Muv-Luv Alternative continues to be hit-and-miss.
I guess we got some character development? Really, at this point the only things in Muv-Luv that appeal to me are the shiny mechs and flashy explosions. Oh, and I guess the skin-tight suits and tits as well, but I digress.
I’m hoping this will change, but I don’t really like Yuuya’s attitude right now. He gives off this cocky air despite being a terrible failure. I’m not saying he should be emo instead (that would be even more aggravating), but he should really be reflecting on what he can do to improve instead of stubbornly blaming the mech. That just screams irresponsibility. Also, was it really necessary to make Yui a bitch? Yes they do hint that she’s actually caring deep down inside, and Yuuya’s attitude towards her doesn’t help, but I think just one stuck-up character at a time is more than enough for a show. I suppose the silver lining is that we’ll get to enjoy the “exchanges” between Yuuya and Yui. I’m just waiting for him to
pimp-slap hit her one of these days, though I personally think he needs a beating himself as well.
I still find the whole concept of Muv-Luv to be quite ridiculous. Why are they even trying to fight the BETA with mechs? The second episode clearly demonstrated that the most effective way to deal with them is to barrage them from a distance. This is what mankind should be focusing on doing, not silly “joint exercises” to “improve” mechs. Speaking of the show in general, the attempt at adding shock value in the second episode was quite contrived because we could have seen it coming a mile away and weren’t very invested in the characters anyway. I’m not familiar with the source material so I was surprised with the sudden change in main character. Unfortunately, the way it was done makes the first two episodes seem like an unconvincing attempt to make us sympathize with Yui instead of just call her a bitch. She’s still a bitch. Regardless, Muv-Luv is far from terrible. The characters aren’t boring, and I’m interested in seeing how humanity fairs against the BETA.