Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Weekly Update – Episode 11 and 12

Getting warmer…

These last few episodes have been heading in the right direction. We get both plot and character development! What a deal! In all seriousness though, the focus on Yui was long overdue. Before this, it was starting to look like the series introduction was going to remain disconnected from the rest of the show. Granted, we’ve seen Yui have flashbacks to those moments in the past, but it’s never really been addressed directly before now. So, what did we learn about Yui gaining the ability to execute a coup de grace? As pretty much her entire monologue suggests, she’s become more resolute and less hesitant.

It’s really nice to see her finally get over her fears and regrets, and I was actually thinking that she might revert back to being a strong and independent character. Except, of course, she has to go and fail at the end, only to be rescued by Yuuya. Was it really necessary to put her in a vulnerable situation and have Yuuya act as the knight in shining armor? I get that they’re a couple, but having Yui act like a blushing bride at the mere thought of him is just plain excessive. I honestly thought that their exchanges when she still had a tough exterior were much more entertaining.
I’ve complained about the “politics” of the Muv-Luv world before, and I will continue to do so. I’m sure our own governments would not be above such actions either, but I digress. The revelation of what was going on is precisely the reason why mankind is losing. The Russians are willing to let the BETA overrun a critical base on the front-lines just to get their hands on a prototype rainbow gun? Are they really that stupid? Well, given that they went through with the plan, I guess they are. Sure the weapon might be a game-changer, but is it really worth risking the integrity of the line and the lives of so many just to steal it?

To begin with, I don’t understand why they need to steal it. When the weapon is finalized, it’s almost certain to be released for all to use. No-one in their right mind would hoard such a powerful tool against a common enemy. Well, maybe the Russians would, which might explain why they’re so eager to get their hands on it. Except there’s one big problem with this strategy. The Japanese made the weapon, so even if you steal and hoard it, what’s stopping them from just making another, better version? Why not let them take care of all the development and just grab the final product when it is inevitably released?

And even if the Japanese do for some stupid reason decide to hoard the weapon, you could simply pressure them into releasing it by informing the public as to its existence. Surely the rest of mankind isn’t so idiotic as to not realize that keeping an extremely effective weapon to yourself is not the best idea in a war that isn’t going so well. I’m seriously concerned as to how such incompetent people could be put into important decision-making positions. But then again, that sounds like a fairly commonplace occurrence in real life as well. The only difference is that there aren’t any giant alien bugs to push us to the brink of extinction.

The facial animations continue to be a little iffy.

3 thoughts on “Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Weekly Update – Episode 11 and 12

  1. I don’t know if I said it here on SGK, but the thing that’s helped me understand this show a lot better, especially with respect to the racism and the politics, is imagining that everything is like it was in the late 1960’s. That’s probably a lot easier for me, having been born almost in the late 60’s, than a lot of people watching the show, but that seems to be the best way to inform the way you think about the politics of the show. Paranoid Russians, paranoid Japanese, Americans who hate Japanese, etc. Maybe it could go as late as the 1980’s. But anything more contemporary than that, you’re just not going to be able to believe that all these people act the way they do.

    • It’s really great that we can get a perspective from someone who grew up in a different time frame.

      I understand what you’re saying, but what bothers me is that they still have such a mind-frame even when faced with the threat of annihilation. Or perhaps the point you’re trying to make is that the divisions in that time period run so deep that not even such a threat would break them?

      • The thing is that the existential threat isn’t really an everyday thing. Even for the soldiers, it’s omnipresent, but it’s still what they go and do, not what they come home and live. And you combine that with a very human desire to paint one’s self in the the best light and come up with reasons why things aren’t better, and it becomes very easy to blame the ‘other’, whether that other is human or not. And if you’re generally pissed off cause your life sucks cause you could get eradicated, it’s easy for that to spill over.

        Plus, it’s worth remembering that the Japanese have centuries of pissing off their neighbors. Even now, in our current world, there’s Chinese and Japanese prickliness (like burning Japanese cars because of some islands that both claim). The main point is that people aren’t particularly rational. That takes a lot of effort.

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