First Impression of Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse (who'd thought that it'll be so good?)

My first impression of this anime would be a mecha anime that sells primarily on fan-service. Because as far as I know, the original Muv-Luv has nothing to do with mechas, aliens, violence, war or anything like that. It was a regular harem eroge with a male high-schooler that tries to date one of the haremettes in his school... and that was it. Someone had the idea to take all the characters but the protagonist and throw them into the setting you see now. And this anime has nothing to do with those characters; it simply made use of the setting that was created as an alternate universe for the original Muv-Luv characters.

All I expected was 90% of the episode to be filled with girls with impossible curves strutting around in uncomfortable plug suits looking as naked as possible. And plenty of Gainaxing, since there's suppose to be plenty of mecha action. I don't know if you'd call that low expectations. I just don't expect a lot of variety.

So, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse surprised me in more ways than one. First of all, the mecha, and all the CG action with the aliens, looked really good. The aliens they fight aren't random critters that look like Spore rejects; they look gruesome, they look monstrous, they look terrifying. And seeing them rip apart and eat one of your main characters just shows you producers won't hold back to make them as gruesome as possible.

The sexy plug suits are just a bonus. I feel that the anime is going to be awesome in a lot of ways.

Verdict: Definitely watching.

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