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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 12

    Escape from Shanghai.

    So it turns out that Rhino isn't exactly an Anima as she has embraced her Xi part of herself that wants humanity destroyed. That's because the USAF programmed her into a weapon and not a person. So she's attacking Kei and Gripen as those two make a daring escape with the airport being crystallized and turned into a Xi fortress. But they get help from Eagle and Phantom as the operation was cancelled, and Gripen was forced to shoot down Rhino seeing that they needed to get out alive. So in the end, that was just a wasted operation going to show that the JSDF and the USAF really don't get along. This had the potential to be something, but Rhino's death didn't leave any impact whatsoever, not that I was expecting much out of that after rushing the hell out of this. Well, there wasn't much that could have been done, but nevertheless I feel totally underwhelmed after everything that went on.

    Overall, this show had some good things going for it, but unfortunately the not-so-good things were too overwhelming. The show has great action, intriguing characters, and a good story concept going in its favor. But the biggest problem is the storywriting as it was mostly a mess with the biggest problem being that it spends way too much time on stuff that ends up being pointless and not really focusing on advancing the main story. Not to mention, it doesn't help that Minghua keeps on getting ignored all the time. Not to mention, it relies on cliches and other stuff that isn't really well-suited for this show. And then the animation just was off outside of the action. In any case, it was a watchable show as all the good aspects made it worthwhile, but a highly flawed product that could have been improved.

    MAL Rating:
    Re: Episode 12

    Well, that kinda sucked.

    I feel Buckeye nailed it in his description of this show. His MAL rating is within the reasonable range for this show, though I'm wavering about dropping a 1/2 catgirl or more. This is very much a "C" range show. There were good elements, but the last few episodes really got sloppy. I understand this is an ongoing show, but it told us NOTHING about the big picture. Rhino was just wasted, not enough Viper Zero, and then there's poor Minghua, who's just completely wasted in this entire series.

    I do have to give praise to the writers and seiyuu Ryoko Shiraishi for their portrayal of Rhino. Rhino seemed "off" to me from when we first met her, and not in the same way that the other anima were unique. We learn that there was a planned reason for this; whether it was a good decision or not, it was well done.

    I completely agree with all the other flaws Buckeye mentioned. This had potential, but at the end of the day why watch it? You essentially end up with the characters in the same place, other than knowing each other, at the end of the series as we did by the 4th episode or earlier. Yeah, a bit of character development, but that was essentially meaningless. Other than cool flying action and dogfights, this series couldn't figure out what else to do. A disappointment in the end.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 12

    Escape from Shanghai.

    So it turns out that Rhino isn't exactly an Anima as she has embraced her Xi part of herself that wants humanity destroyed. That's because the USAF programmed her into a weapon and not a person. So she's attacking Kei and Gripen as those two make a daring escape with the airport being crystallized and turned into a Xi fortress. But they get help from Eagle and Phantom as the operation was cancelled, and Gripen was forced to shoot down Rhino seeing that they needed to get out alive. So in the end, that was just a wasted operation going to show that the JSDF and the USAF really don't get along. This had the potential to be something, but Rhino's death didn't leave any impact whatsoever, not that I was expecting much out of that after rushing the hell out of this. Well, there wasn't much that could have been done, but nevertheless I feel totally underwhelmed after everything that went on.

    Overall, this show had some good things going for it, but unfortunately the not-so-good things were too overwhelming. The show has great action, intriguing characters, and a good story concept going in its favor. But the biggest problem is the storywriting as it was mostly a mess with the biggest problem being that it spends way too much time on stuff that ends up being pointless and not really focusing on advancing the main story. Not to mention, it doesn't help that Minghua keeps on getting ignored all the time. Not to mention, it relies on cliches and other stuff that isn't really well-suited for this show. And then the animation just was off outside of the action. In any case, it was a watchable show as all the good aspects made it worthwhile, but a highly flawed product that could have been improved.

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 11

    There's nobody home.

    The battle begins, but the mother ship ends up being much more dangerous than anticipated as it took control of the Brawler units and the Xi used them against the girls. Gripen and Rhino manage to make it out of the battle, but without enough fuel to make it back to the carrier, they are stranded in Shanghai taking shelter in the airport that is still fully functional even without anybody there. But then something is up with Rhino as Kei has been hearing an unusual sound and while searching for fuel, she shows up not exactly being herself. One more episode left to go as it remains to be seen what Rhino's deal is, as well as how to defeat the Xi that decimated the city.
    Re: Episode 11

    Okay, no freaking idea where this is going. Power on, but nobody's home. Next week for answers, and hope the answers make up for the last few episodes.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 11

    There's nobody home.

    The battle begins, but the mother ship ends up being much more dangerous than anticipated as it took control of the Brawler units and the Xi used them against the girls. Gripen and Rhino manage to make it out of the battle, but without enough fuel to make it back to the carrier, they are stranded in Shanghai taking shelter in the airport that is still fully functional even without anybody there. But then something is up with Rhino as Kei has been hearing an unusual sound and while searching for fuel, she shows up not exactly being herself. One more episode left to go as it remains to be seen what Rhino's deal is, as well as how to defeat the Xi that decimated the city.

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 10

    Off to Shanghai.

    This is pretty much setup for the climactic battle at Shanghai as Kei bids farewell to Minghua realizing that he might not come back alive, and he could have even been gone even sooner thanks to Phantom almost causing him to get hit by a truck. So with that the unit sets sail for Shanghai, and these guys are partying as if they have this in the bag. Things switch between serious and lighthearted here seeing that this battle against the Xi is going to be quite a tough battle. The objective is to get the Xi to retreat seeing that for some reason, they turn tail and run after losing a certain number of units.
    Re: Episode 10

    Flags, what flags? Oh....THOSE flags....

    So many flags were flying that things got ridiculous. The dream bit in the last episode was a bit off-putting and we get more of it again, with it just seeming too much pulling things out of the writers' collective posteriors. The last 2 episodes have been stumbling somewhat.

    So, this episode we get Phantom's belief that the Americans want the mission to fail in order to get combat data on the anima in combat to upload into their mass-produced drones, while at the same time wiping out the Japanese anima to restore the balance of power, because you know, that's the kind of country America is.

    So off they go, putting some non-naval aircraft to be launched from a carrier, namely USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). Eagle and Gripen. The F/A-18 Super Hornet was designed for carrier launches, as were versions of the F-4 Phantom, but I'm not sure whether the other two could be launched from a carrier's catapult without suffering structural damage ( know about the strengthening need to survive the shock of arrested hook landings...don't know about whether any strengthening needed for catapult takeoffs).

    We also get more full blown suggestions that the mad scientist is in fact, a Mad Scientist. Seems that the plan is to have a massive all out assault on the Xi, who, when they reach a certain loss level, retreat. That's what the algorithm says will happen, anyway, and we know those are never wrong as the Boeing 737 Max 8 & 9 issues tell us...uh-oh.

    However, seeing as the evil American plan would possibly require the sacrifice of the world's largest aircraft carrier, all of the crew of which are buddy-buddy welcoming of the anima, we'll have to see what actually happens, though it looks heavily like it's going to be excrement and fan physical interaction time next week.

    As to the episode...well, this series has me worried, and the last 2 episodes have just been flaggy as hell, and, worse, looks like we might be getting some kind of preachy ending.

    We also get some more Minghua,, and further proof, as if we needed any, of how Kei is unkillable from head wounds, as the denseness of his skull is greater than a black hole. We'll see how this plays out, hopefully better than it looks like at this point.

    The Gerald R. Ford is indeed the world's largest warship and is presently on active duty, although the first scheduled deployment is presently not until 2022.
    Last edited by General Hentai; 03-15-2019, 08:50 PM.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 10

    Off to Shanghai.

    This is pretty much setup for the climactic battle at Shanghai as Kei bids farewell to Minghua realizing that he might not come back alive, and he could have even been gone even sooner thanks to Phantom almost causing him to get hit by a truck. So with that the unit sets sail for Shanghai, and these guys are partying as if they have this in the bag. Things switch between serious and lighthearted here seeing that this battle against the Xi is going to be quite a tough battle. The objective is to get the Xi to retreat seeing that for some reason, they turn tail and run after losing a certain number of units.

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  • Keith Palmer
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    re: Episode 9

    Right now, I can interpret "the scientist is gobsmacked Gripen 'won' the simulation" just as "he'd supposed she was 'programmed to fight' to the point of not being able to hit on a lateral-thinking dodge." (From the map when she got to the ten-years "victory" point, I'm not sure things would have kept going much further...) I did think a bit of what Phantom said earlier about how she'd sacrifice Japan to keep fighting somewhere else. Of course, maybe this interpretation wouldn't hold up should I ever return to the episode...

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 9

    Make the move.

    Just when it looked like Kei and Minghua will finally be able to go out together on a trip to the mountains, out of nowhere Kei is called to duty and dragged into another operation, and this involves a new Anima, Rhino from America. And while she's having a fun time with Kei over pizza and other American stuff, Kei and Gripen are working the simulator to figure out what the best approach would be to ensure humanity's survival. Kei has no clue after many attempts at it, but Gripen has a plan that involves extreme measures to move humanity out so that it can at least survive. Looks like this is going to be a big operation coming up seeing that the Xi are poised to eradicate humanity. Nevertheless, Rhino made her presence known, and it's quite amusing to see it.
    An interesting episode which teases a great many things, but delivers on none of them...yet.

    We meet Rhino, an F/A-18E-ANM Super Hornet. And I learned something new today.

    She's called Rhino, instead of Super Hornet, or Hornet, because the name "Hornet" was already assigned to the US Navy/Marine Corps F/A-18C & D Hornets, which are significantly smaller planes and lighter compared to the F/A-18E & F Super Hornets. The weight of an aircraft is an important piece of knowledge for catapulting an airplane off an aircraft carrier, so the Super Hornets were given the designation "Rhino" so that catapult crews wouldn't mix up the Hornets and Super Hornets.

    We also learn that the Russians have 3-4 anima themselves, while the Americans just have Rhino, though the Americans are going to try a brute force approach with unmanned aircraft with powerful AI based upon the anima, which Grippen thinks aren't nearly as good as anima, but might actually be of some help against the Xi.

    And then there's the scenario that Grippen wins. Sorry, but the worst moment yet of the series. The guy's blown away that Grippen just has people leave the cities and humanity survives for 10 years. What's BS is the notion that no one would've tried it before. After all, the writers of the program got it and they're human.

    But there are too many "back-to-nature" scenarios in SciFi writings in order to escape a technologically superior enemy that someone would've won the scenario within a few days of it being released, if that long. Instead we have "Dr. I'm a Mad Scientist With it Flashing So in a Neon Sign on My Forehead" just freaking out about it, and it's just stupid.

    So, we'll see where this goes from this point.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 9

    Make the move.

    Just when it looked like Kei and Minghua will finally be able to go out together on a trip to the mountains, out of nowhere Kei is called to duty and dragged into another operation, and this involves a new Anima, Rhino from America. And while she's having a fun time with Kei over pizza and other American stuff, Kei and Gripen are working the simulator to figure out what the best approach would be to ensure humanity's survival. Kei has no clue after many attempts at it, but Gripen has a plan that involves extreme measures to move humanity out so that it can at least survive. Looks like this is going to be a big operation coming up seeing that the Xi are poised to eradicate humanity. Nevertheless, Rhino made her presence known, and it's quite amusing to see it.

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  • Keith Palmer
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    I'd been supposing Viper Zero amounted to "an incredible coincidence" shading into "you're even more important than you think, Kei"; the actual explanation might be seen as tying into "the Xi can deflect homing missiles," anyway. The episode didn't happen to mention what Minghua or any other woman might see looking at Viper Zero, though; maybe that's why she's so elusive...

    (I suppose Minghua is the biggest contributor to "there can be something interesting about these series to me," although I'll also admit what keeps her from being quickly typed and pigeonholed amounts to her appearing to be from the Chinese mainland. That gets me thinking of "efforts made towards foreign markets" and how all those insistences that "anime ought to be aimed at more than that handful of you-know-who in Japan" might not have considered it being aimed at people speaking languages other than Japanese or English...)

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  • General Hentai
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    Originally posted by Buckeye View Post
    Episode 8

    Looks can be deceiving.

    Here comes Viper Zero as she makes a dramatic appearance and makes quick work of the Xi fortress. Just when Kei thought Minghua had followed him to Okinawa, it turns out that this girl is nothing like her, and not to mention she doesn't look the same to everybody as she takes on the appearance based on who's looking at her. Viper is the quiet type who uses her smartphone to text what she is saying rather than to say it out loud, the complete opposite of Minghua. And just when Kei is already dealing with another girl, one more makes her appearance, and it looks like that blue-haired girl is the type that likes to flirt if the previews are any indication.
    Re: Episode 8

    Mission success and two new anima make the scene. Viper Zero gets her debut, and is interesting in that she appears differently to everyone, looking like Minghua to Kei. We get to see that Kei really is super dense when it comes to women. Viper Zero's clinical explanations as to what's going down with Minghua are a hoot, especially since Kei thinks she's actually Minghua.

    We end with a new anima, who I'm guessing will be Hornet.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 8

    Looks can be deceiving.

    Here comes Viper Zero as she makes a dramatic appearance and makes quick work of the Xi fortress. Just when Kei thought Minghua had followed him to Okinawa, it turns out that this girl is nothing like her, and not to mention she doesn't look the same to everybody as she takes on the appearance based on who's looking at her. Viper is the quiet type who uses her smartphone to text what she is saying rather than to say it out loud, the complete opposite of Minghua. And just when Kei is already dealing with another girl, one more makes her appearance, and it looks like that blue-haired girl is the type that likes to flirt if the previews are any indication.

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  • General Hentai
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    Re: Episode 7

    So Kei manages to take down the cocky Phantom, by having her get complacent with a decoy, and having 2 systems in the simulator, one for anima, which Phantom hacked, and another for humans, which never occurred to Phantom. Meaning that when Kei took over, he knew exactly where Phantom was and blew her into dust bunnies.

    We also get a tease on Naha base's defender daughter, Viper Zero, an upgraded F-16 Fighting Falcon. Of interest and coincidence, Lockheed Martin is attempting to sell to India a very similar version which would be locally produced called the F-21. Among the other competing aircraft for the contract? Saab's Gripen.

    And then we're off to the mission, with Phantom conning Eagle into defending the 7th Fleet, Kei facing his fears by taking on the Xi, the (race? Faction? Aliens?) that killed his mother, with the big fight coming next week.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 7

    Fly by her side.

    So the challenge match is on, and while Phantom showed just how tough she was to deal with, Kei showed the power of a human pilot as he was able to locate her for the win in the simulator. After seeing what Kei did with Gripen, Phantom now wants Kei for herself even more. So the next operation is on, and things are going quite badly leading to Eagle having to split up from the team to help out the struggling fleet, all while Gripen and Phantom deal with the fortress. Pretty much, this episode is all about getting on the same page and getting Phantom to realize that she needed to stop showing off and start thinking about the big picture since everything blew up in their faces the last time around.

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  • Buckeye
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    Episode 6

    Her superiority just won't fly.

    The lack of teamwork sets the stage up for this to go down as Phantom's superiority complex has Gripen and Eagle not exactly thinking straight. Especially with that attack on the Xi base out in sea where they totally underestimate the situation thinking that everybody could just go in and drop a bomb on that place. But they ought to realize that if it were that easy to take out like that, it would have been destroyed quite a long time ago already. That was a wake up call that the girls needed seeing that Eagle was shot down and the girls took a lot of damage with that missile attack, and now the next step is to regroup and get on the same page somehow as it's not going to be easy with Phantom way above the other two in combat.

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