Cute girls piloting kick ass mechs is the best!
You know when mechs pop up in any anime you can bet i’ll be the first to check them out! I was kinda surprised by this first episode because I originally thought the girls summoned their giant mechs and they fought by themselves without a pilot, but yeah I was completely wrong about that! I just hope this series manages to be fun and not depressing or sad like WIXOSS…
We haven’t had a super-serious moe show in quite some time; at least not on Gakkou Gurashi or WIXOSS levels. So what do we have when we cross dangerously cute loli with dangerously magical mecha? Let’s find out…
Giant Freaking Robots
What kind of chuunibyou spell is his?!
What makes a mecha series entertaining? The story? The setting? The pilots? The mechs? Personally as a fan of the genre I want a bit of everything! Great story elements, cool characters, unique setting and awesome looking mecha designs; however for the most part we don’t get to have all of that! Usually the balance is off and we get stuck with a dull story, stupid characters and horrible looking mechs aka the most recent batch of not so great mecha series like Aquarion Logos, Heavy Object, Comet Lucifer and Schwarzesmarken. So what does Regalia offer for the hardcore mech fan? I would say the giant robot fights? Especially if you’re a fan of Suzuki Kanta‘s mechanical designs or a fan of stuff he worked on Mazinkaiser SKL, Aquarion EVOL, Gundam 00, Code Geass and my all time favorite Star Driver! As for the setting and story as it stands we don’t really know whats going on at least I sure as hell don’t! I mean other than the fact that twelve years ago a bunch of people got vaporized because two mechs beat the hell out of each other? I can only assume Rena with her red mecha caused that to happen or was it the cause of the other two other girls in the white mecha? I’m gonna go ahead and say Rena caused that because her machine was standing alone, but hey they could say the red mecha went berserk and Rena tried to stop it? It did have that odd black smoke cloud around it.
If WIXOSS ever taught us anything beware of any white hair LOLi
Character wise we’ve only met Rena and Yui who are “siblings” but not really? Rena already revealed that she isn’t “human” which means she is either a super advanced android, an Alien or possibly an AI with an artificial body? I’m almost willing to bet she is probably the AI for the red mecha? If so chances are high that Kei is also the same as Rena? Then again the guy Rena fought on the ship yard looked to be a robot after half of his face melted off. So lets go with androids or robots and now that i’m thinking about it that would explain why Rena and Kei still look like they haven’t aged. Yui on the other hand is apparently royalty? She has the title of Empress of Enastoria, I’m kinda curious about what she is going to say next week! I assume she will talk about the “explosion” and how it wasn’t a giant freaking robot battle? Also who were those people hanging out in that dark room near the end? Just kidding we know they are the bad guys!
You know, I think I’ll get my complaint out of the way right now and move on. I do wish that a fantasy like this took place somewhere familiar. They go into great lengths to make it look generically urban-European, so why not go whole hog and just plop us down into New Brussels or Amsterdam After The Bad Thing Happened? Why do the producers have to go for these plain, insanely clean, overly-generalized places that don’t add any character to the show, or don’t give us value for the risk. It really takes away from the intimacy you could invest in a real setting. Or has Neo-Tokyo exploded enough already? As it stands, the balance of that investment has to rest on the characters. I think they’ve done a pretty good job with them so far. The ones we focused on during this opening episode are both daring and darling in equal measure, with our LOLiMECH being far more daring and darling than her “sister; and there are bits of an oddness in character we can see in both of them. The place seems to be threatened by some sort of generic unseen evil, and that kinda worries me in a way. But I think they might be hyped on “the thing we most fear is the unknown” trope.The youngest looking one, Rena is actually the eldest of the two, and it was a neat visual touch to show us that quietly with that row of pictures. But it’s pretty obvious that she isn’t a human character, and that’s a quality she hasn’t quite gotten over yet.
This is going to be one of those “are you a person, or just a weapon” kind of characterizations. But the girl packs a huge punch as she has the magical mecha decked out in the Scarf of Badassery/Caped Mecha tropes, plus she took down that first episode jabroni like putting a hot knife through butter, only pausing when he taunted her about being human? And on that question? No definite answer yet. But, I’m equally intrigued by her “younger sister”, Yui. Now first, the girl makes a sweet looking plate of Eggs Benedict. I don’t know who in the room I was supposed to fall for the most, cause I really love Eggs Benedict. But it looks like she’s secretly an Empress? Or she’s secretly a commoner? Or she’s trying out playing at the Dandelion anime and doesn’t live in the castle, like she’s not officially royalty yet? Or it was being remodeled for a while? But how attached or unattached must Yui be to the two girls in the cold open? They both make a return appearance and try to keep Rena from having quality human time with Yui. It must be bad for LOLiMECh to form relationships? It looks like Yui belongs with her like a sister as much as she does a pilot, so that should be interesting to develop as the show goes on
Rena is probably 18? Maybe? She is the “older” sister.
Rena has secret tea parties with Chino from Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
It’s great for ages!
Yes it does! Or Rena stole her look from Setsuna’s Gundam.
Damn this was a interesting episode! I loved the giant robot battle between Rena and random minion of the week! That animation was impressive and it reminded me of Star Driver right down to the silly mecha designs of the enemy machines, but besides the cool fight scene i’m curious as to what Rena and Kei are? Robots? Aliens? AI for their machines? Also what is Yui’s role in all of this going to be? Is she the new pilot for the red mecha? Whatever the case I can’t wait to see where this goes and to see if Regalia stays fun or will it get dark and sad like WIXOSS? Personally I wouldn’t mind a dark story.
Well, I was anticipating QP:flapper doing character design again. I have to say that I am not at all upset, as all the girl are just as cute looking as the characters were in Sora no Method. Plus the animation is very natural and crisp. I complain about the generic looking cityscape, but it stands out very sharp and straight, and lends a nice contrast to the monstery and somewhat spikey looking mecha, I have a good feel and sense for what they’ve set up so far, as it looks like the personal story behind these girls will expand to the greater story of the world around them, almost like WIXOSS and GG? I guess we’ll have to see…