A generic action-oriented girls club show. This episode was not a very promising start.
(Spoilers in this review)
One Sentence Summary: an excessive amount of middle school girls and high school girls fight these monsters called Irous.
Impression: and that’s all we get, folks! Two of the girls among these “Battle Girls” are idols. This gives the franchise / series the opportunity to release musical singles/albums full of uninspired music. Ah, sorry, my cynicism is showing.
The series begins with Hoshitsuki Miki, the protagonist, sleeping during class and experiencing an omnious dream. The rest of the first half of the episode has the three main girls (Miki and her two friends, Wakaba Subaru and Narumi Haruka) attempt to attend the concert of the aforementioned idols before being called over to fight Irous. They end up being bailed out by the rest of the girls.
The second half of the episode is about the three main girls realizing they should try to practice and improve. The audience is also introduced to some of the other girls, but there’s just so many characters and we’re only given cursory information. All of the Battle Girls end up in some sort of battle practice and a mysterious girl, who had been lurking around for most of the episode, crashes this practice session and is introduced as a new squad member for the Battle Girls (is that what they call themselves? I have no idea).
I guess it’s sort of interesting that these Battle Girls are basically washed-up. They’ve been successively fighting off these Irous for some time now and they’ve kind of gotten sloppy. They’re just halfheartedly battling these Irous and there’s no sense of tension or danger happening during said scraps. This was one of the complaints I had with Schoolgirl Strikers so I was actually quite pleased to see this being addressed.
The artstyle is rather washed-up and faded, too. Everything appears dull and it causes the viewer to quickly lose interest. The saving point of the series is the yuri shiptease that’s been rather prominent so far, but that can only go so far.
I’m getting bad vibes for this show already.