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    ガーリー・エアフォース

    A show about girls taking to the sky and exterminating mysterious creatures that pose quite a huge threat to humanity.

    Airs: Thursday, January 10, 2019

    Studio: Satelight

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    Mysterious flying creatures known as Zai suddenly appear, and in order to fight the creatures, mankind creates fighter aircraft called "Daughters," as well as the automatic fighting mechanism "Anima," which are shaped like human girls. The story centers on a young man named Kei Narutani, who yearns to fly in the sky, and an Anima considered to be humanity's trump card, a girl name Gripen.

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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Gotta earn his wings.

    So it begins with Narutani wanting to get into the JSDF, but not if Minghua has any say in the matter. But things change quickly when the two get kidnapped after Narutani snuck out in the middle of the night with Minghua following him. And then comes a crash course on the enemy and why the Xi are such a big threat as they emit interference that messes up the machinery. It doesn't explain why the pilots are all girls, but that's something for another day seeing that it's all about setting the table. Not the best of starts there as it's pretty generic, but I'm hoping for some nice action like what happened at the beginning before getting to the main story at hand.

    So as usual, the trial rules apply. I have been greatly interested in this show coming in, so that's something I'll take into account.
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    • #3
      re: Episode 1

      "Slightly modified real-world designs with glowing decals added" have me thinking of Arpeggio of Blue Steel, which I skipped the computer-animated anime of and went straight to the manga, to constantly wonder if the complicated plot is getting away from me... part of Arpeggio's complications, though, is its relatively memorable antagonists, whereas here things are much less elaborate to start with and I do fear this will be a series most swiftly dismiss with "the characters aren't likeable." Still, it did get my attention that the main character's original and purely human girlfriend appears to be Chinese.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
        Episode 1

        Gotta earn his wings.

        So it begins with Narutani wanting to get into the JSDF, but not if Minghua has any say in the matter. But things change quickly when the two get kidnapped after Narutani snuck out in the middle of the night with Minghua following him. And then comes a crash course on the enemy and why the Xi are such a big threat as they emit interference that messes up the machinery. It doesn't explain why the pilots are all girls, but that's something for another day seeing that it's all about setting the table. Not the best of starts there as it's pretty generic, but I'm hoping for some nice action like what happened at the beginning before getting to the main story at hand.

        So as usual, the trial rules apply. I have been greatly interested in this show coming in, so that's something I'll take into account.
        Re: Episode 1

        So, Kancolle, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, etc.? Though why anyone would bother with an antique like the JSDF's version of the F-4 Phantom....

        Well, that's off to a start... Not the best, not the worst, but it is a start. So, it looks like these girls are the incarnations/avatars of the planes or some such that presumably will get explained better in episode 2. Right now, other that the Xi exist, nothing is known about them. Aliens? A secret hi-tech faction? One might presume that they're about extermination, as there's zero strategic or tactical value in going after a refugee fleet unless it's full of your political opponents, to prevent them from rising up one day (which is not to approve of the slaughter of helpless civilians, but attempt to find some reason for such a violation of international law).

        So, we'll see where this goes.
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        • #5
          Episode 2

          Not just a weapon.

          And Kei goes out on a date with the girl known only by the jet she flies, Gripen. It turns out that Gripen isn't exactly human as she is a creation made for fighting. They have a date together, but when the date ends reality hits as she can only stay awake for so long, and should she prove to be incompetent, she gets scrapped. That was quite a nice date those two had together, and then there's the realization that she's emotionally dependent on Kei going to show there's a lot more to these girls than just being pilots. Pretty interesting setup here as this is shaping up to be something down the lines of Date A Live where the MC is tasked with falling in love (or in this case, just having a high affection level) in order to save humanity.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
            Episode 2

            Not just a weapon.

            And Kei goes out on a date with the girl known only by the jet she flies, Gripen. It turns out that Gripen isn't exactly human as she is a creation made for fighting. They have a date together, but when the date ends reality hits as she can only stay awake for so long, and should she prove to be incompetent, she gets scrapped. That was quite a nice date those two had together, and then there's the realization that she's emotionally dependent on Kei going to show there's a lot more to these girls than just being pilots. Pretty interesting setup here as this is shaping up to be something down the lines of Date A Live where the MC is tasked with falling in love (or in this case, just having a high affection level) in order to save humanity.
            Re: Episode 2

            10 hours, courtesy of Prince Charming.

            Looks like next week we'll find out why all the dirty glares are being cast their way by the base members. And so, we meet Gripen, with still much to learn about her. But we learn that the longest she's been awake is 3 hours until her date with Kei, when she was awake for 10 hours. And that if she can't pass her flight test in a week, she'll be scrapped.

            So it looks like we're seeing a cross between a "girls as weapons" series, and "girls who need love/affection" to level up, or be made safe, ala Date Alive as Buckeye pointed out.

            I've been a fan of military planes since I was a kid, so I'm a prime audience for this series. It's pleasant enough, but nothing really stands out too much at this point. I'll be seeing whether the enthusiasm level can be maintained. It's not helped that I've watched it after The Quintessential Quintuplets both times, as it just pales by comparison.
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            2) Mikuru-chan is an excellent combo of smoking hot and super sweet cuteness; and
            3) It makes it easiier for me to find my own posts in threads.

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            • #7
              re: Episode 2

              This could be "famous last words," but after ending the first episode wondering about this series being quickly written off as "the characters aren't likeable," I did feel more positive this time around even with most of the episode presenting Gripen as "loveably peculiar when not in the air." Of course, things could change again as what's already been set up as at least a three-pointed "love polygon" gets developed... After supposing "of course the enemy are alien invaders," it did get my attention for TV commentators to refer to "China's civil war."

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