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Su-37M2 Terminator


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I don't see it

I've read all of your Muv Luv figure reviews over the past few years (thank you!), and while I appreciate the originality of the designs, there's something that never quite clicks: the aircraft references. I feel like, almost without exception, the only way these mecha reference the aircraft that supposedly inspire them are in the jump units (which typically just look like half of the actual plane worn as an ornament) and - sometimes - in the paint schemes. It's like, I could really get into them as stand-alone designs, but instead they insist on doing a "crossover" gimmick in the most half-assed way possible, and it completely turns me off.
Am I missing some aspect of it? Is my prejudice senseless?
Teach me to luv Muv Luv, veef!

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Posted by Corduroy Bear on 27 November, 2014 - 09:13
If I may answer on Veef's

If I may answer on Veef's behalf, in Muv Luv aliens called BETA invaded in the late 60's. Their ability to shoot anything flying out of the sky soon made jet fighters obsolete. Instead, "Tactical Surface Fighters", aka giant mechs were created to defeat the BETA. Because they replaced jet fighters these Tactical Surface Fighters took the names of what are jet fighters in our world. They also often share the same characteristics as their real world jet counterparts. For example, the F-4 TSF, is big, bulky, and well armored, like the real world jet. The F-22 TSF is fast and stealthy and invisible to radar like the real world jet, allowing it to run circles around any other TSF. In effect, each TSF has all the in story characteristics of the real world jet it's named after.The only exception are the Japanese made TSFs, which are all new designs since in Muv Luv world Japan was allowed to keep their military while in our world they officially were not and have to buy American planes instead.

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Posted by evaunit01 on 27 November, 2014 - 22:26

Thanks for the info. If the TSFs resemble their namesakes in general role, capabilities, and other aspects not readily apparent in the visual designs, that does help me appreciate it better. It still feels like a missed opportunity to make mecha that more creatively incorporated the appearance of the fighters that inspired them, but that's more me wishing for a different approach than my previous feeling that the series was just doing a certain approach badly.

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Posted by Corduroy Bear on 28 November, 2014 - 12:38