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「群青」 (Gunjou)
“Ultramarine”

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.

Full-length images: 10, 16, 20, 23, 27, 34.

 

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August 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm
61 comments »
  • August 5, 2012 at 6:31 pmSilentCid

    I’m not sure If I want to be VG and stay with those command center girls and play beach volley ball, or be Yuuya and help out some of the hottest damsels in distress find shelter…

  • August 5, 2012 at 6:33 pmBakaMochi

    Getting closer and closer to angry, rabid rabbit sex. YES.

    I’m sure I had other things to say about the ep, but I forgot what they were. Banzai fanservice?!

    • August 5, 2012 at 6:46 pmMasterDragonKnight

      Calm down, Mochi. You will scare the rabbits away. XD

    • August 5, 2012 at 6:57 pmSilentCid

      Other things like what do you think Cryska’s reason for passing out? Maybe she needs to stay somewhat close proximity to Inia? I don’t know but I’m glad that she’s now starting getting more exposure and hopefully more character development.

      • August 5, 2012 at 7:04 pmZephyr

        I’m thinking it’s also due to a similar fear to the ocean that Inia had.

      • August 5, 2012 at 8:15 pmPtolemaios00

        I’m thinking the stereotypical Russian experimentation. She’s probably missing a shot of some clone juice or something.

    • August 6, 2012 at 5:16 amCroos

      minasan, bakachi kowai yo ;A;

  • August 5, 2012 at 6:45 pmMasterDragonKnight

    Ah, the mandatory swimsuit fanservice. It certainly came a lot earlier than I expected, but I’m still pleasantly satisfied. ^^

  • August 5, 2012 at 6:49 pmPtolemaios00

    Now that Yui’s Tsun side succeeded in awakening Yuuya’s piloting skills, her Dere side can take over and confuse the hell out of him.

    As for Yuuya? Stranded on an island with Japanese and Russian babes in swimsuits? BE A MAN, DUDE! BE A MAN!

  • August 5, 2012 at 6:50 pmAndy

    Those that play the game question:
    Show Spoiler ▼

    • August 5, 2012 at 6:52 pmAndy

      Show Spoiler ▼

      • August 5, 2012 at 7:00 pmSilentCid

        Show Spoiler ▼

      • August 5, 2012 at 7:08 pmZephyr

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      • August 5, 2012 at 8:01 pmfragb85

        TE has 5 Volumes of the LN where it sort of ….stops at a cliffhanger. There is a planned VN for TE to continue the story sometime later this year (The one in the AF Disc is a preview). There is some speculation as to how far the anime will adapt and if it even goes beyond the LN.

      • August 5, 2012 at 8:27 pmZephyr

        If I remember correctly, there’s also a game for TE coming for Xbox/PS3 that continues the storyline.

      • August 5, 2012 at 8:41 pmSilentCid

        We can assume only small amounts of fan service on those console games eh?

      • August 5, 2012 at 9:38 pmZephyr

        It is likely only a Japanese release, so maybe, maybe not.

  • August 5, 2012 at 6:56 pmFiShar

  • August 5, 2012 at 7:07 pmishruns

    Just wondering but which Muv-Luv game is Total Eclipse based on?

    • August 5, 2012 at 7:09 pmZephyr

      Side story of Muv-Luv Alternative.

    • August 5, 2012 at 7:28 pmIronZeta

      No game at all. It’s LN sidestory.

  • August 5, 2012 at 7:37 pmexious

    I can feel the buildup to extreme hate-sex between Yuuya and Yui.

    What? Stuff happened this episode?

  • August 5, 2012 at 7:56 pmfragb85

    I actually like how Yuuya was smart enough to not peep and tell the girls. In the bible of anime cliches, things like that never end well and certainly didn’t for VG.

    It looks like Yui is going dere now. I guess their won’t be anymore Yuuya and Yui being assholes to each other. Pity, those were my favorite parts.

  • August 5, 2012 at 8:08 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    http://randomc.net/image/Muv-Luv%20Alternative%20Total%20Eclipse/Muv-Luv%20Alternative%20Total%20Eclipse%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2011.jpg

    WESKER?! STILL ALIVE?! WHY WON’T YOU DIE ALREADY!?!?!

    But yeah…loved the episode…’nuff said…lol

    • August 6, 2012 at 3:58 amLasgoS

      NOOOOOO it took me hours plus countless restart just to kill him in Resident Evil 5, and you are telling me that all my time spent has gone to waste?! NOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • August 5, 2012 at 8:08 pmMaster of Perzpektiba

    Inia and A Tree? Nina and A Table would like to have a word with you.(⌒▽⌒)

  • August 5, 2012 at 8:35 pmOtaku Dump

    Yesssssss, this is what Muv-Luv is all about.

  • August 5, 2012 at 9:55 pmMagus_Killer

    Gotta love the Soviet hammer-and-sickle on Inia and Cryska’s swimwear. Yuuya, watch out for Cryska. That Soviet gal has two massive Nuclear Warheads on her! XD

    Like BakaMochi, I am also in favor of Yui and Yuuya engaging in a much-needed session of angry, rabid rabbit sex. The sexual tension between them is so thick you can cut it with the Shiranui TSF’s back-mounted sword. XD

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    -After they get back to Guadalupe Base-

    Yuuya: Doc, is there something wrong with Cryska? Why did she suddenly collapse in the middle of the ocean?

    Yui: Is it because of Soviet experimentation on her fragile psyche? Chemical imbalance due to years of use of ability-enhancing drugs? Childhood trauma because of the BETA? Or is because you forced a vegetarian diet on her? Answer me! *draws her katana*

    Soviet Doc: Oh no no no, it’s because she’s having her period.

    -end of story-

    • August 6, 2012 at 12:02 amfragb85

      Angry rabid rabbit sex wouldn’t work with Yuuya and Yui. Yuuya would only go at it for a short while then call Japanese Doll a piece of junk because she was “too sensitive”.

  • August 5, 2012 at 10:35 pmOtaku Sama

    it looks like they have already covered most of the content of the manga. hopefully we can see more BETA and the main story in the coming episodes.
    or are we seeing the main story already?

  • August 5, 2012 at 10:58 pmZephyr

    Quick update guys… 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.

    • August 5, 2012 at 10:59 pmLuxor

      WOOHOOOOO HELL YES MARS

    • August 6, 2012 at 3:00 amAkaz

      That seriously makes TSFs expensive paperweights against the awesome Curiosity Rover! So that’s the rover’s actual mission huh, damn NASA for hiding the awesome truth, “collecting information for signs of life”, liar! Its actually “thrashing the crap outta BETAs before they threaten us!”

      • August 6, 2012 at 3:56 amWhatsht

        Curiosity Rover must have been a giant robot in disguise.

    • August 6, 2012 at 10:27 amewok40k

      it seems Curiosity accidentally landed on evil alien overmind behind BETA, here is the photo the probe managed to snap:
      http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/lauriilove/default/evil-cat–large-msg-126287511641.jpg

  • August 6, 2012 at 1:34 amSharingod

    I like how Yui calls every ‘Kisama’ instead of ‘Anata’ or ‘Omae’. Sounds very military commander like :D

    • August 6, 2012 at 1:35 amSharingod

      Oops, *Everyone

    • August 6, 2012 at 9:49 amShiden

      http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns?from=Main.JapanesePronouns
      Kisama
      貴様 Archaic, somewhat haughty word for “you”. …in older feudal times it had no offensive overtones and was used to address subordinates and people below one’s rank in an informal manner.

      Omae
      Used by males with their close friends, children, kohai etc. Denotes self-assertiveness and informality so it’s insulting to use it with strangers or in less informal situations.

      Anata
      貴方/貴女 The standard polite word for “you”

      Makes perfect sense for her to be using “kisama”.

  • August 6, 2012 at 4:00 amWhatsht

    So I got really interested as to who voices Yui, turns out it’s the same person that voices Rena from Higurashi and Watashi from Jinrui.

  • August 6, 2012 at 5:26 amVaan

    Better enjoy the beac episode guys, this could be their last

  • August 6, 2012 at 7:29 amSupaPairoto

    …this anime is beginning to become boring for me…
    BETAs needs to appear and eat all the girls of this show

    • August 8, 2012 at 5:44 amAnarchy

      Boo, all of that is censored anyways.

  • August 6, 2012 at 8:09 amPleiades

    I had a dream that every odd numbered episode would introduce a whole new bunch of characters, and every even numbered episode would kill all of them off except one.

    COME ON MUV LUV YOU CAN STILL REDEEM YOURSELF

    I’m really disappointed with Yui’s 180. Sure, it’s plot-mandated that she’ll fall for him, but I see no reason why her personality has to be cheapened in the process.

  • August 6, 2012 at 9:20 amAlec

    1 word to describe the episode (or the past 4 episodes : disappointing

  • August 6, 2012 at 10:37 amewok40k

    Oh well, best tropical island adventure episode/arc since, erm, Love Hina?
    Gotta love those hammer and sickle swimsuits…
    I almost awaited Yui to suggest that she and Yuuya go snuggle up together to share heat with Cryska :P
    Was Inia having a premonition of troubles at sea?
    I was surprised when usual route of “hero doesnt want to peek but ends up labelled as pervert anyway while real pervert gets away with it” was subverted totally. Yuuya even got reward in the form of just-from-shower Stella!
    Loli catfight was fun! Neither of them INTENDED to be mean but they have really, really bad chemistry…

  • August 6, 2012 at 11:22 amizz

    who have read the LN?. just want to know whether it will be a tragic ending

    • August 6, 2012 at 11:48 amHHH

      Would like to know that as well please.

    • August 6, 2012 at 6:33 pmfragb85

      There is no ending. TE stopped being serialized in Vol.5 and pretty much left it at a cliffhanger (a particularly rage-worthy cliffhanger at that). The upcoming VN is supposed to continue the story.

      • August 6, 2012 at 7:21 pmHHH

        What was so rage worthy??? I want spoilers please.

      • August 6, 2012 at 7:41 pmfragb85

        Since you asked nicely:

        MAJOR TE SPOILERS

        Show Spoiler ▼

      • August 7, 2012 at 12:07 amSober!man

        minor things to add, there is more than 5 vol of material,including the intermission chapters and short stories, there is actually enough for 8 volumes. the cliffhanger mentioned above is in chapter 30 which would be in volume 8.
        its just they were released individually in the techgain monthly. and that they only consolidated the first 20 techgain chapter into the LN volume format.

        also perhaps the most important thing to note about the cliffhanger is what yuuya finds out during the whole ordeal.
        Show Spoiler ▼

      • August 7, 2012 at 7:01 amHHH

        Thanks for the spoilers guys. Maybe they will change some stuff in the anime.

        And I found a Interview with the director maybe they really will change it:

        Q: How is the story being constructed?
        A: Fundamentally, we’re following the original. But the novel is written from an outside point of view, so we’re going to go a little deeper into characters’ motivations and viewpoints. The novels end with a very gripping cliffhanger, so we’ve been talking a lot with the original creators about how to handle that. Whether we do it like the novels or create an original ending will be “something to look forward to in the final episode” – that’s probably something we’ll be saying right up to the final episode (laughs).

        Let me know if you guys want a link for the full interview.

  • August 6, 2012 at 12:34 pmlaaa

    overall I m disappointed in what we are getting…
    while this is turning out as not that bad romance comedy and some more usual stuff but why give us 2 beast of episodes that were like totally from different show

    • August 6, 2012 at 6:43 pmfragb85

      It’s typical Muv-Luv though. The franchise loves its contrasts. Painting wacky comedy and fanservice then suddenly hitting the grimdark and death so fast its like a kick in the nuts. TE will get to the serious parts soon depending on how the animation studio paces its episodes.

      • August 7, 2012 at 12:48 amewok40k

        If you would get into WW2 memoirs, it would be surprising how fighter and bomber pilots loved to mess with women and alcohol during “off-hours”… risking your lives daily often makes you enjoy the life all the more- while it lasts. Strange but true…

  • August 6, 2012 at 9:11 pmCroos

    Was disappointed but The mizugi and body designs were perfect.

  • August 7, 2012 at 12:09 amHoushina

    no, I dont want that in the anime, hope it’s a happy ending type

  • August 8, 2012 at 5:50 amChaos

    Decisions, decisions. Two beautiful women in a cave, oh the problems set in. I like the pace of the anime, why rush it? Build some characters traits and all that good stuff. The world they live in is already being invaded by monsters might as well discover themselves a little.

    And to all the gore people are craving for, go look for another anime, NO ONE IS PAYING YOU TO WATCH IT. YOUR OPINIONS MEANS ZILCH. IF YOU WANT TO RAGE GO TAKE IT UP TO THE CREATORS.

    • August 8, 2012 at 2:56 pmexious

      The decision is clear. Yuuya needs to go for the belt, BARNEY STINSON STYLE! Or, TED MOSBY STYLE!

  • August 9, 2012 at 7:31 pmI AM BETA

    THREESOME IN NEXT EPISODE!!