Anime Review: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse

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Summary:

In 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA upon Earth is driving human civilization into nearly collapse. Facing an enormous mass of enemy force, mankind has developed large humanoid arms called as Tactical Surface Fighters and deployed them to its defense lines through out the world. However, all those efforts could slow down defeats but could not stop BETA, and mankind is forced to abandon major area of the Eurasian Continent. For 30 years, mankind is bogged down in an endless war against BETA without any hopes of victory.
In 2001, the Imperial Japan faces difficulties in the development of a next-generation main Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) as it defends the front lines of the Far East. The UN has proposed a joint development program between the Imperial Japan and the United States as a part of its international mutual development project of TSF, the Prominence Project.
This story with exciting human dramas and robot actions takes place in the development of a new Tactical Surface Fighters, the most important and effective weapons against BETA, at a crisis of human extinction.
Yet they never knew that their encounter would change their destiny drastically.
Yui Takamura, a TSF pilot of the Imperial Royal Guards of Japan, is given responsibility for the project and sets off to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuya Bridges, also a TSF pilot of the US Army, was heading to the same destination.

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Aired: Jul 2, 2012 to Dec 24, 2012
Producers: TV Tokyo, Satelight, Avex Entertainment, AT-X, Magic Capsule, Ixtl
Genres: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Military, Drama
Themes: Alternate history, fanservice, gore, mecha, war
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity

Review:

First, I don’t like the main character Yuuya… So I seriously don’t understand how he’s the “Hero”. I was hooked on the anime because the first two to three episode were about Yui. I really wanted to see how she got stronger but instead the anime switched to Yuuya and I realized that he was the actual main character…. Fail. I kept hoping to see Yui fight again. When she did fight again it turned out that she wasn’t as strong as I hoped. Also it turned out she was just lucky… Then there was “The Scarlet Twins” they are so badass that when ever they appear I can’t help but smile. They fight like beasts and nothing can stand in their way. The anime isn’t as bad as what I just said. It’s actually pretty great. The fighting scenes are unbelievable. The story is so well written. I couldn’t predict any of what happened in the anime which means it was great. I strongly recommend the anime.

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Overall Rate: 8/10

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