strong enough to withstand the high yuri levels but I’ve got another set to replace them should they break. Three episodes in and we already have two yuri pairings. This might turn out great. Tarisa x Stella and Cryska x Inia for the win. But these pairings will have a hard time to beat Rinne no Lagrange’s yuri pairings.

    • xRichard says:

      It’s already obvious Yui and Yuya are going to butt heads with each other for a while due to inflated egos.

      Remember that, unlike Yui, Yuuya has no experience against BETA. I think she was bothered because of how he boasted about a piloting style that would be useless on the battlefield. Or how he is blind to the real threat and is wasting his time on stupid rivalries, something along those lines…

  7. Jrow says:

    Was at work this morning, saw your post come up, and at lunch decided… why the fuck not?

    Love the OP. Koda Kumi’s voice, the guitar riff and that 8-bit type music that plays during the first verse is cool. Shame the the footage shows stuff that’s going to happen in the episode we’re watching. Great song, poor and lazy choice for animation.
    Also, insert song was cool.

    Noto Mamiko’s portrayal of Inia sounds exactly like the way she does Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke. Instantly recognizable. And getting to those characters, there’s definitely something unique about Inia and Cryska as though they are on the same wavelength from that opening scene tailing Tarisa.

    Speaking of Tarisa, she made me almost stop watching the ep. about 14 minutes in. Too aggressive of a tsundere for my liking, if there is any dere within her.

    Swedish babe is swedish sexy. All I need, but as BB talked about her licking her lips, that was… well, sexy. Her picture on the MAL character page from her is pretty saucy.

    Have to agree on the CGI. Satelight just did two shows last season (Mouretsu Pirates and Aquarion Evol), and I’d say the CG is maybe a step below Evol in terms of quality. I though Pirates’ CGI was great. But on the flipside, the battle was mostly entertaining. I just don’t get how Tarisa could’ve so quickly countered Yuuya’s attack when he was going to pin her down.

    • Highway says:

      I sure didn’t see any dere in Tarisa. I don’t even know if I’d characterize her as tsun. I just got ‘brat’.

    • anaaga says:

      Oh Jrow, you is love <3

      I actually don't like the insert song, especially the one of the mock battle. I want a proper BGM instead of insert song. Though the insert song helped to bring out the playfulness in the mock battle

      Everybody's hating on Tarisa already. I'm one of those people, but I feel sad by the amount of hate because I find that shot of her ass to be attractive. Yes, unrelated. But still... >///<

      • BlackBriar says:

        Don’t worry, Anaaga. I’m in the minority that rather likes Tarisa. And you’re right, that shot of her ass is attractive. It’s priceless and the skin tight battle suit makes it look better. The suits really do show the girl’s curves off nicely.

      • The_Magus_Killer says:

        Every bit of Tarisa (especially her ass and modest bust) is attractive. Tsunderes are love. =)

        • anaaga says:

          Note that I only like her ass ;)

          • BlackBriar says:

            It may take some time but I think you’ll warm up to the rest of her. It might help if you think of her as a relative to Kore wa Zombie’s Haruna.

            • Jrow says:

              I agree. Tarisa’s ass in that tight suit is alright ;) I have a weakness for girls of her skintone actually, so I’m hoping she becomes funner to watch.

              btw, I found out there was a Beatrix Brehmer. Different spelling than Bremer on the Muv-Luv wikia. Related? Would think so just judging by their cup size.

              anaaga, now that you know Fosh and I are onboard, you gotta put some ecchi shots in the show. ;)

            • Highway says:

              BB, maybe you’ve hit on the Tarisa divide there… I’m not the biggest Haruna fan either (Seraphim every day of the week!).

            • BlackBriar says:

              @Highway: LOL. Maybe I did hit a divide. But I’m way more into Seraphim or Saraswati than Haruna.

            • anaaga says:

              @ BB: I don’t like Haruna, Saraswati, and Seraphim >.< Eucliwood FTW!

              @Jrow: Which Beatrix Brehmer? I googled but only found the Muv-Luv one.

            • Jrow says:

              @anaaga: As seen in this pic.

            • anaaga says:

              Ah, her. It’s a different way of spelling her name. I doubt she’s related to any characters since she’s in the side story unrelated to the main (except with the Russians). There might be some resemblance to other characters though, probably for some original Muv-Luv reference

    • anaaga says:

      Btw, about Tarisa being too fast, I think they’re trying to show how good she is at close-range combat. Of course, that leads to that illogical scene.
      As for the CGI, compared to Mouretsu, it looks dull somehow.

  8. Foshizzel says:

    Awesome episode this week! FINALLY A REAL OPENING! Oh and yes agreed 100% YAY ONO DAISUKE. YAY SUGITAN. YAY FOR EVERYTHING < THE BEST

    So this week I found Muv Luv to be very entertaining! And the entire time I was like yeah I shouldn’t get to attached to these characters because I feel most of them if not half of them will eventually die off T___T

    Anyway! Very entertaining and I loved the whole mecha training mission! I kept calling this episode Full Metal Panic 2.0, but I want to see how these characters kill the BETA! I hate those freaky ass monster designs.

    PS DAT ASS = Tarisa

  9. Gottis says:

    Swedish and blonde and big boobed. Why am I not surprised. XD

    Just had to comment on that; this is not an anime I’m following, but… Sweden! :D (yeah, is Swedish)

  10. D-LaN says:

    Tsundere loli and Lesbian twins….. Something feels worrisome here.

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