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Old 2012-07-09, 00:47   Link #581
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Thank god that there 9 BDs announced for this show, meaning it's two cour. I was worried it would become ultra rushed, but now that's put to rest.

Anyways, the episode was fairly predictable but I thought the execution for the most part was spot on, with a particularly disturbing scene towards the end. What this episode did was really send home the message of what this series is like and doesn't leave any doubt about what can happen in it.

However now that these first two anime original background episodes are over it's time to get to the real plot next episode. We still haven't met our main protagonist (a guy), and the other 3 main characters of the show! So hopefully once we meet them and things slow down a little bit we'll start being able to get to some characterization which is the essential missing element in the show so far.

While I'm sure we can keep picking apart the setting, I think they've done enough to setup a compelling conflict. I think the series deserves credit for being ambitious, something so many series lack these days, and it's mostly offering up valid explanations with a bit of hand waving (But hey that's part of fiction). Looking forward to the next episodes.
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Old 2012-07-09, 01:25   Link #582
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So... They're never going to reveal the badass pilot that saved her at the end? Or is the pilot supposed to be the male lead and the ace they mention at the end of the episode preview text?
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Old 2012-07-09, 01:26   Link #583
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Spoiler for Comparison to the manga:

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Old 2012-07-09, 01:44   Link #584
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So... They're never going to reveal the badass pilot that saved her at the end? Or is the pilot supposed to be the male lead and the ace they mention at the end of the episode preview text?
http://randomc.net/image/Muv-Luv%20A...Large%2013.jpg

according to the author twitter, it's supposed to be this girl
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Old 2012-07-09, 03:45   Link #585
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Well she looks.... Alien and out of place.
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Old 2012-07-09, 03:57   Link #586
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Man...this shit is good!

I don't have any other exposure to Muv-Luv other than knowing about the mecha and BETA. Characters, story, etc, all unknown to me till the anime.

Seeing those BETA eat people, whoooo boy, brutal.
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Old 2012-07-09, 04:16   Link #587
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The scene where BETA were eating people reminded me of War of the Worlds. I just hope it doesn't become as desperate as that was. Though judging from the preview, the tone of the series might be changing next episode.
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Old 2012-07-09, 04:27   Link #588
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http://randomc.net/image/Muv-Luv%20A...Large%2013.jpg

according to the author twitter, it's supposed to be this girl
Lol no hot linking from RC.

Anyway, I assume the pilot of the purple takemikazuchi could be none other than the Shogun herself, Koubuin Yuuhi.
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Old 2012-07-09, 04:41   Link #589
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wow that pretty brutal.. censored to the max but .. wow
the series seem like a keeper, much better then all the other released this season.. i still don't really like the mecha design
a good point is that they ain't fully relying on fanservices to sell the show and it show promise of a plot
can't wait until the next epi
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Old 2012-07-09, 04:48   Link #590
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when i watched ep 1 my reaction was meh... mecha slice of life, with girls saving the day while providing fanservice, then ep 2 came and pretty much "killed" my misconception of the series, wake up slap that ga-rei zero had in its first ep, the animation was very average but the plot seems to be serious and dark wich is enough to keep me hooked to the end.
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Old 2012-07-09, 05:29   Link #591
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Lol no hot linking from RC.

Anyway, I assume the pilot of the purple takemikazuchi could be none other than the Shogun herself, Koubuin Yuuhi.
Was that a Purple Takemikazuchi? Looked blue to me.


Edit: upon a second look, it could have been a purple one. I still think it looks more blue though, but its definitely a Type-00R.
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Old 2012-07-09, 05:29   Link #592
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Just got my Koto Takemikazuchi Yui Delux ver... With Tank BETA! I opened it up and got a code 991!

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Old 2012-07-09, 05:59   Link #593
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That was an exciting second episode, although totally expected since I did read through this thread starting last week. It would have been nicer not to have known and get "baptized" with the second episode, but what is done, is done.

My reaction after that last mecha showed up to save Yui was, "if they had weapons that can easily slice through the enemy like that, why didn't they give it out to all the other soldiers who have died in the millions." All weapons before this seem quite useless for the most part, unless you hit them in the right spot. You lose like 3 soldiers for every beta you kill, it seems. Then this one mecha at the end comes and wipes out a whole battalion. It just didn't seem to make sense, and it seemed quite unfair to all the dead soldiers.

I also wished Yamashiro, the "rival", survived at the end. She reminded me so much of Tsugumi from Guilty Crown. It was quite an unfortunate tragedy.

So now, the series will head towards a counterattack of sorts. I'm hoping that the series will end up at least on a somewhat positive note. It feels like a mix of Gunbuster and Blue Gender at the moment.
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Old 2012-07-09, 06:32   Link #594
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I don't think that it is the weapon, but the TSF itself, with better reaction time, resistance etc. What the girls had been handling was the red shirt mech. It's like in eve online, where the difference between T1 and T2 ships can be quite big.
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Old 2012-07-09, 07:02   Link #595
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Plus it was piloted by a Royal. Who would be well trained much more so than Yui's squadron of cadets pressed into the battle with no support or combat experience.

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Just got my Koto Takemikazuchi Yui Delux ver... With Tank BETA! I opened it up and got a code 991!

Spoiler for pic:
Mine turned up this morning too! I quite surprised by the art work on the box too, very well done. Makes the original Yui Type-00F box look plain!

I hope we'll see more of the Koto kits with Total Eclipse. I'm gunning for the F-22A still but a SU-37 or F-15 would get me pretty excited.
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Old 2012-07-09, 07:15   Link #596
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The Takemikazuchi looks blue to me.

The pilot is probably General Ikaruga. He is minor character from the VN though I heard he play major role in side stories.

I doubt the Shogun is the pilot. It doesn't make sense for leader of the nation to fight in the front line.
Ikaruga fights the BETA in the front line though
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Old 2012-07-09, 07:28   Link #597
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That Takemikazuchi sports the Blue with Orange lenses. "Normal" colours used by any member of the Royal family on the front lines.

The Shogunate's personal Takemikazuchi is Purple with Red lenses.
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Old 2012-07-09, 08:00   Link #598
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Man, that was depressing. People die, and erm... more people die. End of episode.

If the third episode keeps things up, then I'll probably be hooked for this series. Older Yui looks incredibly hot.
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Old 2012-07-09, 08:16   Link #599
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That was an exciting second episode, although totally expected since I did read through this thread starting last week. It would have been nicer not to have known and get "baptized" with the second episode, but what is done, is done.

My reaction after that last mecha showed up to save Yui was, "if they had weapons that can easily slice through the enemy like that, why didn't they give it out to all the other soldiers who have died in the millions." All weapons before this seem quite useless for the most part, unless you hit them in the right spot. You lose like 3 soldiers for every beta you kill, it seems. Then this one mecha at the end comes and wipes out a whole battalion. It just didn't seem to make sense, and it seemed quite unfair to all the dead soldiers.

I also wished Yamashiro, the "rival", survived at the end. She reminded me so much of Tsugumi from Guilty Crown. It was quite an unfortunate tragedy.

So now, the series will head towards a counterattack of sorts. I'm hoping that the series will end up at least on a somewhat positive note. It feels like a mix of Gunbuster and Blue Gender at the moment.
Well, I'm guessing that mecha is just too expensive to mass produce and resources are scarce so they save it for their Ace pilots. Makes no sense giving such weapons to an Instructor or a bunch of trainees. Besides the fleshy ones had no armor and were much smaller than the ones that the front lines were fighting. So that might be way they died to easily.
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Old 2012-07-09, 09:00   Link #600
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Not everything will be logical, this is mecha anime after all. I was satisfied that the instructor explained their stupidity in staying at one place and get surrounded by mentioning some orderto hold the spot. Otherwise I would've pulled my hair out for the reasoning behind using these lightly armoured mechs as stationary gun turrets against an overwhelming horde.
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