maandag 4 april 2016

Heavy Object

Yesterday evening I finished the 24 episode anime Heavy Object, based on the light novel`s of the same name.

Now, to me this was one of those typical `pleasantly suprised` series, as I didn`t know anything about it bar the promo picture with a big mech on it, so of course I had to follow it ;-)

Plot

n the future, the development of massive war machines called Objects have rendered conventional warfare and even tactical nuclear weapons seemingly obsolete. As a consequence of this military upheaval, all of the nations of the world have fractured into four coalitions which constantly wage war on each other; the "Legitimate Kingdom", focused on tradition; the "Capitalist Corporation"(in the anime the "Capitalist Enterprise"), which values profit; the "Information Alliance"(in the anime the "Intelligence Union"), focused on knowledge; and the "Faith Organization", which values religion above everything else.

With the perception that only Objects can destroy Objects, modern warfare is reduced to duels between Objects, resulting in shorter, cleaner, and safer wars.

However, this all changes when two regular soldiers from the Legitimate Kingdom, Qwenthur Barbotage and Havia Winchell, use their smarts and ingenuity to destroy the "Water Strider" Object of the Faith Organization all by themselves. Having proven that Objects created by man can also be destroyed by man, Qwenthur and Havia are thrown into a new world of harrowing adventures and dangerous suicide missions while together with Qwenthur befriending and saving the Legitimate Kingdom's elite Melinda Brantini, of the Object the "Baby Magnum".

Opinion

A funny series with some very nice action sequences, the series actually focusses less on the Baby Magnum, but on the (often hormone driven) interaction between the two young soldiers and their commander, Frolaytia.  Or "Titan Tits" as they call her, which in one go explains the tone of the series.

The cool thing about the series is that it isn`t compromised of mostly 24 short episodes, but that each episode is a part of short `operations` usually spanning 2 or 3 episodes.  That way, they could lengthen the stories without having to resort to swift cut offs because the 22 minutes are up.  This also helps in the character development of the two protagonists, and show them doing `none combat stuff` (like trading erotic magazines between each other) without having to resort to "filler" episodes.

Rating: 7 / 10

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