OP: 「たったひとつだけ」(Tatta Hitotsu Dake) by yozuca*
On the high seas, a three ship convoy comes under attack by missiles. After the first ship is hit, the ship in the rear moves up and defends the main ship with its missiles and guns. We learn that in this world, a huge typhoon called the Grand Roar appeared in the Pacific Ocean, and as a result, the global climate changed and there’s a lot more water now. But with the development of the new world, there are also organized terrorists – pirates. The rise of pirates also gave rise to private enterprises of self defense organizations.
Flashback to when he was younger, Nagimiya Hyousuke remembers being separated from his sister, and her saying that they’d meet again on the ocean. Now that he’s grown up a bit, Hyousuke has just landing at an airport and is looking around after getting off the shuttle when a woman, Clio Aquanaut, runs into him while she’s being chased by a throng of young girls. Hyousuke gets caught up in the chase and Clio throws him into a car while she continues to run off on foot. The car’s owner, Fukami Sango, gets in thinking that Hyousuke is her friend Kairi Miharu, who is actually outside the car. Sango panics and starts recklessly driving all over the place. They’re finally stopped on the beach, when Akoya Manatsu and her twin Akoya Mashuu stop the car with paint guns.
The girls take a passed out Hyousuke and dump him in a public bath where their friends Watatsumi Tsubasa and Shimabara Mitori are bathing. Having been seen naked by a boy, Tsubasa is less than happy and starts beating on Hyousuke until she’s stopped by a senior company official who tells them that Hyousuke is a technician here to update the ship’s systems. Then Misaki Nanaha, captain of the “Pascal Mage” arrives. To everyone’s surprise, Hyousuke identifies her as “Nana-nee,” since she’s the girl who he remembers from before. But Nanaha is all business, so Hyousuke isn’t able to get reacquainted.
Hyousuke is led to the ship by Tsubasa, who obviously dislikes him, and it doesn’t help when he wonders aloud if it’s ok for all the workers to be female. After the ship leaves port, Hyousuke is on the job and looking for the CIC room, but finds underwear hanging around instead. Tsubasa catches him looking and leads him to the right place, though she still hates him. Nanaha happens to arrive at the same time, and the two go in just as alarm bells start to go off. The ship comes under attack, but they’re able to shoot down all of the missiles. The crew is then puzzled when the enemy ships then disappear off their radar. Hyousuke is amazed watching the girls in action after Nanaha calls for battle stations and at Nanaha’s serious but beautiful face.
ED: 「モノクローム」 (Monochrome) by 中原麻衣 (Nakahara Mai)
I didn’t think yozuca* could do such a good, fast paced song, but that’s exactly what the OP is. Ending is a slower song done by Nakahara Mai that I don’t like nearly as much.
Well that was a lot more ero than I bargained for. So far, I have relatively mixed feelings for the show. I enjoyed the battle sequences even the CG wasn’t that great, and I liked the comedic and ecchi parts even though they’re not what I was watching this show for. Overall the first episode was alright, but there wasn’t anything too original. I’m hearing a lot of buzz about how this show is like Starship Operators and Stratos 4 (neither of which I’ve seen), so I guess if you liked those you’ll probably like Tactical Roar too.
None of the characters got much development, other than the fact that Hyousuke considers Nanaha his sister and that Tsubasa hates Hyousuke after what happened in the bath house. This ended up being more of an introduction to everyone, particularly during the crazy first half where they were introducing a new character every scene. But that’s fairly normal for a first episode. Anyway, the odds are that I’ll keep watching this, but I dunno if I’ll keep blogging it. It all depends on how Kage Kara Mamoru turns out (which is next on my to-watch list).