「選択の対価」 (Sentaku no Taika)
“The Price of a Choice”
Things pick up right where we left off last time and it’s not looking good. With the BETA attracted to the cannon, it’s now or never for them to get the heck out of dodge and to trash the cannon while they’re at it. Thanks to some smart thinking though, Yuuya realizes the possibility of just salvaging the core module instead of destroying the whole thing, and gets us some Yui-dere moments as a result too. It’s all for naught however, as the BETA get there sooner than expected and his TSF loses an arm and the core too. And well, it’s all downhill from there, as not only does he get literally whipped by a Fort Class, he’s also on the brink of getting blown to bits by the Soviets and their cover up plan.
And I don’t know about you, but I actually rather enjoyed this episode. The flashback into Yui’s past and the other Takemikazuchis were a nice touch for one, and the whole aspect of getting surrounded by BETA not only gave Yuuya his moment to shine without having to resort to some ultimate weapon, but also gave players of the original VN’s some nice nostalgic BETA PTSD-inducing flashbacks as well. Nothing like being surrounded by BETA as far as the eye can see and having to fight your way out of it, running out of bullets, and having to resort to melee combat to cut em’ up. Granted, the CODE 991 wasn’t used properly this episode but alas… like the also missing music from the VN’s, you just can’t have everything.
At this point, it’s all but confirmed that the Zhar Battalion’ll end up swooping into save Yuuya, but the real question is what comes afterwards. They’ll undoubtedly realize the maneuvers the higher ups pulled and well, it’ll be interesting to see just how Latrova will handle things when having to choose between her orders and protecting those under her wing. I want to say she’d rather disobey an order than anything, but one does wonder at the possible repercussions they might have regarding her own child (if he’s alive at all), not to mention the fact it sure doesn’t look like they’ll all make it out of there alive. But then again, that’s where Muv-Luv shines the most: creating adrenaline inducing combat situations and making it so that you just can’t be sure when someone’s gonna die or not.Either way, next week can’t come soon enough.
Author’s Note: Notably, after doing some pondering and especially after this episode, I will not be dropping coverage of Total Eclipse and instead will attempt to cover of three shows and the Naruto manga during the Fall season. However, as I have a major examination coming up, there is a possibility I will not cover next week’s episode on time. If that happens, there will be a double post to make it up when the following episode airs.