Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse – 09
And true to episodes of this nature, come the use of virtually every weapon at the disposal of the various armies involved: Naval Support? Tanks? TSF’s? More TSF’s? Giant railgun? We got em’ all today
(and BACON) and darn is it quite the show. But in the end, it shows just how big of a threat the BETA are, even without the deadly laser class to back them up. Heck, they still almost lost anyway! But nope, we got Yuuya backing everything up with his giant railgun of destruction (see GIF of it in action here), and all’s right with the world.
Still… it would’ve gone much smoother had the Russians not pulled the maneuvers they did in providing less tanks than they said they would, as well as doing virtually everything in their power to try and stop the test fire of the new weapon. I know there’s people wondering why the heck would you sacrifice your “best” squadron in order to prevent the testing of a weapon that could save humanity, but that’s just how politics works in the Muv-Luv universe. And it’s nice to see some of this actually being put in, as the political maneuvering behind the scenes is a crucial part of the Muv-Luv experience. In addition, it’s even more notable because some of the politics present in the source material for earlier episodes were notably cut out, so it’s nice they’re doing it at all. I’m hoping that they do elaborate on the reasons for the Russians doing what they did though, as they left out the explanation this time around. As a VN player I know generally why it happened, but it really would kill the point of having this aspect in the first place if they don’t explain it later.
- VN players, please refrain from spoilers regarding this section. If they don’t talk about this within a few episodes, I will discuss this myself at a later time.
Moving on though, the lack of explanation doesn’t change the fact this was a pretty good episode (and probably the best of the series so far), as the action scenes were quite superb, and we got to see just some of the unique aspects of each countries’ TSF’s to top it off. Seeing all those SU-37’s from the Russians, the J-10’s from the Chinese, and the Shiranui Type 2… phew* Just sends a tingle down my spine as a die-hard mecha fanatic.
And while we’re on the topic of TSF’s, we get Cryska and Inia kicking ass in their SU-37UB’s too, but there’s definitely something wrong when you’re fighting with this expression on your faces. Seems like Cryska went through some kind of memory wipe, and we get a show as to just how drastic of a difference it made. Kicking the crap outta the people who bothered her last episode… warning to Yuuya to find a right time and run because she doesn’t “want your filthy blood staining the motherland”. Just, wow.
Looking ahead, it seems like next episode’ll be the start of a few episodes of breathers. I reckon most people want more BETA (and generally more episodes of this nature) after this episode, but if every episode involving the BETA’s as good as this one, I’ll gladly wait a few episodes in between to get to the next one. Hopefully they don’t go dilly dallying and doing nothing in between though. Some full lengths, a GIF of Yuuya shooting the cannon, and a MEME (contains curses) below.
Author’s Note: This is a personal request for those of you that are fans of the series and have a Facebook. Baka Tsuki is currently doing a poll to consider the next work they TL, and Muv-Luv (including the side stories) is on that list. However, it’s losing currently to other series who will get TL’ed by another group either way due to their popularity, so if you could spare just a few seconds and vote here for Muv-Luv, you’d have my sincerest thanks!