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Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse 3 – Top Guns

Nothin’ to see here, just one robot straddling another while stabbing it. Move along, move along.

This is basically another opening episode after the context-setting pair of episodes that actually started the series. It definitely gives a bit more weight to things — we’ve seen the threat that spurs the major nations of the world to create a shared space where they pool technology and their most talented pilots. It’s a convenient place to gather all our hypercompetitive friends, though the situation does create a bit of an oddity.

Ghostlightning does a good job of pointing out how counterproductive this scenario is. Watching the pilots battle it out on the practice field is definitely fun. The sniping (both verbally and through gunplay), the evasive action, the tricks, the process of feeling everyone out, etc. is quite entertaining. I came out of that combat sequence caring a little more about each character than I did going in. That’s one of the goals, correct? It certainly does not feel like a waste of time from an entertainment standpoint.

That said, it does feel strange to indulge so heavily in competition and risk bruised egos and whatnot. I’m guessing the higher-ups believe cooler heads will prevail in the heat of battle, and that these pilots will work together when absolutely necessary, which will be all the time against the BETA since, from what we’ve seen, it’s impractical at best and insane at worst to expect a single pilot to take on hordes of these aliens. (This is, of course, an assessment based upon little knowledge of the capabilities of each pilot. The pilot is turning on the “NO SPOILERS” sign right now!)

The advantages of testing out the new machines and pushing the pilots to unleash their greatest skills must seem much greater than the risks of fracturing the team when it comes time to fight the BETA. To be fair, most of the pilots seem fairly chill and not liable to let personal dramas get in the way of shit. Even with Tarisa putting on the extreme tsuntsun act around Yuuya, it at least doesn’t seem totally personal. Who knows about Yui, though. I guess she just has high standards, or doesn’t like Americans.

And then we have this pair here. The younger (?) of the two is heavily hinted at to have some sort of power (the color comment to Yui), and I’d wager the older (?) has the same or similar abilities. There’s obviously a strong mental connection between the two: during their mock battle with Tarisa, they’re locked in on the same wavelength and saying all the same shit and whatnot. I’m somewhat wary of powers entering the picture. It’s not unusual in mecha, of course, but it does open for the BETA to be defeated in some lame, bullshit fashion.

That said, I don’t want to be too negative too early. I don’t even know if these powers exist, much less what they are, the extent of the abilities, whether they’re even practical to use on the battlefield, and so on and so forth. If there is some mental connection between these two, though, I wonder why they don’t pilot different machines rather than the same one. Maybe their shit works better when they’re in close proximity?

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16 Comments

  1. Posted July 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    It’s important to keep in mind that the events in Total Eclipse aren’t really important in the grand scheme of things. They’re basically testing toys in the pole – some of which will be quite useful later on, but toys nonetheless. Throwing mechs at the BETA was proved ultimately useless long time ago, and slightly improving them won’t change that. Even as far as enhancing the robots goes, the big leap is made in the main trilogy.
    Yuuya must be aware of that to some degree, which is why he looks so pissed about being sent there. A bunch of countries who despise each other sent disposable pilots to test some robots and pretend the UN is properly organized. They’re not in the frontlines and will spend their time doing uninteresting and unimportant stuff.

    And yeah, the deal with Inia and Cryska will be explained later on. I doubt they’ll mention the Alternative Plans so if you want to know more about them once the anime’s explained their situation, go read up what Alternative III entailed in the Muvluv wiki. It’s a bit silly but not a game-breaking feature, humanity still gets raped.

    >it does open for the BETA to be defeated
    (笑)

    • Posted July 19, 2012 at 5:01 am | Permalink

      So I guess like the anime itself, then? How conveniently meta! :p

      “>it does open for the BETA to be defeated
      (笑)”

      lol, yeah, I don’t know why I even had that thought, other than I’m a newbie.

  2. Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    I find it hard to believe that an alien menace can take over all of Eurasia at the drop of a hat and not have the ability to take over North America three years after the fact.

    Already lost interest, especially after all the shiny tits and asses.

    • Posted July 19, 2012 at 5:15 am | Permalink

      It takes time for the aliens to eat everyone.

    • Random
      Posted July 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      BETA can not swim, and lasers are ineffective (relatively) underwater. Soviets have retreated to Alaska, China to Taiwan, they all use the ocean as an extremely useful defence.
      Japan got infiltrated due to retarded commanders (save civilians first!), gets raped by BETA and didn’t save anyone in end.

      • Golos
        Posted July 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

        >China to Taiwan<

        Not in the anime. The global map showed Formosa as lost territory.

      • Posted July 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

        I assume this won’t be touched upon in this anime, and I’m curious, so is there an explanation why the BETA can’t swim? Something tells me this will be at least slightly interesting.

      • Posted July 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

        The BETA walk underwater rather than swim, which makes them painfully slow. They also avoid magma so crossing mid-ocean ridges is a no-go, making their routes more easier to guess. Water doesn’t stop them for real but it’s quite good to delay them, to Australia’s joy.

    • Posted July 19, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      After 20 years, the BETA have taken over most of Eurasia save for a few places like the UK. North America is hardly fine, the US nuked Canada to save their asses and have been using Japan as a shield. While winning is impossible, humanity has gotten pretty good as stalling these things. Generally by blowing stuff up.

    • Posted July 20, 2012 at 1:53 am | Permalink

      Like I said, I find it hard to believe.

      • FlameStrike
        Posted July 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

        Well, the main trilogy does have some pretty compelling explanations for why the Beta didn’t take over NA yet. However I doubt they’d get into the details in this anime and it’s not exactly relevant. You pretty much either trust that the anime has a believable explanation, or just say it doesn’t. The latter would stunt your ability to enjoy the show though.

      • Posted July 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

        Just clarifying that it wasn’t “at the drop of a hat”, I don’t especially care about your suspension of disbelief.

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    The best character is Macaroni everyone go home

  4. hint
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Got very confused on this 2vs2, couldn’t distinguish who was piloting each mecha.
    Strange, i liked more those 2 Russians.

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