「蟻とキリギリスの戦争 オセアニア軍事国攻略戦 I」 (Aritokirigirisu no Sensou Oseania Gunji-koku Kouryaku-sen I)
“The War of the Any and the Grasshopper The Invasion of the Oceanian Military State I”
This episode is all silly flirting, jealousy, Qwenthur being dense, sex appeal, and exposition.
Sex Appeal, Flirting, & Jealousy
I’m beginning to strongly suspect this entire series is just an excuse to have silly, flirty, romcom antics with a girl in a sexy Eva suit. Which, er—I feel like more attention could be paid to the excuse, but I don’t mind that reason! (Nope, not at all.) This episode is some coalition nonsense against a dictator, blah blah, who cares. The important thing is that it introduces mini-skirt Santa! (Plus bonus mini-skirt Santa, because you can never have enough.)
The Intelligence Union’s Elite/pop idol, who shall henceforth be known as Ohoho-chan (Kanemoto Hisako), is, let’s face it, another excuse. This time: An excuse to show us a jealous, tusndere Milinda. Which was great! The more interesting thing to me is that dense Qwenthur made me laugh instead of facepalm. That’s almost certainly because I stopped taking this show seriously weeks ago, though I think Havia acting as the audience stand in and pointing out how dense he was being helped a lot. Either way, there’s not a lot to say. Banter. Sexy. Tsundere. Aural sex, for some reason. All did its job, even if that last part was weird.
Oceania is apparently Australia, which would make those natives they’re wiping out the Australian Aborigines. It also means Australia has a dictator, which is hilarious for some reason. I think the last time Australia had an absolute ruler, they were British. I would have thought they would be smart enough not to go down that road again. Also, slaughtering the Aboriginal people is a bit rude. When you have a single 0.5th gen Object (a barely-better-than-the-prototype, I guess?), probably best to keep a low profile.
Really, what struck me is that the military tactics were crap again. The more I watch of this show, it makes me think of pre-WWI style military organization stapled on top of a post-WWIII(?) world. It just doesn’t fit. The limited war was bad enough, but here their intelligence is trash. If it’s the Four Great Powers (capitalization necessary, natch) versus one rinky-dink dictatorship, they should have easy air superiority, and also satellites. Even if drones weren’t the obvious next development back when Kamachi Kazuma-sensei started this series, they’d still have manned jets, which means they should be able to fish out the enemy Object in no time, and then sick all twenty coalition Objects they have on it. Done and done. Wouldn’t even break a sweat.
Instead, they send seemingly two guys, Qwenthur and Havia, in to scout after they’ve lit up the area WWI-style. Maybe they sent others too, but if these guys are such hot stuff, why are they getting shit jobs? Ditto to why they were cleaning the runway in the first scene. And of course, Qwenthur is going to white knight for the little girl, because we need to have a plot here. Honestly, I liked him better when he saved Milinda because she had been protecting them all that time. That was built on an assumed relationship. This is just him being a trope. Once again, Kazuma-sensei is bad at war and human nature on a macro scale (after Alaska, these guys should be talking up war bonds at most), which really shouldn’t surprise me. And doesn’t. At least I’m getting what I expect.
Looking Ahead – Qwenthur Saves the Day, Because Lolicon
I feel like there were interesting angles we could take here—something to do with the paparazzi … probably others—but we’re going with the “Qwenthur saves the little girl” one, so whatever. Honestly, I don’t care. Just get back to Ohoho-chan flirting with Qwenthur to annoy Milinda eventually. I enjoyed that.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – This episode is all silly flirting, jealousy, Qwenthur being dense, sex appeal, and exposition in an Australian dictatorship #heavyobject 06
- I forgot to mention, but once again, this episode was almost all exposition. Normally that would annoy me—and for the flute thing, it was bizarre—but I’ll make allowances in certain situations.
- After everything this show has done, did it just make fun of mobile suits? You gotta admits, it takes giant balls to do that. Ahem.
- “If it’s a cat fight, do it in swimsuits!” SECONDED.
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