OP: 「ENERGY」by earthmind
「かさなり合う瞬間(とき)」 (Kasanari au Shunkan (Toki))
“(When) They Overlap”
I don’t know about you, but I came into this series with high expectations because I felt the series would be immensely entertaining. Two episodes in and that’s exactly what Vividred is doing—providing quality entertainment that really helps out at the end of a stressful day. The transformation sequences are just fabulous, the action scenes buoyed by some great animation and dramatic music, and it’s just all around fun to watch. Nothing like hearing the words COMMENCE OPERATION! IGNITION! TEXTURE ON! to signal a round of alien butt-kicking.
Leaving off from the previous episode, our heroines manage to activate their suits and take down the Alone (via its vulnerable core) with the help of the military… and it’s pretty fabulous, I gotta say. I know I’ve repeated this word a lot for this series, but following Star Driver and the term’s popularity in describing its flashy action scenes, that’s pretty much the only word that can convey what’s going on here on Vividred. In any case, the initial attempt at docking fails due to Aoi’s reluctance to reveal that she only said she liked tomatoes to become Akane’s friend, which gives our unnamed bow and arrow wielding gal a moment to fire at and reactivate the inoperative Alone.
At this point, one wonders just what exactly she’s planning… but it doesn’t look like we’ll get that reveal for a little while longer, as our heroines ultimately succeed in docking and make quick work of the Alone with their new Vivid Blue Operation mode. I had originally figured docking would involve some kind of device/weapon they’d both combine together to use, but nope, it actually results in them pretty much becoming one—producing some darn flashy results to show for it.
Ultimately, it’s pretty obvious by now that Vividred isn’t a series based on complex stories and mind-blowing revelations. The incredulous looks on the military officers this episode and the whole “MISSILES COULDN’T HIT IT, BUT LITTLE FLYING GIRLS CAN!?” just hits the hammer on the nail in this respect—and really, I can’t say I know what else one could’ve expected from the series. Admittedly, they probably could’ve done the whole back story and overcoming the docking obstacle a bit better (fleshing it out more, instead of fitting it all in a few minutes) but considering the context of the series, I wasn’t expecting anything particularly amazing/complex… so the end result didn’t distract from the experience at all. Either way, it’s interesting to note there wasn’t anything particularly egregious about the backside shots, which was another plus.
And… what can I say? I’m enjoying the “vivid” experience this series is giving so far and it looks like it’ll be a fun ride. Granted, it’s obviously not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, so I can’t say the series is for everyone… but it’s worth a shot if you yourself or someone you know likes action series with a bit of sci-fi that don’t require much thinking and are just fun to watch. There’s going to be some suspension of disbelief and the mark set slightly lower in terms of plot and development, but hey, in the end, anime’s about enjoyment for most and this series offers it.
ED: 「WE ARE ONE!」by 佐倉綾音 & 村川梨衣 (Murakawa Rie & Sakura Ayane)