Girly Air Force – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Mysterious flying creatures called Zai suddenly appear and overwhelm all of mankind’s aerial combat forces. To fight them, mankind modifies existing aircraft frames to create mechanized soldiers called “Daughters,” which are operated by automated piloting mechanisms called “Anima” that have the appearance of human girls. The story begins when Narutani Kei, a boy who yearns to take to the skies, encounters a shining red aircraft and its pilot, an Anima named Gripen who has been named mankind’s trump card. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Kantai Collection showed us that war ships can be adorable anime girls too and now Girly Air Force is here to give fighter planes the same cute anime girl makeover. That said, the show also aims to be a bit of a harem with a male protagonist taking the lead for this episode and who seems clearly destined to
woo, I mean work, with all the lovely plane girls featured in the credits.
Tom: Girly Air Force, with an already kinda sexist title, is the very definition of mediocre. Outside of the decently fun fighter jet dogfights (which is all at the start of the episode for those curious) the rest of the production is thoroughly mediocre. The character art is overall bland, the colors muted, and the detail lacking. Even the animation feels a bit stiff, and without clever writing to prop up such a muted piece Girly Air Force feels altogether forgettable.
Linny: Girly Air Force has a lot to overcome besides the danger of being yet another shallow harem. The narration is slow and clunky, with the episode taking way too long to set up the most simple premise and basic facts. It takes far too long for developments to happen, or characters end up giving long winded speeches, engage in unnecessarily long conversations to arrive at very obvious conclusions. Plot holes and questions arise within the first episode itself further highlighting the incompetent narration; such as when the JSDF are extremely rough with our protagonist and his lady friend yet mere minutes later, we find out that their intentions weren’t malicious to begin with at all, going so far as to offer a random sorry to the hero. It’s all done to create fake shock and tension and the quick dispersion feels sloppy. Girly Air Force fails to offer anything special enough to make me say ‘this is a must try.’ It’s not terrible and will likely win over a few fans with its cute anime girls but it’s definitely not something I would describe as remarkable.
Tom: The visuals might be bland, and the writing might be loose, and characters might be thin, but nothing about the series screams ‘terrible.’ The trouble is outside of those fighter jet sequences, nothing stands out. There’s no truly redeeming elements that make me want to say “but watch it for this!” It’s just an all around subpar anime that lacks the few good elements needed to make it stand out.
Girly Air Force is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.