Girly Air Force

TV (12 eps)
3.144 out of 5 from 1,354 votes
Rank #11,794

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.

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Crimson Wings

Episode 1

Crimson Wings

Komatsu Rendezvous

Episode 2

Komatsu Rendezvous

Anima Core

Episode 3

Anima Core

The World You See

Episode 4

The World You See

Independent Mixed Test Unit

Episode 5

Independent Mixed Test Unit

Raison d'Etre

Episode 6

Raison d'Etre

After the Bewilderment

Episode 7

After the Bewilderment

An Unhappy Top Secret

Episode 8

An Unhappy Top Secret

Unphysical Layer

Episode 9

Unphysical Layer

The Mission to Retake Shanghai

Episode 10

The Mission to Retake Shanghai

A Homeland with No One Home

Episode 11

A Homeland with No One Home

The Sky I Fly with You

Episode 12

The Sky I Fly with You

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JustInCaseD
6

No spoilers here, just thoughts for y'all to skim through if you are curious about watching this:  This anime sure as heck isn't winning any awards for being unique or good, but it was enjoyable casually. The plot was fairly predictable for the most part but I liked the dark, twisted direction the anime gradually went in. The character dynamics in particular were the most interesting aspect of this anime and it kept me interested all the way through. If I had to describe the vibes I got from this show: I personally say it's pretty much a PG version of Darling in the Franxx. Darling in the Franxx is definitely the most popular comparison to this anime, and I definitely agree with that consensus. The main female chracter is like a shy and quieter version of Zero Two - from their shared pink hair and "created by man to save humanity" speal, and the plot being centered around the protagonist riding in a war machine with his female partner to fight alien creatures with advanced technology. Calling this a PG version of Darling in the Franxx is honestly the best analogy and description you can give for this anime.  I guess you could also compare this to the Azur Lane anime, which is arguably more similar. Between the "anima" that are connected/are one with their respective fighter planes (like the ships in AL), and a similar alien threat factor.  Sound and music were alright, not knockouts but passible. The OP was good enough to listen to once and the ED was a bit better, but not something you'd remember after watching. It's supporting cast/characters were above average and felt like contributing members to the story (the chief scientist in particular was my favorite with his no f*cks given attitude). Animation was also passable: sometimes the vibrantly colorful planes of the anima felt a bit like eyesores in the sky, but other than that the rest of the show was fairly well done.  I don't get how this anime isn't classifed as a harem tho. The MC is literally surrounded by a cast of almost all girls - with 3 of which having a romantic interest in him. It genuniely felt like they were trying to turn it into a harem after the halfway point, and looking at the other reviews I'm pretty sure everyone else got that feeling too. It's wasn't necessarily bad, but I think that this anime is definitely on the cusp of deserving a harem tag.  Overall I did enjoy it and could reccomend it if all you want is a casual, science fiction action anime with a romantic harem touch, and albeit predictable but decent plot. I doubt this'll get a 2nd season, but if it ever does at least I'd be interested in giving it a watch.

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