[UPDATE1] With the passage of time, YouNoThatman’s Gfycat albums are no longer online. Unfortunately, he had a tendency to only embed a fraction of the WebMs that he made in his reviews. For this review, all of his WebMs for these episodes have been re-uploaded to gfycat and a new album was created and the album links has been updated. Plus all of his WebMs have been added to the review. In addition, gfycat embed code was updated from an old WordPress plugin to newer Responsive Iframes.
Well, needlessly to say I am a little sad there wasn’t any mecha robots but instead just men in mecha suites. Does that still make it a ‘mecha-theme’ anime? Or just a mash-up of Sentai Ranger and IronMan?
Here’s series summary for Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hakkei:
Set in a part of Tokyo that has descended into a quagmire, the story follows Unit 8 of the 5th Special Public Security Section’s 3rd Mobile Assault Division, popularly called “The Eighth,” who don powered armor “Willwear” exoskeletons to counter the rise in crime.
Assistant inspector Asami Kazari is assigned to The Eighth with the task of assessing the unit’s status and reporting it to her superiors. But her true goal is to rehabilitate this sloppy, haphazard, justice-less group.
Here’s a little of what Wizard had to say about the series:
“This is yet another anime original TV series based on futuristic / mecha themes. TV original anime has almost always avoided nudity – no TV original anime series has shown nipples since Code Geass did so almost ten years ago.* On the plus side, the Mecha genre has a long history of being nude-service friendly even when targeting Type A audiences”. To read the rest of his thoughts, checkout his earlier post.
Other important facts about AR:
Produced by Production IMS
Directed by Taniguchi Gorō(Code Geass, Maria the Virgin Witch)
Character designs by ‘famed hentai artist Tosh.
This will be a 2 cour show.
Sounds like some good potential here, huh? Well, the first two episodes didn’t have much to show for. But hey, this is only the beginning, so let’s get started.
This looks like a nice gentlemen, he gives his up for the lead lady.
The serious type.
Introductions beginGood, very good.
“There’s no way our commanding officer can be this cute!”.
Now meet the local pervert, who has an ankle fetish.
The quiet type spotted. It’s time for manservice ..uh mean to armor up.
Let’s see.. spikey hair, dashing good looks, scar on face…
Must be Basara’s lost brother. Or maybe just a badass.
“Oh her? I was just taking her in for questioning”.
“No, really I was”.
Instead of handcuffs, they use rop bondage. Brilliant.
Well, she loves it.
That pose has been used by too many.
The Blue ranger will always be the wingman to Red ranger.
She rans to scene, in those heels. ‘sigh’Finishing move. Bad-guys were just attention-seeking, punks. There is always this rule: superhero’s identites must remain secret.
Problem: after battle, armor loses power and comes off.
And the ‘inner suite’ disappears.
She was ready. Takes video and pics(for private collection).
She thought she was ready.
Starts right with dressing scene.
This actually the command’s younger sister.
The commander likes to drink.
Now for an undressing scene.
Imouto.Random distured man.
So random mentally-distured guy finds a mech suite lying around.And has no problem using such advance technology.
Note: this is actually a firefighting suite, which is really cool.
It’s the future.Now it’s her turn for action. What a great ass.
Your just wasting time.
First battle and has already caused several 100 million yen in damages.
But imouto is safe so it’s worth taxpayers’ money. Right?
Logos? As in Aquarion Logos? Yep, evil, calling it now.
The pickpocket girl? Wonder how she got injuried?
The sisters are cute.Next episode should be interesting.