Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse – 06
It’s that time of the year for
Tortilla Chips Total Eclipse… time to change the motor oil. This week, we get our obligatory beach episode, ripe with fanservice and attitude 180s from Yui and Bridges. Definitely some “oil changing” alright.
Still, if there’s one thing I that keeps making me laugh a bit is how they decided to combine a tropical endurance test run with a photoshoot. I mean, it makes sense that they’re trying to do both at the same area/time to save resources and time, but combining those two terms together just feels so darn strange to say the least. Anywho, no matter. This is a beach episode after all, and it just ain’t the same with some coincidental events that would never happen otherwise. I mean, how else would you get to fit in some fanservice, obligatory peeping attempts (from Valerio of course), and the stranded on a deserted island trope!? Wait what? You’re telling me they fit in some small instances of plot and character development? No way!
But, it’s true. Aside from the healthy amount of bikini shots and so forth, there’s actually a few interesting tidbits here as well. For one, there’s the comment from Stella, where she says “I guess Russians can’t understand other people’s kindness”. It definitely felt like a sharp jab at the Soviets in general and it’s just a bit shocking, because I never would’ve pictured those words coming out of her mouth at all.
Next, we have Bridges beginning to change his attitude a bit toward Yui, as well as show off his manliness. That worrying and assistance he lends to Yui when Cryska passes out, quite manly indeed. But on the other hand, his unwillingness to peep with Valerio… I dunno. I can’t help but feel like he loses some of those manly points ya know? Haha. In any case, it’s pretty clear the conflicts he’s had with Yui the past few episodes are starting to mellow out a bit, to the point where it’s pretty clear that both of em’ at least respect and might even have some semblance of attraction to each other. Not that it’s surprising though, as we’ve pretty much seen this moment in the making for a while now, but at least it means we’ll likely won’t see much more of the goading and disagreements from the previous episodes. As such, it’s a welcome development that helps ease the plot a bit forward… well, as far forward as a beach episode can anyway.
Next time around… yet another beach episode. Can’t say I like the idea of putting multiple beach episodes in a row, but least it shows that they won’t be rushing this series at all. Though I do wonder if they might end up going too slow as well. Sure, they got a lot of episodes to work with, being a two cour… but still… I can’t help but be slightly worried. Anyway, that’s about it this week. I’ll leave you guys with some nice full lengths below. Quick thanks here to Mochi for helpin’ out again. :D
UPDATE: If you haven’t heard, we just landed the rover on Mars and trashed all the BETA. It’s why they can afford to have this beach episode btw.