Mmmmmm, delicious low quality.
At this point, though, I’ll take anything.
The OP and ED were both kind if average, the first being similar to the nature of the first series (with the opening music being done by the composer of music for the series, though the style of the animation was better there, in my opinion) with a jazzy/big band sound (phrase stolen from Aroduc as I have no idea how to describe it except for “lots of brass”). The ending was… odd, a mix of J-Pop, hamsters on speed high pitched singers, girls in nightgowns and slow motion dress drops.
Katsura Miharu has recently started having problems with electrical equipment and her job is suffering because of it. She’s also noticed that someone has begun following her when she returns to her house. One night she’s stopped by a man who claims to know what’s going on, and is almost kidnapped by him and his associates. She’s saved by a couple of women in battlesuits and taken to a hotel, where they explain that she has an ability known as Type-E where she emits electromaganetic waves form her body. She’s also told about two organisations, OZ and the Foundation; the girls come from OZ who attempt to help women with the Type-E ability, while the Foundation are more forceful in their endeavours. The three are discovered by the OZ henchmen, but manage to escape from the hotel and Miharu is shown to the head office of OZ.
Well, after a 4 week wait (Koihime Musou has more subs than this. KOIHIME MUSOU!!!) we finally have a decent set of subs for Mission-E, and with this episode the series’ demonstrated that it deserved them. It had a good introduction with some great action scenes and the movement of setting beyond emotional teenage years is a welcome change. The first series’ started off well with an interesting concept and realatively engaging characters, but then it didn’t really go anywhere and got real boring, real quick; I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t let it go anywhere as the sequel was already in the works.
Anyway, back to Mission-E. The show doesn’t require much of a knowledge of the previous series, as the only similarites so far seem to be the Type-E and some reccuring characters. The return of some old faces, including Chinami, Sonomi (with short hair!), and Yuma (as well as a couple who could be Chinami’s father and Sonomi’s father, though I’m not sure) is nice to see; it’s almost nostalgic to see how the characters have grown up (though Chinami seems to be the same cheery airhead she was back then, while Sonomi has kids, but not with Kotaro, who’s now Chinami’s boyfriend W00T!). I do like Maori’s apathetic nature and I think it’s save to believe that one of this series’ focus will be about how she opens up to people. The creation of factions demonstrates that the series’ has more direction now but also leaves room for developement in terms of what will conclude this whole affair (unless, they make a third season, which will displease me -_-). The time shift means there’s a bit of information left to fill in and hopefully this is done well (the last series did end with a building being destroye, which explained NOTHING). But the show’s off to a good start though and I look forward to seeing what happens next (though next episode it’s infiltrating a highschool, most likely accompanied by lulz moments).
The animation and action is fairly good, as I said before. The introduction of batttle suits with hyper electric abilities and Kamina-style glasses means that even if the plot doesn’t keep you coming back wanting to see what crazy martial arts/ contraption they use next will. The music, which was one of Code-E’s strong points, returns in full force here and sets the mood it needs to with each scene, kicking up during the action and becoming simple and slow when things came down. The main theme will always be my favourite though, as I love blaring brass instruments in anything.
Though I won’t be blogging this, I’ll be sure to watch it, if not to recoup my losses from the first season. And to see Maori kick more ass. And to see the return of the blonde European twins.
The suit’s skintight nature is purely for the sake of mobility.