…What the heck did I just watch? Whatever it was, it was both mind-numbingly stupid and undeniably interesting. I just can’t handle it for 24 episodes.
Probably the biggest strength for this show is how ludicrous the premise is. Just the idea of incorporating mecha action into historical fiction is crazy enough, but they go the extra mile by pushing out any semblance of historical accuracy. If you want to get an idea of what this show is like, imagine if a sci-fi fanfiction written by a history nerd who simply wanted every european and japanese historical figure in the same universe. For example, rather than living on different continents, the eastern and western figures live in different planets. And for some reason the western figures are all in the same timeline, such as Julius Caesar teamed up with King Arthur, or Leonardo Da Vinci travelling with a hot Jeanne D Arc.
None of this really surprises me considering the original creator, Shoji Kawamori. He’s done mech designs for Eureka 7 and Outlaw Star, but he’s more notable for creating Macross, Aquarion Evol and Escaflowne. If you know any of those, you know that his shows contain 4 things: creative mech designs(yes, I count the armor in Escaflowne), beautiful music, some form of romance, and premises that make you go “whaaaaat?”. Needless to say, all of those are here one way or another. You’ve got some pretty decent mech fights, the composer for Unbreakable Machine-doll, and a love triangle between Jeanne, Himeko and Nobunaga.
But if you’re going to take massive liberties with history, you could at least make your characters feel like the historical figures they’re named after. Oda Nobuna no Yabou managed to do so, and that changed all the famous japanese warlords into hot teenage girls. But remember when I said this feels like a history nerd’s fanfic? I meant that, because these characters are shallow stereotypes that barely resemble the historical figures they’re based on. They feel more like references rather than reimaginings, and thus I don’t care for any of them. And while the premise is interesting on its own, the execution lacks a unique style, so the stupidity has to be taken at face value.
Before I make this my final post, I will say that this show has potential. I plan to continue watching it, and I still recommend giving it a try if you have any interest in the concept. But with 21 episodes to go, I don’t think I can write about a crazy mech show with lacking characters for two seasons after dealing with Valvrave.