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Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse episode 6 – Tits and Racism

When I confidently strode in and ripped Muv Luv from Shinmaru’s pleading grasp, I was all pumped up to write an in-depth analysis about the latest episode. The race relations, international diplomacy and cultural contrasts. The use of Japanese lore and traditional values in a post-apocalyptic setting. What I wasn’t expecting to be forced to write about was a fucking beach episode.

I don’t feel calling this episode all ‘fanservice’ is strictly correct, since tits are as important to Muv Luv as racism. There really has to be a better term for that. The word ‘ecchi’ appears to have fallen out of general usage, which is a shame. It might make you sound like the world’s biggest weeaboo who eats a diet of pocky and sushi, uses the word ‘kawaii’ unironically and has huge folders of anime porn because the women in real porn “don’t look like real women”, failing to see the huge irony in that statement.

Ecchi does nicely encapsulate what these kinds of shows are though. Tits are inherent to the experience. You might as well try take the robots out of the show, they’re as relevant as the tits. Fanservice is something that is completely irrelevant to the story and is just something for the fans to enjoy. Things like the Nunnally in Wonderland Geass spinoff, although that had plenty of fanservice of the tits variety too. Or the latest episode of Uta Koi, which was also a load of fanservice. It had nothing to do with the plot. Just the characters dressing in silly costume and having a Formula One race with ox drawn carts. Also a Yu Gi Oh battle with poets, with full rules with summoning poets into attack and defence position and everything.

Yeah, you guys should watch Uta Koi.

What’s that, I’m supposed to be talking about Muv Luv? I suppose I should talk about more than just the moe ecchi oppai kyaa stuff, but the plot of the episode was incredibly stupid. There was even the token racist line with those goddam Russians and their fun-hatin’ ways, why do all those godforsaken Russians not understand human emotions, they’re all sociopaths every last one of them. Bullying that poor Nepalese girl.

The only reason they haven’t been racist against the Nepal girl is they don’t have a narrative about people from Nepal, except that it’s really high up. They haven’t referenced that once in Muv Luv so far either. All she’s been is a short-tempered flat chested tsundere. Heck, she spent this episode on the beach. Maybe that’s why she’s so grumpy. Take her out of high altitude and it messes her body up. Their lungs can’t handle air with this much oxygen in it.

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16 Comments

  1. Posted August 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    “What’s that, I’m supposed to be talking about Muv Luv?”

    No, you was perfectly fine talking about something else other than this episode. Cause you know, I kind of want to forget this episode ever existed.

  2. Posted August 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    This episode was a shame. Worst part was Yui all OOC falling for Yuuya.

  3. Fumoffu!!
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    I disagree massively on what you’re saying, the Nepal girl is hardly flat chested, in fact I’d hardly call her a tsundere at this stage, sure she’s not as endowed as the other female protagonists (cause you see that random woman at the back of your third screenshot? she’s “normal” size, suggesting that big boobs aren’t actually the average size), but she’s got them.

    What, I’m talking about something irrelevant? I disagree entirely, this is a key point here, as the girl one of the few loli’s I have seen of late that isn’t flat. In fact the only other one I can think off right now is Poplar from Working’!! (in fact, was she even a loli?)

    I’m pretty sure that whilst flat-chests are closely related to loli’s you can be a loli whilst not being flat chested. Could someone clarify?

    Oh, the episode? I seem to remember that these soldiers seem not to have read any book on survival, but there was nothing of note apart from that.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      That’s a fair point. She just looks flat chested next to the massive melons of every other female in the show

      • Posted August 11, 2012 at 4:07 am | Permalink

        Hell, if you really want to be emphatic about it and base things on the cup size of the armor, Yuuya has bigger tits than the Himalayan Taiga.

    • thewizardninja
      Posted August 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      For something to be “loli” it basically means it has to bear a certain amount of resemblance to a little girl. A lot of characters get confused as being “loli” when they only have one or two features that lolis would share. Flat-chestedness =/= loli, short stature =/= loli, even flat-chestedness + short stature =/= loli. It’s all about having certain body proportions and bone structure, but I won’t go into that. Just know that Poplar is not a loli but the girl up there is.

  4. hint
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    the nepali tsundere girl can have a baby thus solve the “flat chested” problem. :)

  5. Borneo
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Somehow I’m getting the impression I might be the only person for miles who liked that beach episode. Well, I admit that I’m a little bit biased, because I’ve got the hots for Yui. Any episode where I get to see her running around scantily clad already qualifies as time well spent in my book.
    Also: Seeing her all deredere, and embarassed, and being carried like a princess by Bridges made me go “Squeeeeee” like a little fangirl. But how could anyone NOT react like that? It’s as if you guys are like that goddam Russians with their fun-hatin’ ways, falling unconscious by the mere thought of enjoying a beach party!
    (As a sideline, I don’t consider Yui’s behaviour to be OOC, she’s obviously been a closeted tsundere the whole time. Lovin’ it.)

    • Golos
      Posted August 10, 2012 at 2:23 am | Permalink

      You are not the only one (and I expected to hate this episode as well), though I am not a fan of her.
      Still, I liked it that they showed another side of her.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      I disagree with that side of Yui being a good move though. It felt unnatural.

      Like…hmmm….OK, there’s ways to show the softer side of someone without it feeling forced. It has to evolve naturally, which I felt it didn’t in this episode at all. In fact, I thought her going all mushy hurt her character by undermining her tough exterior she’s supposed to have.

      • Golos
        Posted August 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

        Did we really have much reason to believe that Yui would maintain her tough exterior outside her work?
        Not really.
        Give them more time.

  6. Matthew
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    So this is like the third review of Muv Love I’ve seen that refers to the girls as Russians. They’re not Russians; they’re _Soviets_. The evil empire, the inhuman enemy staring down the western world over a nuclear arsenal for two generations. Acceptable villains second only to the Nazis. This is a world where the Cold War never ended.

    Maybe it’s a generational thing. You have to be at least 30 to understand that if the Soviets show up, they’re automatically assumed the bad guys until proven otherwise. Because sure, if you just think they’re Russians, then it’s racist.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      The world has been destroyed by flesh eating aliens, a villain that stands far above Nazis and Soviets. Silly things like the Cold War really shouldn’t matter anymore. Although if the story is about how they come to throw aside their prejudices against Soviets and work together, then I can see how their racist attitude towards them currently fits with that story

      • Matthew
        Posted August 10, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

        International tensions have been pretty important to the story so far, so I’m thinking Soviets-versus-Russians is a deliberate call back to the Cold War let you know the mentality at work among the characters. This is a world where humanity isn’t united, despite the flesh-eating aliens.

        I guess the point is, when the characters act suspicious and paranoid about each other it’s not so much because they’re jerks individually. It’s because it’s a suspicious and paranoid world where the nations view each other as rivals working together reluctantly. The characters reflect that viewpoint. So when they hopefully come together, it’ll be them overcoming the flaws of their world rather than that they were being terrible people.

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