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Jan 29
2013

Vividred Operation 03

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Akane “greets” undefeated kendo star Wakaba with a surprise victory. Spoiling for a fight, the latter befriends the former’s sister and manages to get a rematch, only to have a serpentine “Alone” ruin the moment. Realizing the importance of “purpose” in fighting and victory, Wakaba becomes the third member of the harem Vividred crew.

Right off the Bat

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Nothing much to note besides the usual “introduction” routine again. A new member comes,  a challenge appears to put her-or rather-”them” through their paces and everyone laughs in the end. Still waiting for the first story arc to come flying along…

Wakaba the Brave

"I sense a drafty future for you, my young daughter...

“I sense a drafty future for you, my young daughter…

I wouldn’t have expected green to be the colour of Team Vividred’s headstrong brute cutie, but I have to admit, the matching hair and uniforms really make good eye-candy. Too bad Wakaba only had some screentime before the Docking scene, her ponytail really highlighted the marching band uniform, more so than the previous two Vividred members.

Wakaba also has some promising traits as a future protagonist. Her aggressiveness and discipline will be a good foil to tame Aoi and unfocused Akane. Plus, she has that small chink in almost every headstrong gal-a fondness for cute things. Ah, if only they could’ve extended that scene for an entire episode… Let’s not get too carried away though; I want to see a tough, action-ey girl to counterbalance all the moe I’ve absorbed throughout the years.

Of Alones and Angels

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Overall, the action played a small part in this episode, but it did tell me that things might be getting better for Vividred. Although plagued with mediocre shots and an overuse of stills, Vividred at least manages to drop the clunky CGI we’ve seen before. Granted, it could (and should) do better, but with a general improvement like this, I’m definitely not complaining!……My standards are really low, aren’t they? XD

On other matters, WakaKane (Vividgreen Operation) was a really fetching combination of tech and tradition, don’t you think? AoKane’s (Vividblue) robot look was rather predictable, and I expected a kendo-ish combination this time, but the sleeveless kimono(?) design was very daring and beautiful at the same time. Can’t wait to see how the last combination turns out.

Before I end my very short update here, a moment of silence please, for the rather pitiable “Alone”, who had such a short, ONE-episode career…XD

Next Episode:

VIVIDNEET OPERATION GO!

VIVIDNEET OPERATION GO!

Remarks, counter-arguments and alternative viewpoints-I’d love to hear what you think of this post, no matter how brief. And don’t worry, I’ll work hard to answer within 24 hours. =) Apologies in advance if I don’t. XD

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  • Bear says:

    I found Wakaba a bit too full of herself. She may be a kendo expert but that doesn't really translate to real hand to hand combat or sword play. Too many rules and forms. In real combat anything goes. No surprise that Akane can keep up with her.

    VividNEET? Cute but not a color. I was thinking VividTaupe or maybe VividBrown.

    • Yippy says:

      Hm…Wakaba's initial haughtiness was grating but it translated into "confidence" for me. One can only take so many pushover personalities in anime…

      True, her kendo skills don't fit well to the Alone's different tactics, but what of its peripheral skills like timing and precision? Having limitless power is useless if you can't apply it swiftly and correctly.

      VividYellow? *sigh* I love art, but I'm hopeless with colours and their many names. XD

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