Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse - Final Thoughts

Another anime season has come to an end. I don't watch that much anime these days, so the only series that I've been watching been watching and not blogging that concluded in the season was Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse. Total Eclipse is a show about people using giant mechas to fight invading man-eating aliens. Oh and it also has pretty girls too, so it's the type of show that I typically watch. Here are some final thoughts I have on this series.



The series started off pretty well, and the first two episodes of Total Eclipse was pretty memorable for its gory deaths. Those two episodes really gave the sense that even with giant mechas, humanity is losing the war against the endless swarms of giant man-eating aliens called Betas. Given the start, I was expecting the rest of the series to be about the main characters fighting hard battles, making tough choices and trying to stay alive in a world that's being overrun by the ravenous aliens. However, that wasn't really the case.

Instead, Total Eclipse was focused on teams of military test pilots and their support crew who are trying to develop the latest and greatest mecha for fighting off the Betas. For most of the series, the Betas are only mentioned and take a back seat to the various other happenings at the weapons testing facility. These include our main test pilot Yuuya getting the attention (affectionate or otherwise) from the various attractive female officers and test pilots from other teams, teams having mock battles against one another and the scheming and plotting between different organizations. Even when faced against possible annihilation against an overwhelming enemy such as the Betas, in Total Eclipse it seems humanity is still its own worst enemy especially during the episodes when real fighting actually happens. This point held especially true when a terrorist organization appeared out of nowhere as the major threat near the end of the series. Having the plotting and scheming is fine, and the romantic elements were expected given Muv-Luv's visual novel origins, but I wished the series would have kept its sense of urgency from the first two episodes and featured more fighting against the invading Beta swarms. I think that would have made the show better. Of course, this was the first season of a continuing story, so things will probably become more urgent and desperate especially if the terrorists have anything to say about it.

Moving onto the other elements, the characters were tolerable, but nobody stood out much (except for Tarisa because of her annoying voice). The main pilot Yuuya and Yui had a fun thing going with their ongoing disdain for the other at the beginning of the series, but once we got past that stage Yui became the typical shy and hesitant girl when it comes to her relationship with Yuuya. The other main girl Cryska doesn't hasn't shown much of her personality to speak of.

The visuals for Total Eclipse were decent. The animation quality seems good as a whole. The mecha and the Betas are CGed, and while they don't look that great, they don't look that bad either. I like the mecha designs, while the Betas look kind of funny at first, but the way they eat people up is anything but funny. I have to say, it seems that only the laser types give humans a lot of trouble. After they are taken out the other Betas are helpless against aerial or long range bombardment, and the Betas rely solely on their number to rush and crush opposition. When the real fighting happens, Total Eclipse certainly doesn't shine away from blood or dismemberment, and those moments were censored in the broadcast version.

Overall, the first season of Total Eclipse was okay, but it was not quite what I expected given the start of the series. I would liked to have seen more fighting against the aliens instead of test pilots lounging around having personal issues with one another, but there is still at least another season of the show for the situation to become dire and desperate. I'll probably watch the next season when it comes out.

12 comments:

  1. I enjoy the series as whole and I didn't mind that it was life about test pilot and arrogance surrounding test pilots. At time it remind of the movie TOP GUN in how the pilot behave. The fan service I am not going lie but I enjoy even if came to expense of Yui and Bikini contest or hot spring episode. I got good laugh at VG and Vincent getting beat up in their effort catch the girl naked.

    If there is a second series I will totally watch I would not be to upset if they stay similar story line but with simply making about Cryska and Yui trying to get through Yuuya thick head they got the hot for him.

    dxanato

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  2. i think the anime was pretty great, also the fighting scene was cool, i actually want it to have a season2 hahaha

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  3. I understand what your saying "Given the start, I was expecting the rest of the series to be about the main characters fighting hard battles etc However, that wasn't really the case.Instead, Total Eclipse was focused on teams of military test pilots and their support crew who are trying to develop the latest and greatest mecha for fighting off the Betas" but the way the first season ended could it not be said that if there is a second season it would be more combat heavy as they just completed there mecha.

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    1. I would hope so. I want things to get more dicey for the more characters haha.

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  4. I am with you there... at first, this anime really caught my attention of being such an awesome anime at the first episodes... a=later on, the releases started on to revolve around yuuya, yui and the scarlet twins having a in love feeling with yuuya... which made me say... what the heck is happening??? and at the end of the season made me really disappointed... if this anime gets a season 2 release... im expecting of a more revolved story about their topic... fighting the BETA and less on it's love stories... I know it's great to have a love story on action anime... but they should do it not that really big through out the story... which really made me lose track on what their objective were since the start of the anime... :)

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    1. you may be disappointed b/c this is how every muv-luv series has been.

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  5. this anime is only a part oh the storie see muv luv extra, unlimeted and alternative

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  6. Every muv-luv series has been like this aside from the one without betas. training in a school/ main character out of place but learns to love his team. So this was what i expected since i read the other ones.

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  7. i enjoy this anime because there are more twists such as betrayal and some romance..i hope in the next series they will be focused fight againts BETA..and maybe solve which will be choosen by the hero(yuuya) hahaha between 2 heroine

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  8. will muv luv alternative total eclipse have a second season?

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    1. Probably. Don't know when though.

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  9. well... muv luv alternative total eclipse might not have a second season, but, if there would be, i hope it would be a continuation after total eclipse where this will run into the main series of unlimited, extra then the alternative (main series) where the main protagonist would be shirogane takeru... in the main series... the would be so damn cool he could do acrobatic mecha plays and kills a lot of fortress size BETA alone.. man.. i just hoped that there would be the main series.. love the VN so much... so much feel.. :(

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