Vividred Operation – 04
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Twin-Tailed Drill Hair and Frills of Justice
Episode 04: “Promise”
The Obligatory Fanservice Screenshot, by Aoi-chan
Grimdark Future of the 41st Millennium Vivid-bright Future of Vividred Operation, there is still bullying
Being bullied in school: an essential part of Japanese character development
Despite the fact that the Manifestation Engine had solved all the major problems of the world in terms of energy supply and demand, wealth creation, conflict prevention, etc., it is clear Japan hasn’t grown up from its culture of bullying. Don’t get me wrong, bullying as a social problem is neither exclusive to Japan, nor is it something that’s uncommon in other countries, but the continued use of bullying as a way of telling a character’s back-story in anime must be a sign that Japan still has a problem at the root of its society.
Of course, being the series Vividred Operation is, the episode had to end on a happy note. Akane cured Himawari’s distrust of friendship, society, and promises – and gained the fourth and last member of the Vivid-girls.
I can’t help but think of Tomoe Mami
The “emphasis” of her transformation sequence seems to be her “Plot”, rather than her “Backstory”
Maybe it’s just my fondness of Urobutchi Gen’s grimdark Puella Magi Madoka Magica, but during Himawari’s screen time as a Vivid-girl in the latter part of the episode, the thought that appears in my mind is that she’s this universe’s version of Tomoe Mami. From the color theme, the bust size (hah!), the twin-drills hairstyle, and the Final Operation finishing move (I swear I heard myself mouthing “Tiro Finale!” during that moment), those might have been shout-outs to Madoka Magica‘s Mami.
Say it with me: Tiro…FINALE!
Of course, Himawari isn’t a perfect expy of Mami. For one, she’s not the senpai of the other Vivid-girls. Also, she’s not a graceful and refined girl; her room looks like it could have been the den of a teenage, male NEET who lives with his parents in the basement of the family house.
Furthermore, many of her sentences sound coarse and rough around edges, especially when she implies Akane isn’t bright like her grandfather. Lastly, her diet of bottled tea, pizza, and chips evokes the memory of Sakura Kyoko, another girl from Madoka Magica.
P.S. I hope she doesn’t die via an Alone construct chomping her head off. OM NOM NOM NOM. But hey, we’re past the third episode, and this is not that kind of anime, so it won’t happen (probably). XD
Even her scarf has a crow motif
On the next episode of Vividred Operation, it looks like the spotlight will be on the resident Dark Magical Girl, Kuroki Rei. Will Akane win her over with the Power Of Friendship or will Rei do the “befriending” via the barrel of her gun?
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Posted on February 2, 2013, in Anime & Manga, Vividred Operation and tagged Aliens, Bullying As Backstory, Dat Ass, Dem Boobs, Docking, Episode Review, Fanservice, Magical Girls, NEET, Shinomiya Himawari, Slightly NSFW, Vividred Operation. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.