So after being
recruited scouted stalked down, our three girls report to the facility in which they’ll be parading around in transparent spandex. In a totally unexpected turn of events, Otoha and Karen bump into each other on the train and become friends immediately.
Well, maybe not as quick as those two scrubs in idolmaster. This time, they had to KO a mugger, who thought it was a good idea to stop running from the middle age lady he stole from and pull a knife on two teenage girls because they were… I don’t know, standing in his way on a huge street? Other retarded things I’ve seen lately:
Moving on, Otoha and Karen are picked up by the kind of scruffy looking commander seen way too often in these shows. You know, he’s that guy that’s so pro that he doesn’t need to wear a uniform and chooses to fish out the back of his battleship. I don’t like him already.
They meet Eika, your classic “if I smile I will lose focus in the fight for earth’s survival” type of chick that’s also a staple of these shows. I’d probably hate her too if she wasn’t so flaming hot. There’s something about that sculpted body and that ridiculously long ponytail that really gets me going.
Time to suit up – and oh man is it time to suit up! Otoha and Karen look great in their suits (my rant on how epic the plug suits are in the summary for the previous episode), but Eika is on an entirely different level. I’ve yet to figure out why – possibly because she’s about two cup sizes larger, or maybe it’s the color bringing out her skin tone better, or maybe it’s that ponytail – but geeeeez I probably haven’t stared so hard since that Nagi ankle pic.
They don their nanoskins for the first time (some silly sparkly contraption that prevents their nipples from busting out of those suits when they’re in the air). The process comes complete with an electric shock near the end which sends Otoha into a wave of euphoria as she thinks of… her little brother (-_-). Well, all in a day’s work.
Ok, I have another complaint. Supposedly the reason the military has to start scouting teen girls (yes, I realize they are loli, but after the debauchery that was Manabi Straight I refuse to recognize them as any younger) to fly their little flying robots because all the men between 20-30 years old got nuked. So I guess they decide to use 16 and 17 year old girls instead of guys because they have to repopulate the male species? You know, it’s not like there’s only 10 guys left on the planet… I saw at least a couple at Karen’s school, another one on the train. Really, they only needed 3 people for this Sonic Diver business.
See, I have a problem with shows that decide to do something for no particular reason except to attract more audiences. No, there’s a 99% chance I wouldn’t watch this show if it were 3 guys in plug suits, but they really need to come up with a better reason than the one they gave. Certain things are within the allowance of general logic – such as the plug suits – they are lightweight, provide plenty of flexibility in movement, and the cable in which they plug into the Sonic Diver with is out of the way.
It’s things like this that make me lose interest in a show. To continue watching (and enjoying) then, I need to suspend a certain degree of rationale and “take it less seriously.” Unfortunately for some shows, I need to suspend so much and so far that it just becomes a total joke. Luckily, Sky Girls isn’t anywhere near that bad, so for now, it’s still quite watchable.
Its current problem is more along the lines of unoriginality, as everything we’ve seen up to episode 2 has pretty much been a rehash of shows like Idolmaster, which was a rehash of shows previous to that. And well, it’s understandable, but it also tells us to not expect too much in later episodes. It’s true that the action sequences are likely to be what make or break this show, but these early introduction episodes do give us a good clue of the level of these writers and producers. I’ll bring up Twin Spica as a counter example – a similar setup, but vastly superior storytelling, deeper characters, and ultimately a much more wholesome experience.
It was my initial hope that Sky Girls would be a pretty good show that just happened to have teens in spandex, but I guess that was a silly expectation given the dearth of quality shows this summer season. Still, it’s nowhere near as bad as some of the other shows, and like the other shows I’m covering so far, I’ll give it another episode to see if things look up.