Vividred Operation – 01
「ファーストオペレーション」 (Fasuto Opereshon)
The series I was looking forward to the most is finally here, and the result is a fabulous mixture of science fiction and action—with a bit of fan-service on the side.
Beckoning to its original premise, Vividred Operation starts off things with a lighthearted introduction of the Manifestation Engine, the new peaceful world that has resulted from its creation, and a few of our main cast in Akane (Sakura Ayane), Aoi (Murakawa Rie), and Akane’s grandfather (and the scientist that created the engine) Kenjirou. Suffice to say, the resulting setting is akin to paradise for science fiction fans like myself, and it’s assisted greatly by some exceptionally crisp and gorgeous animation by A-1 Pictures. There were flying bikes (well, only one at the moment), F-22 Raptors, Tiltrotors for civilian use, and some darn futuristic looking screens in the first episode alone—and it’ll be nice to see just how much sci-fi we can get out of this series.
Regardless, the introduction’s just that, as the arrival of the Alone mid-way through the episode shifts the series into a higher gear. The sequence of events following this (conventional weaponry having no effect, our heroine finding and holding the key only she can use to protect humanity with) aren’t quite surprising considering the things we already knew from the premise and the typical format of series such as Vividred. however, if the action packed nature of the military’s clash with the Alone are signs of anything, it’s that the series will be entertaining to watch regardless of how original or unoriginal it ends up. Furthermore, it only helps that Fukasawa Hideyuki provides some superb compositions to highlight these scenes as well. Granted, I have yet to sample any of Fukasawa’s previous works, but it reasons that his work with CAPCOM fighting/shooter games in the past should at least allow him to maintain his current positive trend—at least for the action scenes.
Interestingly enough though, aside from the occasional blatant shot of the pantless rears of our heroines, that whole aspect didn’t actually play that big of a part in this first episode. Needless to say, it’s nice to see that it wasn’t anywhere near as prevalent as many seemed to have pointed out, and this should serve nicely in terms of not being something that detracts from the experience and entertaining nature of the series. Granted, the verdict’s still out on how long it’d take one to get used to a series where all the females wear “hotpants”… but there’s no denying that the series has quite the potential in terms of being fun to watch. There are some epic transformation scenes incoming after all, and if this first episode was any indication, there’s a nice presence of comedy (how about that hug scene… and that body swap… and that tossing of the body into the fridge?) and slice-of-life elements too.
In the end, I have to say that the verdict on this first episode was an overwhelmingly positive one. There’s a bit of a “suspension of disbelief” factor involved here, but the second it involved aliens and transforming gals using glowing power button keys, this was pretty much to be expected. The basic thing that one can conclude is this: Vividred probably won’t wow you with complex plot lines and epic stories of deception and betrayal. What it will do however, is provide something worth watching for entertainment.
Side Note: Gotta love Akane’s throwing skills.
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