Arpeggio of Blue Steel was one of those shows who looked really good but in which there were still some concept I was unsure of that could really destroy the fun of the show. What I had trouble with with this show is the female personality of each ships which didn’t quite worked in my head. Japan has made me worried every time I see a young looking female character in a particular important role because they tend to be really immature and childish character in nature.
In the case of Arpeggio of Blue Steel I was worried that the ship personalities would be too energetic and immature to take the naval battle seriously. If the personalities of the ships would make the battle look like a school slice of life show I would have been devastated. I don’t watch Arpeggio of Blue Steel to see a Lucky Star remake with boat after all. Overall I must say I am very pleased so far with the personalities and reaction of the female ship. They may have different and “humane” characteristics, but they remains weapons and they act and think primarily in ways to complete their battle objective. They are made of logic more than emotion and this is something I was hoping for after watching the first episode of the show.
Now there were still some emotions shown by these machines, for example the battleship now wants a human aboard with her (A male captain inside her one could say if he had a dirty mind) and she might very well try to circumvent her general rules and laws to make it possible for her to join the i-401 and its crew. At least this seems to be the current impression. After all, weapons are made for combat, but they are also made to be tools of combat. All tools need a wielder, a direction, someone to use them. This definitively explains why all ship might eventually want to have a human aboard them, someone to complete their military usage. How will this play out in this show exactly, I’m still unsure, but it is certain that more and more fog ship will have human crew soon enough, I am just uncertain if they will all rally with a single captain or with different ones.
I really hope the show builds up around Gunzo, the combat in this episode was really fun to watch, different tactics and manoeuvres were used in a mind game to sink the opposing ship. It is always fun to watch an underdog win by wits against a stronger foe and it was still the case this time around. If most episode are this way I probably won’t get bored of it for the length of a season. I don’t believe this show has that much development possible with its universe, I think it would be rather difficult for me to keep being interested for more than 13 – 26 episode of this, but as long as it remains a one or two season thing I believe Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova might be a very enjoyable show this fall. I will be watching it and covering it.
ZeroGhj signing off