kill catch ’em all!
|Ah, I watched this episode right after I did my entrance exam. It feels SO GOOD to watch anime after exam. There’s a sense of accomplishment when I did that. Anyhow, last time Yuuya and Yui didn’t get along well. I wonder if their relationship improved this week?|
What the Hell, World?
One would think that having most of the population wiped out (primarily the males), the countries in this world would put aside their differences and unite to defeat the alien invaders, right? PLEASE. This is not Independence Day. First, there’s the blatant amount of racism in this episode, especially to the Japanese. The Americans really don’t like them for unknown reasons. In the original Muv Luv visual novel, Japanese aren’t so fond of America’s way of fighting. But really, the indirect hostility that exists between the two countries is because of culture difference between them. It can even be seen in the design of each country’s TSF (Japan’s TSF is more for close combat, and America’s TSF is more for shooting stuff at a distance). Second, there’s the evil depiction of Soviet Union when they captured Bridges. Well, they’re not shown as evil yet, but they will do anything to get the information they want. Let’s not forget the internal strife between Yuuya and Yui. These little details might be dramatized at times (especially the internal strife), but they served their purpose. They show the destructive side of human nature that can’t be changed even during hard times. Mankind, you’re so evil.
They would make Stalin so proud
Suspicious Military is Suspicious (And Other Military Stuff)
It wasn’t the focus of this episode (ok, partially), but the Soviet’s base is pretty fishy. The entrance to their base wasn’t shown, but Yuuya and Inia went through some dark underground passage, based by the lightning and so. Noting the amount of time they took to reach Inia’s room, it’s obvious that the base is pretty far from the main base. Now why would their base be that far? More like, is it Soviet’s base who’s far, or Cryska’s and Inia’s room? And if it’s the pilots’ room, why would it be that far? Even though this is a joint project, why are they excluded from the main group? Suspicious Soviet Union is suspicious.
Living underground? That explains her
pale white silver hair
And speaking about suspicious, I’m still not over my suspicion on Project PROMINENCE, though that’s not what I’m going to talk about. Verdant and I had an interesting short discussion (please ignore all the flirting me and SushiGokart did) about the TSFs being used in Project PROMINENCE. Verdant doesn’t get why they would try to modify a flawed type such as Type-94 Shiranui instead of improving the promising mechas. I don’t get why they’re trying to improve Type-94 Shiranui instead of stacked-up boxes Type-97 Fubuki. Just look at some of the articles in the Muv Luv wiki:
“The first domestic Japanese TSF, the Shiranui has been noted to have weaker thrust-to-weight ratio with their engines than American TSFs, making them fickle machines to foreign pilots not used to the controls.”
“The Shiranui features weaker jump units than their F-15 counterparts; as such, the Shiranui’s arms and head fins are integrated into the process of controlling the TSF as it rockets into the sky, or during landing.”
“…most notable was its lack of space for improvement.”
“The Shiranui’s limitation was not only evident in combat, but was also demonstrated by the Type-94-1C Shiranui Type-1C, where several were produced in 1998 as an attempt at upgrading Japan’s fleet of Shiranui.”
Type-94-1C Shiranui Type-1C
Reading all of those negative aspects of Type-94 Shiranui, I can only wonder, why bother trying to make a new Shiranui? Even if it’s improved, won’t it have a similar design with the original Shiranui? Then why? Why not improve Type-97 Fubuki? Annoying Yuuya was complaining about it being over-sensitive, but I suspect it’s about him not being used to Japanese TSF. From the wiki, Fubuki seems to for better for foreign pilots. Since this is a joint project, why not modify Fubuki instead and change its crappy boxy design? WHY SHIRANUI?
What the Hell, Main Characters?
Do these people actually work in the military? Because they don’t act like one. Well, this sentence is mostly for Ensign Yuuya Bridges. Character-wise, his prejudice against the Japanese is pretty understandable. Living in an environment where being Japanese is not something to be proud of, a second generation Halfling like Yuuya had it rough. His unsupportive family, especially his stressed mother, didn’t help much either.
What Not to Do as TSF Pilot 101
But as a military soldier, Ensign Yuuya Bridges has been terrible. While his “fondness” of his Japanese boss, Lieutenant Yui Takamura, is understandable, the little effort he gave to make sure his “fondness” stays hidden cannot be tolerated. Being rude to one’s boss is not cool. Being rude to one’s own machine is also not cool. Instead of trying to understand how the machine works, he blames the machine itself for being foreign to the pilot. Well, duh, we’re talking about West and East here. Ensign Yuuya Bridges is an example of a bad pilot. He is openly rude to his boss, refuses to listen to his boss’ harsh feedback, and shows little effort of trying to understand his machine. How he’s still in one piece baffles me.
What she basically said was “YOU SUUUCCKKKK!”
While the problem mostly lies in Yuuya, Yui’s action is somehow unfitting too. Thanks to the first two episodes, Yui doesn’t come across as a bitchy superior. She has experience after all, and what she said is mostly right. Her cold attitude is because of her experience, so it can’t be blamed. In all sense, Yuuya definitely deserve those painful lectures. And seeing Yuuya’s attitude, Yui was right for giving Yuuya special attention. But that’s the problem right there. Yui giving only Yuuya a hard time looks more like Yui trying to bully Yuuya. Why is Yui giving Yuuya and only him a hard time? Why didn’t she say anything about VG’s carelessness of falling into a trap during the last mock battle? What about Tarisa being too focused on Yuuya, forgetting the surrounding hence allowing Stella to shoot her? If only Yui interacts with the other soldiers, her conversations with Yuuya can be justified. But since all she did was rebuking Yuuya and Yuuya only, it can come across as bullying at times. Which, to be honest, is not good.
Why can’t I have a cute imouto like this
Only the fourth episode and I don’t like Yuuya Bridges already. No, it’s not because of his annoying personality. I find that tolerable. BUT he’s a soldier, and I don’t like soldiers who act like morons. Unfortunately, that’s what he’s doing right now. I want to give him a punch just for that unprofessional act of his. Though Yuuya’s moronic actions is the charm of this episode, somehow. I enjoyed seeing him being such an annoying character. Not an outstanding episode, but it’s definitely better than the previous episode. I hope next week will be better than this week.
Preview: Challenging his own boss in an unprofessional manner because this is anime. I seriously hope you get your ass kicked, Yuuya Bridges.
Muv-Luv Visual Novel: I’m grabbing it right now. I’ll be playing it as the anime airs.