So I don’t know that much about the Mecha genre, and, personally, I find it hard to see the appeal some times. I’ve seen SDF Macross, RahXephon, Code Geass, and an episode of Buddy Complex for an Impressions season. Regardless of what I watch that involves giant fighting robots I still find it hard to get into unless there’s something else going on. Maybe I can fix that with this reader request I have this week.
Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse is a 24 episode Action/Mecha series originally based on the manga by Ukyou Takao and published by MediaWorks in 2002. Since then, video games and spin off manga were released between 2003 and 2011. Currently there are two ongoing manga Alternative and Alternative Total Eclipse, both from MediaWorks. As for the series itself, it is from studio Statelight and directors Tatayuki Inagaki and Masaomi Ando for the Summer 2012 season. As of this review it is licensed for legal streaming in the states thanks to Crunchyroll.
In 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA appear upon Earth and are driving human civilization into near collapse. Facing an enormous mass of enemy force, mankind has developed large humanoid arms called Tactical Surface Fighters and deployed them to its defense lines throughout the world. All these efforts have slowed down defeats, but can not stop the BETA, and mankind is forced to abandon a major area of the Eurasian Continent. For 30 years, mankind is bogged down in an endless war against BETA without any hope of victory. In 2001, Imperial Japan faces difficulties in the development of a next-generation main Tactical Surface Fighter (TSF) as it defends the front lines of the Far East. The UN has proposed a joint development program between Japan and the United States as a part of its international mutual development project of TSF, the Prominence Project. Yui Takamura, a TSF pilot of the Imperial Royal Guard of Japan, is given responsibility for the project and sets off to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuuya Bridges, also a TSF pilot of the US Army, is headed for the same destination.
|Sure, but where else will we get the fan service?!?!?!|
|Oh! And shower scenes! Don't forget about those!!|
|No joke... The final arc comes from almost no where....|
|If only there were more focus on this....|
|....Then maybe we'd get something much more!|
As of this review, there is no dub with the likelihood of there ever being one rather slim. So we’re going to be relying on the lovely Japanese performances today! This cast is extremely diverse with rather solid performances. Just like when I reviewed Ben-To, they did well with what source material they had. Daisuke Ono and Mai Nakahara play off each other really well as Yuuya and Yui giving me the most enjoyable interactions even with the cliched character types. Sakura Nogawa, Sayaka Ohara, Kenji Hamada, and Tomokazu Sugita breathe some life into our group of secondary characters Tarisa, Stella, Valerio, and Vincent giving it some extra kick to even more cliched moments; mostly in regards to love. Hitomi Nabatame and Mamiko Noto as Cryska and Inia are probably my favorite of the performances, but that’s mostly because of the story behind these characters. I just can’t go into every single performance there is because there are so many and each one is just as important to the series as the next. So, overall, lovely job from the cast!
|Our hero, ladies and gentlemen! Too bad he's way overshadowed....|
Next time, it’s time to tackle one of the most well known and classic anime films of all time. Until then, otaku on my friends!
Final Rating - 4/10 It tries to be different... It really does.... Too bad the cliches held it back.
Special thanks to Bukkiteer FriedrichNietzche for the request!