(No, not that kind of insanity.)
highly amused by how the ANN summer animethread is one half people pretending to know about muv-luv and one half grognards.txt about muv-luv—
parody image of che (@jpmeyer) July 02, 2012
The first episode of Muv-Luv Total Eclipse actually had far less text dumping than I had feared it would have. I was expecting something egregious on the level of the first episode of Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere which exposition going over the end credits in a vain attempt to scratch the surface of the world. Instead, we got a cold open and a short classroom scene which didn’t really tell us much beyond the fact that mankind has been fighting aliens named the BETA for the last thirty years.
You have to understand that Muv-Luv is a series that consists of endless segments like this:
You will be constantly bombarded with mission briefings, xenobiology lectures, armament loadouts, quantum mechanics theories, alternate history lectures, and so on in the game. Huge, huge portions of this stuff isn’t at all necessary in order to tell the story of mankind at the brink of extinction, but it adds tons of worldbuilding (or tons of minutiae, depending on your perspective) and jumping-off points for the enormous number spinoffs, prequels, and sequels set in the universe.
I’d been following the franchise since 2005 (my original blog’s title was after all “a tale of love and courage”), so I’d forgotten huge portions of my own initial response to the series. After reading people’s reactions to Total Eclipse I quickly remembered how important much of that exposition is.
Everything starts going fine for a few minutes until you think “why are they all girls?”. Then a few minutes later, “the capital is in Kyoto?” And the most important of all: “Why are they practically naked?”
At this point, it’s easy to get derailed from enjoying the show and instead end up fixating on all the weird stuff that appears “off”. Rather than focusing one’s attention on the giant robots and the giant breasts, it’s all “you know, why are they using mecha and not combined arms?” all the way down.
In other news, is it just me or is this show’s cast every anime’s cast circa 2005?