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.
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.
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.