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.