30 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Shinmaru /

Vividred Operation 1 – BUTTS






BU– what the fuck

Vividred Operation! I saw that the Strike Witches director was helming this and got what I expected based on my horribly biased examination of Strike Witches without ever having watched it: A sharp, clean-looking show with ass EVERYWHERE. Points for the hilarious opening shot of ass cheeks framing the rising sun (someone on the creative team must be justly proud of that), but(t) asses being thrown in my face with such ferocity is not my thing, you know? So I was totally ready to drop this in the first half; however, that’s when the episode got kinda weird . . .

Basically the crazy grandfather of the main character, Akane, is doing experiments and shit because he is a scientist, wears a lab coat and carries himself a bit like HOUOUIN KYOUMA with an extra 40 years and actual confidence. He’s tinkering with stuff when monsters/aliens/whatever are invading, and just when he’s finished, his experiment blows up, as experiments by mad scientists are wont to do. When Akane and her little sister get to the house, they see their grandpa’s lifeless body underneath a ton of junk and are, of course, sad.

Then, however, their grandpa speaks to them . . . from the body of a ferret (?), because his mad experiment expelled his mind from his body and into a stuffed animal Akane got him (which is now alive). This is crazy enough, but then to keep grandpa’s body fresh (because who knows when and how he’ll get back to normal), they stuff his body into the refrigerator, and it ain’t no thang. We gotta get shit done right now! That’s just . . . man, what a weird moment. I’m not even complaining about how strange it is that the girls take it relatively in stride. It’s just so bizarre in general!

The rest is standard “Ha ha, your puny weapons will not defeat me!” alien fighting (but a bit cooler because it’s battleships AND jets) and NEAT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE, but I’ll admit, the weird moments in this opener actually make me want to keep watching for at least another episode. Did Strike Witches have randomly weird shit like that? I’m going to be thinking about that all day.



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  1. Fumoffu!!
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I think this show is going to be really stupid in a lovably endearing way, I think it’ll even overwhelm my usual reaction to fan service. Then again, I’m used to boob service, not butt service, for me this is entirely new flavour! (so to speak).

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:21 am | Permalink

      Don’t lick those butts.

      • matrixEXO
        Posted January 12, 2013 at 4:06 am | Permalink

        Rather than licking butts, I’d rather lick Hisoka’s manly member. GAR for him!

  2. Posted January 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I’m depending on you now for all manner of Vividred Ops. I just can’t stand the loli-crotch-shoving, and just dropped it in 9 minutes. Sure I missed the weird thing bit here and there, but I’d rather take anything kyoAni, something I somehow have the same hate level with Strike Witches strangely, and drown in it 24/7 before continuing with more of … this. Besides, SHAFT is always there for me for all manner of weird shit.

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:16 am | Permalink

      I’m feeling the pressure already!!

  3. lmm
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Strike Witches didn’t have much weird; it was all about the military-history nerd fanservice when it wasn’t about the regular kind.

    I do recommend the movie, especially if you have or can borrow a home cinema for it; it has some of the best action sequences I’ve ever seen (flying mecha combat through the canals of an Aria-level detailed Venice? Yes please), and stands pretty independently (because it’s not really about plot or characters)

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:15 am | Permalink

      I’ve been sort of curious about Strike Witches for a while now, mostly because several people I know say the series has great action scenes.

  4. Posted January 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Pretty much exactly how I feel.

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:12 am | Permalink

      Great minds think alike (which doesn’t explain this situation, but still).

  5. All Fiction
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    There’s been a lot of butt service this season. Vividred, Boku Wa Tomadachi, Love Live and Ore no Kanojo. Start of a trend?

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:10 am | Permalink

      No, I think anime has always been big on butts; it’s just not as noticeable as the chest hams.

  6. Kioku
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Yep. Ass. I kept word open to make a tally. Reached eleven. Someone else should keep a count on the next episode, because I’m not watchin it :p

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:09 am | Permalink

      Butt Watch 2013

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      I only got 5 on my tally, although I was limiting it to the “close up right in your face” variety of butt fanservice. What criteria did you use exactly?

  7. nobodyimportant
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    if you keep blogging this, I’ll be very happy.

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:07 am | Permalink

      lol, I guess we’ll see what happens. It does come out on a day that I am free for writing, so it has that going for it. All depends on whether I find the second episode interesting at all, though.

  8. Lanf
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    I just figured this show out: Big Robot Thing = Big Daddy. He’s looking for the Little Sisters. The draw back to this theory, the missing link is simply, there are no but(t)s.

    • Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      A man chooses. A butt obeys!

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted January 12, 2013 at 4:21 am | Permalink

        As peachy as that sounds, I think you’re ass-king a bit much from the show.

  9. Thrashy
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Abed: Jeff wants to see you.
    Annie: And I want pants. A lot of people want a lot of things.

  10. fathomlessblue
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    Strike Witches was a perfectly watchable, if ultimately mediocre show. Typical cute-girl moe stuff, but pleasant enough if you ignore the bath scenes & ass-shots in battles. It didn’t raise the bar very high, but was also never as generic or lifeless as this. No characters, no story, no animation budget; plenty of contrivances! SW’s may have simple & pandering, but it was at least competent enough, considering its goals. This felt like a dodgy knockoff!

    Well, never thought I’d ever write a comment defending Strike Witches. All hail the Winter of Wank!

    • Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      The Winter of Wank. I like it!

  11. Posted January 12, 2013 at 5:25 am | Permalink





    Or don’t. I like butts.

    • shengar
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      I hate butts when it shoved down to my throat.
      They put budgets for something like this?

      • Posted January 13, 2013 at 6:41 am | Permalink

        I’d be happy to have female butts shoved down my throat (in real life)…..in anime, not so much. This is most likely a piece of shit, but I don’t know because I haven’t seen it…I need to get laid….

  12. Adreme
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I started reading this utterly convinced I shouldnt watch this and ended it thinking I probably should check it out. I have no idea if that was intended or not but if it was good job.

    • Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      Uh, well, if you like the show, then it was totally purposeful! If you don’t like the show, then I decline all responsibility!

  13. Sarif
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    The similarities between this show and Magical Lyrical Nanoha really caught me off guard. Not what I was expecting.

  14. permalink
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    ok with second episode what is with the naked this naked that way to much

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