Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse – 19
In a time when humanity should focus on bringing together all its knowledge,
a mistaken mindset is threatening the noble purpose behind the Prominence Project!
And this mindset is pervasive in the Blue Flag exercises!
The Eishi participating in the exercises are obsessed with victory over one another,
and have come to view each other as the enemy.
And so I have come up with a plan to put an end to this foul trend!
Violent impulses should be curbed in a productive and healthy manner.
And the person to make this happen is YOU, Lt. Takamura!
For the most part, that’s pretty much what the episode was about in a nut shell. Directed by the awesome Lt. Orson, our main protagonists take a break from all their “violent impulse” laden exercises in an attempt to do something healthy and productive. I’m not quite sure if being videotaped for a propaganda—wait I seem to have forgotten something… oh right, the hot springs. Yes, I take that back. I suppose the beneficial effects of hot springs have been well documented up until this point, so I guess it is scientifically sound… heh.
Either way, the bottom line is that this week we get what is pretty much the standard fanservice affair. We got some messing around, lesbian fantasies, some muscle action for the ladies, giant doses of half nude Eishi, and some down right hilarious moments.
And you know what? Now that you think about it, this episode was pretty decent considering its content. Some moments were actually quite hilarious for one and the whole concept seemed to be some kind of self-parody too. I mean, I’m pretty sure people out there at this point are like “man, can’t believe they’re doing this ego wagging tourney with human lives at stake.” With this in mind, what this episode does is just intentionally highlight that, then twist it even further by doing something even more ridiculous. People just take a lot of things quite seriously these days (especially in the anime industry) and it’s just hard to really strike a nice balance between taking your own series too seriously and giving it some freedom to flow. The episode itself is arguably strange in where it takes place chronologically, but the things it did execute within were admittedly entertaining to watch and fairly well done. It only helps that they also snuck in some hints and commentary on the development of Yui and Bridges, as well as some aspects regarding Leon too.
Moving on, next week it looks like we’ll be getting another special episode to bridge the gap between the Blue Flag arc and what I would think is the final arc. It seems like they’ll be taking the animated series near the end of the source material that is currently out at the moment, then setting things up for the PS3/360 game releasing in February. Remember, the current source material has yet to actually finish the story despite the fact that it has stopped, and the game will contain the ultimate ending to the Total Eclipse story. Sadly, English speaking fans (like myself) will most likely be left out as a result of this arrangement… but alas, that is life. The question remains how exactly they’ll end the final arc in some satisfactory way though, as I have heard there are few points from which to properly do so in the coming arc. Guess we’ll see.
Note: If there is a sub that comes out around Sunday/Monday next week for the special, then I’ll go ahead and do a post about it. If not, then it’s likely we won’t get a subbed version any time soon and I’ll most likely just insert a few caps of the special in the post the week after (whoo, new OP/ED!), so don’t be surprised if there’s no post next week.