25 years after Éclair and Lumière used their powers to stop the explosion of a planet, cadet partners Ascoeur and Q-feuille are working in the cafe of the Galactic Trade Organization’s main office on the planet Aineias. Ascoeur is a bit over-eager, naive, and clumsy while Q-feuille is the level-headed one. On this particular day, Ascoeur gets into an argument with her manager over her wearing bloomers, and Ascoeur inadvertently takes them off right in front of GTO Chief Hiver. She goes on to realize that she accidentally took off her underwear as well, but before she can do anything about it, assassins who are after Chief Hiver show up. Ascoeur jumps into action and manages to defeat the assassins, but they then combine their armor into a mechanical dragon. Ascoeur’s attack on the dragon’s head causes it to go berserk, and she’s forced to ride it throughout the GTO building, causing tons of damage in the process. She’s eventually able to cut it in half, and the guards finish it off and go on to arrest the assassins. In the aftermath, Ascoeur and Q-feuille are scolded by Chief Hiver inside her ruined office, but ES members Trixie and Troisienne see promise in them.
I didn’t mind the opening so that much, but the ending song didn’t sit well with me, mostly because I spent most of the episode being annoyed at Ascoeur’s voice and didn’t want to hear more. Also, the OP animation sequence looked like it was just clips from the first few episodes, which means that it’s probably not the real OP. I assume there’s either something in the real OP they don’t want revealed yet, or they just haven’t finished animating it yet.
I’m not going to mince any words here: this was not a good first episode. There wasn’t much plot to start, and they instead tried for humor, fanservice, and action. The problem is that they failed with all of those. The action was just silly and impossible to take seriously given the panties thing and given how you could tell immediately that these weren’t really threatening bad guys (e.g. they shot into a room full of people and didn’t hit anyone). What really annoyed me though was Uchida Aya‘s voicing of Ascoeur. It’s bad enough that she’s so air-headed, but her voice actually made me shudder, and I had to pause multiple times because I couldn’t stand listening to it for extended periods. I really hope Q-feuille plays a bigger part in the future just so that Ascoeur doesn’t get so many lines.
On the plus side – and this is the main reason I’m probably going to give this series a second chance – the animation and characters were very attractive. Satelight does a good job animating Kadonosono Megumi‘s character designs, and despite the aforementioned silly feel, the action at least looked nice. I guess the other potentially promising thing about the series it that Éclair and Lumière were shown in the beginning and could come back still since what happened to them afterward is unknown, and I highly doubt they were killed off like that. The question is if I can last through the series to get to that point. Hopefully next episode will be a little more promising than this one.