Another season another slim crop of mecha series to follow and with the dreadful lack of new Real Robot all that is left is ML Total Eclipse. I have to be honest as a spin-off of a spin-off things can get completely out of hand, but it will be fun to have no spoilers even if we must gauge the series as it airs. Perhaps they would have been better off leaving the baggage of Muv Luv Alternative behind as inevitably they will have to insert not so subtle fan service to keep VN fans happy, still big bulky robots are still a draw and hopefully will be the main draw. Thankfully the skin tight suits did change color and in an effort to add a veneer of realism they even broke out he great coats during cold nights. Man-kind teeters at the brink of extinction and given how they seem to really want to play this straight I am hoping that this means we will be mercifully spared a pointless beach episode and/or mall rat episode.
The main thing that bothers me so far is that the humans are being pushed back on all major fronts but there seems to be no discernible draft in Imperial Japan. Either all those men going the wrong way were unfit for duty, deserters, cowards, or there really was no draft. This makes no sense to me as if this really is a war for survival every man and woman should be fighting, fixing something, making something, or patching someone back together. It kind of makes the uncle look foolish for saying that they were doing everything they could to prevent young girls from going to the front when there was a horde of military able men going in the opposite direction.
The Zuikaku looks pretty snazzy but it seems that despite the seemingly heavy armament, they can hardly make an impression against the BETA. I am not sure if humans in this alternate universe were able to use Jewish Physics to split the atom, but there seems to be a lack of atomic purging against the BETA. The Lunar Wars were probably the most ideal places to use atomics but instead conventional forces were sent into a meat grinder that was ultimately lost. I was so excited when they announced new wonder weapons to try and halt the BETA advance but, if they are simply planning to use depleted uranium rounds then I dare say their leaders are idiots. Hopefully this Type 99 Radiation Cannon is not a beam weapon of varying destructive potential, they seemed to focus a bit on CIWS blades and squad tactics that it would be tragic for let that all go to waste.
With any luck this war for survival will mean they will be throwing in the kitchen sink. If those armored, cars, tanks, artillery, drones, and ships are all for show I will be sorely disappointed. I have longed for truly combined arms mecha and am more than willing to overlook the skin tight suits they had to incorporate. The PV for the next episode may mean that things are going to get grim, and perhaps a body count will start to mount amongst the eight students. If this is to be an “Only WAR” scenario then I fully expect the BETA to be no more than Tyranids with more limited biomorphs, the kids may be Imperial Guard but this is not Napoleon’s Imperial Guard and given the huge expenditure of man power for time the girls should be thankful that they have more than a flashlight and a crazed commissar to goad them into battle. It’s not going to be as fun as it would if they were fighting something other than bugs, but I just hope it doesn’t degenerate into a Blue Gender end…