Mechs, big guns, giant alien bugs, conspiracies… What more could you possibly ask for?
I must say this episode was a step forward for Muv-Luv. As much as I enjoy watching simulation battles and well-endowed girls in swimsuits, nothing beats some good ‘ol mecha action. Those snobby Russian pilots were slightly annoying to say the least, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t learn to respect Yuuya after he fired off his “big gun”. At the very least, he seemed to impress the Russian colonel. Speaking of snobby Russians, I wasn’t at all surprised that poor Jacob got chomped before he got a chance to tap Inia. That’s good riddance, and no matter what grievances he could have cited in defense of his actions, I just don’t give a damn. Karma’s a bitch.
In other news, Yuuya apparently has some magical ability to cause all “tough” women to just melt in front of him. First we have Yui turning into a dere-blob, and now it looks like the colonel-san might follow suit. Perhaps that’s to be expected of your typical male harem lead, but these women have been through some tough military experiences. That’s just ever so slightly different from your average tsundere that the lead has to “break”. Yuuya truly deserves the title of “Lady Killer”. Well, let’s hope that doesn’t become too literal though, or things might not look too good for his harem members (here’s looking at you, Kirito).
And after nine episodes we’re still in the dark as to what the deal is with the Scarlet Sisters. When we first met them they were hunting Tarisa like some sort of predators. Not to mention, their in-sync talk was particularly creepy. Now, we haven’t seen them act exactly like that since then, but this episode comes pretty close. Blood splattering? Check. Deranged smiling? Check. All that’s left is the in-sync speaking. It’s true that we got to see more about them via Cryska’s sudden “weak episodes”, but that really raised more questions than answers. If I had to speculate, though, I’d say that perhaps they suffer from some sort of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Neither of them has brought up or exhibited their deranged behavior outside of those few combat situations, after all.
Is it just me, or were the mouth animations particularly crappy this episode? They didn’t even remotely match the sounds of what the characters were saying. I guess we can see where they took the budget to animate the shiny mechs from.