Not. A. Trap.
By the way, is anyone else having trouble downloading? I’m watching the stream, but the file download keeps ending prematurely. Given last week’s issues, this is really bothersome.
Edit: Miyafuji has given up groping for this episode, and is acting normal, despite the base having a sauna and private outdoor nude swimming area. She also gets sent on her first real missions, night patrols with Sanya and Elia.
Wilcke and Sakamoto are speculating that there may be more to the Neuroi than they know… but the high command might. There were a couple of offhand lines that make me think this is going to develop along philosophical lines similar to Gundam. A sort of ‘Wars are fought because the military has to have something to do’ philosophy. And I don’t really care for that strain of thought being introduced into my cheesy mindless entertainment.
Another thing, watching the stream, CR hard-encoded popup ads on the screen. Ads that cover the subbing. Bad. Really, really bad, especially given the download issues (which I sent them an email on.) CR, are you trying to drive me back to piracy?
Update: And Author bails.
Update: Whereas Steven returns. Will be interesting to see what he thinks. I’m putting SW on the bubble; if CR keeps frustrating me with bad downloads and/or popup ads over the subtitles, or the show dives off the Stratos 4 cliff, I will just go watch Sekirei for my mindless fanservice with zest.
Update: And I forgot to note, episode 5 also blew out Don. At this point, I’m all for declaring episode 5 non-canon and moving on….
Update: There were a few asides about the potential uses of the Strike Witches in the comments at Chizumatic, but given that I already have
four five comments on that thread, I decided it was time to give it a rest.
We found out in “non-canon” episode 5, that the Striker units can be tuned for offense, defense, or speed. Yeager has hers tuned for speed, but apparently kept a fair amount of defense, given
Bishop appears to be tuned for offense/accuracy, Sanya for offense/power. The weapons they carry are expressive of these traits. Sanya’s seems to be exceptionally tuned to offense, given that she’s never deployed a shield that I recall. (Maybe in ep.1 or 2? And meta-story, I’m sure the weapons came first and the traits later, but we’ll ignore that for now.)
Miyafuji may or may not have had hers tuned to push her defensive power, but I know if I were Wilcke, I’d want the demonstrated healer behind the most powerful defense possible. What are the other girls’ tuned for? My guesses:
- Hartmann: Offense. We saw her being photographed because she made ace or something of the sort. (Ep. 3)
- Wilcke: Defense. She’s the unit commander; tends to hang back and direct the battle; never demonstrated any major offensive power.
- Luchinni: Speed. Her personality and the fact that she hangs out with Yeager makes me think this. She appears to be Shirley’s assigned wingman, and would need to be able to keep up.
- Perrine: Offense. If they follow the manga, that is.
- Barkhorn: Not sure. Given her previous mindset, I wouldn’t be surprised if she were heavily tuned offensively. Now, I don’t know
- Sakamoto: Balanced, maybe a touch offensive?
- Eila: No idea.
Note that I’ve been getting Eila and Barkhorn reversed since my comment about episode 7 previews.