Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – It’s a bit like the real world, but with magic


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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei has to be one of the most hyped anime of the season, with fans of the light novel series proclaiming it as the best thing since sliced bread, and a truly wonderful piece of storytelling. Now while I have absolutely no knowledge of the actual story, the light novels, or any idea of what to expect I have to say that such claims are stretching things a little. Which is not to say that the first episode wasn’t enjoyable, introducing a main character who seems to be rather over-powered in much the same vein as Izayoi from Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu Yo, although in the case of Tatsuya, rather than flaunt his (apparently) extraordinary gifts he is forced to hide them due to the nature of the society he lives in, and likely pressures from his family. Read more of this post

Muv-Luv Alternative – Total Eclipse – The Politics of the Battlefield


The most recent arc of Muv-Luv Alternative – Total Eclipse has brought to light some interesting but obvious problems with the Muv-Luv universe, and humanities attempt to beat the BETA. The BETA may be a significant and ever present threat within the Muv-Luv universe, but it has not brought all countries together. Quite the opposite has happened with a similar arms race to the ones before WWI and WWII along with the Cold War in full flow despite this threat. Every major country and military power is attempting to design and build the best and most powerful weapons possible, not for the good of humanity, but for their own military and political aims. Those who have the largest and most experienced military force with the best technology will ultimately rule the world. Or at least this is the message that certain countries and groups are sending out during this series. Read more of this post

Race, Ethnicity and Conflict in Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse


While the BETA are the crux of the Muv-Luv universe, providing the backdrop of an unfaltering, all conquering enemy that threatens to wipe out humanity, it is the human relationships that help to form the centre of the story. Humans must battle to survive, but with every passing day we see more territory lost to the BETA, with whole countries no longer habitable and people forced to flee. The test base in Alaska that Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse is set brings together those who have lost their country, and thus they fight to survive and to carry forward the memory of the place that they have lost. In the middle of these characters and nations stands our main characters Yuuya Bridges and Yui Takamura. They are the characters that will push forward the weapon and Tactical Strike Fighter (TSF) development, and yet they are incapable of interacting in a normal way, pushed apart by their attitudes towards each other and their own pasts. Read more of this post

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse – First Impressions


The idea of an alien threat, one that exists simply to wipe humanity off the face of the earth is hardly new, (it has been used in films like Independence Day for example) but it is one that when done right can produce a fascinating story. The Muv-Luv universe is one where humanity is on the brink of annihilation, faced with an enemy know as the BETA (Beings of Extra Terrestrial orign which is Adversary of human race) who are seemingly unstoppable. The first games and the manga adaptations followed one specific character as the trained to be a Tactical Surface Fighter (TFS) pilot surrounded by a group of beautiful women. Read more of this post

The Less than Definitive Illogical Summer 2012 Season Preview


The summer season has traditionally been one that many pass over, with numerous people dismissing it as full of terrible series, Interestingly enough it has also been the season that I tend to enjoy the most. While it may not have those big series that get a lot of attention and hype, it has always been a season where I find I can sit back and relax while watching numerous entertaining and enjoyable anime series. This summer season has numerous Light Novel, Visual Novel and PC game adaptations, all of which get mixed reactions ranging from massive overhype to those who dismiss them as fluff and pointless. Now, over the last few years I have grown to quite enjoy Light Novel and Visual Novel adaptations, finding them interesting to watch. Read more of this post