Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Wow, I think we have ourselves a new Zetman-type anime here. Love it. This anime is definitely not for the fainthearted. It is really hard-core and contains a lot of blood and violence, not to mention awesome looking mechs.
The artwork is good. I like how they did the mechs, although the characters have no unique features themselves. Still, we need to focus more on the mechs and monsters here. All of them are really well done. I think the artwork is definitely something worth mentioning.
The story itself is great too, although I don’t like the fact that it’s once again up to school girls to save the day and pilot mechs to fight monsters. It’s always little girls in tight suits. It’s just not original anymore. Still, look passed that and you see one hell of an anime. An anime with great potential.
Do you like hard-core sci-fi action? This is your anime. It doesn’t disappoint in terms of hard-core action, that I promise you. I doubt this anime will draw large crowds though. There aren’t many people that love these types of anime where characters get brutally killed and eaten. I for one will definitely be following this show.
Plot Summary: Since 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA upon Earth is driving human civilization into nearly collapse. Facing an enormous mass of enemy force, mankind has developed large humanoid arms called as Tactical Surface Fighters and deployed them to its defense lines through out the world. However, all those efforts could slow down defeats but could not stop BETA, and mankind is forced to abandon major area of the Eurasian Continent. For 30 years, mankind is bogged down in an endless war against BETA without any hopes of victory.
In 2001, the Imperial Japan faces difficulties in the development of a next-generation main Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) as it defends the front lines of the Far East. The UN has proposed a joint development program between the Imperial Japan and the United States as a part of its international mutual development project of TSF, the Prominence Project.
Yui Takamura, a surface pilot of the Imperial Royal Guards of Japan, is given responsibility for the project and sets off to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuya Bridges, also a surface pilot of the US Army, was heading to the same destination.
Yet they never knew that their encounter would change their destiny drastically.
This story with exciting human dramas and robot actions takes place in the development of a new Tactical Surface Fighters, the most important and effective weapons against BETA, at a crisis of human extinction.