Decided to check the manga out after watching the promos and finding out some generous Anon scanlated volumes 1 till 4. Man, this manga is definitely kick-ass. I sure didn’t expect it to be this entertaining, since I thought it was another typical shounen-style manga.
While it’s definitely falling square inside the shounen-manga story archetype, the characters make a whole world of difference here. The lead character, Koichi Hayase, isn’t a pussy at the least, heck, he’s the direct opposite of one by being an arrogant bastard and a gung-ho type. He even actually flaunts the fact he has a personal giant mecha around to try and impress the girls, LOL. Sure is pretty darn refreshing for a change of pace.
The other fellow mecha pilots are generally quite normal though. We have the usual cool and calm type and the do-gooder type with a little variation in the form of the tsundere-type and shy-type twins, who are also gender-bendering, heh. Of course, there’s also
Noto-sama(god damn it, I keep reading her lines with Noto-sama’s voice already) the engimatic female lead of Emi Kizaki as well to provide the (very little) romantic tension in the manga. The character development is also rather expected though, coming in the form of the “I don’t like that idiot” at first only to be impressed by his actions later.
Now I am kinda dreading the anime though. I really gotta stop reading a manga title whenever the anime is announced, it makes things hard when the producers decide to mess things up with the story. Since the anime is a Gonzo production, there’s already a 50% chance it’d be fucked up. But the anime sure has a weird combination of traits, with Ali Project music, Hisashi Hirai character designs (oh god GSD/Fafner redux?!) and Noto-sama in it(!). Wonder what it’ll turn out to be.
Oh man, I sure can’t wait to hear this line being spoken out. Noto-sama kakkoii yo Noto-sama!
I sure hope the generous and awesome Anon that released Vol. 1-4 will follow up with Vol. 5 onwards. I hate cliffhangers. Correction, I hate reading myself in to cliffhangers ;_;.
P.S. Rewatching the trailers again gives me a feeling that Gonzo’s gonna totally start with an original plot of their own for the series. I mean, Hayase lying down beside a naked Kizaki NEVER happened in the manga… or does it? Also gonna have to add that Hisashi Hirai’s art is total rape of the original manga art. Sigh.