||[Dec. 29th, 2005|11:32 am]
I just finished episode 40 of 57, and the world has just about fallen entirely down around the characters' ears. I wasn't expecting what happened, exactly... overall, SRW tends to have a more cheerful outlook than the original series' it was based on. I'd say this is primarily because of the surfeit of Super pilots. Most Super pilots have enough get-up-and-go, we-can-do-it to base an entire series on, plus a mech that was often designed to take on an entire army while solo, and when you put thirteen Super series main characters together with their mechs, you just end up with an explosion of hope and firepower that can do incredible things. This isn't even counting the Real mechs, which can be pretty sick firepower-wise on their own (I just got Tamashii ~happy sigh~) - but I don't know, I think they're a net loss in terms of hope. They have their high points, but typically Supers use their trauma as a jumping point towards greater heights ("In the name of <insert dead character>, I will defeat you!"), while the Real pilots tend to be dealing with the idea that the entire world is screwed up, many people are dying, and they don't really have a good idea on how to fix it, but there are a crapload of people who want to stop them from even trying.
I really was expecting us to be able to handle the problem. I figured we'd fix it somehow.
There have been bright moments, including some cute implied shoujo-ai and some entertaining discussions between the main character and her rival. And it's not surprising that what happened, happened, really. After all, we're spinning on towards the climax - just past 2/3 of the way in - so of course they need to be setting up for the climax, and part of that is absolutely screwing the characters. I do have to say that I think they've done a good job with the second 'book' of this series - it doesn't feel transitionary at all, though I know they're going to come back to themes in the first with the third.
The Brain Powered storyline is going entirely over my head, though. Need to watch that anime some time... in between all the others I have to watch too...