After years of war, humanity has finally joined forces as the Earth Federation, developing mobile armors to defend against possible alien attacks. But on the inauguration day of the latest prototypes known as the Bartolls, the demonstration soon turns into a real attack; thus marking the end of the peace that mankind was longing and fighting for. What made the Bartolls go berserk, and why are they abducting people? It will be the ATX team’s job to find out the truth and keep the situation under control.
Right, it's confession time for me. If you have been reading my reviews than you may have noticed that I tend to rip the anime a new one. There is a reason for this though and it has to do with the fact that I can't turn my brain off when watching anime. I can't ignore the stupid shown in the anime and this is a problem as most anime are very stupid indeed. In this case I'm not talking about a 90 pound girl catching a multi-ton cruise missile and throwing it back. Yes, it is stupid but it is a stupid that I'll allow. It's anime. Things like this are normal here and I'm pretty much fine with it. It annoys me to be sure but I will not rant about it. So, having explained this lets rip into this anime shall we? Just a heads up: There will most probably be spoilers. The more I hate an anime the more spoilers there will be. ART: It's fine but looks and feels very dated which is surprising since it aired in 2006. Still it gets the job done and the mecha's look pretty good. Only problem I had is the large cast which made keeping them apart at the end a chore. SOUND: Again no complaints from me. I have watched the anime a few days ago but can no longer remember either the OP or the ED song. This is how I generally prefer it so I'm fine with it. Voice actors did a good job overall. CHARACTERS: Main character is Kyosuke. He is the leader of the ATX team and a competent officer with a lot of combat experience. Excellen is one of the ATX team members and can appear to be a bit of an airhead. She is, however, a very skilled fighter who prefers long ranged attacks. Bullet is the third and final member of the ATX team. Although a competent fighter he tends to lose sight of the goal since he is so worried about his girlfriend. STORY: It is some time after the wars against the Aerogaters and the DC. The last war against the remnants of the DC and the Inspectors has just concluded. This means that it is time to prepare for the next shitstorm and they do this by launching a new mecha, the Bartoll, to replace the previous models. What should have been a joyious occasion soon turns into a nightmare as the Bartolls swoop in and fuck things up by blowing shit up. ATX team sets out to ask WTF? and starts to lay down some serious ass kicking. As they do they learn more and more about the enemy and the fate it has for humanity. Will they stop them in time to save their friends and the rest of humanity? RANT: Well, good to see that the series manages to uphold its fine standard of stupidity. This here is some grade A bullshit but less so compared to the Divine Wars series. All it comes down to is one very major flaw.... Well, two if you want to get technical but I'll focus on the main one. This is a world that has been in a state of near constant war for years. First there was the infiltration of the Aerogaters from space. That fight was interrupted by the betrayel of the DC who started a massive civil war. Once that was done the Aerogaters decided to get off their collective asses and launched a full assault on our planet which we barele won. What followed was a clean up operation to clear out the remnents of the DC only to discover that there were still a lot of them and they were being supplied by a mysterious new party. While this was going on there appeared another group called the Inspectors who decided that they would finish what the Aerogaters started. So in short: This world has been invaded 4 times in a very short period. Twice from within and twice from without. SO HOW THE FUCK DOES IT HAPPEN THAT A MASSIVE FLEET OF BARTOLL MANAGE TO SLIP BY AND FUCK SHIP UP! To compare you may remember this little event that happened on the 11th of September 2001. This was when terrorists hijacked 4 planes and crashed them into several targets in the US. After this event you couldn't so much as fart on a plane or fighterjets would scramble to see what that noice was about. No, this world has seen 4 major invasions and nobody can be bothered to see what the hell is going on out in the world. 'Sir, I have several hundred bogeys on my screen!' 'What?! Let me see!' 'What do we do sir? Shall I call the army and let them know what is coming?' 'At ease soldier. It's fine, see? They have little green icons so they must be friendly!' 'Uhm....Ok? There seem to be an awful lot of them sir. I'm tracking a few hundred with more coming every minute.' 'Meh, it's fine. Green is friendly. If they weren't friendly then they would be red.' 15 minutes later "Sir! The friendly forces are shoting the crap out of us! Every base around the world is being hit and thousands are dead or dying!' As I write it down like this it doesn't just sound stupid it is moronic, yet this what the anime shows us happening. The Bartoll swoop down from their secret base and start shooting shit up. Meanwhile some soldiers let us know that they hid behind friendly codes so that they didn't see the threat until it was to late. I again must mention that these are the same people that got caught in the civil was not once but twice in recent years. When you see a large group of friendlies coming for you when you did not expect any to call and ask wtf? When you don't get a satisfactory answer you shoot the little green dots out of the sky and ask the remains wtf? Second point I had with this anime is with the Bartoll itself. The mecha competed against other machines from other companies and they won. This was a big deal since the company was a relative newcomer to the scene. With the amount of money riding on such projects and the importance of it since this machine will become insrumental in the defense of the world I found it baffling that intelligence agencies weren't on the scene. The manufacturing site should have been under heavy guard and the people working there screened and vetted by army intelligence. Not only did they do no such thing but they had no oversight at all. The factory where the Bartoll were made was a empty shell and the real plant was hidden in space. The place where the other two invasions came from. .....These people are doomed.
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