In the flesh.

Summary:

Takeda Shingen finds herself to have been teleported into some kind of space satellite/station instead of on earth like the other generals.  She soon gets contacted by a group of people who are monitoring the situation in space.  An AI named Vesna 9000 has suddenly gone rouge and destroyed several satellites already.  In exchange for bringing her down to earth, Shingen agrees to wipe out Vesna and her attack-droids.

Yes, that’s a talking boiler machine.

I can understand why there aren’t many action scenes in this series (budget issues), but I still wish there were more fluid ones like this.

Along the way she’s accompanied by an older model robot named Fasad 29. Unfortunately, his design is only that of a water boiler machine, so he can’t fight.  Shingen doesn’t mind, however; as she’s more than able to handle things on her own.  As the journey to Vesna’s core continues, Shingen and Fasad end up forming a strong bond.

Those attack-drones remind me of those two robot-things from Tenchi Muyo.

I am a sucker for unique angles.

FASAD YOU HAD NO RIGHT BEING SO ENDEARING

My Opinion:

I was actually quite surprised by this episode, because I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would.  I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi, generally.  I don’t hate it, as one of my all time favorite series is Galaxy Angel (though that’s really more like “sci-fi lite”).  However, I’ve never had much interest for it outside of certain series’.  Admittedly, all the jargon thrown about in the first few minutes did make me dread what was to come, but the rest of the episode turned out to be very entertaining with a very sweet ending.

Sure, the episode does follow some very cliché sci-fi faire, but I think it’s because of that that I was so comfortable with this particular story.  And even though it’s stuff I’ve seen a hundred times in cartoons as a kid, the writers for this episode managed to make it work.  Shingen’s and Fasad’s conversations are very natural and witty.  Even though they’re extremely calm in such dangerous situations, it somehow fits the atmosphere perfectly.

Shingen has a nice design, but her personality isn’t extremely unique in the realm of anime.  She’s a pleasant character, but sadly not too unique.  I think it’s Fasad who really stole the story for me.  I was afraid he’d turn out to be annoying, but I ended up finding him very endearing.  I just really like stories where robots are shown to have human-like emotions.

Overall, a good episode.  The story isn’t very complex and only just touches on the sci-fi stuff, but the animation this time was very smooth.  There are actually quite a few action scenes here, which is rare for a series like this.  But of course the best thing about this story is the characters, who I’m sure you’d find to be very likeable no matter what your tastes.

Out of five:

      

 

Random fact:  It was by sheer coincidence that I happened to be playing the Galaxy Angel PC game the night before I reviewed this episode.  In that game, Milfuelle (who’s pretty much the “main girl” of the series) is voiced by Ryoko Shintani.  That is the same VA that this episode’s Shingen has.  You can guess my surprise when I first heard Shingen’s voice…

The best buddies in all of space.